Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A kid in my cartooning class asked me to draw a cat Girl (or Woman) character today. Since it's been done a million times by folks far better than me, this is what I came up with.
The kids were impressed. They'll learn ;)
That being said, it was brought to my attention that while I speak of cartooning projects I do for this little class of mine, I have never really explained what I am talking about.
So in a nutshell, I work at a summer camp (year round) and in the summer, as part of my job, I teach cartooning/Animation basics to each session (about 5 or 6 one or two week sessions through the summer months.) Kids can choose a few of their own activities, so sometimes I have a class of 10-12 or sometimes I could have a class of 2-3 kids, all varying ages from 7 to 15 or so.
Since there is such an age range and variety of skill levels, I tend to wing it, with a few projects I have pre-printed or make up on the fly. Mostly concerning structure, basic color theory, and a couple simple animation exercises. The two week classes get to watch cartoons on the last day, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and the ever popular Droopy. Droopy always gets an encore. Kids love those Tex Avery cartoons.
So any of the structure/basics type posts I've done here are likely derived from my scattered lesson plans. And a lot of the finished drawings I post during the summer start off as sketches in class. Because no matter what the lesson or the plan, kids pretty much just love to sit and draw for an hour or so in the middle of the day. And so do I.