The blog of Hannah Robinson, artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Scissors Paper Pencil (and the I.F. brief)

I have decided to set myself a grand project this month: named Scissors, Paper, Pencil. The idea is simple: these three things are the only things I can use to create art, for the next four weeks.

I think this has partly been borne out of the amount of uninspiring digital work I have churned out lately, both professionally and for pleasure. I adore my computer and the creative software that comes with it, but the trouble is I feel like I've lost touch with the creative process: the mucking around that gives birth to inspiring, "eureka" moments.

So, before I ramble on into infinity, here are the rules:

  1. I can use pencil, paper, scissors/scalpel to create, and that's it. I was going to include glue, but hey, lets be spartan and keep it pure.
  2. I am allowed to use my digital camera and computer purely to upload my work onto here, and nothing more.

That's pretty much it. I'm really excited, instead of feeling limited, my mind is suddenly opening up to a wealth of possibilities. I would have been stumped if I'd had unlimited resources, that or sat down in front of the trusty mac and stared at the Illustrator workspace like a mollusc for ages.

if you'd like to join me on this project, I would love that. Just leave a comment or nudge me in the direction of your blog, and I'll be sure to mention you in my next blog posts with links, if you would like that.

To all the Friday-ers out there: Here is my Illustration Friday piece, adhering to the outlines of my new project. Sorry for making you read all this ramble. Hugs.


  1. Nice idea! Sometimes limits can be refreshing, as you say, and get the mind working in ways we otherwise wouldn't have thought to go. The cutout speech balloon, being so dark, carries a lot of the image. I look forward to seeing how else you play with this. Will let you know if I am inspired to play along.

  2. Great image for the topic! And I like your goal of using simple tools. I'm inspired to join in, but I don't know if I can do without glue. I'll check your blog again and see what you come up.

  3. Thanks guys! Let me know if you do join in, I'd love to see the results.