Sunday, March 7, 2021

Weekly Theme: "Channel Your Inner Child" (The Sketcher Way)

Sketch by Kathy O. Dowden

Thank you to Marianne Milzoff for suggesting this theme.

We have yet to draw and paint children.  Challenges of doing so include rendering accurate body proportion, movement and relative absence of lines that are indigenous to youth.  This week's theme asks you to find a picture of yourself as a child and sketch it.  Have some fun revisiting yourself from years ago.  Not up for drawing yourself?  No problem, borrow the image of another child in your life. Or, be abstract, create the energy of a child as you see it, activity, color, surroundings, symbols, etc.

Sketch by Emily Schmidt

"Notice that when you draw kids, facial features are very soft so go easy on the line work" is a tip suggested by Gaby Companario from the book "The Urban Sketchers Art Pack, A Guide Book and Sketch Pad for Drawing on Location Around the World," written by Stephanie Bower, Gabriel Campanario and Veronica Lawlor.

Please share your work on and remember to label your work as NUS (not an urban sketch), unless, of course, you are sketching from direct observation.

Sketch by Suzanne Cleary

For some ideas and inspiration:
Inner Child Drawings
Inner child drawings are a profound way to access aspects of your psyche that you may not normally pay attention to.

Childhood Captured in Art
This user gallery focuses on artwork that contains children and the essence of childhood. Childhood is a magical experience that we have all had the blessing to enjoy and art does a wonderful job of portraying its memories. Everyone can relate to childhood innocents and this gallery can help recount or narrate those joyous and not so joyous memories. Capturing childhood in a picture is very important in art, and this gallery helps show how youthfulness is seen in art.

Children in Art | National Galleries of Scotland
This feature looks at some of the images in the collection that focus on children. The representation of children in western art has varied greatly over the centuries. From traditional portraiture and imagined scenes of play, to images of loss and hardship, see how at how artists have portrayed children and the notion of childhood at different periods of time.

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