Let’s Make a Cartoon Character!

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Slap slap slap me, I’m so clueless. I really wanted to join the bandwagon of making a cartoon character. But like I said, I’m a na’da!

Enter my nephew (artist partner) YUAN, oh boy, sometimes it’s great to truly rely on kids’ imaginations! Let’s make that often! So please people,let’s CLAP CLAP CLAP for Yuan!!!

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This was Yuan’s output from the previous post.  I’m so in love with the dinosaur (which I thought was a dragon so the kid was kinda mad haha)

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I asked Yuan to do the character again, this time on a bigger (and more clean) paper. With a promise that I will use his drawing for an animation project! He was amazed that I can make the drawing move so he did my request.

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Yuan working. I also asked him to name the character. HMMM what could it be? he kept rejecting my suggestions. Why dislike naming it the same as his? Yuan the dragon dinosaur. What’s wrong with that? haha

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And I jumped in to help him color.

Output:

Presenting, Fely and Pete the Phyrosaur. (etymology: Dinosaurs that throw fire!!!) haaayaaaah!!! Fely the mother, Pete the son. cute names Yuan. 🙂

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Oh yeah, before I forget, the animation part!!  Well I’m planning to learn that one, but for now… Yuan, here it is *drumrolls:

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CLAP CLAP CLAP Miaaaaa!!! 😛

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on! – Albert Einstein

❤ mia

Freedom Sheet for Kids

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Mama Mia, I should have thought about this earlier. Had I done so, I could have saved sheets of bond papers — which after all the doodle, scribbles and colors, soon turn to paper airplanes! (*total facepalm moment, their works must be displayed like legit, right?) Well, kids are kids and they play.

So I made a what I called ‘Freedom Sheet‘ for them. On these 90 x 60 cm white sheets, they can do anything they want; color, scribble, doodle, write etc. This is great, I’m assured the kiddos continue to practice drawing, PLUS, they maybe, (just maybe), can’t turn this into airplanes! Wee!

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All sorts of kid-friendly art tools are on the table.

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This is the first day for the freedom sheet. I told my nephews Andrei and Yuan to make their own ‘cartoon character’. And these are the results:

Yuan

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Mighty T-Rex and the castle

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Flying Petri and Little Foot under the tree.

Andrei

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A Korean Pop Superstar!

Super cute! I love the characters they did. It’s something I cannot do, really. With cartoon character concepts, I absolutely do rely on my nephews’ beautiful imagination.

Surely, the freedom sheet is big for kids and there are more spaces to fill. I’m excited for the final output! And I will still post here, in case the sheet becomes a giant paper airplane! 🙂

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

❤ mia

 

Project with Kids: Cartoon Cut-outs

This activity is transpired by our previous art sesh where our little artist Andrei pitched the idea of cartoon cut-outs. Good idea, kid. *clap *clap

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In this post, I will show my nephew Yuan doing more cut-outs (he goes home from school earlier, that’s why). He borrowed Andrei’s cut-out as a template. I can truly feel this kid’s inclination to illustration. By himself, he starts tracing and he knows what to do. Although afterwards, he pushes the marker suggesting I continue the drawing (he got frustrated when he thinks his copy is not as good) but I rejected saying it’s best if he be the one to complete his artwork. Instead I gave a little guide/demonstration (showing him proper strokes and some tips on detail observation since he’s copying a model) and assured him he is doing the right way.

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The beautiful result is this:

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Wow!!! Good job, Yuan! Now, you know how to draw your favorite cartoon! I told my nephew. He was so delighted, he created more! Yeepee! 😀

Yuan’s Output:

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These were the kids’ first batch of cut-outs. Reference: Monsuno Figure named Lock.

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My model drawing is flanked my Yuan’s drawings. Reference: Optimus Prime / Transformers

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Just when I thought it’s a wrap….we are not over yet. Someone’s lucky to make it to the day’s art sesh.

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It’s Nathan!

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I did a rough sketch of Optimus Prime and he colored it with crayons. Lovely robot!!

And I almost forgot, all I did in this art sesh was to cut out. That’all. And a bit of teaching. I I discovered kids learn so fast especially when they like what they’re doing and are also independent. But not with the scissors, I never let them (for now).

Hmmm What should we do next? better ask the kids… 🙂

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead

❤ mia

 

Drawing Sesh with Kids

Here’s my story: In our family, I’m the only person ‘vocal’ about my inclination to the visual arts (I’d said ‘vocal’ ‘coz I know some in my family are talented yet they just keep it). Not only does my family hear me saying it, they see me of course. And so are my nephews. My little cute and energetic nephews see me…. and my crayons, pencils, paints, papers, arts&crafts tools etcetera. Oh yes, I love them but whenever joyful drawing sesh (session) turns to major kiddie-brawl (with my tools all over the place, yo), I kinda wished my art is a secret.

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This is peaceful for me, when they help each other.

But I would never do that, IRL, ‘coz I feel I was born to do this, and when it comes to children, dear heaven, must find ways to make it disaster-proof. In this post, I will share my and le’ nephews journey to our successful art sesh + tips to make it work, peacefully! 🙂

*notes on photos

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Every time my nephews come to the house with smiles ear to ear, I know it’s another art sesh. Most especially when they bring books or magazines with photos of their fave character, it surely is a ‘please-draw-me-this-and-that-this-and-that-that‘ time for me!

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I never ever thought drawing these types of characters because I’m not a fan of anime and cartoon illustration. But I find myself knowing, I actually can! Thanks kids!

Way back, during my first few stints teaching the kids I tried to make it traditional. Teaching methods somewhat in school format. Ya’know like, ‘I’m the teacher, this is the lesson, listen to me’ type of instruction. However, it didn’t successfully work out (‘coz the kids wouldn’t pay attention to me, I was frustrated, they were impatient,  we couldn’t snap out of it!). I realized for several reasons: 1st. they are my nephews not students,( and I should’ve loosen up a bit & treated ’em as former). 2nd. they see me as their aunt, not their typical school teacher. 3rd. they are kids who just want to draw and not to be lectured about the history of drawing (did I just do that? arhg!). 4th. they are kids, I repeat, they are KIDS, not aged enough for my cookie-cutter art workshop.

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Thankfully, I learned my lessons and still improving. Now, our art sesh became student-centered nephew-centered sessions. It’s not what-I-want, it’s what-kids’-want / need. And we work it as a team. If the resources make it possible then we’ll work it out. If not, then we figure it out! True enough, they had fun, I had fun and WE all learn. We all are happy. ( Although, kiddie-arguments still present, it has become manageable and my patience, still intact. phew! )

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When kids enjoy, there’s no room for a kid-fight. Just make sure they have individual tools so they won’t argue over it, in case, think of a solution (e.g. one kid use crayons first then other kid next) and teach them the value of sharing and give-and-take. For sure they will listen.  Haizt!

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Working with kids 7-up is fine but what about my toddler and kindergarten nephews, eh?

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Important for me: I have to give them extra attention, supervision on the use of pencils (sharp edged tools), crayons (those they might swallow) and please keep scissors, cutters out of reach!! When it comes to drawing instruction, I just let them express what they want, usually thru scribbling and observational drawing. As well as keeping them engaged with the activity thru story telling (let ’em talk) and positive (genuine) affirmations on their works (wow! very good, nice!).

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He starts to draw and tell me what it is. 🙂

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I truly adore kids’ innocence and charm. It shows in their drawings and the story they tell. How they love the cartoon characters, the TV shows and most especially when they happily talk about families. They don’t get tired on doing something they love. They are passionate about life, no qualms, just pure fun. And they love you back unconditionally. These are the things adult can learn and relearn from children.

Here are the kids’ output:

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YEheeyyyyy!! Very good! :D. I’d say this art sesh is successful ‘coz we have achieved our objectives:

  1. Kids demonstrate their drawing/sketching and coloring skills.
  2. Appreciate art, of course!
  3. Creative thinking! yey!
  4. Kids’ output, wonderful!

This is our story:  The kids and I love art! See you on our next sesh. 🙂

Every child is an artist. – Picasso