Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Metropolitan Museum of Art

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Metropolitan Museum of Art

Problems generally can be approached with two main lines of thinking: from a question to an answer (eg deductive thinking, maths, logic, reason...etc) or from an answer to a question (eg inductive thinking, creativity, experimentation, play...etc). In both cases there is a line of enquiry involved with a sense of completion being established between two points.

However, in matters of creativity such as drawing a third option is provided, the move from a line of enquiry to a loop of enquiry, with questions leading to answers and then on to further questions...etc.

The beauty of the loop over the line of enquiry is that a loop has form. The creative process can be reduced down to two main components, form and content. Form is how an idea is represented, content is what the idea is about, what is contained in the form.

That said, what the form of this loop of enquiry does as it gains momentum, is expand and ascend, creating an opening spiral, as questions step up to answers, and so on. The result is the construction of a dish like structure, like a beautiful Greek Kylix wine drinking cup (pictured below), built with a definitive function, to support and contain bright new ideas.

This might sound unusual but in a creative culture such as drawing, where all form is generally designated to the creative outcome a sense of form ascribed to the creative process can be tremendously interesting. Understood in such a way one might formulate from our loop a more tangible sense of creative direction. This of course should be nothing new to drawing, a medium that gains its appeal as a formative means to design greater things.

Alternatively, we can forget about our wine cup and lasso our spinning loop around the next big thing that runs past. 

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