I had a teacher, Mr. Heitkamp, who could draw a nearly perfect circle every time. He wasn’t an art teacher, he used this skill to teach geometry, and even though I understood literally zero things about what he was teaching, I did really dig how he drew the circle. He would stand at the whiteboard, marker in hand but not touching the board, and just kind of woosh around a few circles as if to warm up. Then, he’d lock his elbow in place, some sort of anatomical witchcraft would happen, and there would be a perfect circle on the board.
I’ve tried it. I can’t do it. Thankfully, in order to sit down with your kids and learn to draw some of their favorite characters, you don’t have to have that skill. I know, I know, this has been a long way to go to intro a piece with videos that pretty much speak for themselves, but you’ll have to deal with it. Listen, if I’m not doing this right now, I have to go back to MobiMax or some other 2nd grade distance learning tool that makes me look at a borrowed Chromebook the way my dad used to look at every computer.
Some Disney animators have put together short lessons on how to draw characters like Olaf, Sven, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, and many other Disney classics. My favorite is the one where Josh Gad, who does Olaf’s voice, learns to draw Olaf.
Have fun, and wash your hands!