Flame On! – My Daughter Discovers That Everything Looks Cooler With Hot Rod Flames
Summary: My daughter wanted to know how to draw flames. I showed her some techniques and now she puts them on everything.
Since I work at home, and I’m a professional illustrator, my daughter picks up little techniques just from observing my works in progress. However, sometimes we draw together in the evenings where I teach her how to draw specific things that have been eluding her. In the past we’ve worked on scales, muscles, wings, trees, shading, and perspective. But it’s probably the “how to draw flames” lesson that has been the most interesting.
Now, drawing good flames is really hard. Natural flames take years to perfect and good stylized hot rod flames even longer.
At first I just drew some flames that were a blend of both natural and stylized flames and then explained the theory behind the shapes. She then tried to copy it. Now unlike scales, which she mastered on her first try, her flames looked nothing like flames. They were closer to deformed earthworms than anything else.
Sensing her frustration I made a template from a piece of tag board that she could trace with. This is a good way to learn to draw a difficult shape as it starts training your muscle memory right away.
This helped a lot and then she gave it a go on her own. They weren’t perfect, but she was happy with the results, which is all that matters. If they meet or exceed her minimal standard for flames, then it’s all good and she can have fun with it.
And have fun she did.
She started putting flames on everything.
Dinosaurs and volcanoes were the first to get the flame treatment but after that she started applying them to objects, animals, people, the ground, trees – basically anything that could theoretically be set on fire, got set on fire.
My favorite was the dog as it was so unexpected.
And if you don’t think that’s the coolest then you’re reading the wrong blog.
File Under: Teaching Your Kid to Draw – Simple Drawing Lessons for Children