April 23, 2014
Using How-To-Draw Sketches in Your Memory Keeping
When I was looking for Muppet-related images to use in my scrapbook, I came across a series of How-to-Draw printables for some of the most popular characters. They were offered via Disney as a free promotion for the most recent Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted. I thought they would make for a unique addition to my scrapbook album. The concept is very basic so it is fairly easy to follow, plus the end result is a small piece of artwork rendered by my own hand.
I am a big fan of Beaker, and I liked his basic shapes and simple lines. You can find the Muppets drawing printables under Activities and Downloads on Disney's website.
1) After printing out the character I wanted to draw, I took a clean sheet of cardstock and sketched the grid (using a ruler) as shown with the same dimensions. This was for practice.
2) I then followed the visual instructions and sketched lightly with my pencil. This came together rather quickly. I definitely used a “sketchy” approach to this drawing!
3) I actually sketched Beaker at least FIVE times! (The curse of the perfectionist.) I know there are some versions that went straight to the recycling bin. Because I am using a pocket scrapbook / Project Life album with divided page protectors, I took a pre-cut 3x4 piece of white cardstock, and very lightly placed my guidelines. Because I went down in size from the original, I adjusted the measurements for the guidelines at about a 3:1 ratio.
4) I decided to erase the majority of my guidelines, so I used the white eraser (they work better than other erasers as they don’t leave marks). I also had a piece of charcoal from way back in my college days, when I took a drawing class. This gave my drawing darker lines, but I had to be careful of smudges.
5) The end result is a small sketch done by my hand, but done with some legitimate direction. Not sure yet of its final home in my album, but I like that I have a unique option. Don’t forget to sign your work!
I think this is a fun way to mix it up in your albums, to add some artistic flair. Have your kids or friends give it a try, like this young artist’s great sketch of Animal. You can find tutorials online – like this one from Disney on how to draw Olaf – or look to participate in a drawing exercise at select locations in the Disney Parks (Hollywood Studios in Florida, Disney California Adventure in California). Check out this example of how you can incorporate your sketches from these experiences in your albums. I think these are perfect for art journals, sketchbooks, and children’s art portfolios. There are so many possibilities!
Feel free to share in the comments below a link to your favorite how-to-draw character, or ways you have included your drawings in your memory keeping. I would love to see them!