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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tips to Sketch Children

Hi, Friends, are you enjoying sketching children? All of us want to capture their innocent beauty, don't we? Capturing children is not hard. First of all, please trust in your own eyes. All of us can tell how old a child is and what feeling s/he has. If so, we all have wonderful knowledge about what children are. Just use your eyes' perception and depict kids on paper. Observe children carefully. Answers will be your precious art assets. A child's face expression and movement interest me most. I sketched these kids last week in two or three days. Then, one of the sketch was developed into watercolour below.
1) How old is that child?
Children's body proportion and faces are crucial to tell an age. As they grow, a big head gets smaller, a face is changing and they get taller. "Pratice makes perfect" is the best way to learn it. Just draw it for tens of millions times.


2) Find a drama and seize the moment.  
Get a child's mood. Choose an interesting movement. A dramatic moment attracts viewers and very eye pleasant. I love sketch them! 
3) Set an angle carefully
I'm very fussy about an aspect to capture a moving child. Very much like a hunter, I'm waiting for the favorite moment in a child's movement, while holding a graphite.  
4) Pick up one thing to say in drawing. 
Daily observation allows us to capture the best moment on spot. In other words, if we do not try children everyday, we cannot either find children or seize them in drawing. 
Just keep drawing.
Finally, I'd add, "Sketching childfren also gives busy you smile and fun!" Sure, kids will come to you and ask you, "Can I draw (with you)?"  

Now, I'm preparing for the jammed schedule. I organise time and list up necessary things and what-to-do in order. Being well planned is crucially important to achieve a goal. Not easy, but I'll do my best. Thank you for warm and strong encouragements!!
You, too, Friends, Happy Painting and Drawing!









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20 comments:

  1. I love them Sadami. Kisses from Spain!!

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    1. Thank u, Urumo!! Hugs from Sydney!

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  2. Wonderful post Sadami. Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if you practice Tai Chi, Yoga or Meditation to balance that jammed schedule. Remember to breathe......................:)

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    1. Thank u, Carol. Yes, I do exercises and relaxing techniques, especially moving a body. Cheers, Sadami

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  3. I love this post, Sadami.
    Thank you for all the tips. Your children drawings are so beautiful, funny and expressive!
    Have a great day and happy painting!

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    1. Oh, thank u, Martine. I'm sure, "Children are so beautiful, funny and impressive!" You, too, have a creative week!! Cheers, Sadami

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  4. merci Sadami de partager ces précieux conseils.si je ne devais en retenir qu'un ce serai:"just draw it for tens of millions times" have a great week
    bises

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle, you, too! Let's have fun. Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Great tips - and fabulous sketches as always! Love the watercolour too. Good luck with the busy schedule xx

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    1. Thank u, sweet Pat! Yes, I'm struggling to organise them and lots of paper work, too. You, too, please take care.
      xxx Sadami

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  6. Oh what beautiful sketches, all full of life and movement! You make it seem so easy, but it's easy only under your masterful hand. I love the background on the watercolor - these back-runs create an interesting texture - such a great idea! Have a great week, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u, Blaga! Oh, no, not a master, I'm a "life long learner." Regarding the background, it was a great fun to use washes and brush strokes together. I hope this year will be very productive for you and me! Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! wonderful tips and great sketches :) Wishing you a very happy New Year.

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    1. You, too, sweet Meera, happy new year! Hope you and me will enjoy drawing more and more this year. Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. I thought I had commented on this post, but must have just intended to do so! So...I love how you capture children - their chubby cheeks, their growing bodies a bit awkward and a bit graceful...so beautifully done!

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    1. Oh, you're sooo sweet, Rhonda! Thank u! We love sketching children, don't we? Sure, you and me will enjoy capturing them on paper, endlessly. Cheers, Sadami

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  9. The movement and postures in these sketches are wonderful and so typical of children. Wishing you an exciting and fulfilling 2015 with your book, your exhibition and your continued beautiful watercolours and drawings Sadami!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! You, too! Yes, I'll do my best for two big publications, lots of events and the exhibition. Already my schedule is nearly booked out. Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Thank you for sharing these tips! I love your sketches and it is great to hear your thougths and process behind them... you make it look so easy! But I believe you practice what you preach: do tens of millions of them!:-)

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    1. Thank u, Minnemie! Exactly, I've been drawing tens of millions of drawings. That's all what I do. I'm sure you'll enjoy drawing and adventure in art! Best wishes, Sadami

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