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A Great 'Imagination workout' and game to play by yourself or with others.
cartoonprofessor at 11:10PM, Oct. 31, 2008
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Gday,
not sure if this is the right place for this.
A few years ago when I was working on a comic strip (yeah it got published in a couple of papers), I would need occasionally to invent a one-off character for the joke. Sometimes I would simply come up blank so would do a ‘scribble-drawing’ to develop a unique character.

I also ‘challenge’ students in my classes to try and draw a scribble that I cannot draw a character from. Then I get them to challenge their neighbour. If the neighbour succeeds the challenge is thrown back at them. The loser is the first person who cannot create an effective character from the scribble.

It is a great game for an imagination ‘workout’. Below is an example. Give it a go. You will surprise yourself.
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warefish at 3:24AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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OH MY FREAKING GAWD! THAT'S AWESOME!
I have to try that myself now!
Damn. I wish I was in one of your classes…

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Willicus at 4:38AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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My mind, it is blown.
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lothar at 5:54AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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heheheh , i was working on this scene that takes place on a crouded train full of aliens and this is the perfect way to randomly generate some one time characters . it beats my old method of altering my state of mind and stairing at old rugs , maybe , i haven't tryed it yet , but it looks cool
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bravo1102 at 7:17AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Someone saw the possibity rather than the impossiblity.

hmmm didn't Yoda say something about this: failing because you say it can't be done?
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ozoneocean at 7:22AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Yeah, but he was a puppet too. What do puppets know? eh?

Nice technique. Clever :)
 
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bravo1102 at 7:29AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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ozoneocean
Yeah, but he was a puppet too. What do puppets know? eh?


A great deal more than a lot of people I know. I have this feeling that Confucious, Lao Tzu, Sun Tzu, the Buddha, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were all actually hand puppets.

*cue Monty Python's Philospher's song"
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BlkKnight at 9:35AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Quite amazing there.
That's “Dr. BlkKnight” to all of you.
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NickGuy at 10:12AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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hey instead of just gawking, itd be awesome if we did a version of this. like someone draws a scribble and the next person to post turns it into a drawing, then does a scrible of their own for the NEXT person.

“Kung Fu Komix IS…hardcore martial art action all the way. 8/10” -Harkovast
“Kung Fu Komix is that rare comic that is made with heart and love of the medium, and it delivers” -Zenstrive
“Kung Fu Komix is…so awesome” -threeeyeswurm
“Kung Fu Komix is..told with all the stupid exuberance of the genre it parodies” -The Real Macabre
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Evil_Snuffkin at 10:49AM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Me and my little sister used to do that when we were younger. Its not so fun making characters out of scribbles by yourself.
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cartoonprofessor at 5:33PM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Great idea NickGuy.

By the way, Scribbles gets very offended being referred to as a ‘puppet’. He prefers to be called a ‘Metacarpal Thespian’.
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cartoonprofessor at 5:48PM, Nov. 1, 2008
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Here's another one… (it is supposed to be chronologically prior to the other one)


Let's see some from other DDers.
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NickGuy at 7:30PM, Nov. 1, 2008
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someone start or i will when i get a chance

“Kung Fu Komix IS…hardcore martial art action all the way. 8/10” -Harkovast
“Kung Fu Komix is that rare comic that is made with heart and love of the medium, and it delivers” -Zenstrive
“Kung Fu Komix is…so awesome” -threeeyeswurm
“Kung Fu Komix is..told with all the stupid exuberance of the genre it parodies” -The Real Macabre
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JoeL_CQB at 11:42PM, Nov. 1, 2008
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I do that when trying to come up with an idea for vehicles. I never thought about doing it for characters though. :P
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ozoneocean at 1:28AM, Nov. 2, 2008
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cartoonprofessor
By the way, Scribbles gets very offended being referred to as a ‘puppet’. He prefers to be called a ‘Metacarpal Thespian’.
Hey… that would make most girls Metacarpal lesb… Yeah… :)
 
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skoolmunkee at 12:43PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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Haha, fun! :]

OK dudes:



  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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NickGuy at 1:05PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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placeholder….im doing it right now.
ladies and gentlemen….i give you crack duck



and ill reuse your scribble that i didnt use for the next person


“Kung Fu Komix IS…hardcore martial art action all the way. 8/10” -Harkovast
“Kung Fu Komix is that rare comic that is made with heart and love of the medium, and it delivers” -Zenstrive
“Kung Fu Komix is…so awesome” -threeeyeswurm
“Kung Fu Komix is..told with all the stupid exuberance of the genre it parodies” -The Real Macabre
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Ochitsukanai at 4:54PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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Presenting…



It's disappointing because I intended to propose, you see.

A new outline -



Huh. So I'll need to use Photobucket, then. Well, live and learn.

Always, I wanna be with mew, and make believe with mew
and live in harmony harmony oh nyan
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ozoneocean at 4:59PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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Ochitsukanai
Presenting…
I can't see your pics. Is the imageshack code dodgy or is it just my net access?

—oo, now I can, you edited it :)
 
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Ochitsukanai at 5:51PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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I can't see your pics. Is the imageshack code dodgy or is it just my net access?

Must be imageshack, since I was super-careful to format my image tags like other posters' and I couldn't see 'em either.

In other news, after weeks of looking at these forums, only today did I notice your avatar's eye rolling. It shocked me to the core, I tell you!

Always, I wanna be with mew, and make believe with mew
and live in harmony harmony oh nyan
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warefish at 10:27PM, Nov. 2, 2008
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I don't like it. I think I did a horrible job at this… :(




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plab at 4:17AM, Nov. 3, 2008
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Used to play this with my cousin when we were young. One of our rules was you couldn't have crossing lines in the scribbles. Makes for some more interesting shapes imo rather than the same blob over and over.
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patrickdevine at 1:11PM, Nov. 3, 2008
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Cool! I'm going to try this out with the Comics Group that I host!
So Professor, just out of curiosity do you ever do “Exquisite Corpse?”
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cartoonprofessor at 6:12PM, Nov. 4, 2008
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What the heck is ‘Exquisite Corpse’?

I'm going to do these scribbles when I get a chance (in a year or so going at the rate I am at the moment)
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patrickdevine at 10:51PM, Nov. 4, 2008
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Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game invented by the Existentialists, it's pretty fun.
I want to take your class!
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cartoonprofessor at 1:15AM, Nov. 5, 2008
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OK, here's my interpretation of some of the above scribbles…and…
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ShadowsMyst at 1:55PM, Nov. 6, 2008
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Ah hah! Boy does THIS bring back memories. My dad introduced me to this game when I was a kid. I'd scribble for him, and he'd turn it into a character. It kept me entertained for hours when I was a kid, and it just blew my mind how he could see cartoon characters in the scribbles. I had no one else did this game and I haven't played it for years. XD

I remember trying to vex my dad with whacky scribbles and I never could. Eventually he got me to draw characters in the scribbles (still very young, we're talking like seven or eight..). I remember playing it after with my siblings as well. Heh.

Thanks for the nostalgia! I'm going to have to play this in opencanvas with friends.

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subcultured at 3:10PM, Nov. 7, 2008
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i think i went overboard…i havent done digital inks for a while so i was enjoying it a little too much.




anyone wanna do my doodle?
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Mushroomcomix at 8:10PM, Nov. 9, 2008
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umm how do you post images?
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subcultured at 8:38PM, Nov. 9, 2008
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image adress

remove the '
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