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  • Writer's pictureShanna Cheng

Dreaming Day by Day Series: #10

Hello Dreamers!

It has been a while since I have updated content on my series. I hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year and picked things up along the way.

Today's topic is going to be about storytelling.

I have been creating creative content and picking up several small projects to date. Since this project relates to my practice, I thought I could provide some insight on how I portray storytelling through a series of drawings. As ArtStarts is approaching their Annual Showcase of 2018, the staff and volunteers are preparing for the show of the year. Since I have been tasked to draw some concept images for this activity, I thought it was perfect for me to use my skills and imagination at hand.

I was given a series of questions related to storytelling. As part of a workshop for this year's Annual Showcase, I had 6 questions to work with for each face of the dice. It was to prompt images and assist the attendees while they create their story. As each person is given the dice to roll; they begin, create and end the story together as a collective. It is to encourage them to be creative and wild with their imagination, continue drawing on the page one by one, and together create a story unique to everyone. This activity is a great way to exercise their creativity and bring together different minds and practices throughout. Through sharing, it creates a special way of bonding and learning.

  1. How does the story start?

  2. Who is the main character?

  3. Where does the adventure take place?

  4. What is your favourite part of the story?

  5. What is the moral of the story?

  6. What happens in the end?

As how this relates to my practice, storytelling is where everything starts. I have been entranced into storytelling and still do. I would dream up places and situate myself in each one. As I continued pursuing art through post-secondary, it didn't occur to me that my prints would continuously fall into this specific category of storytelling. I purposely draw places with no living beings inhabiting the space, as to give the viewers the freedom to place themselves within the drawn space without any disturbance. In a way, it is how I tell my story while letting others continue to branch off from it, like planting the seed where it can grow into something beautiful and magical. That connection is how I take my practice and bond with the audience as a form of expression and collective thought.

A little short interpretation and inside view of my ongoing practice!

Look forward to more updates in my next blog post. Until next time ... 

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