Following Disney Drawing Tutorials

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Image by Disney

 

I needed a break from drawing figures and these Disney tutorials have been popping up so I decided to go ahead and give them a try. The Disney animators are after all, a group of very talented and perseverant artists, considering they have to draw 1,000s and 1,000’s of drawings to create their cartoons.

I’ve been to Disneyland two times and DisneyWorld one time. The first time I went was when I was four or five. There I am on the left trying to pull the sword out of the stone. I really believed I could do it. And on the right I’m posing with Minnie Mouse. On that visit we were watching a parade and Mickey Mouse picked me up and carried me. That was my first time to be in a Disney parade.

Posed Ariel Pic

The Little Mermaid was always my favorite Disney movie so I had to get a posed pic. I loved Ariel and I would sing along with her and act out her parts with her. Here I am on my second visit when I was 12 years old. I lost that hat I’m wearing. It had a picture of Goofy in silver thread but I stupidly wore it forwards on a ride and the wind picked it up and I lost it forever.

Splash Mountain I survived

On my last trip I was 15 or 16. In high school, I went on a band trip to Disney World to march in the parade and enjoy the park for a week. (My second parade lol) That was so much fun. I’m happy to say that I survived Splash Mountain 😂.

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My friend, Kim, is on the left and I’m on the right in the blue shirt.

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Start with a Circle

Every tutorial starts with the artist saying, “Start with a circle.” So I decided to go ahead and warm up by drawing geometric shapes. Actually, no matter what you draw, you’re going to start with simple shapes that you build on. Pull up some images on google and just draw your heart out.

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  • Circles – practice these until it becomes second nature to create a perfect one free hand (or at least as close to visually perfect as you can)
  • Squares – practice a variety of squares and rectangles until you can create perfect straight lines free hand
  • Triangles – practice these at different angles like you’re in geometry class (right angle, obtuse, acute)
  • Spheres –  when you feel more confident making circles, start having fun making spheres and shading them
  • Cubes – these are good for practicing depth, perspective, and shading
  • Cylinders – try drawing cylinder items around your house like candles and shampoo bottles
  • Cones – draw ice cream cones or traffic cones

Warm Up Sketches

It’s actually a good idea practice drawing shapes and lines regularly. Just like a musician warms up by playing scales.

After tons of practice you’ll find that drawing more complicated subjects will be easier and they’ll take on a more realistic and 3D appearance.

Now on to the Tutorials – Mickey

All of the tutorials I followed were from the How To Draw Series on the Disney Parks channel.

Sorcerer's Hat Mickey

Of course I started with a Mickey Mouse tutorial. My circles aren’t perfect but just so you know, his ears are two perfect circles that could fit perfectly in his circular head.

Sorcerer's Hat Mickey 2

I thought I could’ve done better so I drew him again. His ears are better circles the second time.

Goofy

Goofy

I drew Goofy next because he’s one of my top favorite characters. I love how goofy he is. I watched The Goofy Movie soooo many times. I never actually got into the sequel though. Since he’s so goofy you can have a lot of fun giving him crazy eyes. The animators also give some interesting facts about their characters. Watch it to find out how they were inspired to create his hat.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse

I drew Minnie next because she’s so cute and lovable. I love her big bow. She’s drawn straight on so she’s an easier tutorial to follow. She was also drawn by my favorite animator to follow, Heather Worley. She had that perky Disney energy that got me excited to draw. She also spoke clearly and gave good tips and went at an easy to follow pace.

Oswald, Chip, and Grumpy

Oswald, Chip, Grumpy

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a very easy tutorial. He was Walt Disney’s first character before Mickey. I recommend drawing him a bunch. Why not? He’s simple and it’s very rewarding. You could even search for some tutorials that include his whole body.

Chip from Beauty and the Beast was a bit tougher but still very doable. The animator went kind of fast and I had to rewind a few times.

Now Grumpy was a little tougher. I struggled to make his frown and cheeks look like him. If you plan to follow his tutorial, pay extra attention to his frown. Also, just pause the tutorial so that you can take your time. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s also a Dopey tutorial. He’s one of my favorite of the seven dwarves.

Scrooge McDuck

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I love the whole duck family. I love how flustered Donald Duck gets, especially when his nephews are playing pranks on him. I chose Scrooge McDuck because he’s drawn by Heather Worley.

Daisy

Daisy Duck

Daisy was kind of tough. I struggled to get her pretty girly features. I think I made her face look too round. I was a little happier with the second tiny drawing I attempted.

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell had those girly features I kind of struggled with. I didn’t get her face shape quite right but it provides a good challenge that worth it to tackle. Another tutorial by Heather Worley.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

I never really liked Nightmare on Elm Street. But Jack Skellington is very easy to draw.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

I drew Winnie the Pooh when I really should have taken a break. Don’t forget to take breaks.

Those are all the Disney tutorials I followed. They were relaxing and a lot of fun to do. I hope you try out a few. You could even challenge yourself to follow every tutorial they have. They have Simba, Buzz Lightyear, the Frozen characters, and so many more.

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A little Disney Memory of mine: As a kid, the movie Fantasia scared me. To this day, I still haven’t seen the entire movie. I should watch it though because it’s got great music and great animation.

I’d love to hear about your favorite Disney memories or favorite characters and movies. Let me know in the comments. And remember to imagine, to dream, to be inspired and to be motivated by Disney.

 

 

Sketchbook Goal

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Photo By MTV

Now that I have a brand SPANKIN’ NEW drawing desk to work at, I’ve decided that I need to fill up every sketchbook I have. There are a lot of blank pages, partially used pages, and probably a lot of sketches I’m going to cringe at when I see them. I’ve been bad about not drawing in my sketchbooks lately which has resulted in my drawing skills getting rusty. It’s important for artists to draw in sketchbooks regularly to develop ideas, to work on technique, and to just be creative.

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This box is full of sketchbooks I got from when I was 13 all the way up to now. The pink one is a new watercolor one I just got.

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These sketchbooks are all leftover from college and they’re a bigger size, 11×14 I think. And the water stained box they’re sitting on is jam packed with scratch paper.

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The paper is damaged but that’s ok. I’m sure I can use them up.

Interior Design Furniture Sketchbook

This notebook is from an assignment I had in an Interior Design class I took my freshman year. I had an interest in architecture and my advisor didn’t think I was cut out for their department. She was right, but I’m glad I took them anyway, because I learned so much. She signed me up for 3 classes, one was a sophomore level class that I was not ready for.

They had us constantly observing our surroundings, everywhere we went we were told to study the interiors, the furniture, the light fixtures, the space between tables . . .everything. (I had no idea how many little details I didn’t notice before then.)

We also had to turn in over a 100 sketches of furniture.

Filling up the Furniture Notebook Pages

I decided I’ll flip each sketch over and start sketching on the blank side. I also want to try to do something with the furniture side, because my sketches are very plain. I had very little drawing experience at the time and I was overwhelmed by the assignment.

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Some aren’t so bad, like these two. They could be better but they’re not as bad as some of the others I shamelessly turned into my professor.

Chair Before

1. (11) Chair:Cupcake

This chair is the 11th sketch. (I chose it in no particular order.) It’s not too bad for a contour sketch. Everything makes sense and it’s clearly a chair.

Chair After

 

1. (11) Chair2:Cupcake

It reminded me of a chair you’d see in a 1970’s den so I added a wooden wall, a sunburst mirror, and attempted a shag carpet. A bookshelf, some lamps, and maybe a house plant would also be good additions.

Cupcake on the Back

1. (11) Cupcake:Chair

I’ve been talking about drawing cupcakes so my mom suggested I go ahead and draw one on the blank side. My boyfriend makes fun of me for always adding bursts in my background, saying it’s my signature holy Jesus background. He’s silly.

I used graphite pencils and it was really good practice. Most importantly, it was low pressure and fun, my current goal for drawing.

If you have any suggestions for something you’d like to see drawn just let me know in the comments. And if you have any empty sketchbooks go fill them up. In my next post I’ll talk about the Cornhole game paintings I just finished.

Pumpkin Drawing for October

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Fall is my favorite time of year. The air starts feeling cool and fresh. The leaves start changing colors. And the best part – I start getting the heebie jeebies to the extreme. I love it.

Heebie Jeebies – By Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

While I was grocery shopping the other day, a giant display of pumpkins grabbed my attention. They had so many interesting looking varieties that I thought could be a lot of fun to draw. I got a bag of small orange pumpkins, and the other two kinds in the picture above.

Apparently there are at least 50 types of pumpkins. I used to think there was just one type – the big orange ones you see at Halloween and on Cinderella. Some of them have the coolest names too, like Hooligan and White Ghost.

Which Ones Did I Buy?

The similarities made it a little difficult to know for sure . . .

Pumpkemon – The white one with the orange and green stripes. Sounds like a cross between a pumpkin and a Pokemon. Maybe I can create a Pokemon character from this little pumpkemon.

Ornamental Gourd – I was going pumpkin crazy trying to figure out what kind the weird looking one on the left of my picture is. I’m pretty sure it’s a gourd used for decorating. Regardless, it looks like fun for making some art.

I started out sketching the orange pumpkin. Below are some quick sketches I did on yellow paper. I held the pumpkin in my hand and looked at it for a long time, trying to get familiar with it. This helps to be able to draw your subject better and faster.

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Side, bottom, and top views

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2nd page of sketches

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Nupastel and pastel crayons

The next sketch I did using graphite and white charcoal on my gray paper sketchbook. I was still going for speed with this one.

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This last one I decided I wanted to work on a larger piece of drawing paper and take my time. I like working large. It helps to focus on the details of your subject. I still have work to do on it.

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I’m having a lot of fun drawing these pumpkins. My plan is to post my progress throughout the month of October and we’ll see what kind of art I can create with these cool looking pumpkins.

Are you working on any Fall/Halloween inspired art? If not, then run to the store and grab some pumpkins and get started!

A Few Tips to Help You Draw from a Bad Photo

Ideally, if you’re going to be drawing from a photo you should try to get a good photo with good lighting, etc. If that’s not an option you might be able to make some adjustments in Lightroom, or whatever editing program you like to use.

I zoomed in a little and I adjusted settings in Lightroom to make it a little easier to see the details. If you’re not sure what to adjust, start by just playing around and comparing to the original until you get the desired effect.

What I adjusted for this image: 

  • Increased Clarity (+33)
  • Increased White Clipping (+22)
  • Increased Sharpening (+22)
  • Decreased Black Clipping (-69)
  • Decreased Shadows (-24)
  • Decreased Highlights (-22)

I played around with Exposure, Saturation, and Contrast but those changes didn’t help any. It’s probably hard to see the differences, but the picture on the right has details showing that the picture on the left does not. These adjustments didn’t make a huge improvement, but it’s good enough to help me out.

I also had the 4×6 print to measure and double check things. I admit . . . I guess I got a tad bit dramatic about the difficulty of this drawing. Turned out not to be that hard once I finally put in a little effort.

I started with a page of thumbnail sketches to warm up and work out some quick mistakes. Then I started a larger HB pencil sketch . . . It’s not too bad . . . my proportions look pretty good and it actually resembles Dynamite. *sigh of relief*  The details in her feet and eyes are pretty much indistinguishable in the photo, so I still have a lot of work to do before I’m happy and ready to start the finished piece.

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I’m not sure what medium the finished piece will be done in. Maybe Prismacolor pencils . . . maybe something else. Dynamite actually died a couple of years ago and her owner has been missing her a lot lately so I was thinking of giving it an ethereal quality to indicate that she isn’t with us anymore but that she’s loved and missed. I still have some time to decide. Better get to work.