Freshers’ Pictionary

At Sunday’s Cocktails and Karaoke, you may have seen some of the [qmunicate] team about. We may have been juggling a little bit: we had a cocktail (of course), a cup with some papers in, a notebook and a pen. Our challenge? Getting freshers to draw pictures of well-known Glasgow quirks, places on campus, or related to the QMU.

There’s a catch, of course: all the freshers were not from Glasgow, they couldn’t ask for help or Google the term. Here are the best from the evening, with commentary from our Photo and Illustration Editor, Imogen:

[Irn Bru]

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Mila wins. I really enjoy the simplicity and the confidence in execution. The can, while more confident in content knowledge, is not as confident as Mila’s drawing: the execution isn’t as good.

[Stone Vagina]

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This could be a commentary of university through the Stone Vagina. The people appear to be holding something – they are either queuing to enter or leave; is very similar to themes in religious art.

 [Pizza Crunch]

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The right object is examined in the images, although two depict the wrong item. The triangle slice is like the soup can to Andy Warhol: the artists have done something new with an iconic image. Quite like the pizza crunch itself. The pizza in the box seems surrealist – gravity is defied as the box hovers, like Dalì’s Christ of St John of the Cross.


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Although the full scene is inaccurate it could be satirical of student life. The correct depiction shows good portraiture – the exaggerated feminine features capture the subject’s spirit.


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Subject matter not understood but perhaps they are abstract projections of flux: to the artist maybe this is, in fact, the club night.


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An interesting, post-modernist deconstruction of what Buckfast is in the third image: quite literally a buck, and a fast. Personal favourite is the middle image and its writing depicted as a squiggle.

 [Main Building]

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The phallic imagery of the tower commentates the patriarchal nature of university. I appreciate freshers making nuanced commentary at such an early stage of their studies. The first, abstract one is my favourite: follows Magritte’s treachery of images by representing concept rather than item itself.


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None are accurate, but does it matter? The snake with the hat reminds me of a postcard I bought at The Serpentine Gallery recently which features a snake smoking a cigarette – were you inspired by this? Evident Matisse influence. I also like the handwriting of the third artist. Stylised well and simple – four lines to represent glass but clear what it is. Naivety to the quality of line.

If you are interested in illustration or photography, come along to weekly meetings every Wednesday at 5:30pm in the QMU.

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