- Kindness Prompts + Sidekick
- Illustrating people: Easy tricks to add to your tool kit
- Everyday kindness: flaps which open to reveal inspiration for ordinary kindness
- Inspiration for Conquering The Blank Page
- Self-love: How to create an origami love letter to yourself
- Knitted with love: Using yarn to create pattern and texture
- Playful Printmaking
- Scar Tissue: creating collaged hands of forgiveness
- Make mandala magic
- Healing Heart: Using painted paper and collage to encourage self love
- Spreading kindness: Using our art journals to leave kind words for others
Illustrating people: Easy tricks to add to your tool kit
Elly here to help close out the Season of Kindness and I am super excited to share with you some arty tips for drawing people.
When I have the time, I love to sit and watch people going about their lives. Shopping, playing at the park with their families, meeting people at the airport, singing loudly in their cars when they think no one is watching. Humans are amazing and observation helps us to develop empathy and kindness.
Drawing is one of the greatest ways that we can learn how to see, because when we sit and spend time looking at something to draw it, we must give it more than just a passing glance. We look at the textures and shapes and light and we uncover hidden beauty. When we turn this gaze to our fellow humans, we can see past the differences to the wonderful commonality that we all share.
But you guys, drawing people is hard. Especially if they aren’t sitting still in front of us while we agonise over getting all the details as right as we can.
So I have an arty cheat for you.
- Watercolour paints or ink
- A pen. Any kind. You choose.
- Using loose strokes paint ‘body’ shapes in your journal. Be bold! Your people shapes don’t have to be perfect or even very realistic.
- Once the colours are dry you can overlap the shapes with a new colour to make fun effects as watercolour (or ink) is transparent. If you are impatient like me, you can overlap while the shapes are still wet and get cool colour blending effects.
- Use your pen to add details to your shapes. If you don’t feel like drawing in public for whatever reason, there are references everywhere for people on the Internet or draw from your favourite film! Put the buttons on their jackets, swish their hair over their ears, turn your watercolour ghosts into little people.
- Admire your cute illustrations.
- Draw your family or friends. What colours would you use to represent each person? How do you feel after spending some time observing them?
- Prepare a page of watercolour ghosts at home. Spend some time outside at a cafe, or park, or even in your work place, filling them with the people you see.
Elly lives in Sydney, Australia. Her favourite part of journaling is being able to play. She loves being able to test out ideas, and styles, and mediums without pressure. This applies to the ideas she’s expressing too: getting to work through experiences and communicating opinions in a place that is fun, safe, and colourful.