Fancy Bastard Jenn J. asked that Kiddo and I collaborate on something Harry Potter related for her Fancy Digital Sketch.
Daddy Daughter Digital Drawing Time lands in Equestria!
Kiddo (age 6) picked Twilight Sparkle as her DDDDT subject this time around. She had a really hard time getting started, probably because all of our previous DDDDT subjects have been mostly human shaped. She tries to “mentally trace” reference images, by which I mean she tries to draw the entire outline of a character from the reference image without actually paying attention to what it is she’s drawing. She only does this when she’s drawing from reference. Something about trying to duplicate an image trips her up. I’m trying to teach her to use the reference image as a guide, but not copy it.
After 5 or 6 false starts, and a bit of coaching from me she actually did a rough sketch of the basic shapes of the character, then a more refined sketch before attempting the final inks. You can see from the sketch above that she made some changes during the inking process. The eyes are closed, the hair is moved to the other side, the legs are in flying position, as is the tail, and the feet now have “sparkly shoes.” I think this was a breakthrough for her in terms of “drawing” rather than “copying” a character.
I normally do all the photoshop trickery for her, but now she knows how to zoom in, zoom out, pan and undo. Or rather, she knows which buttons on my cintiq accomplish these functions. At one point, through a series of errant button presses, she managed to merge all of her layers then started erasing the one layer she had left. I was able to undo the mistake back to the previous safe point, but it reminded me of my first “I just inked on my sketch layer” moment which means she’s on the path to being a real, frustrated artist. Proud dad is proud.
I’m going to have just a few of my daughters Powerpuff Girls prints at SDCC (booth #1231). If you buy it, she gets all the money. I usually sell about 2 of her prints per show and bring her home about $20, which she thinks is ALL OF THE MONEY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
I will also have a couple of her Tiny Titans prints.
Despite this being the cutest thing ever, I’m trying to teach her the lesson that art has value. If you draw something good, people will (and should) pay you for it.
Tonight’s Daddy Daughter Digital Drawing Time subject is plotting to take over Townsville!
I should change the name of this activity to Daddy Waits Outside While Daughter Draws By Herself, since she only wants me involved when she gets stuck on the wrong Photoshop layer.
Here’s a Vine of the drawing.
Daddy Daughter Digital Drawing Time returns to save the fine people of Townsville from Mojo Jojo!
Check out this Vine I made during the creative process. It’s cuter than a bucket of ducks.
This particular DDDDT marks the first time that I didn’t help at all. Not because I was busy, or because I didn’t want to. My assistance simply wasn’t… necessary.
Kiddo: “Daddy, why do I have to sit in your lap when I draw on your monitor?”
Me: “I guess you don’t kiddo. I mean, Daddy enjoys helping you and…”
[Kiddo jumps in chair and gets started without me, super excited that I won’t be screwing up any part of her drawing.]
Yeah well… who selects the white space around your characters with the marquee tool, then expands the selection by 2 pixels and inverts the selection so you can color on the color layer (THE COLOR LAYER I CREATED AND PLACED BENEATH THE INK LAYER FOR YOU) more easily?! Huh?! HUH!?
I’ll be in my beer.
Daddy/Daughter Digital Drawing Time: Ninja Turtle Edition
I asked kiddo if she wanted to try to draw a Ninja Turtle. For fun, I sketched out a quick Michelangelo head and said, “Now you try.” Normally when we draw characters (like we did with the Tiny Titans), she has a reference image. This time it was totally off the dome. Other than the head I drew, she had nothing to look at. I’m pretty impressed.
Daddy Daughter Digital Drawing Time: Kid Flash!
As a family our home life and nighttime rituals tend to fluctuate pretty often. For maybe a month straight we’ll all play UNO before kiddo goes to bed, then for no reason we’ll drop it entirely and play one of our dice games for a few weeks. Kiddo and I were doing Daddy Daughter Digital Drawing Time at least once a week for months, then out of nowhere we stopped. No idea why. It certainly wasn’t on purpose.
Last night she asked me, mere moments before bedtime (which has been moved up almost 2 hours earlier in anticipation of school starting next week) if she could “draw on my monitor.” DDDDT takes about 20 minutes if we rush it, so I told her “tomorrow night for sure.” Since I’m leaving for Canada tomorrow afternoon, I had to make sure that I remembered our drawing date and didn’t disappoint her.
Tonight she decided to go back to drawing through the catalog of Tiny Titans characters and picked Kid Flash as our subject. I decided to offer her a new challenge and asked her to “pencil” (albeit digitally) before she “inked.” As you can see from the images above, she did the pencils just fine, but when it came time to ink she started paying WAY TOO MUCH attention to perfectly tracing her pencil lines which lead to extremely slow and meticulous pen movements and jagged, wavering lines. I hadn’t thought about how much of a distraction inking over pencils might be for her. I eventually turned the pencil layer off and she allowed herself to ease up on the inking quite a bit. I’m trying to teach her the benefit of fast, confident pen strokes.
I was really impressed that she “turned” the subjects head to the bit and decided to draw the previously unseen earpiece. That shows she’s thinking about the thing she’s actually drawing as opposed to cloning what she sees in the reference image. She was pretty happy with the results and I was happy for the time we spent together making art.
In Which Something Is In Both Of My Eyes
One of the Fancy Sketch Drive requests that I received was from a long time Fancy Bastard named Dave. He asked that I draw he and his husband, Sean, and sent me a few photos for reference. I was set up to draw in the living room with my lapdesk, my pens and pencils, my stack of sketch orders, my blank sketch cards and my iPad for viewing reference photos. One of the photos Dave sent me was from some type of formal event. Both men were in nice shirts, ties, and fancy hats. Of the options before me, this was certainly going to be the most fun to draw, so I got to it.
My daughter was at the kitchen table playing a game with my wife when I had an idea. What if I got her to draw Dave and Sean from the same reference photo and sent it along with their sketch. It would be sweet and cute and a nice little bonus for a very supportive reader.
I set her up next to me with a clipboard, a pencil, a marker for inking and a blank sketch card. You can see in the photo above that she’s staring intently at the iPad, trying not to miss anything in photo. We drew our pictures at roughly the same time. I think I finished a bit before she did, but she wasn’t able to see my drawing while doing hers. I made a point of not looking over at her paper since I wanted to be surprised by the outcome. She asked, “Do I have to draw all of the stripes on the shirt?” I told her no, and that it would be fine if she left the small details out as long as she was happy with it.
She called out, “I’m done,” and held up her sketch card. My eye’s immediately welled up. Her drawing was so similar to mine, yet she hadn’t even seen it yet. The lines, she made and the parts of the photo she had obviously latched on to were the same. She was showing me just exactly how “mine” she was. As a parent, I never forget for a moment that she is my daughter, but sometimes she reminds me that my wife and I MADE her from pieces of ourselves. There was my own drawing, focused through the prism of my 5 year old daughter’s mind. I was so proud of her. I told her that it was very good and I really liked it as I didn’t even bother to fight back the tears. She looked at me with those “adults are so weird” eyes that kids have and asked to use my 80% black marker to fill in the ties.
I showed her how the marker had two tips, a fine point and a thick point, and not to get it on the couch because it was permanent. She surmised the different potential uses for the tips and elected for the wider one, because the fine point would take too long. She let me know that she would use the fine point in the small spaces. Without looking up from her work she said, “I bet they will really like this and keep it forever.” I bet they will too, kiddo. There go my damn eyes again.
The latest Daddy/ Daughter Digital Drawing Time features the Mother’s Day card the kiddo and I made for my wife. She designed the costume, picked all the colors and selected our cat, Replay, to be the sidekick.
Mommy is indeed super.
Daddy/ Daughter Digital Drawing Time careens into the present at breakneck speeds! This time, Kiddo decided to draw Beast Boy. I was so used to his black and purple Teen Titans costume that I had to look up his Wiki article to find out what this red and white nonsense was all about. Turns out the black and purple was from his days with the Doom Patrol (which does NOT sound like a super HERO team), and the red and white is actually his customary ensemble. This has been your Beast Boy costume trivia moment of the day.