Monday, 2 November 2015

My inner architect (could use some training)


How are you? I hope everyone transitioned into November without too much hassle.

I've been doing some drawing lately. (But you're supposed to be writing! I hear nobody scream ...) It's okay because it's part of the writing. I find it very helpful to to know my characters' surroundings. If they're in a flat, what's the floor plan like? Where would they go? How would they move? Not only do I draw the space that would actually be visible on stage, but all the other spaces too. It helps me visualize the story better and therefore (hopefully) make it more detailed and grounded. I also enjoy it. I'm not very good, nothing is to scale, Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs would take one look at my work and tell the camera team to go home, but then that's not the point.
2-bed, open planned. If only it was as easy to build ... 
Studio flat. Might come with a crazy landlord.
I'm not trying to do the set designer's job. I'm only using the drawings to support the writing process. If the plays ever get produced I'm certain someone much more qualified can look at the texts and come up with several great ways to stage them. It's always exciting when innovative set design can give a production that extra layer. But in my head, right now, this is what it looks like. Or at least, this is what it looks like when I tried to draw what's in my head ...

I hope you all have a great week!