Friday, February 15, 2013

How to start an Inspiration File

An inspiration file is a collection of torn out images that you can use when you are looking for something to draw. All you need is a file or a flip file that has transparent sleeves. Collect as pages from magazines or books that inspire you and slip them in the sleeves. Some of the images you may never use, but the inspiration file will always be there for those rainy days.

Some of my students organize their file using dividers. This makes it much easier when you need an image of something specific. xoxo Quaymberley.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Paint a School of Fish- Extension Tutorial

This is an extension tutorial based on the previous How to paint a rainbow fish tutorial and the template for the fish is in the downloads section.  It is very descriptive on how to draw and paint it.  My students love this tutorial because once they have tackled the first fish, the next few are very easy. Drawing the same fish a few times basically burns it into your memory.

Start by drawing a fish from the previous tutorial and repeat it as many times as you like on the same page. These are all the materials you will need:

Next, paint all the fish in watercolor and outline it with a black marker. I prefer black marker for this tutorial because the fish are smaller and it will look neater. It is very relaxing deciding on what colors to use and a good idea to paint each fish different colors. Fill in the background details and then you have a school of beautiful rainbow fish!

 ♥ Quaymberley.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Leopard Drawing Demonstration Class

This week I gave a drawing demonstration class to a group of 11 year olds. We used the Shape Method. I broke the subject up into shapes, for example, the head is a circle, the ears are triangles with soft edges and so on. The class really enjoyed it and stayed focused for the 1 hour session.

 I demonstrated using charcoal and the class used pencil to draw. They then filled in the detail such as dark areas and dots with black tempura. The paint was just too messy for some students and so I suggested that they just stick to pencil if they did not want to use the tempura.

It is quite an interesting experience to demonstrate to a class of 30 students under the age of 12. The main challenge was to draw the leopard so that it looked proportional. At such a large scale and directly in front of me made it hard to judge the proportions of the leopard, so I had to walk to the back of the classroom to check if it looked right. I wanted them to see that it could be done and that kept their confidence up. The other difficulty comes in because it was in front of a large group of students with a limited amount of time and I am used to drawing quietly, alone in my room and at my own pace. I do enjoy a challenge, so it was not a problem at all.

It was a lovely surprise to see such great drawings from the class. They were all so enthusiastic and kept trying to get me to comment on their art. I could see that they were enjoying the class a lot, so that was amazing!  I will definitely go back for more demonstrations. <3 Quaymberley