Art for Kids Hub – getting your kids drawing

Drawing by hand is such a big part of our lives here. Every design project starts with a sketch. We do some illustration too, so drawing is a pretty important skill to have.

We all start drawing as kids. Some kids stop at a point, others keep going (and sometimes never put the pencil down again). But how do you learn to go from a scribble, to a stick figure, to something more detailed?

A lot of my learning came from drawing my favourite video game characters. Nintendo was huge in the early 90s and gave me a myriad of fun and colourful characters to draw. I referenced them from my game manuals and magazines, and learnt all of the shapes that make a picture. This is where I started graduating from stick figures to full bodied people and creatures.

The trick to my learning was that it had to be something I was interested in. I didn’t care for drawing a real-life looking average Joe, it had to be something fun. And of course this sounds obvious, but I feel like parents forget this sometimes, with the pressure to learn getting in the way (I even do with my own kids).

Once I figured out how to draw all the characters I loved, I started using those skills to draw my own characters from scratch. I figured out from the practice how to get body proportions right, what details are needed on a face, how to draw expressions, and so on. You definitely learn from others, and then get creative once you’ve got the basics mastered.

Getting past the stick figures…

Two of my three kids are getting to the “stick figure graduation” stage and I was wondering how to get them over the hurdle, and I found it in Art for Kids Hub. The first part is that they cover so many different characters from toys, shows and games, there’s something to interest nearly every kid. The second part – and the most important – is how Rob simplifies the drawing steps. It’s not about grids and proportions at this early stage of learning, it’s about how basic shapes and lines create a detailed image. He breaks it down, and how I wish I had that as a kid.

And the best part? He makes it damn fun, and it’s all available on YouTube.

Even if you are nervous to draw as a parent, don’t be with his videos – I promise you will be able to follow the steps too, and have fun with your kids, while teaching them a very handy life skill.