How doing a drawing a day changed my life The Science of Dubstep | James Humberstone 2 days ago   10:04

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On the 1st July 2010, David Litchfield made a life-changing decision. He decided to do one drawing every day for a year, and make the drawings available online for people to react to and critique. It became a monumental project. Litchfield is now a professional illustrator and works for The Beano and The Telegraph, among other publications. He also teaches at Bedford College.

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mohd ali
His head to neck ratio is close to 1.
sutil Al
a talk about hismelf nice video for his family memebers..
Paul Lo
Thanos Of Titan
How many ummms was that
Abdullah Nasher
The hardest thing to do as an artist is deferentially seeing with a new fresh eyes the same work you have just finished.
Abdullah Nasher
Blue Berry
Hey love ur effort n art I m learning drawing n m 33 year old is it too late to start ?
Sophia Moore
Totally loved it, but wanted to scream at his constant Uh, Uhm. Do people ever listen to themselves?
Anita Julaniya
Tell me, how much time approximately everyday to spend to do a satisfactory drawing a day ?
Jotaro d Kujo
i was already doing this i should keep doing it
Cecilia aa
Great idea! I guess I will start my drawing a day challenge. But I don´t like the idea of posting my drawings because i will suffer if people say they are bad =)
lonotiki , Shannon O'
Goal...Brilliant. Loved the video, great artist...illustrator!
I will begin my drawing a day today. (I mean I draw everyday)
But I will like the strict guide of doing this!!
Thank you for sharing~
bryan scurry
ehhh ummm ehh umm ehh umm
He said uhm more than 66 times
Jodi Pickle
What’s funny is that I usually listen to tedtalks when I draw. I was drawing my daily warmup before getting into my main project and this is really great to hear
Today i will starts drawing everyday.
I've drawn a bath everyday for 40 years.
I'm listening to this while drawing my 245th daily drawing! It started with Inktober, and I was rubbish, but over the course of the almost 250 days I've improved greatly. I would definitely advise any artists to set aside anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour of every day to draw, it will help you grow as an artist and it's a great stress reliever.
Suzannah james
Thanks for this in depth talk. I started to draw about a month ago and went into a “timeless zone” and it really seemed to rest the mind. A YouTube artist, Katy Jobling is wonderfully inspiring and she is self taught, and that also gave me a push to draw.
Buddha Girl
He sounds like Ricky Gervais
Buddha Girl
I love this style, clever chap!
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The Science of Dubstep | James Humberstone How doing a drawing a day changed my life 2 days ago   18:07

The theme for TEDxOxford in 2016 was “find X”. In his talk “the Science of Dubstep”, James Humberstone proposes that if this and future generations are going to “find X”, every nation needs to revolutionise education and develop cohorts of workers who can think abstractly. A composer, technologist, musicologist and music educator, Humberstone claims that music is the most abstract of all the arts and that technologically rich, culturally appropriate musical training could lead that educational revolution, turning the focus away from high stakes standardised testing and toward engaging and inspiring student-centred learning. Along the way he explains how incredible human perception of sound is, and composes a 12-tone dubstep song with the help of the TED audience!

As a composer, technologist and teacher, James Humberstone believes that music education can lead all education through the challenges of the 21st Century. After all, there is no more experiential, creative, child-centred subject than music – or so he claims. A trained ‘classical’ composer, James migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1997 and has also worked in the fields of music software, education (with children and adults of all ages), and as a musicologist. Today he is a lecturer in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and remains an active composer. His recent musical output included a permanent electro-acoustic installation at the Australian National Maritime Museum on board a retired destroyer and a submarine. In 2016 James is collaborating on a Hip Hop album, and composing a song cycle. He has also just released the University of Sydney’s first (free) MOOC, “The Place of Music in 21st Century Education” at

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