I am usually an introspective walker. While I walk, I’m often more alive to my thoughts, feelings and daydreams than to the things that are going on around me.
When I went for a walk in the park today, I had the idea to notice a few things and make a comic about what I saw when I got home.
This totally transformed my walk! I noticed so many things – things too numerous to make it into the comic in the end. Life was running towards me, laughing and playing and kicking the ball across the field.
Inspired by the quick timed drawings we did on Writing the Unthinkable with Lynda Barry, I spent a minute on each scene. The result is less ‘clean’ but more alive. I also had way more fun with it. There’s nothing like the seconds counting down to put some juice into your pen.
I was also inspired by the list comics we made in Summer Pierre’s Writing and Drawing Comics e-course earlier this year. (If you have ever wanted to take a comics class, I can’t recommend this class heartily enough. Summer Pierre is an awesome, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. And there’s a new class starting on September 12th!)
I got to enjoy my walk twice today. Once while I was walking and again while I was making this comic.
Fancy having two walks for the price of one?
- Next time you go for a walk, notice a few things. See what catches your attention. Nothing is too ordinary, nothing is too weird!
- When you get home, list a few of the things you remember.
- Spend a minute drawing each one.
- Enjoy your walk all over again!