Some time ago, I decided I wanted to get a handle on cross-hatching, but when I searched the interwebs for a tutorial to help me along, I felt more at sea than a guy trying to cross the Atlantic in a rowboat made of Snickers wrappers and stale bread. Yes, there are lots of articles that show the different sorts of lines artists make, but what about the bigger questions, like “how do I know where to put the lines?” and “how do I know where not to put the lines?” and “what if I make bad lines and look like a jackwagon?” This tutorial aims to help you through all of those crises, so grab a pencil (and an eraser, if you like), and let’s go!
Spring is here, and the women of wonderstrange are hoping the good weather lasts for another couple of weeks, when we will be having our First Annual Board of Directors meeting in Upstate New York, complete with numerous PowerPoint presentations, agendas, break-out sessions, and brainstorming sessions. (That’s completely true, by the way, except that you might want to replace “PowerPoint presentations” with “art-making fiestas” and “agendas” with “tattooing sessions.”) Until the 24th, however, we’re all still hard at work making wondrous things for you to give to your friends and relations, or even just to yourself.
Last week we got a chance to practice the proportions of the face. I bet by now you are all quite proficient at drawing a face that does not look like this.
Yay you! However, as I ask myself on so many mornings, what good is a lovely face if it sits atop an awkward, ill- proportioned body? Keep reading and get some simple guidelines that will help you keep your bod as handsome as your head. Or heads, if you prefer. All you need to play along is some drawing paper, a pencil and a ruler or straightedge.
This week, we are kicking off a month of drawing tutorials by going back to the basics of drawing a well-proportioned face. When you draw a face, it is loads of fun to break “the rules” by making a gal with big old eyes or a guy with a honker of a nose, but in order to break the rules and still look like you know what you are doing, you have to internalize a certain structure. This tutorial will give you the tools to draw a face either straight up or on the rocks. All you need is paper and a drawing pencil so you can follow along.
The women of wonderstrange might not be fashion plates in the real world, but we have recently discovered that we can dress a paper doll like, um, um, some kind of mad, mustache-twirling, paper-doll-dressing genius! Mwahahaha! Download our very first paper doll for free, then check out our Costume Party Package, so you can dress her up and user her on a variety of gift tags and cards! We’ve even got samples to inspire you!
As Cindy showed us last week with her funky new keyholder and Ann showed two weeks ago with her pull toy turned salsa dish, with a little bit of effort, a tiny bit of cash, and a whole lot of winging it, you can turn simple toys into something unexpectedly awesome and useful. As you saw on WIP Wednesday, I bought some cheapo wooden peg games and little fairy dolls at the dollar store, and today I spent the afternoon turning them into wall hangings that can be used to display your favorite art or photos.
Last week Ann transformed her turtle pull toy in to a snappy serving dish and showed us all that an ordinary toy can become something extraordinary and useful with just a little modification. One of my favorite childhood toys were puzzles, not those terribly tricky 5,000 piece one that always ended up having only 4,997 pieces, but the wooden tray style ones with the reassuring dent right where one is meant to place each of the very few pieces. So when I went in search of a toy to alter, I was very excited to find a puzzle in the 70% Clearance section of Michael’s. Keep reading to see how I was able to make it in to a key holder in just an hour or so and for around $1.00.
It’s that time again, kids, time to vote for your favorite project of the month! The winner gets the undying adoration and devotion of the internets (and a sugar skull bunny), so vote carefully!
Voting ends at 11:59 PM on 02/09/2012
Karen’s Odds and Ends:
Now go, go forth minions, tell your friends to look us up on their iPhones, tell your gramma to get on the AOL (imagine that dial-up modem sound right now.. Come on, you know you want to), leave a note in your mailbox, but get those votes in!
Over Christmas, while I was in Michael’s, I saw this “Wooden Pull Toy” (it’s actually MDF, of course), and after exactly three seconds of deliberation, I bought it. I’m not sure why. I don’t have a thing for turtles. I don’t have a thing for MDF. I don’t even have a small child who needs something to pull. Whatever my reason, I’m glad I bought it, because for the month of February, we’ll be altering toys and giving them grown-up things to do – like hold salsa for a party or beads for your latest project!
Ordinarily, Friday is the day when we post our weekly tutorial, but this Friday, we’re changing it up and posting a pimptorial, in which we will blatantly hawk those awesome digital zombie stamps* but also show you three nifty-gifty things you can do with them for Valentine’s Day!
*Digital stamps are really just image files with a sexier name. Okay, “digital stamps” isn’t that sexy either, but image files do have this on rubber stamps: 1) they are much easier to store, because they live inside the computer; and 2) they can be resized, which rules.