The 5 W’s. #Molly #GraphicNovel #Process

Working on Molly.

Keep at it.

Revise manuscript.

Organize the collected research.


Walk around the lagoon.  Think think think.  Massage the timeline.

Spend hours in the coffee shop.  Keep massaging that timeline.

Rewrite introduction.

Add it to the private presentation site.

Work on treatment and elevator pitch.

Review the theme of the month: committed choice.

Spend hours, again, with a old, now cold, cup of coffee , crowded onto a small shared table, on the 5 W’s.

Add them to the private presentation site.

Pull some angel cards: communication, patience.

Revise revise revise.

Elevator pitch, elevator pitch.

 

WHO?

This book is a matter of identity– the investigation into the short and tragic life of Molly O’Dwyer and the parallel search for the identity two unidentified brothers whose lives ended tragically and maliciously at the hands of an unidentified subject.  

WHAT?

The filicide of two unidentified brothers.

WHEN?

1947.

WHERE?

Stanley Park.

WHY?

Family secrets.

HOW?

The physical and circumstantial evidence suggests the unfolding events of the crime.

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Braid together the time lines.  Make them make sense left to right, top to bottom.

Act 1, the Intrigue– in which a decision is made, skeletons are discovered and an autopsy is conducted.

Act 2, the Rising Action– in which an outing begins, DNA results come in and a child is born.

Act 3, the Suspense– in which the forest is entered, evidence is examined and innocence is lost.

Act 4, the Falling Action– in which a crime is committed, an Aha! moment presents itself and time runs out.

Act 5, the Resolution– in which a scene is fled, an eyewitness comes forward and the truth is revealed.

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HOW?

TIMELINE 2

WHAT?

TIMELINE 3

WHY?

ACT 1

INTRIGUE:

IN WHICH,

A DECISION IS MADE; SKELETONS ARE DISCOVERED; AND AN AUTOPSY IS CONDUCTED.
ACT 2

RISING ACTION:

IN WHICH,

AN OUTING BEGINS; DNA RESULTS COME IN; AND A CHILD IS BORN.
ACT 3

SUSPENSE:

IN WHICH,

THE FOREST IS ENTERED; EVIDENCE IS EXAMINED; AND INNOCENCE IS LOST.
ACT 4

FALLING ACTION:

IN WHICH,

A CRIME IS COMMITTED; AN AHA! MOMENT PRESENTS ITSELF; AND TIME RUNS OUT.
ACT 5

RESOLUTION:

IN WHICH,

A SCENE IS FLED; AN EYEWITNESS COMES FORWARD; AND TRUTH IS REVEALED.

BRAID THEORY

Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does. – John Steinbeck

Show your work.” – Austin Kleon

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Journal Series Part 1: INSPECTION/PRESENT DAY #mindmap

I am working on a new journal series to connect with my book Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art.

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I am a great believer in sharing my creative process!  That is how Drawn Together was created in the first place- through journals and blogposts.

I am inspired by Austin Kleon‘s call to SHOW YOUR WORK!

As I build the journal series, I will be sharing my notes and process here and welcome your feedback and your photos!   Your contribution is invaluable and may find its way to my book! Contact me at Email.

Part 1: INSPECTION

PRESENT DAY

We look at where we are now using mindmaps.

A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information.  A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added.  Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches.  Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.   source

1. Take 10-15 minutes first to write in your journal.  Just stream of consciousness- whatever comes to mind.

2. Now create a mindmap- start with yourself in the centre and without hesitation write in bubbles as you contemplate where you are right now.  It could mean where you are at this very moment or where you are this year and this place in your life.

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It is an art to be where you are, and see happiness in life’s ever changing landscape. Today look with new eyes, and treasure all you can.  – Rita Ghatourey

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Brianna finds mindmapping useful for helping her plan next steps.
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Shiraya shaped her teen guide using mindmapping

Make sure you keep your mindmap as we’ll be adding to it during subsequent exercises!

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Jennifer takes her mindmap to a whole new level.

Enjoy the process!

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Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 4 Part 1 NOTES #GeorgeGrosz #arttherapy #DADA #newobjectivity

Week 4 Part 1 GEORGE GROSZ

We just finished Lisa Larson.  She was all about the beauty of the simple form.

Now we move onto an artist who is all about DE-FORMING.

What draws me to to George Grosz is the brutal commentary through visuals.  Something about it resonates with me.  I was especially influenced by Grosz and his modern counterpart, Ralph Steadman, in the mid to late 80’s.

Steadman on Grosz in “The Joke’s Over”

In your journal, do some major research on Grosz.  Use your journal as a workbook.  It’s not only practical, keeping all your work in one spot, but visually appealing.  I love the way notes look.  It’s time to roll up the sleeves and study.  Immerse yourself in the history of the time so you can get a better understanding of where is grotesque (or groszteque) images come from.

I’m using the book LUSTMORD as my main resource this week.

Georg Ehrenfried Groß [George Grosz) (July 26, 1893 – July 6, 1959) was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933. [source]

Dadaism:

Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922.  The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature. [source]

New objectivity:

The New Objectivity (in German: Neue Sachlichkeit) is a term used to characterize the attitude of public life in Weimar Germany as well as the art, literature, music, and architecture created to adapt to it. Rather than some goal of philosophical objectivity, it was meant to imply a turn towards practical engagement with the world—an all-business attitude, understood by Germans as intrinsically American. [source]

The Joyless Street (German: Die freudlose Gasse, 1925) is a film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in Germany, based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer, and is one of the first films of the “New Objectivity movement. It stars Greta Garbo in her second starring role. The film is often described as a morality story in which the ‘fallen woman’ suffers for her sins, while the more virtuous woman gets the happy end.  [source]

Recommended read:

Tomorrow we’ll look at the words that came up in our research and do our first Grosz interpretation.

See also:

35 PART daily journal exercise

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series Week 1 parts 1-6 FRIDA KAHLO

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series Week 2 parts 1-6 PICASSO

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series Week 3 parts 1-5 LISA LARSON

Recommended site:

Austin Kleon