From today’s Doodlecam, in which I equated my Doodle process with the process of doing improv, starting with the principle of “Yes, And,” which boils down to accepting the reality of what’s there and building upon it.
This is *exactly* what I do when I doodle.
I accept the reality is what’s on the page, and I respond to that reality. Either by adding something similar, or by adding something that contrasts in some way.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
As the piece grows, the choices feel more complicated, but it all boils down to this:
Accept the reality of what’s there and respond to it.
In improv, this means accepting your scene partner’s offer, and adding to it. “Yes, and…” It doesn’t mean you literally say yes, just that you accept the reality of the world that’s been created onstage.
And in your art, it operates the same way. Accept the reality that is showing up in front of you, and respond to *that*. Build on *that*. Not the platonic ideal of what you wish it were, but what’s really in front of you. Let it simply be what it is, and add to it.
THAT is my doodle practice.
Of course there is no wrong (Creative Sandbox Way Guidepost #1), and the goal is to think process, not product (Guidepost #2). And if I start getting too precious, afraid I’m going to “ruin it,” I remind myself of Guidepost #7: “Take the riskier path!” Because after all, it’s only a piece of paper! Nobody’s going to die if I mess up in the Creative Sandbox!
You can see all the rest—the whole 20-min video, including an inside peek at my sketchnotes from the Heroic Public Speaking Live Conference this week—over at http://bit.ly/2nxhrLv 😊
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