Friday, June 19, 2015
Had the pleasure of drawing some ninja and princess cartoon portraits for a TMNT-themed birthday party held at the Kids Together Park this past weekend. Most boys wanted to be either a ninja or a dragon knight. The girls went with Harry Potter or Disney Princesses requests.
It took just a little over an hour to draw fourteen sketches with my trusty Sakura Pigma Sensei 06 pen.
We had a very talented group of students in our last Ninjas & Dragons Summer art Camp at the Cary Arts Center, so just wanted to share some of their original pop-up card designs.
Notice the little ninja hanging on a rope at the top of the card.
A second ninja faces against a Water Dragon.
Penguin ice castle.
More Ninja versus Dragon scenarios.
Thanks to a fellow instructor at the Art Center, we got an ample supply of wooden boards that can be used for drawing and painting.
They come in odd sizes since they are used breaking boards from Martial Arts classes and demonstrations. They just needed a bit of sanding on the rough edges.
Colors bleed a bit, but that just simply adds to its "artsy" look.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Event: 5 grade graduation dinner at school cafeteria 5-8 pm. Drew 40 students plus 5 adults and volunteers on 8.5" X 11" card stock with two 06 Sakura Pigma Sensei pens. Working side by side with Melody Scruggs (Mimi the Clown) that I met tonight. She is very nice, and you should certainly give her a call if you need fun clean family entertainment services in the Triangle area.
Speed: 15 portraits/hour (though had some down time when no guest were waiting to be drawn). After drawing each portrait, I took a quick photo with my phone to keep track of my progress. Sorry for the blurry shots, for I did not allow the phone enough time to focus on some of them. Managed to document 41 of them, but my battery died by the time I completed the last four cartoon portraits for the evening.
Early in the evening my actual sketching speed was closer to 20 portraits/hour, and as the evening progress we tackled a few more detailed guests and special requests that required a bit more time per portrait.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Since got an upcoming summer camp on ninjas and dragons at the Art Center, decided to make a new pop-up card sample featuring a classic ninja and his Tengu master. The characters were sketched with a waterproof felt-tip pen, and the background card was penciled in.
Used some watercolor pencils dry to add a bit of color to the background card.
Felt a more defined outline was needed, so I used a pigment pen to go over all the background elements to make them stand out more clearly. Also colored in the characters.
Finally used some "Yes" paste to glue the characters to their pop-up tabs. Make sure their bottom edge line up flush against the the base of each tab for smooth operation when opening and closing the pop-up card.
Another view of the finished card.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Found these blank books at Barnes & Noble, and thought that they might make for a fine collaborative art project with my nephews. You could tackle it as a family project one rainy day and engage the writing and illustration skills of everyone in its completion. Once finished, you could put the protective clear plastic cover back on, and your new custom picture book would be ready to join the rest of your children's library.
Drew a custom cover with a pigmented pen liner and colored it with with markers.
Copic and Prismacolor markers worked fine on the hard cover material, but they will bleed through the interior pages a bit. It will be not an issue if you only draw on one side of each sheet, but if you do choose to color with markers you may want to use some protective absorbent sheets underneath the paper.
Interior cover drawn on first page a fine pigment pen reflecting the kids interests and favorite animals. The "Series" component reflect what the kids see in their own reading books collections these days.
Pencil and pigment felt tip pens work just fine on the interior pages with minimal show through. since they are a pretty good thickness for drawing paper.
Added a few graphic designs to opposing corners of two book spreads, so that the young ones may add additional doodles or text as they see fit.
While you could use any black pen for lettering and drawing, I would recommend choosing archival pigmented pens for their permanence and water-resistant qualities. That way you have maximum flexibility in your selection of coloring materials afterwards. Meaning you don't have to worry about smears and smudges once ink and lettering have dried, and you can use alcohol-based markers and some light water-based media..
I like the brightness of the marker inks on the white paper,
but they do seep through the page as shown above..
Watercolor pencils will work dry or wet, but keep washes light to minimize warping of the paper. We plan to continue to work on further pages in an organic manner developing additional text and images simultaneously.
Naturally you could tackle it in a more organized and planned fashion, by writing and laying out each page before filling the actual blank book. Now go make your own picture book.
Just a couple more coloring/sketching pages from the book. Some I started with some partial sketches for the kids, others were drawn on top of drawings the kids started. I colored parts of them with different hues to encourage the kids to use multiple colored pencils when coloring a given section.