Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Crayola Ultra-clean ColorMax Washable Markers and Impromptu Drawing session

Found these markers on clearance at Target, and they are pretty bold and bright as their label claims. You can never have too many fresh markers when you got lil' artists around eager to explore their creativity.

Just before dinner, this group decided to sketch and paint. Having the art supplies always ready in the playroom and introducing a couple of waterbrushes for painting made set up quick and easy. While we got a glass of water for cleaning the waterbrushes, they can be cleaned by simply wiping them on a paper towel.
Some of them even tried my new Winsor & Newton Watercolor markers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dragon Designs Workshop

Got a full class for our Dragon Designs 1-day workshop at the Cary Arts Center on September 25th. These are some of the 11"x15" sample Sharpie sketches I prepared today. We'll go over basic tips on drawing dragon heads, serpentine bodies, and scales rendering. We will have a variety of coloring media for students to explore:colored and watercolor pencils, pan watercolors, markers, watersoluble graphite crayons, and pastels.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Classes in Durham Winter 2014

For my students in Durham:

Durham Arts Council Upcoming Classes - Fall 2014

Cartoon Sketching Anime & Manga Characters and
Creatures (Ages 5-12)
Sharpen eye-hand coordination and drawing skills while creating characters and fantasy creatures found in action and super hero movies, Japanese animation, and comic books. Create a cast and design a world to tell your own stories through comics or illustrated mini books. Class is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students that wish to continue to refine their sketching skills and try new art materials. Listed subtitles are flexible enough, so that each student may focus on the theme of their preference.

14F415.2 Wednesday, 5:30-7:15 PM October 15 - October 29 (3 weeks)

14F415.3 Wednesday, 5:30-7:15 PM November 5 – November 19 (3 weeks)

For the budding artists in the Student U program, our next two scheduled sessions will be on:

Thursday October 2 5:00-5:50 pm
Thursday November 6 5:00-5:50 pm

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yoobi Color Layer Markers test doodle

Another clearance find at Target that I was a tad curious to try. It's a pack of eight markers (6 Step-1 with two colors each, and 2 Step-2 markers that reveal the second color)

Made the quick character sketches with the base color, and then used the clear Step 2 color layer marker to reveal the lighter color. It works pretty well.

Kids should have plenty of fun playing with them in their sketchbooks and craft projects.

You can easily add details and patterns on top of solid color areas with the clear step-2 markers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Doodling with Yoobi Gel Ink Pen

Found this 3-pack of black gel ink pens on sale at Target, so decided to try them since I like their neon green barrels. Found it ok, but not as smooth as my old favorite the ubiquitous Pilot G-2. By comparison it felt a bit scratchy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

List of Upcoming Drawing Classes at the Cary Arts Center for Fall 2014

For the convenience of parents & students here is the
list of my upcoming cartoon sketching
classes at the Cary Arts Center.

Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 15 & up)

79768 Mon, Sep15 - Sep29,  7:00PM -  9:00PM
79769 Mon, Oct13 - Oct27,  7:00PM -  9:00PM
79770 Mon, Nov10 - Nov24,  7:00PM -  9:00PM   
79771 Mon, Dec1 - Dec15,  7:00PM -  9:00PM

Saturday Teen Classes and Workshops (age 11-16Y)

79988 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything 
Sat, Oct 11, 12:15PM -  3:15PM [1 meeting]
79998 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything
Sat, Nov 8, 12:15PM -  3:15PM [1 meeting]
79999 Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything
Sat, Dec 20, 12:15PM -  3:15PM[1 meeting]

Saturday Youth Workshops and Classes
(age 8-13Y)

80035 Origami Adventure Workshop (age 8-13)
Sat, Sep 20, 12:30PM -  3:00PM[1 meeting]

Half-Day Weekday Art Workshops
(age 6-12Y)

79538 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T4
Fri, Oct 17, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79569 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T3
Fri, Oct t24, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79570 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style
(age 6-12) T2
Fri, Dec 5, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]
79571 Cartoon Sketching: Anime and Manga Style 
(age 6-12) T1
Fri, Dec 12, 12:30PM -  3:00PM [1 meeting]

Anime & Manga Design Friday Night Workshop (K5-12)
(age 5Y-12Y)

79746 Fri, Oct 3,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]
79757 Fri Nov 14,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]
79758 Fri, Dec12,  6:30PM -  9:00PM [1 meeting]

Cartoon Sketching Anime & Manga Characters
 and Creatures (age 5-12Y)
79759 Mon, Sep15 - Sep29  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79760 Mon, Oct13 - Oct27,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79761 Mon, Nov10 - Nov24,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
79767 Mon, Dec1 - Dec15,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]