At the end of the school year the music teacher of my daughter, Fonsa ten Velde, organizes a performance afternoon. All her younger students play for the other students and their family. Fonsa is a wonderful teacher, her youngest student is 7 years old, her oldest 89 (!) years.
This drawing was drawn from life on my iPad with the Paper53 app.
My 11-year-old daughter has joined the Artis Ateliers, drawing lessons at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Every time she comes home with beautiful drawings. And she is very enthusiastic herself too, about the lessons themselves and the results.
Last saturday I was together with my daughter at a meetup of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party in Oxford. We drew, ate and socialized from 11 in a community centre. Julia Kay’s Portrait Party is a virtual Portrait Party in which artists draw each other from photos posted on Flickr for that purpose. All members of the group are therefore both subjects of portraits and creators of portraits. Members of JKPP sometimes organise meetups IRL (in real life). Martin Beek, Jane Sherwood and Margarita Perez Garcia organised a third (or fourth?) IRL meetup in Oxford. It was again great to meet the JKPP members I already met in Oxford and Brussels in 2011.
I found on Flickr the funny drawings of Ellis Nadler the Paper53 drawing app. This app doesn’t have endless possibilities like the apps Brushes, Procreate and Inspire Pro. Though Paper53 does have limited possibilites (no layers, no image import, fiveand pencils, it does give very beautiful results.
Me, my daughter and her friend painted a fish to support the Paint a Fish campaign. This campaign aims to restore EU fish stocks for future generations. You can add your picture to their gallery and help build a big virtual stock to tell EU leaders to take action to refill our seas.
We made the drawings with the Brushes app and then uploaded it to Paint a Fish site, you can also make the drawing online, with the paint-a-fish online tool.
I found this through the Facebook-page of the Dutch Campaign for Drawing.
Drawing my daughter while she is drawing. It is much more easy to draw old, wrinkly people then young children. I did draw her on the ferry from Rotterdam to Hull in October. We stayed in Hull for one day, visiting The Deep aquarium. And we visited the Wilberforce House Museum. William Wilberforce was a famous campaigner against the slave trade. From the website: “The museum tells the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture.”
My daughter started to draw animals, from a how-to-draw book, and I joined in. She is very satisfied with her results. This is rather new, she used to be very unsatisfied with her own drawing, especially if she wanted to draw realistically.
I bought for my 9-year-old daughter the dutch translation of the book ‘Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered’ by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy. It is a fun book and my daughter loves to draw in it. Blake advises to use a watercolor pencil and then rub over it with a wet finger. I like the simplicity of it and used it in this drawing of Anna Black. It seems as a good starting point for me to discover the use of color.