I gave my grandkids (ages 8 and 11) an art lesson on the ways I usually draw cartoons. I had them do a pencil sketch. Then we scanned it into the computer, opened it in Photoshop, created a new layer and then they did the line work using my stylus and Wacom tablet. When that was done to their liking we printed a copy so they could see what it looked like on paper. Then we deleted everything on the pencil layer and they added color. Last step was to flatten the image and print it. At the end of the lesson they had a copy of each stage: pencil, line and color. I think they did a pretty good job on their respective drawings, “Dino Duck” and “Awesome!”
The first big hurdle was learning to use the stylus and tablet; drawing in one place while looking at another. Plus, a stylus and mouse do not work the same way. When you lift a mouse the cursor stays where it was. The stylus cursor appears wherever you touch the tablet. That took some getting used to.
The next challenge was duplicating the pencil drawing. I tried to explain that the pencil sketch was only a guideline and they did not have to do it exactly the same way. One was more free with the line work, the other meticulously copied the original. One had to make corrections immediately, the other patiently waited and made corrections at the end.
When one was struggling with coordination and concepts I explained, “It’s like when you hand me the controls to your X-Box and expect me to immediately be able to play.” It was a fun project!
I had been working on a different painting. It was going poorly. So poorly, in fact, that I did something I haven’t done in years. I gave up. Most of the time I’m committed enough to work through problems. Not this time. I didn’t think it was salvageable. But I needed to paint SOMETHING! So, I experimented with this.
Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″
An independent’s view of the election campaign so far.
Last Monday I flew to Phoenix to visit two of my grandkids. From there I flew to Houston to visit my two other grandkids. Their parents were around somewhere, I suppose. As per tradition I asked if they wanted me to draw anything.
The Phoenix granddaughter asked for Elsa skating. Oh, and a snowflake. The Phoenix grandson wanted a hockey player. I decided to combine the requests. Granddaughter now wants Olaf too. Grandson wants a specific player on the Phoenix Coyotes. Hence this drawing:
The Houston granddaughter asked for a horse. The Houston grandson suggested a Rambo chicken. Again, I decided to combine the requests and we ended up with this:
Pen and color pencil 8 ½ X 11
Some of our best memories come from the most mundane moments.
Color pencil on paper, 10″ x 10″
I just noticed this on my wall and realized I’d never posted it. So here it is. It was done for exercise only, just playing around. I was inspired by a photograph I saw somewhere and converted it to charcoal.
Charcoal on paper, 11″ X 15″
OK, so I’m a little slow with current events. Let’s just call this an historical cartoon. Which means that most people won’t have a clue what it’s about. No, I won’t explain. You’ll have to look it up. Hint: JFK’s speech at the Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963.
I guess it’s better than being a doughnut. Again, look it up.