I had the fabulous pleasure of attending an art therapy class. It was delightful, to say the least. While there were many “exercises” to participate in, I waited to take part in the last one; which was to sketch or draw anything that your mind thinks of, with crayons. I picked up the black crayon, and for the next fifteen to twenty minutes was fully lost into the task. I only paid attention to what my mind had doodled on this sheet that was in front me, after the allotted time was up. I was amazed at how my brain, with the help of a single black crayon, could communicate via art; to bring font, and center some of my thoughts, and feelings - some that I was aware of, and some of those I never even knew existed until that point in time.
With that aside, I came home with my new “art work”, and scanned it, importing it then into illustrator. I immediately began to play with tracing, and expansion. Some of the results stumbled upon in illustrator, they amazed me.
Further on, I tried layering up all that Illustrator spewed out, in Photoshop; applying, and playing with layer transparencies further. This, again, blew my mind away. I think I am going to print, and frame one of those layered results.
Art Therapy Doodle Illustration - Fun Project
Here are the many versions of what I doodled during this workshop. While it may look more like a blob, it means a lot to me. Some of these traces do look like a brain doodle!
Illustrator - Version 1
Illustrator - Version 2
Illustrator - Version 3
Illustrator - Version 4
Illustrator - Version 5
Here’s the more interesting, layered illustrations. They look, more or less, like a combination of a spider’s web, and a rough sketch of the brain - both fused together.
Layered Version 1
Layered Version 2
Layered Version 3
Layered Version 4
And, here’s the original scan of my art therapy inspired “art work”
The original scan.