Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Have you ever wondered how to draw a dragon dancing?, No? Well, how about a werewolf head? Not really?, c'mon, you must wonder how to draw a scared bear? Negative, you say? 
Well, this particular post isn't for YOU....and rightly so.

Because its for KIDS! 
Let me explain.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been  working with the folks at ehow.com in putting together a DRAWING 101 series, that focuses on beginning artists, KIDS! I like kids, after all, I used to be one! I was delighted when the folks at ehow approached me to do this, as it was something I've always wanted to do, just like two of my cartooning heroes, Bruce Blitz, and Mark Kisler.

Don't expect to see complicated, highly exaggerated drawing in this series, I'm not promoting myself as a caricature artist in this venue. This is a way of getting young artists started on their cartooning journey...some of which will get so good they will one day challenge me, but that's a risk I'm willing to take!

I filmed  a little over 90 instructional videos with ehow, which can be viewed at this site

DRAWING 101 for kids ehow.com

Be in the lookout for my CARTOONING FOR KIDZ  book  that will be out soon! 

Incidentally, if you ARE curious about seeing a Dragon Dance, check it out here



How to Draw a Dragon Dance —powered by eHow.com


RAA: Writers Group said...

Nice production quality on this one, almost seems corporate compared to some of your earlier efforts. The grease pencil on glass read very well. The folks at E-how's intro and exit are effective too. Had I been a kid wanting to do cartooning and had the internet even existed when I was a kid, I would have certainly watched this video.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Thanks so much for watching and commenting. It's corporate alright. Professionally shot with a director and everything. 98% of the 90 videos we taped were done in one take.I attribute that to the people I was working with. Real pros.
My previous instructional videos prepared me for this. I felt very relaxed on camera and was able to talk and draw without hesitation, which really pleased the producers.

I'm usually a little more animated in my presentation but felt I should keep it nice an conservative. I'm very proud of this, and hope it gets great responses.

RAA: Writers Group said...

I don't know if this is an e-how thing, but your videos start as soon as you visit the blog, with not one, but two Elgins vying for attention. I don't know if you can relink them--changing the settings from autoplay to click and play. but you might want to do that.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Well you can never have twomany "Elguns" telling you what to do!( pun intended on the "two")

All jokes aside, I've noticed this as well, and think that this is a function of EHow's interface with the blog, as YouTube videos don't become active until you click on them.

I've found you solve this problem by clicking on the video tab, button thingee on the lower part of the picture. Do that and see if it works.

RAA: Writers Group said...

Yes, the video controls do work, but you've got to scroll on down to stop each one. I guess there is nothing you can do about it, but it is a little annoying. Now you'll have to do a caricature of yourself in "Deliverance" mode, playing dueling drawings. Perhaps of Burt Reynolds.