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Imagination hand activity (super fun, even for adults!)

August 21, 2015



“What if” your fingers could become something else anytime you wanted them to…but then after you use it, it looks like a finger again?!!

Here’s a fun activity you might want to try…or let your students or kids try….

hand activity

Even if you don’t actually draw anything, it’s still fun to think about what 5 things you would choose for yourself.

It would be a fun verbal activity around the dinner table with your family as well.  You might be surprised what “you” come up with for yourself…

and surprised what others around you come up with.

This activity helps you see what things you use the most in your lifestyle or what things you wish you had.

If you are someone who looses the key to your house often, you might want to make that one your finger choices…..just saying.

Have fun!

Bookin’ it

August 12, 2015

I’m in the studio today beginning to design…sketch…the 32 pages in a children’s book called, Tiny Goes to the Movies.  The cover art is already done.  It is done

first so that the book publisher can begin advertising that this book will be coming out in the future.  I did not put the name of the story on yet.  Looks like this…

TGTTM_cover sizingBut now, comes the “thinking part”.  Sketching with a pencil and my imagination.

When you open a book, what ever 2 pages you see, these are called a “spread”.  This book has 14 spreads to draw. And like a river, they need to flow together in

order to tell the story visually.  A very good author named Cari Meister Kurst wrote the simple sentences for this book.  This book is for someone who is just

learning to read…and is trying to read their first book by themself.  So the words need to be pretty simple and the pictures need to go with the words really well.

In the first spread of the book, the boy is telling you about himself and his big dog Tiny.  It’s summer time and my picture needs to tell those words.  The picture

needs to also say that these two have a very fun, warm friendship…they do a lot together.

When I read these words, my imagination saw this…


This is called a “rough” sketch….I’m not trying to be exact and perfect with my picture.  I just want to get down the general idea and how it would fit on the spread.

Once I do this, if I like it (which I did), then I take the rough to a tight “sketch”.  Looks like this…


And when I’m done with this stage of the book, I will have 14 spreads like this to show to the editor of the book in New York.

If she likes my ideas and sketches, then I will make paintings exactly like the sketch I sent them.

The cover painting that is at the top was a sketch at one time and went through this same process.

Back to work!

Draw a Talking Bird!

March 19, 2015

STOP! Take a 1 minute creative break and draw this…then have your bird saying something. Show it to someone…dare ya.  Enjoy!


A tribute to Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2015

What an amazing talent God gave Dr. Seuss to be able to write the stories and draw the pictures that made so many laugh and smile while learning!

dr seuss drawing

Draw a robot

February 25, 2015

A piece of paper and pencil is all you need to try this 6 step robot drawing…hope you will try it.  Enjoy!



Try these

January 23, 2015

Here are some fun little pictures that you may enjoy drawing.  Get a piece of paper and a pencil…then choose one of the things below and see if you

can sketch it on your paper.  Then try another…as many as you want.  You can also take two or three of the things you draw and draw what is around them…a city?  The beach?  The country

with a barn in the distance and cows?  The park?  Whatever your imagination sees!  Enjoy!  You are very creative!

DB things that go

DB house

Draw Mr. Spot!

March 18, 2014

SM_umbrella dogMAILER

Try this little funny guy and post your great drawing on the Pick and Draw Game FB page!  Add other things to your picture if you like.  Enjoy!

Draw a tractor!

March 11, 2014



Try this fun tractor and why not put a funny character driving it? A salute to our hard working farmers...thank you!

Draw a dinosaur!

March 6, 2014


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!

Draw the Statue of Liberty

March 3, 2014

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.



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