Learn about cutting paper with a very sharp scalpel. If you are under 16 please ask your parents or the person who looks after you for permission to use sharp and always, always, always, make sure your fingers are behind the blade before you cut, that way you will not harm yourself.
Also advice on how to push yourself to be the best you can
Remember to send stuff in the mail for the Wall of Fame – or send it electronically by whatever means for the wall of fame on this website – Have you seen it? click the link at the top right of the page.
Are you dyslexic? If you are you are really lucky – you are one o f the creative people that make this world worth living in. You’ll find all those “normal” people don’t understand you and you probably don’t understand them – they want everything so neat and tidy and sorted out into nice little boxes that can be ticked.
Because dyslexics have to work harder to fit in, they tend to be entrepreneurs and leaders and creatives – the people who make it all worthwhile.
So, please don’t think of it as a disease or something you suffer from. You are blessed to be among the people who make this world worth living in. Enjoy the brilliant way your brain has been wired up. :) Here’s a video with some of my thoughts about dyslexia
and here is another!
That Gangnam style is a very catchy tune! I thought you might like to see how I would draw Psy in one of his crazy suits doing the Horse riding pose. I had a challenge from @juanPabloo5 to draw a skeleton doing the? gangnam style dance – what do you think? give a like if you think that wouldbe fun as I’ve been meaning to draw a skeleton for ages :)
Drew from Florida emailed me yesterday, worried about being blocked creatively. He says he’s practicing drawing circles and things like that and hopes that something will happen soon. I think maybe he’s trying too hard. When the ideas dry up it’s easy to panic and try to force out new ideas, but it doesn’t work like that. You need to feed the brain and the creative furnace with new ideas and sights and experiences. Then, just relax. Brilliant ideas will suddenly hit you when you least expect them to and you will find yourself on a new and exciting path.
I thought I’d maybe try and introduce a wednesday advice/show thing again, but not as complicated as before. I really did run out of time doing the previous shows! If you’d like to ask me advice on drawing or art or anything creative, please do. Put them in the comments box below!
I was asked to supply a photo for the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham, that I’m going to be at this year. I typed my name into the Computer search box to find something and these two pictures appeared next to each other (pause as cat enters studio looking for some attention!)
The first is me aged about 6 with a stray cat I found and we adopted called Eeek! and the second is my beautiful Marmadukewho died six years ago ( pause while his sister jumps onto my lap – how did she know what I was writing about?) It was one of my first blog entries and you can see how devastated I was.
The picture of Marmaduke must be around 1999.
I actually want to encourage you not to draw Manga – well, not if you want to be a professional illustrator someday. There are just too many Manga Artists, basically all doing the same thing. It’s very unusual to find one that stands out from the rest. Mark Crilley on YouTube , certainly stands out. you can learn a huge amount about drawing and character and scenes and book pacing from Mark, but he’s got there before you. Learn, move on and adapt – find your own style.
In this video I show you a bit of how I would draw Manga, but then try to show how you can use Manga to influence your style, but don’t let it take over altogether. Manga is slick and “looks cool” but it does all tend to look the same. The artist that works for the least amount gets the job and you probably need to move to Japan too. Find your own style and stick with it.
I’ve made a fun video about a mouse who wonders if Mousie loves him/her. click one of the flower at the end to find out if Mousie loves you true!
I recently had a trip to Hull, where they have white telephone boxes, to Visit Libraries and Longhill Primary School – he’s a video about it
While at Creator Camp with Youtube, I was asked to provide a fairytale voice over to my new italian friend, Enrico’s, video. Its a crazy story about Potatoes! See what you think…
I performed one of my lullabies at Wigtown’s got Talent last weekend, while I was there for the Book Festival, The Winner was Zoe Bestel. She’s fourteen and she range her own song, 35 missed calls. It was so brilliant, that the next morning we cobbled together some camera angles in the Old Bank Bookshop and filmed a bit of acting from Zoe and I put the whole thing together in this video.
If you like it, please help Zoe by giving it a thumb’s up and subscribing to her channel on Youtube. You could leave her a comment too. It all helps with the publicity.
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