Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art.
This lesson is based loosely on an exercise found in Drawing With Children, a fabulous book written by Mona Brookes. If you don’t already own this book, consider buying it… it is truly fantastic.
What You Need:
- construction paper (light colors)
- markers- fine and thick tip (or you can substitute crayons, pencil crayons or pastels)
What You Do:
- Teacher or parent will call out directions for their students and children.
- Students will draw what they hear.
- Students should be encouraged to listen carefully to the directions.
- Students should not look at one another’s work while doing this exercise.
- Teacher can use the following directions or they can make up their own:
For Younger Students:
- Draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to the other.
- Draw five circles anywhere on your paper.
- Draw one curved line that starts at one edge of your paper and ends up somewhere in the middle of your paper.
- Color in two of the circles — any color you like.
- Fill in three areas of your paper however you like (completely colored in, lines, squiggles etc.)
For Older Students:
- Draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to the other.
- Draw two more straight lines from one edge of you paper to the other and make the lines cross over the lines you have already drawn.
- Draw five circles – any size – anywhere on your paper.
- Draw two curved lines beginning at the edge of the paper and ending up somewhere in the middle of the paper.
- Fill in three of the five circles.
- Fill in four areas of your paper however you would like.
- Once the drawings are complete, students should sign their work.
- The work should be put on display in the classroom and a discussion should take place.
- Do the drawings look the same? Different? How are they similar? How are they different? Why?
- Come up with as many different sets of directions as you can. You will be amazed at the unique qualities of all of the drawings.
Here are some examples from: carlisleartclass.blogspot.ca
A frequent traveller asks every hotel he stays in for a ‘unique drawing of Godzilla’ upon arrival — and it proves what you can get away with if you just ask
- Patrick Feary, communications strategist for Hotelchamp, makes a bizarre request at every hotel he stays at.
- He asks that there be a “hand-drawn Godzilla” in the room when he arrives.
- Three hotels have obliged so far, proving what you can get when you ask for it.
It’s no secret that there are tricks and tips frequent travellers should use to try and snag a cheap flight— and there are plenty of ways to enhance your hotel experience, too.
For most people, this involves trying to get a bigger, better room or perhaps a bottle of Champagne — but one man has made a habit out of asking for something a bit more unusual.
Patrick Feary, communications strategist at Hotelchamp— a hotel startup which helps hotels personalise their guests’ stays — travels all over the world for work. However, instead of asking for luxury perks, he asks for one specific (yet optional) thing from every hotel he stays at — a “unique drawing of Godzilla” to be in his room upon arrival.
He’s made the request to roughly 20 hotels so far — and three have obliged.
He initially tried the idea so that his company’s finance team would “get a kick out of having to approve the trip with the request in there.” However, when the first hotel he ever asked actually delivered, the tradition began.
He was visiting the Mercure Melbourne Albert Park in Victoria, Australia, and wrote in his request: “Totally optional but if you felt like including a drawing of Godzilla in my hotel room then it would really make me feel at home.”
Here’s what was in his room upon arrival:
The second to answer his odd demand was the Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, California.
At the time, he was travelling around the US for six months with his wife, and had “booked many hotels,” he said.
“Having to think of so many different activities for Godzilla to be doing in each potential drawing was tough, so to come up with ideas, I made the request specific to the location,” he added.
His request read: “If you’re bored, a drawing of a surfing Godzilla would really welcome us to California. Completely optional though – we will still have a great time if you don’t feel like it or don’t have time though!”
Here was the result:
Perhaps the most impressive response he has received was from the Hilton Boston Back Bay in Boston, Massachusetts.
“If possible, and totally no issue if not, it would make me feel so much more at home if there was a drawing in my room of Godzilla firing a bow and arrow at an apple on top of the head of a smaller Godzilla, William Tell style,” he wrote to the hotel. “Obviously I don’t expect this you to fulfil this request but I will be super impressed if you even just have a go.”
And he got what he asked for…
…and then some.
“This one was pretty above and beyond – both because it was one of the most complicated requests I’ve made and Hilton also gave us a complimentary fruit bowl and bottle of wine with this. They even wrote us a card that said ‘hope(s) Godzilla has a good aim!'”
While having a hand-drawn Godzilla in your room might not be top priority, Feary’s tradition shows you what a hotel is really willing to do for a guest.
It also “speaks back to what his company does, and the value of booking hotels direct because of these requests — they really do go above and beyond for guests,” according to Hotelchamp.
developing your unique drawing style
Finding your illustration style can be a long journey. Your style is constantly developing.
With the vast quantity of illustrations online it can be difficult to stand out and to be seen as a unique artist. Every illustrator professional or hobbyist has stumbled upon similar work or found their work looking unoriginal.
But do not fear. Here are some quick tips to stay unique and to find a style that really reflect you individuality.
1. Steal from everywhere
As the Famous American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination, Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
Ever had a strange curiosity in something everyday, like water spilling or windows?
Find a subject or story that resonates with you. Embrace and remix everything you find interesting. Let’s say you have a fascination with sea creatures but also architecture. How could these subjects interact with each other. Maybe you draw an underwater city that is filled with brutalist architecture and strange sea monsters. Create worlds in your head. These could be fantastical or real. Maybe you illustrations are of a friends strange family, maybe someone you know has an interesting nose or other facial features you can exaggerate in your drawings. Your inspiration could simply be from shapes you find interesting. Maybe you heard a hilarious story from a friend and you draw the situations. Sources of inspiration are endless.
Start to research other artists work you like. Look at each illustration carefully what
Do you like about each image. Is it the colours the texture is it the linework or the subject. Behance, pintrest, instagram, google images, the library, illustration or art blogs such as booooooom or trendland
Even if your work is highly stylized it still helps to be familiar with anatomy. Attend a life drawing class or get an anatomy book (there usually easy to pick up in any book shop or second hand store) and start looking at muscles and skeletons. If you prefer to draw animals maybe your local natural history museum might be worth a visit. Galleries and museums are an invaluable resource.
If your based in dublin like I am here’s a few free galleries and museums
1. Place your character in a situation are they sipping a martini, swimming, are they interacting with other characters/ objects? what is your character dong? Where are their hands are the holding anything? How are they feeling? What are they communicating.
2. start with a skeleton draw a rough stick version of your character. If your drawing is very complex you might have to do multiple skeletons of vering detail. The skeleton helps you focus on the details when your drawing your character. For this example I did a quick doodle of a man. I wanted him to look kind of bored. I drew out a quick doodle of him as he was not complex. You can also make skeletons from simple shapes like lines and circles like the horse doodle below.
3. There are no rules. Experiment, try multiple mediums even in digital drawings there are loads of different texture brushed you can use to colour and draw your character . Try hand drawing and photographing it then drawing digitally on top of it. The more experimentation the better.
4. When you finish an illustration analyse it. What do I like what do I not like?
Analyse all your work and use your notes on previous pieces to improve. For this illustration on the second glance I did not like the characters shirt so i changed it from a tshirt to a shirt with a collar.