Dinosaurs Don’t Draw . . . or do they? Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton show us a prehistoric reptile who does doodle in their newest book,Dinosaurs Don’t Draw (published by Macmillan Children’s Books).
“Dinosaurs don’t draw, they stamp and stomp and ROAR! But there’s one little dinosaur who’s not like the others – he’s not fierce and he doesn’t fight! Instead he draws, on everything, all of the time. His romping, stomping dinosaur family just don’t understand. But when everyone hears the THUD of a terrifying T-Rex, they soon see just how powerful pictures can be.”
Illustrator Steven Lenton has created some fun doodling pages so you can doodle along with this Picassaur. You can click on the images below to download the doodle pages.
Don’t miss Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pug-A-Doodle-Do! too. Check out the interview and doodle download here.
Doodle Bugs is a doodle activity originally created for our second mini mag, themed “In Your Garden” (hopefully coming soon with any luck!) With Spring in the air, and the warming weather, it seemed like the perfect time to doodle bugs.
Have you ever noticed that some bugs have silly names like “robber fly” or “royal walnut moth?” In this doodle challenge, you’ll have to draw some funny-sounding insects. Click on the image below or here to download Doodle Bugs. Happy doodling!
Please NOTE: By downloading Doodle Bugs, you agree to these terms.
If you get stuck, there are answers below. SPOILERS BELOW!
Flamingo-tongue snail Christmas tree worm Tomato Horn worm
This silly book inspired “Splat Faces.” “What’s a Splat Face”, you ask?
Jon Burgerman, the avid doodler with a funny name, created SPLAT! (Dial Books / Oxford University Press), a messy mashup of drawn ingredients that is a mix of icky and absurd that never fails to incite laughter in young kids.
The book served the perfect starting point for some silly creativity. After reading Jon Burgerman’s Splat! to students at an after-school art club, the children and I made Splat Faces.
We drew our self-portraits on the right side of a folded sheet of paper, and dropped a dollop of paint on the left side. We splatted our pictures by folding the paper in half. The kids loved the result and many wanted to try it again. Splatting our drawn selves with paint is messy fun. There’s an accidental quality to it that is fun to see the “reveal” — how the paint blob will add to the drawing.
Every October, artists worldwide take part in a daily drawing challenge called “The Inktober Initiative,” set forth by Mr Jake Parker. The goal is to doodle everyday for 31 days, and share the art on social media with the tags #inktober #inktober2017 and #jakeparker.
Ron Pippin of Outside Voice, an art network for families based in Austin, suggested a weekly drawing exercise. So we’re introducing a new doodle theme each week for our Weekly Doodle Challenge. (Scroll down for the challenges).
Full disclosure: I found that I wasn’t able to keep this up every week, so below are ideas I’ve collected as well.
Come draw with us!
Just draw and share with the subject tag on social media. We’ll share your work here or on twitter or Instagram with the #weeklydoodle #kidcandoodle hashtags. PS. All ages welcome!
Inktober is a yearly October doodle challenge created by Jake Parker that is popular on social media. You can use any ink, and you don’t even have to go by the prompts if you don’t want to. The thing is to do it daily.
This was the one I did for October 1st posted on instagram:
We had to share this awesome idea from artist Clym Evernden. All you need is a sheet of paper and your favorite drawing pens or pencils. Fold your sheet 8 times, as Clym shows in the video, and draw as you open the page.
An unexpected doodle prompt comes from Paperchase, a popular stationery chain in the United Kingdom full of gorgeous illustrated goodies. Draw a literal picture of king prawns, king crab, hammerhead shark, or cat fish, like in this shop window.
David Zinn creates whimsical street art with chalk and his imagination. See if you can doodle outside using some of your surroundings as inspiration. Can a crack in the sidewalk or patch of grassy weeds become part of your drawing?
Have you guys heard about the $3,700 Doodle Theory Contest? To enter, download and doodle some squiggles like these below. See all the details and download the squiggles here. Deadline is August 10, 2016.
Love this Less is More idea from Frédéric Forest: Describe something with fewer than 10 lines. Can you do it?
I love Sarah’s “blind contour” portrait (drawing while looking at your reference and NOT your hand/paper):
Health coach and mother of two boys, Ceren Arik-Begen has an easy doodle puppet that I had to share with you.
Take a letter or A4 sized sheet of paper, fold it in half and then half again, so that you have four strips. Open the sheet, and re-fold in the two ends so that they meet in the middle. On these two panels, draw something with a mouth that would open where the two ends meet.
(Here’s two fishies)
Then open it, and draw the “inside” of the mouth. When you’re finished, refold and animate your puppet character by gently opening and closing the mouth.
Thanks for sharing these lovely drawings and gorgeous idea with us Ceren!
Designer, illustrator, and doodle bomber Steph Dillon gave us some pointers for creating a doodle bomb: Find a photograph of your favorite landscape or urban setting and fill the empty spaces with a structure, objects, and/or characters to create your own unique scene. You can use markers on printed pieces or draw digitally in your favorite photo editing app.
Penny Neville-Lee is back again with a Weekly Doodle Challenge worthy of Mother’s Day (next Sunday, May 8, 2016 in the USA). Collaborate with your kids! Here, Penny colored in her son’s drawing:
psst . . . Make sure to subscribe to kidcandoodle (above) for an exclusive doodle download created by Claudi Kessels!
Multi-talented Melani Grube gave us this week’s doodle prompt based on her own wonderfully wet paintings. See if you can transform these paint splotches into your own doodle.
Here’s Melani’s doodle:
This week’s guest is none other than the inspiration for Weekly Doodle Challenge — Ron Pippin himself! Ron is currently working on an upcoming Creative Arts Show for kids called ARTtv and we can’t wait to see it! His suggestion, co-drawing, comes from Outside Voice’s popular blog Explore Art. To play, you need a partner, paper, and pens or pencils.
The younger person should go first, making a line on a page.
Then each person takes turns doodling and adding to the same drawing, collaborating.
Our guest this week is one of my favorite artists of all time, Henri Matisse. I am especially fond of his paper cut-outs. Matisse first used cut paper to design his painting commissions, but when he became ill in his 60s, it became his preferred medium.
Doodle an animal using only cut paper (refer to The Snail, 1953, above).
When kid can doodle debuted on twitter, Lucy Monkman was one of our first followers. Lucy’s doodle challenge is just in time for Easter/Spring. Lucy favors simple shapes in her work, and she suggested using these egg shapes to doodle chicks, bunnies, or lambs:
Here’s Lucy’s doodles:
Shari Mallinson is not only a darn-good doodler, but a frequent contributor and friend to KCD. Shari invites you to collaborate with her by downloading and finishing this doodle:
Esther says: What will you draw on yours? You can draw with your scissors too. Try cutting other kinds of lines instead of the straight ones for your pop-up eyes and mouth. But be sure to leave enough space for your fold. That’s your hinge that keeps it from falling apart.
Our doodle guest this week is Colour Collective, a weekly challenge to make art featuring a different hue, initiated by Penny Neville-Lee, “illustrator and all round good egg.” To join in, this week’s color is Moss.
Here’s Penny’s gorgeous entry. Follow her on twitter.
Colleen Kong Savage, our first guest on 3 1/2 Questions, has our doodle prompt this week: Take an ink pad (or a little bit of paint) make a thumbprint with your finger. Add details.
Hey Kids! This week’s guest is Tom Nash, the wordsmith behind Tut and Groan “a wordplay webcomic by someone who can’t draw.” Not long ago our own Little Dude was a guest on Tom’s toon, and we’re tickled that Tom has treated us to two prompts: Draw a pie in the sky or add to the following doodle:
Our guest this week is Pinch Punch Post, aka social media darling Thea Baker, suggesting a theme to doodle each month. Contributors are invited to share their drawings on twitter or Facebook at the beginning of the month. Kids can join too by tagging doodles with #pinchpunchpostjunior. March 1st theme is a butterfly.
Sarah McIntyre is one half of the dynamic duo Reeve & McIntyre. With Philip Reeve, they are creative collaborators behind several books, including Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and a story with 66 pugs in it* (published by Oxford University Press, Oxford) . . . Their newest creation, Pug-a-Doodle-Do!, is a companion piece with characters and fun activities from all of their previous books. Philip is mostly in charge of the words, while Sarah draws the pictures, but in this book, they came up with the ideas together, creating things that made them laugh. (They hope the book makes you laugh, too.)
We’re so happy Sarah stopped by to chat with us!
3 & 1/2 Questions: Sarah McIntyre
Click on the image above to download the “Draw A Comic” printable page from Pug-a-Doodle-Do (courtesy of the Oxford University Press and Sarah McIntyre).
In Pug-a-Doodle-Do! doodlers can have fun playing with characters from your previous stories and feel like they’re creating with you too. They can learn how to draw a pug or a sea monkey, doodle beards on ladies, or follow Colin the Crab. There seems to be some killer cakes and evil food though — have you been haunted by cakes in the past?
Yes, we love going back to the characters in our books! It’s always a bit sad when their story comes to an end, we want to keep playing with them. That’s why I love seeing kids take them and run with them, in drawings and further stories.
Haunted by cakes? Honest answer? Someone in Russia once gave me a mushroom piroshky where the mushrooms in it were dodgy, and I didn’t know. And it did bad things to my head for a couple hours and I saw a giant chocolate doughnut parading around my bedroom. I was absolutely terrified!
I liked the “Which Reeve and McIntyre character are you?” quiz (It was a tie for me) Sometimes people say that we look like our drawings . . . is there a character that is most like Sarah?
Yes, Iris the mermaid, from Oliver and the Seawigs! When I was nine years old, I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up, and go on underwater adventures. So I kind of did, in a story. She even get to wear my pointy specs at the end!
3. One of the highlights for me were the mini stories within this activity book, like “A Day in the Life of Lord Krull”, or “The Magnificent Dartmoor Pegasus Named Kevin” (pictured below). Will we see a full length comics or graphic novel from you in the future?
I always want to create a book-length comic, but they just take so long to make! Comics tend to come out of us in short bursts like this. Philip works so quickly; we were sitting at my desk drawing stuff for Pug-a-Doodle-Do! and suddenly he’d made this four-page Lord Krull comic! The Dartmoor Pegasus story took me longer, I did about one panel every morning. Actually, one of our books, Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair started as a four-page comic for The Phoenix Comic! I wrote it, Philip penciled and inked it, and I colored it. We’d kind of hoped to do a series, but the coloring took me SO LONG. Most people don’t know how much time goes into coloring comics.
Please complete this sentence: I like to draw __.
Fat ponies. I do. It’s true. Their big tums.
Thanks again for answering our 3 & 1/2 Questions, Sarah! Ms McIntyre has graced us with her presence before; we shared her 24-hour comic, “Scribble,” and she was a guest on Weekly Doodle Challenge, giving us a shape challenge prompt. You can see more of Sarah’s work here, and follow her on twitter.
Download the “Draw A Comic” printable page from Pug-a-Doodle-Do (courtesy of the Oxford University Press and Sarah McIntyre). Doodle the comic and share on social media with tag #PugADoodleDo
This Doodle Halvesdownload comes to us from 11 year-old Emil de Graaf, an avid doodler, and his clever mom. To inspire her talented son to create, Emil’s mom cropped photos she found and challenged him to doodle-bomb* the missing half.
For February, our drawing (and media) challenge is to doodle something silly every day. Take a look at the list below. Join in anytime. All ages welcome. Check back here to see our videos and doodles! Show us your drawings on instagram, facebook, and twitter with the tag #28days28drawings and #kidcandoodle and we’ll share your doodles too. Hope you’ll doodle with us.
28 Days 28 Drawings February Doodle Challenge
Day 1 : cats in hats
I’m challenging myself to try a different medium each time — you should too! Whenever possible, I think it’s important to experiment with different materials and play with them. Try each one out, get a feel for how they work, and see which ones you enjoy using. Keep learning!
This was done using China Marker, a grease pencil often used to mark up proofs by photographers. This waxy pencil writes on plastics, windows, and other surfaces. I like their rich, crayon-like color; it’s my favorite drawing implement and what I often use to create the artwork for kidcandoodle.
Day 2 : dancing dogs
This mint + pumpkin risograph print was made at Hato Press in London. The printshop offers a 2-color risograph printing workshop that is ideal for learning how the process works. It’s very similar to silk-screening, but done with the convenience of a photo-copier machine. It was such a fun experience — I want to do it again with Little Dude.
Day 3 : party animals
Double-duty: I added the blue to coordinate with the popular weekly Colour Collective twitter art prompt, “air force blue”. This was done with Prismacolor pencils, one of the best colored pencil brands. (My family gifted me a 72-color set for my birthday this year.)
Day 4 : sloths taking selfies
Biro or Bicballpoint pens are a drawing tool that I usually shy away from — I find them intimidating. I created these selfie-obsessed sloths using ballpoint, and then colored them in Photoshop.
Painting pillow-fighting pandas with Windsor & Newton Drawing ink seemed very appropriate, because the ink recalls Asian calligraphy, and pandas are native to China.
Day 7 : dinosaur detectives
It’s hard to draw a dinosaur detective without making it look goofy! My Dino Sherlock was drawn with a Pentel brush pen and then colored using a mini set of Filia oil crayons, which are portable, and great for on-the-go drawing kits. I also love the vintage-look packaging.
My son Dylan likes to draw digitally, using pixel apps such as 8bit Painter, and he’s been contributing several drawings for 28 Days 28 Drawings, like this one for penguin pirates. *proud mama*
Day 9 : rollerblading raccoons
Raccoons are just too cute to draw. This rollerblading rodent was sketched with graphite pencils. A basic set like Derwent should be included in every artist’s supplies.
Day 10 : giraffes in galoshes
Wouldn’t it be funny to see a giraffe in wellies? I thought so too! Oil pastels were used to doodle this rain-ready long-legged mammal.
Day 11 : space hogs
Uh-oh, it’s a swine in space! Drawn with stubby Stabilo Stifte crayons, a genius 3-in-1 tool that can be used as coloring pencil, watercolor, or wax crayon, too. They are nice and soft and the chunky size is fun for small hands to hold.
A fun medium to try is collage: it’s quick, experimental, and not too dependant on hand-eye coordination — perfect for this trio of sun-tanning tropical fruits. Also colored with China Marker pencil and Adobe Photoshop.
Day 14 : pika pool party
Pikas are such cute critters, resembling mice or hamsters. (You may not have realized that this Pokemon character was inspired by a pika.) I imagined they’d be fun-loving creatures who enjoy a good pool party. Also created using watercolor + colored pencils.
Day 15 : flying foxes
This prompt was intended to have a double meaning: flying foxes could be clever pilots or fruit-eating bats (like those found in my former home of Brisbane, Australia). Please interpret as you please. I suggest using Prismacolor pencils or gouache.
Day 16 : trucks eating tacos
I know this was a tricky one to draw, and it would be challenging to not make it look cartoony. I wanted to have a few prompts that weren’t animal subjects, and it’s a nod to my love of tacos and the many I’ve sampled from taco trucks in Austin and Brisbane, Australia, where we used to live. Drawn with China Marker pencil.
Day 17 : reading rockets
If rockets had a book club, what do you think they’d read? My bet is on science-fiction. This was another quick sketch using my go-to drawing implement: China Marker grease pencils.
Day 18 : aliens skiing
Aliens aren’t very good at skiing. Especially when they have three legs! These creatures are cut-up from magazines — a super resource for collage. Art recycling is re-creating AND re-using. Also doodled with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens, another artist’s necessity.
Day 19 : flower painting
I purposefully left this prompt open to creative interpretation. I thought of Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers painting, as well as the act of painting flowers too. Flowers are a lovely source of inspiration for artists — beginner or advanced, alike — it’s no wonder they continue to be a popular subject. Created with Pentel brush pen and Faber-Castell pastel pencils. Pastel pencils are more blend-able than regular colored pencils, but they also smudge easily, so take care when using them.
Day 20 : skateboarding pigeon
Day 21 : surfing banana
Day 22 : squirrels wearing scarves
Day 23 : singing sea lions
Drawing with white and colored chalk pastel on black or dark paper is a terrific artist’s exercise to focus on lighting; it requires you to look at and draw only shadows and highlights. I cheated a bit here because I added the outline (I was being impatient), but ideally, you would try to fill out the figure by ONLY drawing the highlights, mid-tones or shadows. If the paper is dark, such as in this example, you would draw only the highlights and mid-tones, and leave the paper to be the shadows.
Day 24 : hula-hooping hippo
I animated Harriet the hula-hooping hippo, by making a simple gif in Photoshop.