Faces – Creating characters

Have some fun and create some simple characters. If you like one of the characters, you can use the characters to illustrate a story. Children are great storytellers, but a blank page is often approached with trepidation.

Nothing to say!

Children are often stressed about letter formation, punctuation and proper spelling.

Questions such as “What if I cannot spell a word” or “How many sentences do I need to write to make a story?”

Asking a child to draw a picture or a character, is often a simple way to unleash ideas. Crayons, paint, pencils and paper is a great combination.

The simplest line, squiggle or dot can in the hands of great illustrators bring characters alive and convey so much emotion. Quentin Blake is known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl brings the characters alive with a few lines. Another master is A.A. Milne who illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh. Curious George or Madeline are characters that spark with emotions.

Talk about the faces that your child has drawn and ask questions such as:

  • What are their names?
  • What are they like?
  • Where is character right now?
  • What do you think will happen next?

This is a great way to start a story. . .

Nelleke Verhoeff is an illustrator based in Rotterdam in Holland. “Creating Simple Characters” is a course where you learn to turn pencil and collage into little individuals. Belivable characters with emotions and personalities.

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