I was recently interviewed for the Wyoming EPSCoR program’s blog.
In addition to a number of questions specific to the nature of sketching workshops I teach, Jess White from EPSCoR asked a thought-provoking question about how drawing contributes to my writing. It was a question I’d never consciously considered before, and I was delighted to be compelled to do so.
Little of that aspect of the interview made it into the final article, which is how interviews often go – there’s only room for so much, and no matter how interesting a tangent may be, it may not sync well with the dominant theme of the article.
So, here’s the “how sketching influences my writing” out-take:
Since you’re also a science writer and essayist, can you talk about the connections you see between art/illustration and your writing?
In a pragmatic sense, drawing compels me to look very closely at a given subject – much more closely than I find I do if I merely work to describe that subject in writing. I also have to problem-solve visually, which involves capturing color in a visceral way, drawing and re-drawing a form until I have accurately captured the shape, relationships of parts, sizes, etc. Continue reading What do science writing and sketching have to do with each other? Wyoming EPSCoR asked me…