Tonight, Gracie wanted to draw Swampy from Disney’s Where’s My Water? We had a lot of fun with this one, especially Grace, who vacillated between drawing and dancing like a happy alligator in the shower.
Drawing with Cate is different than drawing with Grace. She’s not really into the “You pick one. I pick one,” idea. At best, you can just hope you agree on a subject. Other times … she wears you down. This was one of those times. She wanted to draw “Wilma,” the Fijit Friend Santa brought on Christmas Day.
If you have one, I think you’ll agree a picture of a Fijit beats the loud reality by a country mile. If you don’t have one in your home … I envy you. 🙂
As fun as it is drawing classic comics characters, the girls are often more engaged by the quality of the art and the art style more than they are the legacy of the character. So, we look at the work of many indy artists. Tonight, we drew inspiration from Scott C. and Becky Dreistadt of Tiny Kitten Teeth. Check out their blogs here:
- Scott C: His blog is here and a story on his “Smiling Showdowns” is here!
- Becky Dreistadt: Becky’s Deviant Art gallery is here and Tiny Kitten Teeth is here.
Here’s our source art:
When asked what she wanted to draw tonight, Gracie yelled, “Tiny Titans.” I’ve said it before … and will again: Art Baltazar’s art is an incredible way to engage kids and teach them how to find the essence of a character with simple shapes and lines. Art’s work can help develop the eye and talent of artists of any age. We can only hope that he’ll release a “How-To” book of his own. To learn more about his work at DC, check out this cool interview.
And, to see more of his Lanterns … dig this!
She’s been drawing more and displays great understanding of shape and lots of patience, particularly when inking her pencils. When she wants to … Cate can draw. But, she needs to want to do it. She’s gotten into a great book we got on drawing classic Disney and Pixar characters. It’s not overly “step-by-step,” but it does break characters down into their basic shapes in helpful ways.
Francesco Francavilla is one of our oldest friends at 5 Minute Marvels and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch how his career has grown over the last few years. Even with the darkest of subjects, Francesco has a playful spirit in his art — I think that’s what the Big Two have seen and fans respond to in his work. So, when I saw his Peanuts/BPRD mashups on Comics Alliance yesterday, I was compelled to join in the fun with my takes on Marcie/Lobster Johnson & Franklin/Andrew Devon. See Francesco’s incredible art here!
Tonight’s 5 Minute doodle (okay, maybe 8 minutes) is for my good friend, Josh Bowron. Knowing of my fondness for all things Kirby AND my penchant for reading “fun, but failed” comics concepts, Josh bought me Issue 1 of Kobra, which is one of (if not THE) last issues Jack ever penciled for DC.
Josh is a comics nut with wild, eclectic taste, an aspiring comics writer and a priest at my church. A comic reading priest … why did I have to wait 38 years for this? Learn more about Father Josh, his thoughts, faith and interests at his blog, Discernland.