We have a rule about bedtime. Upstairs by 8, in bed to start relaxing by 8:15 and lights out at 8:30. We adjust that on the weekends by a half hour. While they are welcome to go to bed earlier but that’s not usually what happens. They’re kids… what can we expect? However, once they are upstairs, the process of brushing their teeth and being ready is pretty quick. Sometimes they grab a book to help them with their downtime but lately, they have both been grabbing their drawing books and a pencil. It’s calming and a great way for them to develop those skills.
What kind of mom would I be if I didn’t try to foster that enthusiasm? So that is what I did. I had been asked if I was interested in checking out a learn to draw DVD. Normally, learning DVDs aren’t our favorite. No matter how good they are, we’ve found they are not the best method for our family. The Drawing with Mark DVD series was different. Not only did the photos have a lot of character but the girls were also very interested and engaged in the experience.
The video shared tips and tricks on creating dimension and layout. When I peeked over their shoulder during the process, they informed me that it wasn’t done yet and might not look right because they hadn’t erased the lines yet. They were referring to the reference lines (or whatever they are called) that help ensure everything is proportionate and where it is meant to be.
And the final result was awesome!
Now, here’s the clincher… remember how I said they don’t go to bed early? Like ever. Well, the other night they did. They asked me if I would go upstairs with them a half hour early so we could draw for each other. We each had paper and pencil in hand, sat together on the bed and took turns drawing a requested item for the person next to us. Then we shifted who we drew for. It was great bonding time and allowed me to really see them put some drawing skills to work.
Learning the fundamentals of drawing techniques goes a long way to building confidence in this art. Drawing with Mark, hosted by former Disney Illustrator Mark Marderosian, is a fantastic option. Grab one of his releases from Amazon for under $11!