This week’s project honestly seemed like it would have been a liberating experience on paper, but in reality it was a little awkward. I want to say it’s his judgmental personality that made this difficult, but I think it would have been just as strange with anyone else I know. I had to explain the project to Silvestre 3 times, and then show him the beacharts link so he would finally understand and do the project with me. I already knew it wouldn’t go well, him being unable to do something without a purpose, and me being too tense therefore not being able to relax in my own room.
We chose a black prismacolor so I would be able to go back and fill in the paper at a different time. I grabbed a cutting board to place the paper on, the the paper was a lot larger than I thought so we flattened out a cardboard box. We sat down facing each other and tried to place the board between us. When it came time to draw, the pencil did not move. At all. For 5 minutes. This was long enough for Silvestre, who complained his wrists were hurting, let go of the pencil a few times, and it would never move. I figured it would move easier if we were distracted and not just staring at each other, so I got up and put on Bob’s Burgers on Netflix. I sat back down and hoped for the best. I felt him start to lead the way.
My plan worked, we mindlessly let the pencil stroll around the paper as we were focused on the tv. A few times we thought it would take ages to fill enough space, so in between episodes I felt Silvestre make an effort to move the pencil on his own. This ended up being pretty noticeable on the paper, as there were sudden, dark, smoother lines. I did not end up going back to color it in, but I think I might in the near future, when Silvestre isn’t around to judge my art class.
All in all, it wasn’t a terrible expereince. It was funny to see him all worked up over something that had no meaning to him. I kept making jokes to try and lighten the mood, and I learned what makes him laugh and what doesn’t. I can see how this is an intimate activity. I personally wouldn’t do this again, at least not with him. When it was over, we got to eat snacks and watch Bob’s Burgers, so it was all alright.