Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Are You "Good" at Drawing? Or is Drawing Good for You?

If you look around at courses and books that teach how to draw, you may notice that many of them have something in common:

They want to help you "improve" your drawing. Make it more realistic, more successful.

Which, by the way, I think is just a fine thing to do. If you want to do that, I recommend "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." It's great.

But, I want to tell you: You don't have to be "good" at drawing for drawing to be good for you.

Did you know that even in remote areas of the world, where there isn't a lot of paper, kids will take up a stick and draw in the dirt? The urge to make marks is very strong.

I believe that if every school kid and grownup got 30 minutes of free drawing time per day, this would be a miraculously wonderful thing.

It would create a space where you can just move a pencil around, let your brain loose, hang out with a piece of paper, and take up your own side of the conversation you're having with the world.

You might scribble, or you might make a face, or you might just sit there and stare at the paper.

Maybe you would make rubbings of the coins and paper clips in your desk.

Drawing, making marks, puts your mind in a different place. It's a place that you make, where you get to travel around. It's not full of text messages and emails. It's a really really neat place, and I'd love to take everyone to visit.

So with that, I'll leave you with "Ten Great Uses for a Pencil."

Ian Drew This.



Ian is a first-grader I draw with at the afterschool center. He's always had a distinctive style, and he tends to draw these fantastic creatures at the center of the paper with all sorts of things radiating out from them. I am told this guy has tentacles (after I erroneously called them arms).

I love all the different kinds of lines he's making - as I've said before, drawing is recorded motion, and here you can practially see him moving the pen around. He was just working with a felt pen, and he got all those kinds of marks.

It's cool to watch as he gets older, because his basic visual language is getting more and more parts to it.

Isn't it great?

St. Patrick’s Day Cartoon: Almost had it


I was working on St. Patrick’s Day cartoons and ideas for St. Patrick’s Day gear like beer mugs, cards and stuff like that. I did a cartoon a couple of years ago with a Leprechaun that was on one side of a cliff and his pot of gold on the other and called it “So Close”. People seemed to like it so I thought the general idea of a Leprechaun almost getting the pot of gold was a good idea to start from. This cartoon is a result of trying to think of other scenarios that might be funny if I stuck with that same general idea.


While on the subject of Leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day I was wondering why anyone would want to drink green beer. It seems to be a common theme during that holiday so I thought I would look it up on line. Turns out that according to the answers I found out on line it was something that has its origins here in America. I guess someone thought it would be a good marketing gimmick and it took off from there. I am guessing that trying to turn a stout Irish beer like “Guinness” green would take a heck of a lot of food coloring. Anyway, enjoy the cartoon and have a great day.

A Monkey Boy with Happy Cartoon Face


Do you like a monkey cartoon face? How about a monkey animal? There are many monkey animals have varied relationships with people in the world. Some of them are kept as pets.
Monkey cartoon faces is one of the attraction in cartoon world. Many kids love the funny faces from a monkey boy. And many kids who remember exciting trips to the zoo, they will be happy and fun with monkey cartoon pictures in their rooms.

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