I drew this exquisite corpse with my friend Sasha in the upstairs lounge at 5 Star Bar in Downtown LA*. Exquisite Corpse is a surrealist game that takes more than one player, a piece of paper, and something to write with. The purpose of the game is to incrementally create a complete body ( one person draws the head head, the next person draws the mid section,etc.) without looking at what the other people have drawn. We used the back of a promotional flyer that I found on the stairs and the pen I had in my hair bun.
I folded the flyer into 4 parts and let the fun begin! We didn’t use a timer or anything, though that’s an option. After Sasha finished the feet, we flattened out the paper to reveal an odd looking lady. I like that Sasha added flowers for setting. We continued to add a few details (a bracelet, a sun, a bird/fish with a hat…
When I got home from the event I put the final product into Photoshop, traced most of the lines, and added color.
I would have prefered adding the color with Sasha in some sort of surreal fashion. Alas, I did not have markers on me. I plan to keep one of those pens with the multiple ink options in my bag ASAP.
I like that the skin’s color is similar to that of the sky’s. I intentionally chose a desert color palette. It seemed fitting (at least for the camel).
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*The event at 5 Star Bar was called Schmaqulin, which features a variety of bands and has a Wednesday night residency at the venue. On this particular night, we enjoyed great sounds from Operator_Error, Elliot Next, Jammy and the Smack, and a few others.