Over the latter part of the Lulworth residency I have been collating, drawing, printing and designing a drawing walk or guide with the intention of encouraging people to walk and draw in the landscape. A few weeks ago I completed the formatting for the drawing walk and have used photoshop and indesign to put together a structured introduction to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, plus a map and activities for participants to do whilst out and about.
Through the design process I have been using my original screen prints as a basis for the 'guide' and adjusting colours, and layout. I've created a font to use for the text, and selected some text from the Lulworth essential guide. The 'guide' format has evolved from concertina, to poster and into a standard A5 landscape. This was mainly informed by how the images were involving alongside the text but this might again change depending on how it is received.
As part of the development process I went out to 'test' the guide with 5 children aged between 10 and 15. The experience was great fun but threw up questions around what should and should not be included and discussions around content and relevance to them as an audience.
It was clear that drawing was fun and that the most popular materials were watercolour pencils, lead pencils and unsurprisingly mud, leaves, grasses and anything else that they could utilize from what they had around them. Here are some of the pages that were tested out on location.
I have decided, as a result of going out to test the book, to rework my drawing 'guide' idea but think about how to simplify the format, add activities and more hand crafted drawings so that the places included are more recognisable. I also need to amend the map and try to encourage those taking part to try and draw within it on their own. I will not abandon this design work completely but try and get back to where I began, using how I approached my journeys and made discoveries on the landscape. This means that my audience will vary, which means the content needs to be more open.
The plan would be to make a journal/ drawing guide to help people understand my experience in the landscape and how I use drawing to respond to it and record things. It will be illustrated with things that I find interesting; plants, wildlife and landscapes, as well as my thoughts and interesting facts. I would then be able to leave enough space for people to complete open drawings, or write or respond in their own way, and make suggestions of how they might do this.
I am excited to keep working with Lulworth to ultimately make something that many people can enjoy. Unfortunately with preparations for the MA Show looming I have had to put the completion of the guide on hold. Lulworth have been great in not wanting to rush a final outcome and are happy for me to develop the idea further which is exciting and something I will pick up when the MA Show comes down.