Inking: Wild Patterns Illustrations

PART 1: Inking Patterns

Summary 

Learn how to ink patterns with fine tip pens. There are an endless number of inking techniques you can draw, we will practice a few of them in this lesson. Inking is frequently used in illustrations for newspapers and comic books for its visual contrast and it's easy reproduction qualities.

What you need:

  • pattern inking exercise
  • 0.50 Fine-tech pens
  • black fine tip brush markers
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What you do:

  1. Look at the ink patterns in the exercise. Think about the patterns were drawn and try to reproduce the patterns.
  2. After you are finished inking the patterns, make your own unique patterns designs. 

Part 2: Wild Patterns Illustration

Summary 

This lesson is a continuation of the 'Inking Patterns' exercise. We will make ink illustration designs using the patterns we drew in the previous lesson.  

What you need: 

  • Inking Patterns (previous lesson)
  • Pencil
  • paper
  • 0.25 or 0.50 Fine-tech pens and black felt tip brush markers

What you do:

  1. Sketch some designs using simple shapes that you want use in your illustration. It can be an animal, your initials or leaves, view some examples to get inspired. The designs must consist of simple shapes.  
  2. Transfer your design onto a large piece of paper with pencil and trace the outlines of your design with a fine-tech pen.
  3.  Using you're 'Inking Patterns' as reference, fill in each shape with different patterns.  

 

Initial Logo Design

Summary

Design a personal logo with the initials of your name. Develop the step-by-step process of conceptualizing your ideas. Your design should symbolize aspects of your personality — It should represent you. 

What is a Logo?

A logo is a symbol that represents or stands for something. A logo visually communicates information quickly and effectively. We can all recognize the symbols of famous brands (and symbols), with just a quick glance.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are symbols? How long have they existed?
  2. What types of symbols exist today? Why are they so important?
  3. How do symbols represent other ideas or concepts?
  4. What is the difference between a symbol and a logo?
  5. What is branding and who uses it?
  6. What do you feel when you see the logo of your favorite brand?

What you need

  • pencils
  • sketch pad
  • markers
  • poster colours (gouache paint)

What you do

  1. Draw several thumbnail sketches of your logo design. Your ideas can reflect your interests, values, personality, dreams, hobbies etc.
  2. Choose 3 ideas that you like the most and develop them further. 
  3. Progress to colouring your sketch designs with markers. Remember to also choose the colours that represent you best.  
  4. Show your designs to other classmates for feedback. Explain the reason for your designs.  
  5. Choose the idea that you like most and make a large pencil line drawing of it on a large piece of quality paper. Refined your logo design.  
  6. Outline the pencil lines with a black permanent marker.
  7. Paint your designs with poster colours.

VIDEO Initial Logo Design

Environment: Sculpt an Endangered Animal That You Care About

Summary

Continuing from the endangered animals poster lesson, we will make a sculpture of our favorite endangered animal. In this two part lesson, we will first sculpt paper clay animals and in the second class, we will paint them.   

What you need:

  • Paper clay 
  • chiseling tools 
  • thick water-based paint (gouache)
  • paintbrushes 
  • water containers
  • some newspapers
  • Additional Materials: paper cups, paper towels

 

 

Part 1

  1. Referring back to the previous lesson, talk about some animals that are endangered. Why are they endangered of becoming extinct?  ie. elephant, panda, jaguar, chimpanzee, killer whale, sea turtles, vulture, parrot, penguin, hippopotamus, dolphin, penguin, giraffe, leopard, jaguar, rhinoceros.
  2. Make sketches of the animal you want to sculpt. 
  3. Take some paper clay and get familiar with it clay by sculpting some basic three-dimensional shapes such as a sphere, cube, cylinder and cone. Try attaching the shapes together with water and sculpting tools.  
  4. Sculpt your animal. Use various sculpting tools make the details of your animal. 

Part 2

  1. We will review colour theory and how to mix primary colours to produce secondary colours.  
  2. Refer back to your animal sketches, select and mix the colours that you will need to paint your animal. 
  3. Paint your animals. Start with the lighter colours first and darker colours last.   
  4. Use a small brush for detail work and look for any area that needs touching up.  

Shapes and Colour Theory — Watercolours

Overview

We will learn about primary colours and how to mix them to produce secondary colours, using watercolour paint.  Basic shapes will also be reviewed.

Did you know

The 3 primary  colours RED (magenta), BLUE (cyan)  and YELLOW can be mixed to produce the entire spectrum of colours on the colour wheel.

Materials

  • watercolour paper
  • watercolour paint
  • paintbrush set
  • permanent black markers
  • pencils

Process

  1. You will be introduced to the primary colours RED, YELLOW and BLUE.  We will use them to produce secondary colours: orange green and purple.  
  2. We will review a variety of different shapes: circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle, star, octagon & pentagon.
  3. We will draw some basic shapes in our sketchpad for a colour-mixing painting exercise. After sketching our layout, we will outline the drawing with a permanent black marker.
  4.  With a painting palette of 3 primary colours: red, blue and yellow, we will mix 2 of the primary colours to produce secondary colours: orange, green and purple.  
  5. Make a 10 step colour gradiation from 100% intensity to 0%. 

Typography: Word Expression

Summary

In this lesson we will choose a word and design a visual representation of it's meaning. You can express the meaning of a word by choosing a suitable font, playing with the arrangement of the letters and manipulating the typeface. 

Understanding typography design can help you design covers for school reports, design a personal website or create a personal logo. The applications are far-reaching. 

What is Typography?

Typography is the art of making written text visually appealing, expressive and legible. Typography design involves choosing appropriate fonts and modifying text sizes, colours, letter spacing and layout.

What you need

  • pencils
  • sketch pad
  • markers or pencil crayons
Examples of various word expression designs.

Examples of various word expression designs.

Use colour to enhance the visual meaning of the word.  

Use colour to enhance the visual meaning of the word.  

List of words to choose from

fire, water, angry, sad, cold, hungry, mad, happy, sick, strong, thin, hard, soft, ugly, pretty, soft, light, thing, heavy, old, free,  etc.. You may also use other words that are not on the list.  

What you do

  1. Select a word that you would like to design.
  2. Draw several thumbnail sketches of your word design. Play around with the font style, thickness of the lines and the arrangement of the letters.
  3. Choose ideas that you like the most and develop them further. Ask for feedback from your classmates.
  4. Colour your designs. Choose colours that best conveys the meaning of your word.
  5. Once you are finished, explain your design.
  6. Next, design your name in a way that it represents you.

Comic Strip

Summary

We will be writing and illustrating our own comic strip. A comic strip is a sequence of drawings organized in panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, with text in balloons and captions. 

Traditionally comics have been published in newspapers and magazines. With the development of the internet, they began to appear online as webcomics. 

Materials

  • Sketch pad
  • pens
  • markers
  • pencils
  • character designs
Anna Comic Strip by Richard Lee

Anna Comic Strip by Richard Lee

New Words

  • picture panel
  • dialogue balloon
  • penciling
  • inking

Process

  1. Idea Generation Start off by creating your characters and brainstorming plot ideas.
  2. Penciling First, sketch your story with a pencil. Remember to draw the dialogue balloons for the comic strips.
  3. Inking Outline your pencil lines with black pens.
  4. Colouring Lastly, add colours to your drawings with markers and pencil crayons. 

Understanding Light and Shadow

Description

This lesson will help you gain an understanding of light and shadow by closely observing and drawing basic shapes under various lighting conditions. 

Terminology

  • center light - the exact point where light hits an object, perpendicular to it's surface
  • highlight - the part of an object that is hit with light, not quite perpendicularly
  • halftone - the part of an object that is exposed to a light source but even less directly
  • terminator - the dividing line between the light and dark part of a spherical object
  • core of shadow - the part of an object that is not in contact with direct light
  • reflected light - light that is bounced off of objects and reflects onto other objects
  • occlusion shadow -  the part of the shadow that is almost completely blocked from light
  • cast shadow - dark area, usually on a flat plane, where light from a light source is blocked by an object
  • light source - things or devices that produces natural and artificial light
  • composition - the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art

Materials

  • pencil & eraser
  • sketchpad
  • still life setup 

Process

  1. We will review some terms related to light and shadow.
  2. I will give you a technical explanation on how light and shadow functions.  
  3. After that,  I will demonstrate how light and shadow actually functions in reality by using a spot light and some basic shapes.  
  4. Later we will observe and draw a still life under different lighting conditions. The subject matter includes a sphere, cylinder, cube and a 3D hexagon.

Environmental Poster: Endangered Species

Summary

Help raise awareness of about endangered animals and our environment by illustrating a poster about animal species that are at risk of becoming extinct. Draw and label different endangered animals in your poster. Focus on an animal that you care about. 

List of endangered animals

  • elephant
  • panda
  • jaguar
  • chimpanzee
  • killer whale
  • sea turtles
  • vulture
  • parrot
  • penguin
  • hippopotamus
  • dolphin
  • penguin
  • giraffe
  • leopard
  • jaguar
  • rhinoceros

 

What you need

  • sketch pad
  • permanent pens
  • pencil & eraser
  • pastels
  • crayons

What you do

  1. As a class, make  a list of various endangered animals. Why do you think they are going extinct?
  2. Draw a several rough thumbnail sketch of your poster idea. Go a little nuts and get creative with your ideas.  
  3. Transfer your idea on large illustration paper. Plan your layout carefully.  
  4. Clean up your pencil lines with an eraser and trace over them with a permanent black marker. 
  5. Colour your illustration with a medium of your choice.  

Fruit: Cross Contour Line Drawing

Summary

The purpose of cross contour line drawing is to give you a better understanding of three-dimensional form. It trains you to closely observe the surface area of an object so that you can make your drawings appear more vivid.  

What you need

  • pencil & eraser
  • sketchpad 
  • coloured paper
  • subject matter (whole fruits and vegetables)

What you do

  1. For this exercise our subject will be whole fruits and vegetables. Choose one and make an outline drawing of it. Look intently it to capture it's shape and form.
  2. Draw contour lines in a horizontal or vertical direction over your subject. Closely observe the surface area to capture it's subtle curvatures.
  3. Now draw contour lines in a perpendicular direction to the first set of contour lines that you have drawn. The intersecting lines should form squares on the surface area of the object.  It should resemble a computer generated wireframe model.
  4. Look over your drawing to see if you have accurately captured the shape of your object. 
  5. Draw another contour line drawing with a different fruit. 

Kids Anatomy

Summary

In this lesson we will study about the human anatomy by drawing our own body and labeling some key body parts. 

In most artwork, whether it is a children's book, fashion, architecture, industrial design, fine art or even an instructional manual, the subject matter often involves people. Many of us will encounter a situation when we will have to draw people (or stickmen at the very least) to help us illustrate a point. It is very useful to have some knowledge on how to draw the human figure.

What you need

  • materials sketchpad
  • pencils
  • permanent markers
  • pastels
  • crayons

Basic Body Parts

  • Head: hair, eye, nose, mouth, teeth, ears, chin
  • Torso: neck, chest, stomach, hips
  • Arm: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers
  • Leg: knee, ankle, foot, toes

What you do

  1. Starting with your head, draw and label your facial features such as your eyes, nose, chin etc. 
  2. Proceed to drawing your torso and branch out to your limbs. Label all the basic body parts.
  3. Refine your pencil lines and then trace over them with a permanent marker. Pay attention to the details.  
  4. Color your drawing with pastels and crayons. You may also use markers and pens for finer detail work.

 

Envornmental Poster: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Summary

This week, we will be illustrating an environmental posters about recycling. It will be titled: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Your ideas can be original and creative as long as it communicates a message to reduce waste. 

What you need

  • large sketchpad
  • pencils, eraser and permenent markers
  • pastel, markers and crayons

Brainstorming Questions

  1. What are some different recycling categories? ie. plastic, paper, vinyl, glass, cans, food waste, etc.
  2. Name some household products at your home that can be recycled? ie. milk cartons, paper, food wrappers, plastic bags, yogurt bottle, etc.
  3. How can our environment benefit from recycling waste?

What you do

  1. Design several 2-4 thumbnail sketches of your poster. Be creative and original with your concept. 
  2. Choose the idea you like most and refine it. Include titles, words and phrases. Roughly colour your sketch.
  3. Transfer you idea onto a large sketch pad in pencil.  
  4. Outline your pencil lines with a black permanent marker. 
  5. Colour your final artwork with pastels and crayons.  

Drawing a Room in One-Point Perspective

Summary

Perspective is a fundamental principle in art and is applied to many kinds of artwork. In this lesson we will learn how to draw a room interior in one-point perspective. Before drawing our rooms, we will review some basic drawing principles and terminology.

Terminology

  • horizon line
  • vanishing point
  • eye level
  • guideline
  • cube
  • cylinder
  • sphere
  • ellipse
  • vertical line and horizontal line

What you need

  • Sketchpad
  • pencil
  • eraser
    Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

    Room interior drawing in one-point perspective by Richard Lee

    What you do

    1. We will first review some basic terms for perspective drawing: horizon line, vanishing point, eye level, guideline, cube, cylinder, sphere, ellipse, ground, sky, vertical line and horizontal line.
    2. Draw a cube in one-point perspective, then draw the same cube in different distances. ie near, far and floating. *Remember to sketch your construction lines lightly and later darken the lines of your object.
    3. Try drawing other basic shapes in perspective such as cylinders and spheres. 
    4. After you have mastered drawing these forms, try drawing more complex objects such as a car, chair or cup.
    5. Last, draw your room interior.  You may draw a room from your imagination or use photo reference. You may also draw our studio classroom. 
    Drawing in one point perspective overview

    Drawing in one point perspective overview

    Designing and Constructing a Mask

    Summary

    In this lesson, you will design and construct your own masks. This activity will stretch you. It takes a lot of planning to design and construct a mask. Get ready for a fun and rewarding challenge!

    What you need

    • sketchbook and pencil
    • construction paper
    • markers, crayons
    • scissors, knife
    • glue gun, glue stick
    • cutting mat
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    What you do

    1. First you will decide on a mask to make from several themes. 
    2. Draw and colour several quick sketches to visualize what your mask will look like.
    3. Design and plan the different components of your mask with construction paper.  
    4. Start cutting and gluing the pieces together.
    5. Add smaller details with markers.  

    Mask Themes 

    • Animal theme: Lion, Tiger, Bear, Zebra, Rhino, Dinosaur. 
    • Halloween theme: Vampire, Mummy, Bat, Frankenstein, Ferry. 
    • Superhero theme: Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron-Man, Batman, Captain America. etc.

    Popcorn Colour Designs

    Summary

    We will be making designs with Popcorn Colour Pens.  Popcorn Colours are colour pens with ink that puff-up, like popcorn, after applying heat to them with a hair dryer. Your design themes can be about seasons, animals, flowers, insects, dinosaurs or anything else you can imagine.  

    What you need

    • popcorn colour pens
    • craft paper
    • pencil
    • sketchbook
    • hair dryer

    What you do

    1. First, test out the popcorn pens on a piece of scrap paper to get a feel of what they are like. 
    2. Brainstorm and sketch thumbnails for your card design. 
    3. Lightly sketch your layout onto coloured paper.
    4. Trace and colour in all the areas with Popcorn Colour Pens.
    5. After you have finished, blow dry your designs and watch your designs puff-up.  
    6. Repeat the process and make another design! :)
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    Drawing Different Facial Expressions

    Summary

    In this lesson we will learn how to draw facial expressions. In art, the subject matter is often people, so knowing how to visually communicate a range different human emotions are essential.

    Feelings and Emotions

    • happiness
    • sadness
    • anger
    • love
    • exhaustion
    • illness
    • boredom
    • confusion
    • pride
    • shame
    • fear
    • surprise
    • shock
    • pain
    • pleasure
    • stress
    • excitement
    • disgust

    What you do

    1. In a group, make a list of different feeling and emotions.  
    2. Draw a grid with spaces that are 5x5 cm square. 
    3. Inside each individual square draw a head expressing a different emotion. Label each emotion.
    4. Ink and colour each drawing. 
    5. How do you feel right now? Draw yourself expressing how you feel at this moment. 

    Create Miniature Worlds With Line Clay

    Summary

    Children will make miniature worlds using Line Clay. Line Clay is string-like clay that can be bent, coiled or sculpted like a metal wire. The children will choose a theme and build miniatures related to it. They will also build three dimensional environments that correlate with their themes.  

    Themes for your miniatures

    • dinosaurs
    • sea life
    • soldiers
    • wild animals
    • furniture
    • plants

    What you need

    • line clay
    • construction paper
    • glue stick
    • scissors
    • crayons
    • pencils

     

    What you do

    1. Since line clay is doesn't stick together as easily as other kinds of clay, we will use one line of clay for each miniature sculpture.  
    2. Select a single line clay colour for your sculpture and mould it as if you were bending a metal coat hanger.  
    3. After you have completed sculpting  a few miniatures, work on a background that correlates with your theme.  Use cardboard and construction paper to build a three dimensional environments for your miniatures. 
    4. Place your miniatures into your environments and play. Make a narrative for your miniature world. 
    5. Optional: Narrate and film a story. 

    Ink and Watercolour Designs

    Summary

    In this lesson we will be inking and painting designs with markers and watercolour paint. Their designs can be related to typography, an animation character, scenery or an abstract design. They will first draw there ideas in pencil. Next they will ink their designs with markers and paint them

    What is watercolour paint?

    Watercolour paint is a transparent painting medium known for its bright and vibrant colours. It is made by mixing colour pigments with a binder. The paint is diluted with water and before it is applied onto paper. The water then evaporates and the binder fixes the pigment to the paper. 

    What you need

    • pencils
    • rulers
    • sketch pad
    • permanent markers
    • watercolour paint
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    What you do

    1. Draw out four 10 x 10 squares in your sketchbook and ink the backgrounds with black markers.
    2. Draw your design within the boxes. It can be a typography font, cartoon, scenery or an abstract design.
    3. Ink your designs with black markers to make pleasing contrast.
    4. Paint your designs with watercolour paint.

    Mini Story Book

    Summary

    In this lesson students will learn how to write and illustrate a storybook. It can a fictional story or a journal about their week. This is a simple activity meant to get children familiar with process of making a storybook. They will also make a short video narration of their story.  

    What you need

    • markers
    • pens
    • paper
    • pencils
    • glue
    • constuction paper

     

    What you do

    1.  Students will fold a sheet of A4 paper into 1/8 and cut the centre to make a foldable book.
    2. They will sketch a rough outline of their story onto each page while leaving space for the text.
    3. Next they will refine and illustrate their stories with pencil.
    4. Once the students are satisfied with their story and drawings, they will colour them.
    5. Next they will choose a sheet of coloured paper and fold the paper into the same book format.
    6. Last, they will cut out each page of their book illustrations and paste them onto the into the pages of the coloured book.  
    7. After the students have completed their books, they will narrate their stories on video.  

    Glass Decco

    Summery

    In this activity the students will create beautiful stained glass artwork with Glass Deco. This activity requires the students to fine-tune their motor skills by squeezing the right amount of paint from a tube and painting inside of the lines. They can make their own creative designs or follow a pre-existing template.  

    What you need

    • Pencil
    • Sketchbooks
    • Permanent black marker
    • Markers
    • Glass Deco
    • Acetate Film
    • Pre-existing templates designs

    What you do

    1. Sketch a design for your glass deco art. Be imaginative with your ideas and choice of colour. If you need some inspiration, look through (or use) other pre-existing designs. 
    2. Choose an idea that you like the most and outline it with a black permanent marker and colour it. The design should be no bigger 10 x 10 centimeters square.
    3. Place a sheet of clear acetate over your design and trace the outlines with black glass deco paint.
    4. After you are finished, put it aside and allow the black lines to dry.
    5. While is it drying, make another design repeating steps 1-4.  
    6. Once you have completed the steps, return to your first design and check if it has dried by touching it gently with your finger.
    7. If it is dry, paint the colours within the black lines. Refer back to your rough design. 
    8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 for your second design.  

    Writing a Screenplay for Film

    Summary

    In this lesson we are writing screenplays using the clay characters that made from last class. We will later use our screenplay to shoot a short film using our characters. 

    Did you know

    Screenplays are used to make movies, cartoons, video games, television, documentaries, commercials, theater, comic books and more. I found myself using screenplay writing to plan presentations for the classroom and for work.  

     Lawrence Kasdan longhand script for The Empire Strikes Back 

     Lawrence Kasdan longhand script for The Empire Strikes Back 

    What you do

    1. Character Profile Write a profile for each of your characters. What are their names, interests and personalities like? The more you can write about them the better.  
    2. Plot Develop the story by roleplaying with your characters in the scenes. 
    3. Write Start writing the dialogue for each scene. Have one of the students (or teacher) write down the script. 
    4. Rehearse Practice rehearsing with your characters and edit the script.
    5. Filming Shoot the screenplay and remember to have FUN!