Friday, February 1, 2013


diana has discovered, through the joy of youtube, a style of japanese drawing that she enjoys and can do quite well, quite quickly.

i'm not surprised, really, given its similarity in appearance to littlest pet shop animals with their enormous eyes on their ridiculously gigantic heads.  she has quite a few of those animals and pulls them out to use as inspiration for character development in her stories.

little and cute are two of her favorites (hence her love for her brother).  combine that with some art skills developed through monart and other classes over the years, lessons in noticing via our nature journaling, and excellent demonstrations that are both replicable and engaging via fun2draw videos, and she's churning out some adorable things.

what i particularly like about her process here is her comfort level with the process itself.  she has explored and observed and tried out many things, and she's found what works for her and she's happy with it.  she gets into her zone, engaged in the flow, hating to be dragged away to eat or sleep or anything else. and she's looking to herself for satisfaction.  i appreciate being asked if i like her work; i love that my opinion carries less weight on her personal evaluation of her work than her own opinion does.  (i suspect lori of project-based homeschooling fame would be supportive!)

this one has more of diana's own influence, as she modified some of the elements of one demonstration to make it more reflective of her preferences.

here are a couple of other drawings based on other artists' tutorials.  they didn't resonate with diana as much, but she was willing to let me post them anyway.  i must admit, the last one is my personal favorite.

i think i need to invest in more sharpies.


  1. “i love that my opinion carries less weight on her personal evaluation of her work than her own opinion does.” — yes!

    i love youtube tutorials as a way of kids leading their own learning — my sons have used them for art techniques, learning how to use a graphics pad, making special effects for stop-motion films ... and many of the videos are made by kids, which is even better.

    1. ander (5) really, REALLY likes youtube tutorials for his LEGOs, model rockets, dance and musical performance art, and sports like diving. he especially appreciates when kids are involved in the videos.

      he and i search to find videos that are relevant to and resonate with him. he watches, experiments, watches again, makes modifications, watches again, and demonstrates to us if and when he's ready. what a wonderful, learner-led way to learn!