Gesture sketches

A few sketches with a brush pen...

Ready for Class Visit

On Tuesday I hope to be drawing Pirates with the kids at our local K-5 grade school.  I take the day off and make a day of it.  It is always fun, busy and entertaining.  My visits will include a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. (One class is a 3/4 split)  Each grade has a different interest and attention span to consider.  What do I bring?

-A large poster  (36" x 48")  to hang in the front of class for reference and to leave with the teacher for the day...

Next, I bring a small, 16 page, coloring and drawing workbook to hand out to the kids and teachers. With all the classes this week I have printed out about 100 books...stapled, trimmed and counted ready to go!

Finally, I will be bringing my tablet and a projector.  Sketching using Manga Studio 5 on the tablet with a few canned sketches. I will be sketching on the fly with suggestions thrown out from the class.  I usually prompt the kids for suggestions that lead the character development.

I usually focus on 3 main lessons...

1) Relax and draw from your shoulder.  I want to show them how to draw a clean simple bold line not chicken scratch.  I think confidence and control need attention. Often, the kids are still learning basic coordination skills with items like scissors or crayons. This lets them be a little more bold and less cautious.

2) Draw lightly first, darken up later. I want them to consider composition and variations before settling on their first thought.  Often I scribble all over the page lightly to show how I am just trying to figure out what to draw.  I ask them to hold the pencil at the very end as they draw to ensure they can't draw to dark. When I darken up the key lines the kids see how the under scribbles disappear and the bold lines stand out. 

3) No Erasers!  This is also about confidence. Often the kids seem to have, in their head, an idea of the "perfect" line they want to draw. This can spiral into a cycle of drawing then erasing over and over. I want them to understand that mistakes are a part of the process.  It is easier to just ask them not to use erasers than trying to limit their use. 

Above all, the message is to have fun.  I try to show them good examples but leave them to determine how much they want to try. My only "demand" is that they try sketching something, not just asking questions. I may go in with Pirates but if all the suggestions are to draw a pumpkins, then we draw pumpkins!  But, I may add an eye patch and a wicked sneer!

Keep Sketching!!!!


Pirate Day Oct.20

I almost have the final sketch/coloring books complete for Art Parent.  I have been reformatting and changing a few of the final sketches but I think it is almost done.  I have a projector on order for the day so I am hoping for a sketch video to go along with the handouts.  I have a few rooms to visit, so it should be a fairly busy day.  I hope the kids are up for it.  Here is a taste of a few of the pages, almost complete....


Looking at a fun tall guy pirate for another Pager on body types for Oct 20th and the Pirate sketchbook

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The Singing Pirates

I am playing with different pens and liking the variation in size.  The line work is more like a fine point felt marker and the darks are more of a brush pen.  This was done, as usual, in Manga Studio 5EX.

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Halloween Pirate Book

Preparing for a hand out for a school visit.  Trying to break down, into small lessons, how to draw a Pirate!  The hand out is only 8 pages and it is roughly 4" x 5" so it will be small ...

I am looking at option 1 as it seems the most distinct.  Maybe just a single face or a simple scene.  Number 4 may be a little less playful but I like to the look of this also. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Next I will have a page on expressions : Eyes and Sneers and such,  showing how to draw the teeth and lips in a good Pirate SNARL!

Different Types of Hair will be next, from squiggles to furry to the pony tail and you have to have the twisted mustache!

The last few will be mostly scenes and different body types.  Tall and thin or short and Fat hopefully in some funny situations.

Pirate Fight

Here is a softening and more playful look at my fighting pirates.  Next step is the cover Art and Text.


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