Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Always carry Paper and Pencil with you in all your trips

Some pencil sketches drawn in planes during a recent trip to Florida.
Sketching session during flight from Orlando to Raleigh
Visit to the local museum showcased some nice historical pencil items.
Cedar Key trip - Food & Museums
Apparently much of the cedar used for pencil slats in the early XX century came from Cedar Key, FL.
Cedar Key trip - Food & Museums
Those forest resources were harvested until all the native red cedar trees were gone, and all that remains are some plaques at the mill sites recounting the role this small fishing town played in the history of pencil-making in the USA.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Private Art Session for Kids

4 kids (Ages 3 to 8 years old) + 4 waterbrushes + Pan watercolor kit = Fun time exploring water media during the weekend.

Drawing and coloring of Minecraft character.

Coloring a carton portrait with a waterbrush.

The deck bench proved to be a suitable drying rack in the nice weather.

Switching to some marker coloring.

Never too young to enjoy a fine Fixpencil leadholder.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Upcoming 74076 Cartoon Sketching Class Reminder for my local readers

Parents if you are planning a date night this Friday, just wanted to let you know that there are still open spots for the upcoming Cartoon Sketching night class. You could enjoy a quiet dinner while your child draws some fun cartoon people and fantastical creatures like dragons and talking pets. Please use 74076 code for registration via EZ-REG Web.
Anime & Manga Design Workshop on Friday Night - 74076

Ages: 5 Yrs. to 12 Yrs. 

Do you like Anime and Manga? Learn to sketch heroes and design creatures typical of Japanese comics for your own comics or illustrated mini-books. New and experienced drawing student are welcomed due to the one-on-one instruction. 

Friday03-07-20146:00PM - 8:00PMStudio U10 - Cary Arts Center

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mythical Creatures Standing Cut-Out project sheet

Working on some new material for the Cartoon Sketching classes focusing on a fantasy theme.

Made a new ledger size activity-coloring sheet for the Creatures and Heroes sketching lessons this week.

Going to try a few different coloring materials and make a few samples for the display case at the Art Center.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Making an Army of Paper Robots

Given Mateo's interest in this Japanese cartoon about fighting robots, we decided to make some paper toys with 110 lb cardstock and the art supplies that we had on hand. The Cutter Bee Precision Scissors were particularly useful for making the standing cut outs and pop-up backgrounds.

Our standing cut out versions of the Tenkai Knights Titan mode. My nephew colored the base color with a yellow Crayola crayon, and I used some Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons to add some additional shades and brighter colors.

The good guys army was colored with markers and crayons. Notice the explosion cut outs and the red guy that can fly in his own Nakamura-lock paper airplane. Paper toys might be inexpensive to make, but they can still be plenty of fun.

The bad guys army was colored mainly with crayons. Our first batch below was particularly  monochromatic, but Mateo soon discovered how much better his creations looked once he took to coloring with multiple crayons.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Making Pop-Up Holiday Cards

Woot! 400th Post!

Materials and tools used:
- White and Red card stock.
- Glue sticks or YES paste.
- Bone folder
- Round corner paper punch
- Pentel Outline pen
- Cutter Bee Precision-cut scissors.

Make sure pop-up tabs are big enough (around 1" X 1"), so that there is plenty of surface to attach the pop-up character.

The Pentel Outline pen was used to draw simple backgrounds and to draw a silver outline around the pop-up characters and props.

The individual characters and background elements on white card stock were trimmed with the Cutter Bee Precision-cut scissors.

Characters were colored with Copic Sketch markers.

Happy Holidays!