How to draw pumpkins in perspective

How to draw pumpkins in perspective

I was at Trader Joe’s recently – and happened to go on the day they put out the new pumpkins! The checkout clerk hadn’t even seen them they were so fresh on the shelf. So I picked up a few pretties – and I’ve got a plan for them but….before I do I wanted to use them for a lesson in perspective – yes, with a weirdly shaped object like a pumpkin! Don’t let your eyes glaze over, you’re about to learn some good stuff.

Tutorial: How to draw pumpkins in perspective

Whether you want to draw pumpkins – or just be able to tell if a rubber stamp you’re thinking about adding to your collection – is drawn in perspective …..this video will hopefully be a big help! And if you only want to color them, read on….I have something for you too!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Exercise 1: putting pumpkins in boxes

Believe it or not, drawing a box where an odd shaped object is going to be can really help with perspective! This works for a chair, a bush, anything that fits into a chunk of real estate in your drawing. If you’re looking for more indepth instruction, the Drawing Jumpstart 101 class is a great one to get lots on perspective! (and its on sale right now)

A great exercise is the one done here: draw a horizon line and give it two vanishing points. Then draw the vertical front edge of a box, and join its ends to the vanishing points. Decide where the left and right side are, and if needed attach them to the VPs.

Then draw pumpkins inside! You can make them look different directions, but you can also just place the faces in front and make it easier on yourself.

Add the meat and ribs

That may sound like a barbecue – but really it’s the names of the parts of a pumpkin! The meat – the thick rind – shows at different amounts depending on the angle you’re looking at the pumpkin. Just google carved pumpkins and you can draw from those, or look at your own carved masterpiece.

The ribs are the sections; some are more defined than others depending on the kind of pumpkin it is. They’re wider apart at the front and closer together at the sides – no matter what direction the face is pointing. The closest part to you is the widest sections and as they wrap around the sides you’re seeing a partial profile of them, so they look skinnier.

Pumpkin Patch Printable Pack

For those not interested in actually drawing pumpkins – you can purchase the Pumpkin Patch Printable Pack and just color them up! It includes a bunch more than my usual digi sets:

  1. Five pumpkin images, two versions of each (with and withut faces) – 10 individual png files
  2. PDF with:
    1. Samples with backgrounds – one from the Mini Copic Autumn Scenes class and one from the Mini Colored Pencil Autumn Scenes class, both on sale.
    2. A page printout of the Tiny Tutorial seen on IG and FB this week.
    3. Two pages with all the images assembled – print on a paper that suits your medium, or use the individual png files. Your choice!

Tap on the image below to go check out the Pumpkin Patch and get busy coloring:

How many fall cards do you make each year?

I send more general fall themes rather than Halloween; I have 2 friends who are totally into it so I send them spooky ones but everyone else gets happy pumpkins and lots of fall leaves. How about you?

Supplies

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  • Bee Sketchbook
  • Grafwood Water Soluble Pencil
  • Sharpie

How to make a pumpkin animation

How to make a pumpkin animation

I’ve seen this animation around for a while – mostly with little doodles in pen and ink of stick people with this silly horn and cymbals music. I don’t like replicating “trends” as-is when I know I can change-up what’s been done, so here it is, with help for you to try it!

Watch the animation below — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube 

Special announcements:

My normal Monday tutorial will be up tomorrow – had a little bug this weekend and took some time to heal.

ALSO: I’m going to try moving to 6am Pacific uploads instead of 3am. Just to see what that does for views – the general advice for best upload times is much later in the day and I may try that at some point but for the moment I’ll just try for when at least all of America is awake instead of just the east coast. 🙂

Tips

If using this tuba audio, it needs three illustrations:

  1. One for the first few bars (the original is a dancing girl)
  2. One for the horn section
  3. One for the cymbals
  4. Then let them all play together for the rest of the audio

The way I approached it was drawing the SECOND page in my sketchbook FIRST. Whatever motion is desired on the downbeat, that’s the second image. ie the clashing of the cymbal, etc.

Then hopefully your paper is a little bit see-through, or you can put it up against a window to trace the main elements from the second drawing onto what will be the FIRST page. Then they’ll line up when being flipped. In my case the pumpkins needed to stay in the same spot, and I wanted their facial features in the same place.

For the first pumpkin, the top of the pumpkin is bouncing on his head; in the second frame since the top is UP, the eyes are open. in the first frame the eyes are closed because the top is slamming down.

For the second pumpkin, the trumpet moves left to right and the rest of the pumpkin remains as is.

For the third pumpkin, the cymbals are apart on one and together on the downbeat.

To film this, I did it in three parts; I’ve seen a lot of shaky cameras with the person filming while flipping the paper and that’s just too hard – I simply put my phone on a stand and filmed the first bit, then backed the phone up to include the second image, then further to incorporate the third

Replicate my pumpkins

If you want to replicate my pumpkins the two sketches are below. They’re pretty simple! Do leave room on the left side of the sketchbook for your hand to hold the page to lift it up and down.

Or make it your own!

Come up with your own simple theme. Maybe it’s snowmen. Cats. Anything you can draw! Make them dance left and right, roll their eyes back and forth, or do that dance move they used to do in old tapdancing films: arms holding the hat on the head then holding it high above the head!

Get your kids in on the fun, and whoever makes the best one gets filmed for an instagram reel! You can use the audio that’s already there, or have the kids “sing” a tuba or trumpet song to use for your own audio. (Great idea for teens who beatbox, too!)

What other ideas would be cute with a simple 2 frame animation like this? Leave them in the comments so others can try this too!

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When art goes wrong: KEEP GOING

When art goes wrong: KEEP GOING

I’ve needed a new channel trailer (a short welcome video for brand new visitors to my channel)….my old one was just old and it needed a refresher. The art I wanted bits of, well…..that changed drastically in the plan! Scroll on down to read a little more about that process and the craziness I dealt with.

New channel trailer!

You can go leave a comment on the YT channel – and read the stories of others there too. Give each other encouragmenet! 

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

That leaf art

I wanted to film snippets of me working….and I had this great idea. Spill ink on a sketch, then create depth just in the areas the spill happened. First the spill was…not great! ha. I guess I need to practice pretty spills! But as is my wont, I did just proceed – I’d already done the deed, so I could at least practice the technique before redoing. This is what the piece looked like before I got out my pen:

And then….a black ink BLOOP from my pen! I had the cap on the back of it and was trying to remove it to re-cap the nib end, and it wasn’t letting go; I mindlessly twisted it, thinking maybe it screwed on the back (I knew that wasn’t the case) so I was actually moving the piston – and pushing the ink out! I wasn’t planning on doing anything but line work in black ink, but that of course changed with the advent of The Bloop. 

That led to adding a lot more black than had been planned! It was touch and go with the amount; I wanted to keep some of the light created by the spill, but to make it look like I meant to use that much black. Did I succeed?

All those videos

In case you missed any of this in about the last year….here are links! Some are instagram short videos, others are full YT videos.

Free class is fully posted now!

If you missed out on the free class announcement in the previous video on Monday….there’s a free class on Artventure for you! A new lesson was added each day, and today’s the final one – hope you enjoy making fall leaves!

Supplies

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EASY: Art inspiration from nature (leaves in watercolor pencil)

EASY: Art inspiration from nature (leaves in watercolor pencil)

Are you ready for fall and pumpkin spice yet!? I’m getting there. Just a little. I took a walk looking for leaves – not fall ones, just different sizes and shapes – and found THIS sucker – holy guacamole! Bigger than my head!

 

EASY Tutorial: Getting art inspiration from nature / Leaves in watercolor pencil

This is such an easy project, and I hope you’ll give it a shot! It uses powdered watercolor pencil, a technique I taught in Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart (which happens to be on sale this month like https://art-classes.com/product/watercolor-pencil-jumpstart/)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Watercolor pencil leaf

The tea strainer is such a handy little tool isn’t it! It grates that powder to be able to create such great textures.

Addictive practice

Once I got started making these, I have to say – they became quickly addictive! I wanted to try all the leaves in my ginormous pile….thus all the other versions that will happen all week! (Read on for info)

Happenings at Artventure

To encourage you to step out and try out my new community at Artventure…..I’ll be posting daily videos over there! You can view it all on the web without an app, OR go download Mighty Networks to add to your phone or tablet. And it’s all free for now! The leaf videos will be in a free “class” you’ll need to sign up for but that’s just to keep them all together.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed today’s little leaf project – and that it’ll get you stoked to do more as fall nears where you live. Make cards, bookmarks, journal pages, or frameable art….so many possibilities!

Supplies

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How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics, a Peter Pen, and an iguana)

How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics, a Peter Pen, and an iguana)

I’m excited to have finished up the class I told you about earlier this week, Color and Line – because…..I GOT TO OPEN MY NEW PEN! Ok sorry about yelling, I’m just excited to have a new pen! And I wouldn’t let myself open the box til the work was done. 🙂 It’s a Peter Pen – made in partnership with Goldspot & Narwhal Pens and Peter Draws from YT…..I’ve wanted to support him by getting a pen. And finally did!

 

Tutorial: How to Mindlessly Doodle (Copics a new Peter Pen, and an iguana)

YouTube made “suggestions” to me about the kind of content to consider posting; they said according to data, one of the top searches by people who watch my videos is “How to Doodle.” So….I figured I’d try their advice and see if it’s worth anything! ha!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

First: my Peter Pen!

My assessment of the Peter Pen is so far so good – the paper is apparently at fault for what I discussed in the video…I tried it on the good paper and all is well. It’s a little pricier than my usual recommendation though, so an Eco by TWSBI is still my recommendation for a starter pen. *see supply list at the end of this post

How to mindlessly doodle

My mindless doodle has a fall feel to it….I picked Copic colors that I don’t reink often. Why let all that ink sit in bottles? Let’s use it! Splooge ink onto the paper (or use any other medium you can draw on top of), then “trace” the shapes seen in the pigment. Wherever there’s a hue or value change, make lines around that and add textures to sections!

Doodled Gecko

I doodled this fellow after drawing him in Copics – see the Mission Impossible reel to see it done!

Doodled Iguana

Or a Jagras? Hard to say when I know little about the Monster Hunter game! But I figure if a few IG users called it that, it must have looked like a Jagras! This one in color may or may not, who knows…..

Here he is just with the Copic color:

And then with the pen and ink…a rather majestic fellow, no? 

Tiny Tutorial with before and afters

Click o the image to go see the series….

Color & Line Class is open!

The Color & Line class is out of preregistrations – I worked my little fanny off (yes my fanny is tired of sitting at the desk doing computer work!) and it’s all ready for you! I emailed preregistrants, so hopefully everyone got the word that they can go start drawing!

Are you a doodler?

You don’t need to be a fancy doodler or do it in color – but doodling is such a great hand exercise that will help you in all your art. Just making marks on paper starts to develop your style, and can help keep you in practice between projects. 

Supplies

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