Drop In + Draw 2 – Report

Last weekend we held our second family Drop In + Draw session, this time in association with the Creative Jam arts festival.  The event took place at the St. James Centre, just off Princes Street and was a two day affair, right during one of the rainiest summer weekends Edinburgh has seen in a long time.

Families drawing comics

Although Saturday started off very quiet, by around 2pm we began to attract some attention from passing families, with kids who were probably sick of shopping and eager for a little bit of quiet drawing.  Sunday was our blockbuster day, a marked difference from Saturday: we were busy with people pretty much non-stop from noon onwards.

More comics drawing.

We’d evolved our ideas since the last event, ditching a lot of the stuff that had been less popular at the previous event, and especially the activities that were maybe too complex to explain quickly to passing punters.  Instead we focussed on the idea of character creation, with ideas borrowed from my time spent with We Are Words + Pictures at Hay and Latitude Festivals.

The hit of the weekend was the character creation technique we used where a person would pick out of separate bags a random name, description and job for a character.  The resulting random creations were strange and hilarious, and led to a lot of fun for kids and us professionals alike.

Art by Fumio Obata and Tom Hunt

We all had a great weekend, and it was refreshing for all of us to have a chance to draw for fun for a change.  Thanks are due to Tom Hunt, Fumio Obata and Eleni Kalorkoti as artists in residence during the weekend, to Ness and Mat for organising the event, to Artlandic for supplying loads of art materials and to St. James Centre for having us.  And obviously, most thanks has to go to everyone who came along and took part.  Your amazing inventions made the weekend a blast!

Edward Ross