In 6th grade art, we are working on our "Where the Wild Things Are"-inspired textural monsters. We just began working with pen and ink on our final pencil sketches Wednesday. I asked 6th grade art students to make a list of tips for creating a good drawing. Here's what we came up with:
- Show textures and patterns. In this project, we're specifically studying the use of cross-hatching and stippling to show value and 3-dimensional forms.
- Weird is good. It's important to be creative and to try to come up with ideas unlike other classmates.
- The monster is the main thing. So it should be large, filling up the space. This applies to any "main thing" in your artwork.
- Include lots of background stuff, like the climate or habitat. Drawings are always better when you include an interesting background.
- Draw neatly. Use your best effort when you draw.
- Be patient. This is kind of like "draw neatly," because rushing your work will usually cause it to be sloppy. Good artwork often takes time!
Hope you enjoy our works-in-progress! Keep in mind our helpful tips when you're making your own art!