Pen and Ink Project

Illustrate a cover for a childrens book called “Red Wagon.” 

All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her - and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn’t want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy’s fun.

Lucy wants to play with her new red wagon, but her mother asks her to go to the market: “That sounded like a chore. Lucy didn’t want to do chores.” In the company of her friends, though, the errand becomes a string of adventures. You see Lucy and her friends with their encounter with a rainstorm (the wagon becomes a boat atop a huge wave); their visit to the market (a circus, with Lucy tossing fruit to a bear on a trapeze); and the wagon’s collision with a rock (a space voyage, with wagon as spaceship and vegetables as celestial objects). The contrast between the matter-of-fact text and whimsical interpretations gives the book its momentum; the last line—”Finally, Lucy was free to play with her wagon”—accompanies a portrait of Lucy asleep inside.

Pencil Project

Hey guys, just reminding you to bring reference material to class on Tuesday for our pencil project. It can be anything you want: a photo, a picture from a magazine, an object or you can even do a simple collage of images if you like. Remember, we want to be able to show these off so draw them at a size that will fit in a popular frame size in case you decide to frame your project (optional). Popular frame sizes are: 

  • 8x10 
  • 9x12
  • 11x14 
  • 16x20 
  • 18x24 
However, I recommend your drawing be 3-4 inches smaller than the frame you want to use. That will give you nice space between your drawing and the frame. So if you want your drawing to fit a 8x10 frame, I would recommend you don’t go bigger than 5x7 inches.
Recommended drawing sizes:
  • 5x7 for 8x10 frame
  • 6x9 for 9x12 frame
  • 9x10 for 11x14 frame
  • 12x16 for 16x20 frame
  • 14x20 for 18x24 frame
These are just suggestions. We’ll go over the project in more detail Tuesday. Bring your reference material and I’ll see you then!-Mac