Accidentally Telling a Story
This weekend I was catching up on scanning sketches from the last few weeks and I quickly noticed a story I was telling through sketching at least every few days.
March 6, 2020 - A little over three weeks ago I made the sketch above at a leadership seminar at work - look at us all sitting in the same room, shoulder to shoulder!
March 10, 2020 - The next week was the annual #oneweek100people challenge. I only had one day to participate, and went to Whole Foods one day for lunch to knock out 20 people sketches - that's as much as I was able to complete. I remember being extra careful with using hand sanitizer that day, and washing my hands often at work. (And noticing that others didn't!)
March 14, 2020 - That weekend we went to New Orleans for a quick trip, while be super cautious about keeping to ourselves and washing our hands. We went to Audubon Park to see the Tree of Life, where several weddings took place in a row.
March 17-22, 2020 - Then the next week my sketches tell a very different story as I sketched my work-from-home desk, my kitchen, and my studio.
I didn't set out to tell this story, but by sketching to record the context of my day and by taking advantage of opportunities to sketch, I have a record of what my world looks like over time. When you sketch your everyday world, you're going to see your story come through.
3/30/2020 11:38:06 pm
I love how you strung these together and what you can see now that we didn't then... it was always coming wasn't it, creeping in in little bits until one day it hit us!
3/30/2020 11:39:05 pm
Wow, that's seriously cool, Elizabeth... sketch reportage all the way, even when you didn't know it! If you'd like to share this on the global USk blog, I have been publishing guest posts from around the world (Japan, Netherlands, Australia so far). You can see the posts if you search the tag "COVID-19" on the blog. Please email me at tina.k(at)juno(dotcom) if you're interested! I think this post here is complete as is, unless you want to add more context for a global audience (but it might not even be necessary; it's probably a similar story everywhere).
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