Here they are!
A while ago, some conversation broke out over these watercolor elephants we do using washable black markers. Some of you have tried them...and I have loved seeing the results. Thanks for sharing.
After seeing the beautiful works by Paintedpaper, it inspired me to incorporate more color around them- thus, turning them into circus elephants!
The great things:
- This is not a long project.
- The kids actually yell WOW!!!! when the marker turns into watercolor paint and "bleeds" into the elephant.
- The color effects are priceless. It naturally tints and shades if you do it correctly.
- It is a great lesson on drawing animals: leg positioning, character, details and proportion.
Getting the picture started can overwhelm a first grader. I do not believe in making so many marks on a paper that a kids work becomes my own; however, showing them the first "idea" of where a trunk line could be gets them off to a great start and builds their confidence to continue. I find the if we all begin with this correctly, everything else falls in line nicely for them.
We measure with our hand to leave enough room for his plump tushy-buns! Also, make the legs at least 2 fingers fat (or eraser fat). Add gumdrop toe nails...wrinkles at the knees and other key places.
Here are a few other circus elephants to see.