Doodling is good for the brain and for your creativity. As you doodle, the left hand side of the brain begins to go to sleep and all those annoying thoughts about what, where, when and how, fade away.
The the magical process begins. The right side of the brain, given time and space to be in charge, somehow come up with all the answers that the left side of the brain is demanding.
If ever you are stuck for an answer, stop trying to force it out, start doodling instead. You will be amazed!
Over the last five years I’ve done quite a few Halloween inspired drawing tutorials – 46 that I’ve managed to locate – but I feel there might be a couple more hiding in my video list somewhere – I’ve made nearly 1000 video on Youtube now!
If you watch this video, it will show you all the available Halloween videos on youtube. Click on the one you like and it will take you to that video. If you can’t make up your mind which to do, go back to the beginning and watch them all again!
This week I went to Whitchurch school to “borrow” some children to try a Ninja Writing idea out on. It didn’t quite work out as I’d planned, but we did come up with a very crazy story!
Beforehand I had to do a lot of practicing how to draw a Ninja. I hope I’ve made it very easy for you.
I have a new lesson at Curious.com – learn how to use perspective to draw in 3d – at the moment it is free so get on over and check it out. It’s quite a comprehensive lesson in 1- 2 and 3 point perspective.
Click this link, and when you sign up to Curious.com you will get $25 that you can spend on lessons in all sorts of things. click it quick not many left on this offer! I learned a lot about CSS design for websites!
I was never good at sitting and watching the TV, I always had to be doing something at the same time. Nothing has changed. These days, I often have my sketchbook open and draw the people on chat shows and the like.
I was drawing someone last week and realised that the way their hair sprouted was a great way to show you how to draw curly hair.
You can take a lot more time than me and make it look a lot neater.
I’m doing this as part of #Inktober which is a twitter hashtag for pen and ink drawings done in October.
I was trying to think of something similar for pencil – but I couldn’t think of anything smart… can you? Answers in the comments box below please! Drawn with a Rotring Tikky Graphic Pen.
You know how much I love rOtring tikky graphic pens? Well, rOtring have noticed and have sent me a rOtring 800 mechanical pencil to try – and it is gorgeous! It’s the top of their range, so its for a serious artist or draughtsman or maybe a gift for the artist/draughtsman who has everything! But let’s unbox it and see what it’s like.
First of all it’s very black! A really deep matt black with a perfect weight and balance. The tip and end are lovely, shiny gold , the end has the traditional red ring inlayed in to it. (rOtring means red ring!)
The barrel is the same thickness and feel of a traditional wooden pencil but it just feels like… well high quality engineering in your hand – a real pleasure to hold!
The drawing end is retracted into the barrel, so you can feel confident putting it in your pocket without stabbing yourself or ruining your clothes. A simple turn off the end of the barrel and out pops the drawing tip, in lovely, matching, shiny gold.
I would worry that a retractable tip might feel a bit wobbly, but no, this feels rock solid when drawing. The Barrel holds spare hi polymer leads so you are unlikely to run out of graphite on a sketching trip or when making notes and designs about your latest project.
With such high quality comes a price tag, but if you are spend half your life with the same thing in your hand, it might as well be beautiful as well as perfectly designed for the job.
If you saw Monday’s video – How to draw a Viking Dragon – then you may have wondered about the runic lettering I drew on the dragon. If you would like to do something similar yourself, here is the whole alphabet. It’s not proper Viking runes it’s an alphabet that you can use to make your message look Viking.
Yesterday I visited Redbrook School, close to where I live in the Forest of Dean. I was telling them tales about Vikings in my Viking Vik series of Books. So I thought I’d continue my Dragon series with a Viking knot type drawing of a dragon with Runes all down the inside.
If you would like to do something similar, I’ll be posting the Runic Alphabet design on Friday so come back then.
I saw this video and thought I’d share it with you as it’s such fun!
Official music video for “Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes” by Kristin Andreassen, from her album “Kiss Me Hello”. Written by Kristin Andreassen and Megan Downes / Yellowcar Music / ASCAP. (c) 2009 Kristin Andreassen
Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award for Best Children’s Song (2007), and featured on A Prairie Home Companion.
Directed by Ballard C. Boyd
Director of Photography Will Beckley
Animation by Weston Malgren
Produced by Kristin Andreassen & Ballard C. Boyd in participation with the Conservatory Lab Charter School, Brighton, MA.
Featuring Alliyah, Brandon, Carlos, Chavez, Daborah, Emmanuel, Gabriana, Isaiah, Jarel, Jason, Jordyn, José, Joshua, Kelis, Miguel, Morgan, Nicolas, Rayne, Samantha, Tambre, Thyrah, Trevor, Yantaya, Sofya, Stella, Nora
Thanks to Megan Howe, Courtney Mulvilhill, Pampa Rotolo, Diana Lam, Anne Whittredge, Annie Sevelius, Tracy Campbell. Special thanks to Lindsay O’Donovan, St. Columbkille, Jerome Wade, Bud Durand, and Numerous Friends & Family.
Many people have asked me to show how to draw a lego minifigure and Laurence Maher, a long time youtube follower, asked me again recently when I met him at The Great British Fayre. You can see all about it here.
I thought about which lego person I should draw and then I realised I could draw one that looks like me! Wouldn’t it be great to have a lego figure of yourself? What would you dress yours up as?