Drawing Ideas

Drawing Ideas: Drawing and illustration are often the foundation for creation. Artists often sketch ideas and flesh them out into detailed, 2D works, or they use sketching as a tool for building 3D or digital objects. Meet some of the most exciting artists around, and discover different ways that artists use drawing and illustration to communicate messages.

  • Caleb Duarte: Visual Artist (Sculptural Paintings)

    Caleb Duarte works with a combination of found materials, architectural building supplies, painting and drawing to create temporary installations and "sculptural paintings" that evoke poignant narratives of home, shelter and displacement.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Enrique Chagoya: Visual Arts (Print Making)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the methods and history of print and political satire as vehicles for creative expression and social change though the art of Enrique Chagoya. In his prints, drawings and other works on paper, Mexican-American artist Chagoya appropriates and reorganizes images taken from the American mass media, Mexican folk art and religious sources, using them to create biting and often very humorous political and social satire. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Painting Portraits with Jeremy Sutton

    Meet San Francisco portrait artist, Jeremy Sutton, who pays tribute to creative luminaries in San Francisco and beyond. In this video watch him create a portrait of San Francisco musician, Danny Armstrong. Sutton also discusses his connection to Renaissance painters, and demonstrates how mimicking old masters’ works helps him get ideas for his own contemporary portraits. Jeremy works with a variety of mediums, both digital and traditional. This video addresses connections between historical and contemporary paintings.

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    Grades: K-12
  • Josephine Taylor: Visual Arts (Drawing)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, find out what Josephine Taylor is really thinking when she creates her psycho- dramatic drawings.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Paul Madonna: Visual Artist

    Paul Madonna's work captures the subtle and intricate tones, spaces and moods of San Francisco neighborhoods. Madonna draws "All Over Coffee," a lyrical and often enigmatic comic strip published in the San Francisco Chronicle. In this Spark video produced by KQED, catch up with the artist as he begins work on a Mission District scene for his strip.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cartoon Style with Sirron Norris

    Murals by Sirron Norris can be found throughout San Francisco. Whether inside of restaurants, on roll-up doors of local businesses, or on the walls of the City's famed Balmy Alley, his cartoon-style artwork is instantly recognizable and enjoyed by children of all ages. Norris discussed his influences, cartooning, teaching, and the business of commercial art. He also takes some time to teach the basics of cartooning. 

    Grades: 2-13+
  • Graphic Novels with Thien Pham

    Thien Pham is an Oakland artist and educator. His new book, Sumo, is a graphic novel about an aspiring Sumo wrestler. It's a quiet and meaningful story, written and illustrated by Pham, who is one of the most dedicated comic artists in the Bay Area. Pham shows how to draw a four-panel comic and demonstrates ideas for character development.

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    Grades: 4-13+
  • Illustrating Personal Stories with Wendy Macnaughton

    Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator  who works on a variety of projects, including her "drawn journalism" publications, which she creates by spending a few weeks interacting with different communities. She draws people, interviews them, and listens to their stories, then compiles the information into a book or collection of drawings. One of her recent books is about the people of San Francisco Public Library's main branch. Her illustrations have been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and her newest project is a book called Lost Cat. She also demonstrates how to draw coffee cups and wine glasses. 

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    Grades: 6-12