Tag: Natural History
I’m really pleased with Map Pad. Writing stories for early stage phonics books is a bit like playing a game of Sudoku. You let the letters you are allowed to use swim about in front of you,until they coalesce into groups of words that can be connected in some way. With luck, and a bit of perspicacity, in an interesting and entertaining way too.
Map Pad is written with only the letters S-A-T-P-I-N-M-D. I was only allowed to use three-lettered words plus four-lettered words with an S on the end.
I recently had an email complaining that I’d used slang in a phonics book – I’d used the word till instead of until. Apart from the fact that till is the older, and original word, which means that until could be thought of as the slang version. Anyway, I didn’t have the letter U available to me when writing. I thought I’d been really clever!
I love my simple books for the Big Cat series. When I write them I remember what it was like, all those years ago, being bored to death with Janet and John and then LOOK!- as my children began learning to read. I really try hard to entertain and make these little stories fun. Learning to read is hard enough without having to read boring stories too!
You can get you copy from Amazon here:
My head is full of dragons as I’ve just finished writing my next book, which is about dragons, and now I have to design the cover and think about the inside illustrations. So “!m afraid you are going to have to put up with a few dragon drawings!
This is quite a long video for a change – a lot of pencil technique involved!
Oh No! It’s full moon and the werewolves come out tonight! Learn to draw a werewolf – it won’t protect you but you might have a bit of fun. If you are doing the Summer Reading Challenge this will be good to get you in the mood for reading Creepy House stuff!
Or get it on your iPad here The Swamp Man on iPad
How can you draw the whole world in one go? Draw it as a globe sitting on a table or something. The globe is an iconic image, summoning up the idea that we can hold the whole world in our hands and spin it around at will.
It’s also very useful for finding where places are and how to get there! The trouble is you need a new globe each year as the countries change and places get new names and whole new cities are constructed in the middle of nowhere!
YouTuber, @hamsterlearner11, asked me to draw a Dwarf Hamster a little while ago. Well, I didn’t know what a dwarf hamster was! So I went to hamsterlearner11′s channel and looked at the wealth of informative hamster videos. I asked if I could show a little bit of their dwarf hamster, Orkid, on this channel, and they agreed.
I drew a cartoon hamster before http://youtu.be/RfcGzs-fAQ8. This dwarf hamster is quite cartoony, because that’s my style, but it’s a little more realistic than the last one.
If you like rodents things, I did a Guinea Pig too: http://youtu.be/L5uCnpjmY_I
and a Meerkat tutorial as well : http://youtu.be/-D0JCPt4RNA
You can learn a huge amount about hamsters at hamsterlearner11′s channel. There are new videos all the time with helpful advice about cages, feeding and welfare. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and say I sent you!
Why not draw your own version of this drawing and post it to the Your Drawings page above? Every month my I choose my favourite and send an exclusive Shoo Rayner sketchbook to the artist. There are certificates for other that I really like too.
This video was requested by YouTuber, portal2canttouchtis, who asked me to show how to draw a crow. I thought I would do better than that, I’d show you how to paint one too! It took much longer than I thought it would, so I split the video into two parts. Part one shows how to draw the crow and part two shows how I painted it with a running commentary on my thought process, choosing colours and styles of applying paint.
I hope you like this. If you do, let me know and also let me know if you would like me to do something on my monday videos on the ShooRayner channel on YouTube.
Take your time and remember you can stop and start the video to keep up. If you get really stuck, you can rewind to the beginning and watch it all over again until you are confident of getting it right. Have fun!
When you have drawn the Tiger, you can colour it in. Here’s another video showing you how to choose the right colours and how to get them in the right place!
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.