Color the drawing with crayon.
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The more you practice, the better your writing and drawing will look. Find plenty of practice material in the eight-book Draw Write Now series. Each lesson is presented on two pages; one page has a drawing and four short sentences, and the other has the step-by-step instructions.
Drawing develops an understanding of scale and proportion.A child may use the Draw Write Now books independently, or the lessons can be augmented following this basic format:
- Introduce the subject
- Draw the subject
- Create the background
- Write about the drawing
- Color the drawing
Drawing What You SeeWhen we draw something, like a swan, the first thing we do is look at the object to be drawn. Sometimes we can do this using our memory—we’ve seen a swan and we remember how it looks. Other times, we go to the park and actually look at a swan.
The ProblemWhen relying on memory, we can forget the length of the swan’s neck. (Too short? It could look like a duck! Too long… that could look odd!) Or, when we see the swan, it moves around too much for us to study it’s shapes and lines. In our lessons, we look at a simplified drawing of a swan, and use reference points and comparisons to get the swan to look like the thing we see. Also, we learn to plan ahead so there will be room on the drawing paper for the tail feathers.
The SolutionDrawing helps us notice and appreciate the scale and proportions of objects. The following tips will serve as an example. Remember to look at the color drawing and use the step-by-step drawing as a reference.
Tip 1—Pay close attention to where you place the first line (Step 1). It is the swan’s head, neck and a bit of the upper back. Draw this line closer to the left side of the paper, about half-way up on the paper.
Tip 2—Compare the size of the body to the size of the head (Step 2). The body is much larger than the head. If you divide the paper’s width into thirds, the body oval is about the size of the center third. How close is the bottom of the oval to the bottom of the paper?
Tip 3—We tend to assume that the eyes are located at the front of the head, but look carefully. The eye (Step 3) is drawn at the center of the head oval.
Tip 4—How long are the tail feathers? Compared to the neck, they come up to about half the length of the neck.
Tip 5—The front of the wing comes up to the height of the base of the head.
Compare lines or shapes while drawing. Use the edges of the paper as a reference point. With an understanding of scale and proportion, we can draw just about anything!