Collaboration can create surprising and impressive results. Without a rigid framework, the finished product of a collaborative endeavour is almost always unexpected. Nobody's experiences completely overlap with another person - everyone sees and feels the world differently, learns and remembers differently, expresses themselves differently, and has differently preferences and opinions. In creative fields, 1 + 1 almost never equals 2. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
In 2010 I co-drew several images with my then-girlfriend (now fiancée) Elizabeth Flux. We followed a similar process for each piece: one of us would draw in pencil for a few minutes, then the other would take over for a few minutes, repeat until outlines complete. I then went over everything with pen and filled in the colours. There was no plan or overall concept for the drawings - purely experimental. To me it's very obvious which parts each of us drew - what do you think?
|Back in the Day|
Last year we revisited this style and created a slightly simpler image - though just as cheerful and colourful as our earlier pieces. We're in a hot air balloon!
Working in collaboration leads to a rich dialogue yielding unexpected results.