Category Archives: Art

Drawing: Robots VS. Zombies

I posted a while back about signing up for 3 years of access to Mark Kistler’s online drawing lessons. I didn’t realize until recently that if you do the School of Imagination the lessons progress through a series of techniques for making your drawings look more 3-dimensional. So far I’ve been just letting the boys pick which drawing lesson to do based on their interest. I think for future lessons we’ll try the progression to see how it works.

The boys recently drew Mark’s Robot Throwbot and had such a fun time with it that they wanted to do it again and expand their drawing a bit more.  Because they’ve been playing Plants Vs. Zombies on my iPhone, they naturally wanted to hit this theme. Actually, they are sort of obsessed, even as I sit here writing this they are talking about zombies. I play too so I can hardly complain.

Throwbots vs. Zombies

Here’s JD shortly after starting, you can see his throwbot is completed. Typical for my foodie, there is a slice of pizza at the throwbot’s feet.

And here is his completed drawing. I’m pretty sure the zombies won that round. I absolutely love that large zombie front and center. Such attention detail with that mouth and hair (at least I think it’s hair). Can’t you just feel the evil?
Throwbot VS Giant Zombie

Here’s EJ just shortly after starting his drawing. One throwbot down, two more to go.

And his completed drawing. I feel confident that the Throwbots are winning this round, thankfully no brains will be eaten today. Those are peas that the throwbots are throwing at the zombies, why they have faces I’m not sure. I’ve never served vegetables with faces before 🙂
Throwbots versus Zombies

The boys still don’t draw much on their own but that’s okay. I’m glad that we’ve found something that they can do to find new ways of being creative.


Intro: Art at our house

To preface, let me just say that we are not a fine arts family. Sure, I love looking at great art but me create it? Never! I couldn’t draw or paint my way out of a box if I had to. Unfortunately, whether by my behavior or by genetics, my boys don’t seem to have a great interest in drawing or coloring. Sure, they do it some times but not nearly so much as I imagine most little kids would.

Recently the Homeschool Buyers Co-op had a deal on Mark Kistler’s video art lessons. We checked it out, did a couple of sample lessons. I thought it was decent but of course EJ’s response was: ‘eh’ (this is so typical of him you’d think I’d be used to it by now). I finally decided to get the subscription anyway because I was interested in learning how to draw.

Armed with our new drawing pencils and pads, the two boys and I sat down this morning to watch and draw along with one of Mark’s videos. Despite EJ’s ‘eh’ previous response he had a great time drawing all together and has now asked that we draw every day!  No we won’t be winning awards anytime soon, but I’m really proud of our non-artsy family!

EJ’s Balloons, V.1
EJ’S Balloons, V.2 – He wanted to add another person chasing after the boy in he air.
JD’s Balloons – Not quite sure what is going on here, but I know there is pizza involved.
EJ’s Marshmallow family. Please do note the presence of a meteorite hurtling toward the hapless family.
And just to prove what an artist I am not, here’s my sketch:
Thanks for reading!