Monday, October 11, 2010
Manga Drawing Workshop
I took W to a Manga drawing workshop today here in Queens. As interested as he is in drawing and cartooning, it was the perfect outlet and learning opportunity for him. Located in the Little Asia section of Flushing on Main Street, this workshop was held on the lower floor of an office building. The instructor (Hojin) does this kind of cartooning for a living and was a featured artist at the NY Comic-Con being held this week at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. W was completely rapt and gave his full attention for the 2 hour class. W's drawings have mainly been very cartoonish - big round heads, round bodies, disproportionate limbs - but today he was taught to really visualize the human form. Hojin explained you have to know how to draw people correctly before you can transform them into cartoon - "You have to know the rules before you can break the rules". So, W worked on head shape, proportion, muscle placement, and most importantly - visualizing or coming up with a plan of action before drawing. And a really helpful thing was learning how to create anything using only a few basic shapes.
W couldn't get enough. I knew this would spark a renewed interest in art. He could have stayed another 2 hours. They gave him lots of pencils, sketch pens, thick white erasers, and plenty of paper. I was told he was very bright, very creative, and that he seems to love to draw.
The funny thing is that this time slot didn't have anyone in it except W and 1 adult art student. The one-on-one was great, but I realized something. Schoolkids don't want to go to a class on their day off from school, and homeschoolers don't want to do a (public) class when schoolkids are off. I am in the latter category, but now I think I'll try and find more of these types of classes. Maybe they'll do a series of workshops just for us homeschoolers. There's nothing like learning something from someone who is passionate about the work.