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The word of the week is Wiggle…So what comes to mind?
Well, when I was a kid we would drive to my grandparents house in Cleveland. It wasn't a long drive, although when you're 10 or 12 it felt longer than the actual half hour or so that it was. On one of these drives I decided to let my pencil wiggle about my paper on the drive home, just to amuse myself I guess. I remember just relaxing the pencil on the paper and letting the road do the drawing. It looked something like this
It was more jaggedy than wiggly. Looking back I think it was an experiment in self control--could I keep the pencil on the paper the whole way home? And also the curiosity to see the final outcome. Nerdy artist even back then.
As I think about this word, and look over my art, it seems that my art is just filled with wiggles…
I have wiggly castles, and wiggly trees.
...and more wiggly trees, along with strange rooster creatures and wiggly haired cave women.
And here is one of my favorite wiggles, this cute little snake basking in the sun. I could go on and on with my wiggle art.
Doing fun kids art makes me happy. I go into a zone that I really like. It brings memories back of days that felt lighter and simpler. Days when you would play outside with friends until the street lights would come on. Days of chalk on sidewalk, or whirling finger paint onto large sheets of paper, just for the joy of how it felt and the colors it made. Warm summer nights filled with catching lightning bugs, or piling into a station wagon to go to the drive-in-movie.
...Or times when you did funny things, like holding your pencil to your paper for an entire car ride just because.
By: Mo Willems,
Blog: Mo Willems Doodles
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One of the real fun things about my last year in Paris was being able to share sketches, gags, and photos from the trip on uclick as a comic strip called PARIS DOODLES.
In fact, it was so fun, I've decided to keep sharing drawings and ideas on uclick with a new strip called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK.
I'll be sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles,
It has been a tradition at Knuffle Manor (and before that Brooklyn's Pigeon's Nest) to throw a big party once a year to celebrate the efforts of those "behind the scenes" who insure that my books, animated films, and other projects get out into the world looking a good as possible.
Still before the storm
I am the first to admit that when it comes to my work, I need a lot of help.
Here is another sampling of dining room dinner doodles from the past month or so.
As you can see, each member of the Willems' clan is doing their own thing (my daughter, faces; my wife, abstracts; myself, I have no clue) and having a great time doing it!
2 parallel lines will never meet...
Love this one!
As followers of the blog know, the family spends most nights doodling after dinner on a big piece of butcherblock paper that serves as our table cloth.
Recently, we had my father and mother-in-law over for a visit and it was fun to see how differently everyone doodled.
A great time was had by all.
Here they are along with a slew of other recent dinners:
(click to enlarge an image)
As readers of the blog know, the Willems family (and guests) spend our dinners doodling on the paper table cloth that we use for our meals.
These drawings are real doodles, nothing pre-thought out. Just fun and letting loose.
They're a joy to do and to look at after.
Here are some recent doodles:
My wife is into abstractions, but this time she framed it.
Love the hair my
We had a visit of extended family over the holidays, so what better way to celebrate during the big dinner than have the kids (ages 12-7) draw on the chalkboard walls?
My kid's portrait of her cousin as an manga hero.
Gotta love Yay Mouse
Can't go wrong with an Owl.
I can't get enough of these silly monsters!
A happy, gift bearing bear.
My favorite time of the evening is after dinner when the family draws on the paper table cloth. We've been doing this and drawing on the walls for years now, but it never gets old.
Here are some recent faves:
Some 4-legged friends from myself & my kid:
I love these portraits my daughter has been making:
My wife's abstractions are real fun, too:
And thanks to the Savannah, GA newspaper for this very flattering piece about Elephant and Piggie. Although, I take issue with the idea that no one else is making entertaining early readers. Cynthia Rylant, Grace Lin, the Toon Books, Kate DiCamillo, anyone? And this year will see pals Kevin Henkes, Laurie Keller, and more jump into the pool. As a businessman I'm scared, but as a reader I'm
Betsy, at Teaching Young Writers
, is having a chalk poetry celebration tomorrow to cap off National Poetry Month. Write a poem, chalk it up, take a picture, and send it to Betsy!
Poem #29, National Poetry Month, 2012
Cathy, at Merely Day By Day
, is joining me in a poem a day this month. Other daily poem writers include Amy at The Poem Farm
, Linda at TeacherDance
, Donna at Mainely Write
, Laura at Writing the World for Kids
(daily haiku), Liz at Liz in Ink
(daily haiku), Sara at Read Write Believe
(daily haiku), Jone at Deo Writer
(daily haiku)...and YOU?
Wish I had accidentally doodled this guy while we were still making Codename: Kids Next Door. Would have made a great episode.
i keep looking at myself in the mirror, but I can't completely find me in my drawings... hahaha.
the thing is that there are always some details i miss while drawing that i realize after i finished it, eyes too close or separated, bigger/smaller eyebrows, slant mouth, smaller nose, hahahaha. i'll keep on looking till i can get it right. maybe that's what's really interesting about art, if we could do exactly what we plan or want, maybe it wouldn't be so wonderfully exciting as art is!
The funniest about this drawing i did today is that it looks better (more similar) when it's bigger, which is the contrary as they always look better when I see them smaller on the pc screen.
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It's been a while since I've shown any of our dining room chalk board wall doodles or sketches on the paper table clothes.
Here are a few doodles to tide you over (click to enlarge images):
A portrait of my wife.
A portrait of my dog.
Another commuting penguin...
Why not take some time and doodle today? It's fun!
Here are a slew of new Dining Room Doodles.
The family draws every night after dinner. It's a great time to sit and chat and doodle (and sometimes listen to the original radio broadcasts of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
The Hitchhiker's may explain some of the loopy 70's stuff I seem to be doodling lately...
Never trust a seagull.
We recently had the pleasure of having Lisa Brown over to Knuffle Manor and celebrated with a doodle dinner for her with Holly Black, Theo Black and the family.
A fun night of food and doodles! Here are the results:
(click to bigafy)
And here are some details.
Huzzah! A fun night was had by all!
Why not have your own doodle
wire structure + chalk + sawdust+glue
modelled with wire structure + clay--
plaster cast--this copy in
wire structre + concrete+sand. bronze patina
patina: shoe polish
Here are a couple of doodles I've made over the past two nights at the dinner table thanks to my big roll of paper (which I've now had for a year!). The wife liked 'em. Maybe you will too.
First I start drawing commuting penguins at the dinner table, now everybody's driving!
They're even drawing other stuff!
Why are we drawing commuting penguins & stuff? Because it's fun!
Why not have a big family draw tonight?
In preparation for the Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator Tour that begins Sunday, I will be spending tomorrow (Tues, the 26th) talking to a bunch of folks on the radio. If you're in the listening area, please tune in (but keep in mind that these radio things notoriously reschedule at the last second).
The plan is to be chatting tomorrow morning at:
7:20 am EST USA Radio's DayBreak USA
Lots of news and bits this week. Let's start with some dinner doodles and chalkboard wall drawings from a few recent guests.
Old pals David Wain and Ken Marino stopped by Knuffle Manor for some R and R while putting finishing touches on an upcoming film they wrote (David is directing). I've known (and in David's case worked with) these guys since 1987 and had dropped by the set when on tour
I was stopping myself from posting any of the nude figure drawing I’ve been doing this past year because this blog originally started as a place to talk about our books for children (it has obviously changed focus over time). I’ve come to decide that kind of thinking is totally ridiculous. It’s like saying you should not take kids to a museum because they might see a breast. I have more faith in the parents of the children that read our books, and I’m sorry I ever doubted them.
This is one of the pieces of artwork I’ve done in the past year that I am most proud of. I never attended art school and have had very few chances to do any figure drawing in my life. I now see the attraction of it, and have experienced the incredible learning that happens while participating in it. I look forward to doing more and I will share some here, now that I have come to my senses.
Here is another recent figure drawing I’ve done in my attempt to give myself a better fundamental understanding of drawing the human body. Because it is very hard to find models for such things in China (I hear that nude drawing classes are hard to find outside of the top art schools), I’ve been working from pictures for these. I don’t think it has hurt the experience too much, although I noticed that the couple of times I did live drawing I was able to draw faster and capture the form in a more loose and dynamic way.
This weekend included a fun dinner with pals Bobbie and Eric Carle who were in town promoting Eric's beautiful new book, The Man Who Painted a Blue Horse*, and helping fundraising for the Carle Museum.
As is tradition when folks come over, they draw on the walls and on the table. This night, my wife asked me to come up with an theme for the walls. As I've been drawing lots of vehicles lately,
Here’s a figure drawing I gave up on half way through because it was…uh…top heavy. But I kind of like the way the figure being only black on black works with the white sheet so I’ll share it.
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Speaking of dining room doodles, here's a recent one:
Speaking of doodles. My pal Mr. Warburton doesn't have a paper table cloth in his house, but he has a very cool way of drawing with his boys. They both get real-life, actual grown-up sketchbooks, just like their daddy!
Then both the eldest and youngest kid get together and draw with dad.
Why not draw with your family soon?