Saturday, November 8, 2014

TEN Forgotten Links for COOL DRAWING IDEAS

If you want some cool things to draw, one of the best things to do is to get inspired by looking at the work of great artists!  This is a list of some of the coolest kid-friendly children's book illustrators and artists whose work might inspire your creative side.  Read and grab your doodle book, these are bound to give you some ideas for cool things to draw.

#1  Quentin Blake
If you are a fan of Roald Dahl, you will know this illustrator well.  His name is Quentin Blake.  His fun sketchy drawings just fit perfectly with the writing of Roald Dahl.  He has a cool drawing book and some cool drawing ideas on his website.  Click here to get some drawing ideas.

#2 Todd Parr
I love the colorful work of this artist.  Anyone can create artwork like this!  It has to inspire the reluctant artist!  Click here for drawing ideas from this artist.

#3 Stephan Gammel
This artist is amazing.  Here he talks about his studio.  Click here for drawing thoughts from this artist.

#4 Chris Van Allsburg
This artist is famous for the Polar Express and other great books.  In these videos, you can watch him create.  I think it will give a lot of artist some ideas.  Notice how he draws from models!  I think a lot of people who are starting to get into art think artists just create amazing art without work at it.  You can also check out his website for drawing ideas for kids.  

#5 M.C. Escher
I have yet to find a student who doesn't love the work of M.C. Escher.  I find that I always get some cool drawing ideas by looking at his optical artwork.  Click here to check out his work. 

#6 Gary Larson
Gary Larson is a great example of why students should just draw. He is not a great artist, but his artwork has his own unique style that people love.  He is a great artist for beginning artist to check out.  Here is a great drawing idea: try drawing one of his characters.  You can't help but laugh.  Check out The Farside.

#7 Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes is one of the greatest comic strips of all time.  The artwork can't help but inspire young artists.  You can read some of his work online but to really appreciate it, try taking a book out from the library.  Keep a doodling notebook handy because you'll be inspired.

#8 Harry Back Eddy
This mysterious artist and writer's work is hard to find, but his underground characters names have been changed and the only trail of his work is found on this site.  Sorry, I couldn't find more images. 

#9 David Weisner
Few children realize that the work is an imitation of some other fine artists.  His work is so fun to look at.  Tuesday is, perhaps, his best book.  Just reading through some of this author's books will get you thinking about all the crazy drawings that you can create.

#10 Tony DiTerlizzi
If you love creatures of all kinds, this artist has some great books that should inspire your wild side.  Check out a little know book called TED.  Click here for some cool drawing ideas.