I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
Another cheerful subject for Halloween! Actually quite a few people have asked me to draw the Grim Reaper over the past couple of years, so, finally-here it is! Don’t get scared while you’re drawing it and remember – he’s not evil, he’s only doing his job!
Intro to geometry for primary kids
I was so impressed with the sample pages I bought this book immediately and whizzed through it. This book helps refresh those of us who did geometry a LONG time ago, and puts everything simply enough that you can use it to help your kids learn it too.
The videos are superb instruction in how to construct shapes using a pencil, compass and ruler and bisect lines and angles. All of which is coming for your child in school, so it helps if YOU know how to do it. The great thing about the videos is that your child can select the chapter relevant to their current topic of study, use the video to follow step by step, pause, play and go again as necessary.
The jokes are enjoyably cheesy, perfect for a primary school audience, the comic-book character illustrations and simple animations attractively add to the text and I enjoyed the overall look of the book, which does NOT feel at all ‘textbookish’, but instead manages to get across all the important stuff in a fun story style. At the end of each short chapter is a 3-question quiz designed to point children to the right answers, and if they get it wrong, they can keep checking till they find the right answer. It feels very low pressure and I think children will enjoy it.
Cleverly done, and thank you for creating this book, Mr Rayner.
I highly recommend this book
Here is a really easy way to make scary writing. Gently draw the outline of the words that you want to write and then just sort of wiggle around the outside, like you are drawing seaweed, then colour in the middle bit. Afterwards, you can draw in some little wiggly lines to add a bit of scariness. And don’t scare yourself while you are doing it!!
Ha-haaaaarh me hearties! Wanna be a pirate? Then you’ll need a Skull and Cross Bones Flag! follow this tutorial and you’ll soon be sailing the seven seas! Here’s a step-by-step guide to go with the video.
It was designed before the Second World War by Walther in Germany, as a short police pistol – easy to carry and conceal under clothing. The slide had a habit of cutting the web between the tumb and forefinger so they added the tang on the bottom of the magazine to extend the grip further downwards in the 1960′s when Bond was first being filmed.
Here’s a diagram of the various angles and proportions to help you draw it.
To celebrate the opening of SkyFall, the latest James Bond movie (which is said to be really great) I thought I’d do a video about how to draw Daniel Craig. Easier said than done! He has an unusually shaped head and every time I drew him he ended up looking like President Putin of Russia.
In the end, I thought i would just relax and draw him in my natural style and not get too hung about about it.His cheeks are too fat, but if you narrow them down, you lose that roundness to face that he has. I don’t think portraiture is my strong point, but you have to do the work to get better!
“How do we enter?” I hear you say. Well, click here or on the picture to go to the Derwent website and download the latest Halloween flavoured Art.Scene magazine. There are a couple of Halloween ideas for schools to have a go at them and enter to win me!
Hurry – the closing date is the 15th of November. Get your kids working like crazy and I’ll be rolling up to your school to have a fun day of drawing and storytelling.
Good luck :)
This is a bit silly – a devil style balloon that you can use on Halloween cards, posters or party invitations.