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Celebrating Walt Disney - Creating "Magic" with Art

Walt Disney. My goodness, that is a name that most anyone knows. What do you think of when you hear "Walt Disney"? Maybe you think of his infamous characters. Maybe you think of your favorite animated movie. Maybe you think of the amazing theme parks he built, or even a trip you took to one of them.

Walt Disney was an amazing illustrator and cartoonist, a pioneer in animation, movie director and producer, creator of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney was great at pushing his work further, pushing past boundaries and constantly raising the bar for his next creation - a vibe that seems to still be reflected in his company.

To celebrate Walt Disney, I thought it would be fun to create some cartoonish characters in that beloved Disney style. I will fully admit that I have loved that Disney style for years. BUT I have never been able to draw in that style. I was probably too intimidated by so few lines and such a simplistic style. It's never too late to try something new, though. And this week was the time to do it! I studied, I practiced...and I think I may have actually got it! I mean, I don't see the Disney people banging down my door anytime soon, ready to recruit me for their next big thing, but I will say my picture I drew was pretty cute.

For this picture, I used a pencil, eraser, mixed media sketchbook, and a Faber-Castell ink pen. Most Disney art is done with computers nowadays and all that cool digital artwork stuff. But you guys know me, I still kick it old-school. Maybe soon I will give that Computer Graphic stuff a try. For now, I will stick with this, though. For the video on this project, you can find it here:

No matter your drawing skill level, I would encourage you & yours to give this one a shot.

BUT...what if you aren't in the drawing mood? What if you have littles whose art sketching skills are "a work in progress"? What if you just want to have some fun & play a bit? Then I REALLY recommend you try this watercolor project. You will need watercolor paper, watercolors, a large round watercolor brush, painter's tape, water and a water cup, pencil, and a silhouette of your favorite Disney character.

This project is so much fun and great for any age, I'm telling you, you gotta check it out:

Whether you try one or both of these projects, I hope you have some fun, create some "magical memories", build those art skills and keep those creative juices flowing - these are some of the best ways to live a creative life. As always, if you need any help, please feel free to let me know. I am happy to help in any way I can. Have fun, all, and Happy Arting!

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