Sketch Innovation – Bibliography

Viewed websites used for research and personal development  linked throughout this ‘Sketch Innovation’ blog!

Theses websites consist of inspirational animated work from a vast array of designers, they truly inspired my trails of thought and exposed to to new and innovative techniques! ENJOY!


Evaluation Report – Sketch Innovation

Evaluation Report

    Within my Sketch Innovation classes I have learnt how to make both a Japanese style sketchbook and also a hard cover sketchbook. By researching online I found several video tutorial on how to approach the processes. These classes have also helped me engage with the wider world of sketching and drawing, i have learnt that they are very different styles and that they have many more angles into their definition. Drawing and sketching is not just a technique you do with a pen or pencil in your hand, it can be anything from tire tracks left on a road to the splatters on rain on a dry ground, i now understand that the potential of what a drawing or a sketch could be is extremely broad.

    Throughout my classes i have gained much experience when it comes to using instruments and/or objects to draw with. I have been practicing with different body parts such as the mouth, elbows, and ears, also practising with bottle tops and plastics. Within a team activity we invented a machine to draw and create marks with alone; unsupported by us. Following each class I created a blog that presented what had been accomplished during each session, I then wrote about what i had learnt and produced as well as what was successful and what was not. On our first session we listened to a professor of drawing speak about ‘what is a drawing?’ which helped me prepare for a presentation that we all had to encounter later on in the classes.

   I have learnt a lot within these classes such as presenting in the pecha kucha style, after finding their website i am now fully aware of what pecha kucha is, i have successfully presented one of my own pecha kucha demonstrations and was very pleased with the outcome.

Working in groups of people and collaborating thoughts, has taught me how to listen to the ideas of others. I think it is really worth gathering information from others as a way to acknowledge further perspectives on something only seen through your own mind and eyes. It was also a good social experiment and cross of varied specialised people.

    Making my own sketchbook was great fun and surprisingly easy, having learnt two different types of sketchbook binding and i am now able to experiment freely with papers and shapes. Sketching can be ‘wild’ I have been gradually building up knowledge of what potentially sketching could be?! i now see it everywhere! from scratches on tables, to aeroplane tracks in the sky.

   Drawing to music was a new and fun experiment that i undertook, i had never thought of doing such a crazy process yet, my out comes are beautiful to look at; especially when you know the song it was produced to. The reason i like this process the most is that the musical rhythms change, i feel my emotions follow my ears and my Hands follow my emotions. looking at the results i see each element of my physical and emotional journey lying flat on a sheet of paper.

    The materials i used throughout the experiments have very little colour, my reasoning for this is that i wanted to concentrate on the techniques rather than be sidetrack by colour however, if i were to do it all over again i would defiantly try out a wider collection of textured materials, pens, brushes cloth etc. I would also want to make another type of sketchbook and research the history of them overall. The last thing i would change is my vocal interaction throughout the class collaborations, i did speak and say my part, however i would have liked to have seen and been involved in a proper discussion.

looking back i would have liked to have learnt the history of book binding and maybe watched a few videos on how the first book binders worked to create books with old fashioned and under developed instruments. I would have also liked to create one extremely large scale sketch including the whole class.

I suggest that maybe the course would be improved if the students were more scattered through specialist subjects as most of my class was Textiles design students.

Personal and Professional Development – Sketch Innovation.

Personal and professional Development.

IMG_9967 IMG_9977These drawing are have been taken from my current Textiles Design project.

This sketch innovation experience has taught me a lot about drawing and sketching, i now understand that there are many approaches to drawing and that there are differences between sketching and mark-making. The techniques I have used on these two drawings (above) are discribed as direct, strong and smooth, pen to paper lines with no pre planning or mark making. by practicing this new and direct technique i have gained such currange and confidence in my decision making abilities and observational skills.

Now i feel more confident with varied approaches to drawing and sketching, from now on i know that whenever i begin to draw i will reflect on all i have learnt within my sketch innovation classes. Hopefully my future work will have that innovative glow!

Session 7 – Sketch Innovation

Session 7 

Today we looked at a variety of stop motion videos both new productions and older concepts.

Hear are a few that we watched…


‘The National film Board Canada’ Released ‘The Big Snit’ anamation by Richard Condie in 1985. – Watch The animation! – Further Information about ‘The Big Snit’.

The real world can be spoken about in animation! This short animated film is all about humans! It is small things we do in life that makes life much more interesting?! as humans we are full of emotions and passions but within one moment we can create  great machines to kill and hurt with the least amount of effort. After watching ‘The big Snit’ i felt a sense of reflection on our social and extended social societies. Animations can give out real world messages.


A boy group named Blur released a song in 2004 titled ‘Good song’, The official Music video released for this song captures the creative eyes of animators – By David Shrigley. – Watch The animation! – A link to more of David Shrigleys work and animations.

‘Love Story’

This animation is about a fantasy creature (fairy) looking for love, after failing to find love from his/her list of animals he/she finally falls for a squirrel, they spend a lot of romantic time together when suddenly, the squirrel accidentally bite the fairy’s head off mistaking it for a acorn?! a group of fairy’s hunt the poor squirrel down with axes and arrows killing him!

The harsh cycle of love, and relations!


In 2005 an album named ’64-95′ was released by a Group named ‘Lemon Jelly’ track 6 is called ’79 aka The Shouty Track’ the music video for this track it is an animated story including two fictional rock charactors… – Watch The animated rock charactors!

These two rockers have real character with their long hair and leather trousers! as a viewer i find then really easy to relate to and understand! there great fun to watch!


Moray McLaren releases a song in 2009 called ‘We Got Time’ the music video supporting this song demonstrated pre cinematic devices in action… – The making of ‘We Got Time’ – The official video ‘We Got Time’ – Further Information about the producers.

This music video is so interesting! they technique used ‘pre cinematic device’ in action is so interesting ti watch as they build and layer them to gather in a modified ensemble. This video has actually taught me how the pre cinematic devices work. Each device has a motif of stories within it, when played in correlation together a larger story is revealed throughout the music video.


This session we really insightful, i have watch animated clips from a vast array subjects which has truly open my eyes into the world of slow motion, animation and pre cinematic devices. i have learnt that animated displays can both positively and negatively portray humanity via story telling, fantasising, inventing and recreating situations with ‘made-up’ characters etc… I have learnt that messages can be verbalised differently and taken seriously through animation. Overall i have found these videos to be funny and educational, i am really inspired by the producers and creative teams behind them.

As a textiles designer and having gained more knowledge about animation i aim to consider the process of story telling within my future work.

Session 6 – Pecha kucha Presentation

Sketch Innovation Session 6
Pecha Kucha (10×10) Presentation

”This week you will present your views and approaches to Sketch Innovation in the form of a Pecha Kucha 10x 10 Presentation
(10 slides which you will talk about for for 10 seconds each) – This is the Pecha Kucha presentation page, full of examples.

1. Your Sketches: 4x significant sketches from your sketchbook and say why they are important to you.

(This could be that it helped you make a decision about a project you were doing or it was a new way of working for you, or it allowed you to solve a problem in your practice)

2. Sketches by others: 3x Significant sketches by other practitioners and say why they are important to you.

(Say why it is inspirational or how it has impacted on you- try and be detailed, focused and specific in your statement rather than ‘I think this is a really good drawing’! Is it something innovative in the uses of media, tools, technique, or is it the context surrounding the image that makes it significant – i.e. Galileos Moons of Jupiter drawings from last week)

3. Innovative Practice: 3x examples of innovative creative practice related to sketch innovation, that you find inspiring and/or has influenced your practice, say why – be critical and specific, as above.” – This is my Presentation as i talk about the images.

Drawing Devices – Session 5 – Sketch Innovation

Drawing Devices 

Individually or in pairs/ groups of three, make a drawing device and film it in action…

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This is our plan! we have made a contraption that by using string alone we can stabilise a pen and draw with it…The sting will be pull tight making the pen stand…by moving the tight sting in unison collaboratively we can attempt to draw an image!

The sketch outcomes benith are each unique explanation: we can control the movements from above, but when the pen head touches the surface of the paper the friction caused delays in movements causing wrong lines, angles and marks. however the final images look interesting as the shapes made, seem to be more expressional and loose. I like it!

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Bring the Device and the film and the resulting drawings to celebrate your achievement! – This is a like to a Video of our drawing device in ACTION!

This is an Image of how the device works with a team of people.

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To begin me an my team mate struggled inventing an idea for a drawing machine, we had a few failed attempts but soon settled with this process we named ‘Web’. It is a technique that i see so much potential for, for example imagine it on a really large scale and 20+ people being involved with string (based around one pen) It was a great collaborative exercise that needs patients, concentration and experimentation.

Sketch Innovation – Session 4

To Start: Two-minute sketches – Session 4

 Things that are Circles.

These four images represent a 2 minute drawing compared to a 30sec sketch. Both images represent the same thing and portray the same story…in this case is a drawing more valuable than a sketch? my answer is no, they both successfully represent a penny coin and a bracelet.

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Draw a portrait of the person on your right (about making mistakes, accepting difficult challenges, discussing afterwards).

This was a really funny task, it is quite difficult to draw the person next to you as there is so much detail to consider as well as the sketch actually looks like the person. My plan was to quickly find shapes by mark making and planning with suggestions . IT WAS HARD!! However i believe there is no right of wrong as this is a quick suggestive sketch of the person sitting next to me, IT IS NOT A DRAWING!!! The mistakes that were seem to have been made are not mistakes…..they are simple marks that render the final image!

Pick a Detail in the room and draw it.

This is a sketch of a window ledge it took me approximately 5 minutes I chose this section of the room as it had lots of detail, lines and shapes as well as perspective,  all of these elements made me truly observe the window and reproduce it looking representative.

Pick a detail on the person next to you and draw it.

These two drawing are that of small details found on the person next to me, clothing, facial features etc… the first image is a button on a knitted cardigan and the second selection of images are all angles of All Star trainer. It was really tricky drawing these records as my “person” could not keep still, however i managed to get a good visualisation of what i needed and my outcomes symbolise the correct shapes, subject and scale.

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Spatial Narratives: Narrating a visual storyline of events and/or journeys.

1. 3-5minutes. The Commute: Draw the journey from Home to College this morning. Think about what happened and what narrative approach you want to take to show the experience. Is it a map is it an emotional journey? Is it about what you were thinking about. Is it about what happened or what you saw?

This Drawing is a map of my physical journey from home to University, (This is only the start) the lines represent estimates of distance and direction. I found this challenge really exciting, it was interesting to see what information i remember and the gaps i fill when confused. To help me with this process i thread to visually remember my journey step by step in my head.


These next collection of images are more visualised and based on visual objects, happenings, picture memories and processes, i have sketched sections of my journeys to university by subtracting what i actually see when moving….here i have focused on steps, tube entrances, Trees, roads, paths, signs, cars all of which i recall seeing.

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3-5 minutes: Draw a layout of your first house in plan view

The first attempt of drawing my house in a plan view failed as my line were confused and there perspective and angles of my rooms were incorrect, however learning from my mistakes i managed to rebuild it with more of an accurate finish.

5 mins From Memory draw a map of Chelsea College of Arts

OK! this, i found hard getting my head around, one minute you think everything is right and the next you realise you have just missed out a whole section of the building!!! I thought this task would be the easiest as i thought i new the inside of D block fairly well…HOW WRONG WAS I!!! I began to make up spaced and rooms to the point when questioned my accurate knowledge profoundly!


”When entering a building be sensitive to the actual layout of the room in relation to the other rooms and the building itself. be more appreciative of the space you standing in and observe the structures.”


 5 Mins Team up into a groups draw a collaborative map of Chelsea College of Arts

This image is not in my sketchbook as in the group i worked in only one collaborative image was produced! However…This task was very strange! everyone has a different perspective and visual for an outcome. i found it really hard at first to command some of my ideas, but as soon and we finalised a basic shape we all began to map in the further details.

Sketching as Notation: What you think you see…

Sound Effects: Listen to the sounds. Draw what you hear – (about ten examples)

Here are ten example of mark-making i made when listening to a vast array of musical genres…

IMG_0947Leitmotif – Swan lake theme song – classical

IMG_0949Surviver – Eye of the Tiger – RockIMG_0950Jill Barber – Petite fluer – Jazz
IMG_0951Ramstain – De Hast – Metal
IMG_0952 Son By flour – A Puro Colour – Salsa vers – SalsaIMG_0953  Mary had a little lamb – Rhythms for Reasons – Nursery rhymes IMG_0954 At Last – Etta James – Love songIMG_0955 A Little Bit of Jazz – Nick Straker – GrooveIMG_0958Nothing but a ‘G’ thing – Snoop Dogg – Hip Hop

This exercise was so much fun, i really got into the emotional elements of the songs and really began to unite with the rhythms of the song, i feel as if i have been through an emotional roller coaster of musical genres! The differences between each image is considerably different and unique, i seemed to follow there base of the strings in the music as i felt they would give me more of an accurate representation of the beat and flow of the songs. The slow calming some made me move slowly and steady with the pen contrasting with the heavy bold scrapes of the dark metal movements.

Overview of Session 4…

The tasks throughout this session have been so insightful and interesting, i have began to understand the ways sketch innovation can transform the ways you think about drawing processes and sketching movements. I feel that i am now more aware of the potentials for sketching and approached towards developing.