There are moments when you’d really like to add a simple graphic to a word or phrase but you just can’t think of one.
In these instances you can play around with our lettering to make it stand out. Do something to the letters that expresses meaning or emotion.
Here are five for you to try out. What more can you think of?
Remember to always check for legibility. Is it easy to read? Can it be seen at the back of the room?
Very serious business topic today – how to draw Hallowe’en images.
Impress your colleagues, have fun with your kids, get that promotion (ok I might be pushing it there). Whatever you do make sure you grab this fun opportunity to put pen to paper!
1. The pumpkin.
When I was growing up we didn’t have pumpkins, we had turnips. All I could do was draw pumpkins in the hope of one day having one. Now you can too!
2. The bat
Bats are creepy. Bat silhouettes are even creepier…
3. The web
Remember that bumpy line we used to begin our bat drawing? Use the same line multiple times to create a spooky web.
4. The ghost
This time we’re starting with a bumpy line on the horizontal – for added fright factor give your ghost two different shaped eyes.
5. The spider
What’s the difference between a regular spider and a Hallowe’en spider? Fangs of course.
Where can you sneak in a spooky Hallowe’en image today? A Welcome poster at a training session? The top sheet of a report? A handwritten note to your colleague?
The first time I saw one of my Dad’s drawings was last September. We were visiting my brother’s house and my niece was gently encouraging (i.e. pestering) him to draw on her blackboard.
He drew a tree and a boat. At that moment I realised I had never seen my Dad draw before. It was quite a strange feeling. Much like when you see a friend’s handwriting for the first time, it was a curious insight into his personality, his uniqueness.
This human element, this insight into someone’s personality is one of the key reasons I love hand drawn graphics so much.
You just don’t get that with those stock images you see in many PowerPoint presentations and websites. (My personal bugbear are the photos of glossy ‘office people’ with big teeth and headsets. Who looks like that? Not many folk in Scotland anyway!)
The human element is just one of many advantages of using hand drawn graphics. Yet despite the multiple benefits people often resist picking up the marker and giving it a go. Why is this?
That’s right, it’s because people believe they can’t draw. They don’t see themselves as artistic.
Do you know what response you would get if you asked a child of 4 whether they think they can draw?
They look at you like you’re mad (I’ve tried it.) ‘Of course!’, is the typical response.
What happens when you ask a child of 7 the same question?
They don’t immediately say yes. It’s often ‘maybe’ or ‘sometimes.’
Is this because a child’s drawing ability has dramatically changed between the ages of 4 and 7?
No, it’s because by the age of 7 early conditioning will have set in. By this age we’ve often been labelled as either ‘good at maths’, ‘sporty’, ‘artistic’, ‘musical’ etc. It often becomes a label for life.
So perhaps you can draw? Perhaps it’s time to revisit your confident 4 year old self.
The truth is if you can draw a line, a circle and a squiggle then you can draw. It’s all about building on key elements.
After all research has shown that a drawing only needs 30% of reality for it to be recognisable.
Kinda takes the pressure off!
So it really doesn’t matter if your house is a square with a triangle on top, or your stick man looks like he’s had one too many. People will get it. That’s the main thing. It doesn’t have to be perfect to get the message across.
Graphics isn’t art. In fact people with a background in art often struggle with graphics because it is so quick, so simple, so in the moment. There is no room for egos when you’re working live with a group of people. Thank goodness for that.
At the end of every graphics course I run I ask the delegates for some feedback. At the back of my office door I stick up all my favourite comments. This is currently number one:
Join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics in Edinburgh on September 5th 2017 and discover what you can do.