The thinking hand: making a commual drawing

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In this exercise you are encouraged to work on a drawing with others. You will work on part of a drawing and then pass the drawing on to a partner, family member or friend. We often think about the author in the singular; this exercise challenges the idea of a drawing's authorship and encourages you to consider how you might relate your drawing to the creations of others. In making this drawing you're encouraged to think about the story the drawing tells as it takes on multiple narratives. The personality of the drawing will develop as these stories overlap to form one composition.
<...r>2. Think about what scale of paper you want to work on in relation to the number of drawers. There is no limitation, but if you intend to pass the drawing on to more than four people, you might want to work on a piece of paper that is larger than A4.

3. Start to draw your object in its context. Ideally, you should draw your object in an interior domestic environment that has a relationship to the object and reveals something about its history, use or meaning to you. For example, you might choose to draw your favourite mug and place it in a specific place on the kitchen table because you always have coffee in the morning sitting in that spot.

4. Use a lightness of touch when making your marks. You don't want your marks to dominate the page. Imagine your drawing as a whisper, rather than a shout.

2. When you have drawn your object, draw its environment. Your drawing will overlap the previous drawing. Lightly rub out sections of the previous drawing if you feel necessary.

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