By Chris Cheung
Thank you to all the attendees that decided to kick-off their TED with my Drawing Workshop.
It was really fun to tie drawing (in the broad sense) with this year's theme "The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered". I wanted to celebrate drawing as part of the human experience, as well as separate it from the notion that it is an 'artistic' application by demonstrating its diversity and time-less power; stuff like masterpieces, engineering drawing, cartoons, doodles, charts, diagrams, graphic novels or playbooks are just different outputs that can be achieved with it.
Many people can be self-conscious or find it embarasing to draw because 'I'm not good (enough) at it', but when you apply a broad definition, like, for example to include, doodling to visually working out a problem or scribbling a facsimille to describe something you saw that is beyond words, it simply becomes a tool to help communicate. So, I was aiming to demystify drawing and introduce a more general appreciation for it.
Both sessions were packed with incredible people. It was an impressive cross section, including people in medicine, entrepreneurs, technologists, members of charitable organizations, corporate executives, creatives, and many more. Everyone was super gracious with my spin on the topic and willingly participated in the drawing 'exercises', which made it extremely dynamic and rewarding for me. Thanks again to everyone who was there!
AN ANALOG SKETCHBOOK...
It was just a few weeks before TED that I decided it was a great idea to make a customized sketchbook rather than supply generic ones for the class. I blasted out frantic emails to some of my creative friends with a rather cryptic request implying urgent need for a sketch and 'some inspiring remarks about drawing'. Concurrently, the crew at Pacific Color Graphics totally stepped up to squeeze this job out. In fact, the books arrived early enough that I was able to share them at another event just one week prior to TED.
Anyhow, I wanted to thank all these wonderful people for helping to put together the inspiring first 9 pages of the sketchbook and, I think, truly capturing the versatility and spirit of drawing.
"It's storytime, kids!" -Willow Dawson
"Beat the fear of the blank page." -Kyle Runciman
"I create accidents unintentionally, because I rarely have good ideas naturally." -I-Wei Huang
"Sketches are an intimate look into the artist's imagination." -Lena Le
"Sketching allows me to interpret an unrelated idea to help me define the next big trend." -Rachel Richards
"Sketch and be a new world traveler!" -Scott Robertson
"Sketching is problem-solving!" -Jay Shuster
"There is nothing more satisfying than accurately transferring an image from your head to the paper or screen." -Phil Noto
"Drawing is communicating." -Louis Gonzales
I would like to express my gratitude to Wacom, Too Corporation (makers of Copic) & John Darland and Ashley Haskins from Imagination International (Copic Marker USA), Ten One Design, and Epson.
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