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How to Draw Dr Martin Luther King Jr Real Easy

Goodness I had trouble with this one! doing a portrait is hared enough, but talking and explaining how to do it at the same time is harder. Making is easy to copy and produce harder still.

I was having real trouble working out proportions when I noticed something strange about his moustache. I then look through loads of photographs and came to the conclusion that Dr King’s face must have been noticeably asymmetrical. It was had to see as all his portraits are taken from his left side, masking the difference.

I couldn’t find one face-on portrait – I imagine that his public image was carefully managed – a publicity photo is different from a mugshot. But in making a drawing easy, a mugshot is best. Quarter turn is much harder and sometime a profile even harder still.

I’m not sure this is a great likeness, but the elements are correct and I hope they help to both draw Dr Kings for school projects and tech a little about drawing faces in general.

I counted up – I drew him 43 times in practice – none of my drawings look like him, but have an essence of him – all 43 are people you feel you could meet in the street though.

We get so used to one or two photographs of a person, that become icons. If you met the person, you might think they look quite different to the public image. I’ve certainly found that in my time.

 

Christmas Drawings from my No1 Fan!

It’s always lovely to receive stuff in the post, but even better when it comes from your No1 fan. Luke has been following my drawing videos for a while and has read loads of my books too. Love these Christmas themed drawings, Happy Christmas is a recent video on DrawStuffRealEasy. The portrait of me is even better – makes me look so much younger. Thank’s Luke. Flattery is the first skill a portrait artist has to learn. 🙂

The Great Malarkey Festival – Hull 2017

I can’t believe a week has gone by since The Great Malarkey Children’s Festival in Hull.

I got back Sunday night and had to pile straight into a major rewrite of a story on Monday and Tuesday before heading off to London on Wednesday for the Fabulous Harper Collins 200th Birthday Party at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Then, On Thursday I gave a YouTube tutorial to Authors at the Society of Authors in the morning followed by a Children’s writers and illustrators committee meeting in the afternoon. Paddington was closed, so I had the most horrendous journey home, in the heat, staring up in numerous, boiling hot railway carriages, so today, having just spent the afternoon on a major weeding expedition – they keep growing while you are away – is the first day I’m starting to feel a  bit relaxed again!

Anyway, here are all the remaining videos that I made about the sketchbook I kept at the festival, as the Illustrator in Residence.