180 degree thinkingPosted: August 28, 2013
At the start of a new school year I always ask my graduating students what skills they would like to strengthen in preparation for moving into the workforce or on to university. (They are in the final year of a three-year program in web/print design and business communications.) The answer I often get is that they would like to be more creative. They are strong on the technical side but have trouble brainstorming for new ideas and concepts.
In my search to find techniques to help them I watched a video recently about 180 degree thinking, which is basically flipping an idea over and using a solution that is in the opposite direction. I used a bit of that in my sketch today. Instead of drawing first and adding colour after, I painted the sky and the foreground shapes in first. There are many of my Urban Sketcher friends who work this way but I don’t often do this. The other thing I did to change things a bit was to leave the darkest darks (the foreground trees) unpainted. I’m not sure if my experiment was successful or not but it’s definitely something worth trying again.