Thursday, September 2, 2021

Creative Activities: Anime Drawing, Kawaii Crochet, Pixl Cross Stitch, Colour Mixing

anime drawing
During the summer we engaged in a few creative activities inspired by some books and kits. If you love amigurumi, then you will enjoy this Crochet Your Own Kawaii Animal Cuties kit. If you want to show off your creative skills on cross-stitch then Pixl People helps to make fun, personalized portraits with a needle and thread. Manga fans will enjoy learning how to draw anime figures following the Anime Art Class. Anyone that enjoys painting with Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolour will find Walter Foster’s Color Mixing Recipe books useful. 
kawaii animals crochet
kawaii animals crochet
Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute, which has spread around the world thanks to the internet and cute memes. In the Crochet Your Own Kawaii Animal Cuties has step-by-step illustrated instructions for 12 animals. This kit comes with everything needed to make a Sloth and Shiba Inu, so we can get started right away. This all-in-one kit makes a good gift for anyone that enjoys crocheting. 
kawaii animals crochet
Prior knowledge of crocheting would really help because of the different types of stitches required. Some of the explanations are a little hard to follow.
pixl people
New and experienced cross-stitchers, curious crafters, and handmade gift givers will enjoy cross-stitching their favourite people and creating high-quality, fun, personal works of art following the methods in this Pixl People book. The templates for each element and tips on design technique are explained well from picking the character's body, skin tone, clothes, to planning and stitching. 
pixl people
The book also includes how to cross-stitch pets, hobbies, and career accessories to add more interest to the projects.
anime drawing
The Anime Art Class book is by Toronto-based anime artist Anny Zhou (aka Yoai). The first section of the book has detailed explanations on sketching, colour blending, shading, and the different drawing techniques for this popular Japanese drawing style. This book teaches how to draw anime characters, from their signature bodies and facial features from dreamy eyes, fun clothes and shoes, vibrant hair, colourful accessories, and lively backgrounds. 
anime drawing
This 20 tutorials with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions were fun to follow to create similar art work. There are inspiration galleries, blank body bases to start your own manga drawings, uncoloured characters for practicing colouring and shading. 
colour mixing books
Walter Foster’s Color Mixing Recipe books authored by colour expert and artist William F. Powell are the definitive colour mixing resources for oil, acrylic, and watercolour artists. These user-friendly compendiums are colour coded for quick-and-easy reference and include removable colour-mixing grids that make measuring simple. 1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour teaches how to mix more than 1500 colours. This user-friendly compendium is colour coded for quick-and-easy reference and includes two removable colour-mixing grids, one for oil or acrylic, and one for watercolour. There are four steps to follow in order to get the colour that matches the objects. The book also has information about colour theory, mixing values, complementary colours, graying with complements, mixing portrait colours, skies and clouds, and more. This book is a full guide that covers all three mediums and how to paint portraits, landscape, still life, and more. 
colour mixing books
If you are more interested in a portable size colour mixing resource specific for certain types of paint then check out: 

Color Mixing Recipes for Oil and Acrylic resource for oil and acrylic artists. It shows how to mix more than 450 colour combinations.

Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits has more than 500 combination of mixes to paint an array of skin colours, hair, eye, and lip colours in oil, acrylic, and watercolour.

Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor has more than 450 colour combinations for watercolour artists revealing the colour proportions and dilution level needed to achieve the colour.

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