Friend, are you paralyzed by your ironclad conviction that you can’t draw?
Professor Chewbacca aka Professor Old Skull aka cartoonist Lynda Barry has had quite enough of that nonsense!
So stop dissembling, grab a pen and a hand-sized piece of paper, and follow her instructions to
Anne Strainchamps, host of NPR’s To The Best Of Our Knowledge, below.
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It’s better to throw yourself into it without knowing precisely what the ten minute exercise holds (other than drawing, of course).
We know, we know, you can’t, except that you can. Like Strainchamps, you’re probably just rusty.
Don’t judge yourself too harshly if things look “terrible.”
In Barry’s view, that’s relative, particularly if you were drawing with your eyes closed.
A neurology nerd, Barry cites Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray, and Juan Muniz’ study
. It’s the action, not the subjective artistic merit of what winds up on the page that counts in this regard. Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making
For more of Barry’s exercises and delightfully droll presence, check out
this playlist on Dr. Michael Green‘s Graphic Medicine Channel.
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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, theater maker and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine… Follow her @AyunHalliday .