We played the Exquisite Corpse game for the first time with the kids in the car yesterday on our way to Healesville Sanctuary. It seemed to work, so the boys and I had another go at the beach today using Noodlers Ink, in-between rock-pooling and reading books. It was fun and easy. It would be interesting to see what would happen if we worked up the results with more detail and colour afterwards, but sometimes it’s good to just let something be simple and finished! (By the way, the first ‘corpse’ is not impaled with serrated blades… she has 2 sets of wings!)
The boys enjoyed drawing in old books so much they went spontaneously on to explore their own kind of ‘found poetry‘ by blocking out words to make new sentences. Arty (who was drawing in an old copy of Shakespeare’s KingRichard II), then started drawing Richard the Boy, Richard the Dog and Richard the Elephant. I imagine he will put them on his own blog :-)
I continued doing weird drawings in my vintage nature book that turned out like this.
This is Nicki’s gorgeous new web site, which shows off her breadth of work. Her graphic novels and comics work are particularly strong. I just love this piece Comic Fatigue. (Postmodern or just Loony Tunes madness? …Or was Loony Tunes a form of postmodernism?) And I really, really loved her graphic novels The Great Gatsby and Hamlet.
I’m often drawn to the idea of doing a graphic novel… but then I look again and imagine drawing all those pages, doing all that very difficult composition and hardest of all CHARACTER CONTINUITY x one billion! …And then I change my mind. Hats off to all you amazing graphic novelists. You are awe inspiring.
While I’m on the subject, if any of you out there are crazy enough… Oops, I mean spirited and passionate and motivated enough to want to launch into comics, I can highly recommend Scott McCloud‘s books Understanding Comics and Making Comics as a brilliant starting point.
For further inspiration on art, writing, comics and perhaps life… try reading What it is, by Lynda Barry.
Poetry Burning Rice by Eileen Chong The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John Kinsella Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden Crimson Crop by Peter Rose
Non-fiction Bradman’s War by Malcolm Knox Uncommon Soldier by Chris Masters Plein Airs and Graces by Adrian Mitchell The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis Bold Palates by Barbara Santich
Prize for Australian History The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno Sandakan by Paul Ham Gough Whitlam by Jenny Hocking Farewell, dear people by Ross McMullin The Censor’s Library by Nicole Moore
Young adult fiction Everything left unsaid by Jessica Davidson The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
Children’s fiction Red by Libby Gleeson Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker What’s the Matter, Aunty May? by Peter Friend and illustrated by Andrew Joyner The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
This has got to be good! I haven’t watched any of these videos yet, but how fantastic! Some of my favourite childrens’ authors and illustrators sharing knowledge on a range of topics. Aimed at kids… I think. I’ll watch some tonight. Busy, busy.