Meet World Famous Illustrator Alex Brychta, who has illustrated over 500 books in the Oxford Reading Tree!
If you are under 30 you probably learned to read with Alex!
I had the pleasure of visiting Alex at home last week and talking to him in his studio about his amazing career in which he has illustrated over 500 books for the Oxford Reading Tree.
I first saw his work back in 1986 when I first went to Oxford University Press and a green and innocent young illustrator. While I was there, they saw my Lydia books, which were made up into dummies, and said they thought they’d fit in with the ORT. They showed me the first ORT books, which hadn’t yet come out, so I was sworn to secrecy!
Alex has been drawing Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy ever since and is now helped by his father and and old friend who has learned Alex’s style so they can keep up with the schedules.
There will be more next week when Alex shows us some of his techniques
Have a look inside my latest sketchbook. This is one of my small sketchbooks that I carry around with me if I’m going somewhere. It’s a Moleskine sketchbook with nice watercolour paper, But I didn’t do any water colour in it! all drawn with Rotring Tikky Graphic pens.
I know it’s a little early for Valentine’s stuff, but you don’t want to get caught out on the 14th of February having not made a card for the one you love! So, to get you prepared, today’s show is all about hearts. Actually it’s really all about shading and colouring with the heart shape used as an example to show a few simple drawing and colouring techniques.
This week’s Drawing task is to draw a few hearts and see if you can design something a little different for Valentine’s Day. How many heart designs have there been over the years? Millions I should think!
When you have your design go to upload page and upload your drawing for all to see. I’m now doing a regular round up of these drawing in the Sunday Gallery Review Show, so go and have a look at all the amazing creativity from The Wednesday Viewers too.
Also includes, what’s in the mail? And the Snake Drawings that were missed off last Sunday’s Gallery Show
This week, Nick from the WashedUpTV Channel on Youtube joins me to talk about caricaturing.
I got to know Nick when he surprised me with a caricature he had done of me!He’s made a series of videos showing his technique and thought process which you can see here. He’s also drawn many caricatures of famous people which you can see on this playlist. Nick has a very individual style and you will learn a lot from following his funny tutorials. Make sure you subscribe to his channel to keep up with what he’s doing.
I’ve had a dismal go at Drawing Nick and President Obama. Caricature is a real skill. by drawing faces everyday, you build up a knowledge of how they are put together and also what it is that gives a person their unique character. Over time, you’ll build up a dictionary or vocabulary of shapes, noses, moths and eyes, and you’ll be able to spot people’s outstanding features and put all your knowledge to work. A bit like knowing a lot of words and knowing how to put them together to write a story. It’s all practice!
It struck me that you could have a drawing club any day of the week! All you need to do is invite a friend around for tea, watch the Wednesday Drawing Show and have a go at doing the weekly task together. You could do this as an after school club, an Over Eighties club, A town Library, college or University club. The Wednesday Drawing Show is for everyone – age doesn’t matter at all – have a go in your own way. The secret iS not to talk about it, but do it!
When you’ve drawn something and shared it, then you can have a cup of tea and a chat!
Go to the Club Page to find out more and choose which day of the week you want your club and to grab a logo to get you started making posters and invitations for your friends!
I am so short of time over the next few weeks, the production quality may go down a bit on the show and there are no captions either, but I’ll do my very best to get the show out every Wednesday.
Learn how to draw this spooky Skeleton Tree. It’s quite easy realy, you just have to plan ahead where you are going to put all the bones!
On a recent visit to the British Museum, I was inspired by a Triptych wood cut print by the Japanese Artist, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858)
In the picture, Taira no Kiyomori is haunted by spectres in the snow. He’s drawn these as skeletons, some skeletons are fused together as trees. I started sketching it there and then.
See it on my Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/wednesdayshow/the-wednesday-drawing-show/
When I got home I practiced a bit and worked out how to fill the page up with this spooky Skeleton Tree design. Have a go.
If you find the skull a bit difficult, then I’ll be making a tutorial on Drawstuffrealeasy very soon.
In this week’s show, there are no excuses to start drawing right away. Shoo shows you that you don’t need expensive drawing materials to get started – he’s even done drawings with a matchstick when there wasn’t anything else to draw with!
YouTuber parsleygremlin asked how to draw eyes from the side, here’s a brief explanation of how to do it. I’ll make a more detailed video on Monday.
After last week’s Show, Josh Bookout got in touch and promised to make a video about drawing celtic knots. He di and here is the link for a fascinating way of designing really complex patterns. Click here to watch and be amazed.
I’m moving the website gallery review to it’s own show on Sunday. It’s too much work to get it all done for Wednesdays and It will give me more time to spend on your drawings. Make sure you have Sundays in your Diary! If you would like the chance to have your artwork chosen to be critiqued on the Wednesday Show, then write “okay to crit on the show” in the comments box when you upload.
Have you tried drawing in Ball point pen? They are so cheap that people give them away as advertising gifts. They take a bit of getting used to, but if you change the angle of the pen as you draw, you’ll find you get different effect from the nib. Well, worth experimenting with. Last week, I drew a wolf in Biro which you can see here.
This week’s drawing task is to draw eyes in any style, but draw them on the cheapest paper or even an old cardboard box and use whatever you can find to draw with – even tomato ketchup! Have fun and upload them here.If you missed last week’s show, never fear, catch it here.
click here to see what else has been going on on TheWednesdayDrawingShow.com
Still on my quest to empty a biro, I bowed to pressure of requests to draw a Wolf. Normally I’d sketch out in pencil until I was happy I knew what I was going to do, then erase the pencil afterwards, but biro ink is sticky and would probably smudge if I tried to erase over the finished drawing.
So I had to just dive in and see what happened.
There was no reference material for the paws and claws, so I had to make it up from pictures of wolf skeleton paws!
Did I finally empty a biro? You’ll have to watch and see! Now what on Earth am I going to do with an empty biro! There’s another video coming along for that soon!
This week’s Wednesday Drawing Show is all about snakes – Why? because it’s The Chinese New Year next Month and it will herald the Year of the Snake. Why now and not Next month, then? Because you need to get some practice in to get ready to celebrate and draw snakes.
According to Wikipedia, “Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.” That’s Chinese Culture. I’m not sure if the snake is as welcome in many other cultures!
In this show I’m going to show you a bit about Eyes and how to draw them from the side. I’ve made a video for monday which will continue this lesson into understanding elipses a bit more.
Then I’m going to show you a three ways of making you snake looks smoother and curvier and then I’ll show you how snakes are involved in celtic knots and the art of the Vikings and Anglo Saxons.
Plus a fun What’s in the mail? A look at the wonderful drawings of famous people that you posted to the http://www.thewednesdaydrawingshow.com/uploadyourdrawings/ website and at the end all the other drawings you have wanted to share. This is getting so popular so quickly I think I’m going to have to put them all in their own video as the show is getting too long!
Also this weeks task to upload to the same address. Draw a snake – Any kind of snake or anything to do with snakes. Snake patterns, celtic knots, realistic snakes, mechanical snakes… let your imagination go wild and then go to http://www.thewednesdaydrawingshow.com/uploadyourdrawings/ and share your work with us all. And don’t forget to tell us you tell us who you are! I’ll look forward to seeing it.