Before there were pens like we have today, they used pens that had to be dipped in ink. These began with using a feather…called a quill. They made a point out of the end and that is what they dipped into the ink. Like anything else, people kept trying to improve this tool to write and draw. Somebody came up with the dip pen that had metal tips of different sizes that could make different kinds of lines. From the same pen, they could change the tip and it drew in a different way. Today, because people don’t want to mess with getting ink on their fingers and possibly spill the ink, they use ball point pens and all the different kinds of pens because they are easy to carry and can quickly be used. But a dip pen gives you a quality of line that is unique and wonderful that an ordinary pen cannot. I’m going to show you how I played with a dip pen today to make some tall skinny cursive lines spelling the name of the town, Siloam Springs. If you want to try a dip pen, they most likely sell them pretty cheaply at Wal Mart or an art store near you. Don’t forget the ink bottle too! Have fun drawing and writing! (this video is on YouTube).
Try this simple dinosaur…Blockheadasaurus.. and let me know how you did. You can post your drawing on the Pick and Draw Facebook page…I’d love to see your drawing! Add some color to your dinosaur if you like. Enjoy!
Here’s a quick simple way to draw the Statue of Liberty. The goal? If someone looks at your drawing and says, “Hey…the Statue of Liberty!”, then you have succeeded. Often we tell ourself that we can’t draw if our drawing is not “perfect” and exactly like what we are trying to draw. Drawing in a simple way can be for “recognition”. That is the simplest form of communication. Like fun drawing game, Pictionary. Then after you have drawn it in a simple way if you want to make it look more and more like the object you’re drawing, then keep adding to it with detail. For now, this little 6 step drawing is to put you in the ballpark and enjoy being able to get there. Have fun! Leave me comments if you like….so that I can learn from YOU! Make a xerox of this and have others try it that you know.
Try this fun little convertible car. Maybe you will want to draw a doodle bug driving it as well…here’s some help for you