Everyone can draw. I truly believe that. Everyone can draw. That was the main point I tried to convey when I taught an art lesson at my son’s school last week. If you can draw a straight line, a wavy line, a circle, an oval, a square, a triangle, and a rectangle, then you can draw. The kids were really engaged and I’m looking forward to going back. We’re doing a 2 part project. First, they are each creating there own character and then they are going to paint backgrounds for their character.
I asked the teachers to have the kids write down their favorite animated movies and video games before I came in. I based my lesson using samples of their favorite characters. I created samples of characters broken down into shapes. Gru is my favorite.
Here are a few we discussed.
It was so fun talking with them about each character and how they would make their own. If you want to draw your own character and you’re staring a blank page, the best thing to do is immediately put down a shape. Any shape will do. Then you can build from there. The kids seemed to have fun. They had endless ideas. I loved looking at their drawings.
Next lesson we’ll talk about background and foreground. I’m gathering samples of the techniques animators use to make characters pop off the background.