2013-08-08 / Lifestyles

Th-th-that’s not all, folks!

Lois A. Corcoran

“It’s never too late to learn,” she said – she, being a friend of my son. Vanna’s been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and it shows. You should see the condemned guy when she plays Hangman.

I always wanted to be able to draw but sporadic attempts yielded some pretty lame results. True, cartoons should make people smile, but not because they look pathetic.

How could I learn at my present age, with senility right around the corner? So I blew off Vanna’s remark – at least till a little voice rebelled.

“Hey,” said my inner artist. “Why not learn how to draw? After all, grandma Moses didn’t start painting till age 76.” Compared to her, I’m still wet behind the ears. Or ear, as in Van Gogh’s case.

So I took the plunge and am learning cartooning in my spare time from some of the greatest teachers on the planet, thanks to the Internet. A search of “drawing video” yields literally hundreds of free tutorials on how to sketch anything my heart desires.

One of my favorite instructors is a talented artist named Stephen Marchant from the London Cartoon Museum. With his delightful accent, he coaches his eager but invisible students to create entire characters in a matter of minutes.

And I’m a diehard fan of a guy whose handle is “Expert Village”. He teaches how to draw one body part at a time in a video series that literally covers from head to toe.

Like many wannabe artists, facial features prove quite a challenge for me. Eyes may be the windows to the soul but they’re a “pane” to draw. And I have the hardest time styling hair, just like in real life.

The good news is, it’s not what you’d call an expensive hobby. All you really need are three P’s: Pencil, paper, and practice. In the name of the latter, I’ve vowed to sketch a page a day, whether a complete scene, or a sheet full of eyeballs.

One of the cool things about drawing (or painting or any other art) is that you can create things beyond the scope of real life. If you want your subject to have three eyes, then so be it. In fact, that character could star in my next big challenge: animations.

‘Cause it’s never too late to learn.

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