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Drawing at the NYC Museums: From Stick-Figures to Sketches

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

I used to draw stick figures. I’m not what anyone would call a professional artist, or even a good amateur artist. During English and Literature lectures in my undergrad years, I would see my peers doodling away. Whenever I couldn’t process the professor’s droning word, I would entertain myself by watching my desk mates scribble stars, flowers, and people, envious that I could not do what they did.

I am finding new hobbies at age 25. I am a writer by nature. But I decided to expand my horizon. Instead of staying cooped up in my apartment, I made it my goal to step outside more often. Last week, I attended the Museum of Moving Images. I flashed my student ID and received the student discount. (They have free enties on Friday, 4-8pm).

I wandered the Jim Henson Exhibition, out of a love for the recent 2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series. I saw Henson’s doodly character sketches for Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.

I had a sketchbook in my bag. So I whipped it out. And I sought to imitate Henson’s sketches and some of artist Brian Froud.

These are the results. Not stick-people, but shapes.

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Sometimes you see something you want to draw so badly.

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Carol is a queer Vietnamese-Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of New York. When she’s not seeing a Broadway production, she’s buried in her nonfiction MFA homework like Hermione Granger and her Hogwarts studies. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, Carol is cooking her own Chinese food instead of buying take-outs and dreaming of winning Hamilton lotto tickets. She chronicles the quirks of New York living and writing, runs writing and scripting services, and lends her voice to Birth Movies DeathThe Mary SueFilm School Rejectsand The Script Lab. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

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