This week's assignments involved watching some quick videos that convinced us that we can all draw...at least well enough to be understood. I recently discovered this myself. I started to draw stick figures for a Powerpoint slide show that I wanted to present. I was going to ask my assistant, who is an artist, to flesh them out into "good drawings." Once I finished the stick figures and captured them on my smartphone camera, I realized they were good enough to use as the final product. The fact that they were far from perfect would add some humor and humanity into the presentation. A week later when I actually did the presentation, I realized this was true. There was some tittering when one of my shaky drawings appeared on the screen, but the audience seemed to relate to me more because I was willing to share this less than perfect side of myself. I exposed a weakness. I was more human in their eyes. It was very effective.
We were asked to whip out a series of pictures describing how to make toast. Here are mine:
I couldn't draw the hand cutting so I just showed the knife and the slice. Good to know your limitations!!
I thought my toaster was a little vague so I had to draw in the plug in the outlet. Did that clarify??
I was proud of my three dimensional toast!
All in all, I thought I did alright. I realize that this is a legitimate way to get a point across that is probably more memorable than using clip art or photographs.
At least these drawings show some personality. People will smile when they learn from drawings like this. If they are enjoying themselves, they are bound to learn more.