This week, the women of Wonderstrange bare our faces to the world, showing how each of us draws and colors a face in 15 minutes or less. The faces won’t look perfectly polished when we’re finished, but frankly, we think that’s good. Drawing isn’t about creating one perfect thing. It’s about practicing, experimenting, erasing, and drawing some more so you can forever develop and improve your style. Without further ado, here are our three points of view, starting with Ann’s.
I have had a crazy week. Some of it has been bad crazy, like “uh- oh, I have a sinus infection and strep throat ” when I thought I was just a little tired from the weekend. Some of it has been just plain crazy, like finding myself bachelorette number 5 on a “surprise” (at least to ME) double date…you do that math and figure who was sitting on the edge of the fleecy blanket watching a lame cover band under the stars with no hand to hold, ‘cept her own . But the good crazy was crazy good, and the part of that I can share with you is that I actually received an unsolicited photo of this little darling
via text message. If that is not a Wonderstrange kinda gal, then I do not know who is! That was a big dose of happy while I was working on this post.
SO the actual point of this post is to start addressing the many requests we have gotten in the last year to show you how to draw some of the things off our 100 Things to Draw when you are bored list. Because I am a school teacher when I have a list I start with number one …so I drew a race car, and you can too! Grab a pencil and follow along. When you finish, you can cross number one off your 100 things list and just think how awesome you will feel knowing you are 1 percent closer to completing the list !
Here are the steps to follow:
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!
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.
We at Wonderstrange love Halloween, and not just for the free candy and the chance to wear cat ears to the grocery store. We like making Halloween art, and we want to be sure you have fun making some, too! This week I have made some simple step-by-step Halloween drawings you can follow along with. All you need is a pencil, marker, and an eraser, so gather those up, and let’s draw!
We like our monsters with one eye around here. To be honest, we like our kittens that way, too.
One big eye.
You can draw this guy scary or goofy or stick a bow on him and make him a her. I road tested this one on real live 10 year olds, and they can do it . . . so you can too!
Here are some other super-fun things to draw!