We begin as with any doodle, with the creation of form and line. Enjoy the interaction of the paper and your instrument. Contour your form into a shape.
When I began creating free association creatures I started with an eye shape. The interior of the eye I leave until last. Once you have created a shape make other lines to contribute to that shape. Allow the process to be natural and intuitive. There is no wrong way to do this. The purpose of this creation is to experience and enjoy the process of creating it. As you work, when you feel yourself pause to think of what to do next, consider turning the drawing and looking at it from a different perspective. What else could it be other than what your mind originally thought? This process can help stretch your creative muscles, add fun to the process and wonderful uniqueness to the final piece.
Free Association is a fancy art term for not thinking about anything in particular when you work. No source material and as empty a brain as you can. Think of it as meditation and a time for piece. What forms in the end can often be a visual reflection of your current subconscious mind. Finding meaning in such things is not unlike defining a dream.
1. A spontaneous, logically unconstrained and undirected association of ideas, emotions, and feelings.
2. A psychoanalytic technique in which a patient’s articulation of free associations is encouraged in order to reveal unconscious thoughts and emotions, such as traumatic experiences that have been repressed.
Thank you for joining me this hour to take a moment in this new year to breath and create. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.