The Squiggle Game

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When I’m out an about I always try and have a notebook and pen with me, it’s not necessarily something I use all the time and it’s easy to take notes in phones these days but there are times when you just need to be able to scribble something down.  A plain notebook is also good as you can sketch and doodle away to your hearts content.  Now I’m not a drawer, much to my frustration to be honest, as I’d love to be able to sit down and sketch things well.  However since my kids were little I’ve always had pens and paper handy and one of them in particular is always happy when creating images.  One of the ways we play around is by playing the squiggle game which is a perfect way to pass the time and something we were doing yesterday while waiting for our lunch to be delivered while having an afternoon out.

The concept is simple, make a squiggle on a page and then the other person has to turn it into something.  I’m not very good at this but my daughter has consistently been able to see an idea really quickly and turn the squiggle into something cool.  The image above being a classic example my squiggle on the left and a couple of minutes later she has turned it into this glove puppet monster.

It’s a great why of playing, passing time and exploring your creativity.  If you’ve never done it before, get your pen and paper out and give it a whirl

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The difficulty behind creativity

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A few weeks ago I visited the fantastic city of Girona and the marvelous film museum there. In part of the museum there was a gallery of film posters, now I love film posters in the same way I love album covers – a single image that attempts to distill the nature of what you are going to see or hear. I’ve always enjoyed looking at them but never really considered the creative process that goes on in order to produce a film poster and to get it right. When I walked into the exhibition I didn’t recognise any of the posters and at first I thought that it was simply because they were perhaps for the Spanish market but then I noticed that they had the correct version in miniatures so that you could compare and that the posters were infact examples that didn’t make it through the creative process.

This got me thinking a bit of how hard it must be to try and and come up with images many of which have gone down as classic pieces of art in their own right but of course each idea before it comes to fruition must go through countless revisions before we the public see the final version. I managed to sneak a few snaps of the posters that didn’t make it, some I quite like but you can understand why they didn’t make it but others you have to wonder what on earth was going on in the mind of the artist. Going through this exhibition I think has definitely given me a new found respect for this creative process and I can only imagine the amount of hair pulling that must go on – perhaps that’s why so many designers seem to have shiny pates !

Have a look and see if any of these posters should have replaced the originals.

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