Drawing cartoon characters in VR – Glen Keane

Disney hero of cartooning, Glen Keane, draws and describes the wonders of pencil/paper animation – then steps into another dimension: drawing directly into VR, more sculptural than flat drawing.  A joy to watch.


“I can’t draw a straight line”

Many people say “I can’t draw a straight line” – this is a great starting point, because there are very few in nature (except the horizon).  Have you tried the freedom of collage?

Watch Rebecca Maloney collage a landscape, from a few lightly pencilled guide marks, using coloured paper from magazines.  And yes, she makes it wonderful because she is a skilled artist – but I bet this is not her first attempt.  What would yours look like?  If you can cover a whole piece of paper or canvas on board – have fun and give yourself a cheer when you complete.  You have created.

More on Collage

If you’d like to experiment more with collage, you’ll find many articles and videos on that subject on this blog.  Just type “collage” into the search box.  Enjoy!



Watching paint move

There is something beautiful in simply seeing colour move – the following videos are closeups of abstract art being made on gigantic canvases.  If you are interested in colour, the making is beautiful, seeing colours move, layer, react.  And a reminder that art includes the element of play, fun and discovery.  Where will your adventure with colour take you today?


Delicate colour palette bigged up

When a muted palette is spread over huge flat surfaces of canvas, to form giant walls of series of paintings, the effect is somewhat like another world.  Painter Jessica Zoob is here making and looking at the remarkable size of her art.


Creative Takeaway

If you normally create in small-scale, try bigging it up.  If you write a short story, try the “On the Road” style of  Jack Kerouac – who apparently sellotaped huge amounts of paper together and then just began typing and kept on.  A computer screen is similarly unchallenged in length – you can type a sprawling remembered saga of adventures, keeping going as long as you can.  Then leave it for a day before reading it back and tweaking.

On the other hand, if you usually work big, try writing small.  If you usually write a full-length film script, write just one scene.  Or if you paint full-height canvases, make something very very small.

Afterwards, reflect on what you learned from the experience.

Featured Artist: Lori Reed

Lori Reed‘s vibrant striated photo collages caught my eye recently, especially this one:

photo collage by Lori Reed

Sippin’ on sunshine

Lori described it thus: This 12″ x 12″ piece features a happy bee sipping his supper. I made one filtered version of the photo in Photoshop and 3 in Prisma. I cut them into irregular shapes and combined to reform the image, and added in some handmade papers, too.”

Having buzzed around the photos on her website, I knew that I wanted to show her work to a wider audience (that’s you) – and asked permission, delightfully, she granted it.  So here are a few more stunning photos, together with insights from the artist herself.


Pairs Figure Skating (Winter Olympics)

Are you watching the Olympics?  I’m playing catchup – and this pairs routine certainly caught my eyes.  It’s exquisitely performed and the height of the throws in the air are amazing.

If you have a cynic who doesn’t understand the attraction of ice skating – is it art?  is it athletics?  Well, this is a good, expressive example – where what is going on is so much more than simply listening to a good piece of music. (Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” sung by K D Lang).