Everything I learned in my professional career thus far has helped me build simple, image based lessons for my Pixar generation students. After I graduated from college, I moved to Atlanta and starting working as a technology consultant. I traveled across the country installing help desk systems. I was in the role of trainer and explainer and told our clients in plain English what we were installing and how it would help them do business. I wrote manuals and did a lot of hand holding. I always believed that technology was a great equalizer and it doesn’t care if you are popular or you can run fast or if you’re having a bad day. With tech skills you can build anything and to learn tech is everything. It’s not that hard! It just had to be broken down correctly. I knew I could teach tech to kids if I made it fun enough. In 2002, I went back to school and received a masters in public management and IT from Carnegie Mellon University to help my journey.
I love Google and everything Google makes! I really like how accessible Google Chromebooks have become especially because now schools are providing them for 1 to 1 teaching tools and assigning them to kids. You can make an animation using Google Slides and your Chromebook if you have the correct permissions. Here is a great how-to video.
Use Microsoft Paint or another free Paint editor to draw a Seahorse. If you’re using my seahorse, great! Just split-screen your windows and copy. I used the Curved Line tool for the outline and then the Fill Bucket for the pink body. Polka-dots and spray can for colors.
2. Save your Seahorse to your Desktop to find it easily in a second.
3. Open www.Codepen.io and go to this link https://codepen.io/hudsoncomputer/pen/ZXOYpr
4. Fork this pen for yourself and play with code. Code below if you want to use another code editor or Notepad.
5. Can you make the Seahorses swirl or rotate faster?
Register for our class at CVCC this summer for many magical creatures adventures. Steps to draw your own Wizard below.
The top 3 greatest wizards of all times?
1) Merlin (Arthurian Myth and Legend)
Wow! Everyone has heard of Merlin! I think he started his career in fairy tales like the Sword in the Stone and he continues today in many tales and media. He is one of the most reproduced characters of all time.
2) Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)
Reminds me of Merlin, Gandalf is J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth wizarding expert. He doesn't work miracles, instead he's a fighting wizard with a staff and lots of sage advice.
3) Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Books)
Dumbledore doesn't disappoint! If you're looking for a wizard that is casting spells with a wand, look no further than Albus Dumbledore. He has a wondrous office with loads of cool instruments, a phoenix, and spell props everywhere. He makes the greatest effects onscreen and he's loveable!
Draw your own Wizard with our simple steps!
1. The hat. The Wizard is hat is so important. Pointy and slouchy is how I like to draw it. Tips: The thicker the black lines the better. Go over and over black lines with more black lines.
2. The face outline. Use the Straight Line tool to make the face and mustache. Use the Paint Brush to make his hair. Tips: The Curved Line tool may be hard to use at first, but keep practicing. Go over and over your black lines to make a thick outline.
3. Use the Circle tool to make the top of the Wizard's staff. Draw the staff's long shaft with the Paint Brush tool. Tips: The staff is old, wooden and has lots of bumps and knots so don't use the Straight Line tool.
4. Draw a big long beard. Tips: Use Paint Brush and go over and over the beard to make it bumpy.
5. Draw a long circle shape for his hand and then draw a larger circle shape for his arm. Finally, draw two long lines downward and connect them at the bottom for his robes. Tips: You can use the Straight Line tool.
6. Make a skirt for the bottom of his robes. Tips: Use your Straight Line tool.
7. With the Paint Brush tool, make a square shape for the Wizard's elbow and a belt and lines for the Wizard's chest.
8. Make a couple more lines for the bottom of the Wizard's robes and then two feet poking out of the bottom with triangles.
9. Make a small triangle and then a bigger rectangle for the Wizard's sleeve.
10. Make a bigger half Circle for the Wizard's bottom sleeve with a couple of lines that will make his robes look more realistic.
11. Make the Wizard's hand. Tips: Make a Straight line and then the letter C. Connect with Paint Brush strokes and just 1 line representing his fingers.
12. Draw the rest of the Wizard's staff with the Paint Brush tool. Tips: the Wizard's staff is bumpy and very old. It's seen many battles and should be bumpy and uneven.
13. Draw the Wizard's hand clutching the top of the staff. Make a C shape and add just 3 lines for his fingers.
14. Start coloring! Using the Fill bucket, color the top of the staff Yellow and the Wizard's hat blue. Dark grey fills his hair and light grey for his beard.
15. Grey blue for his robes and dark brown for his staff. A different shade of blue for the front of his hat makes it look more realistic.
Open Microsoft Paint or another Paint tool like Sketchbook.
2. Split Screen Microsoft Paint and this webpage to see steps clearly.
Draw 2 curved lines for the top of the uniform.
Draw 2 curved lines for the arms to stick out.
Draw 1 curved line for his utility belt.
Tips: I like to draw very thick lines over and over again to make the outline bold and it helps the Trooper look like he’s moving better.
Use the Fill bucket to turn the previous lines black.
Draw 1 curved line up to meet the vest.
Draw 1 line in the middle.
Draw 2 lines for sides.
5. Leg 1
Use the Fill bucket to turn the previous lines black.
Draw a small rectangle at the top of the leg to hold ammo.
Draw big Curved lines for the Trooper’s leg armor.
Draw 2 lines for the knee.
Draw 1 block for the foot.
6. Leg 2
Use the Fill bucket to color the finished leg black.
Using the same basic curved lines, draw long lines for the first half of the leg and then shorter lines for the bottom.
Draw this knee is slightly bent.
Tips: Remember, go over and over the lines to make the outline thick.
Use the Fill bucket to turn the second leg black.
Add the rest of his bottom and some accent lines with your Paint Brush tool for his utility belt and knee.
8. Shoulders, arms, and hands
Draw 3 Circles for his shoulder and 2 hands.
Make Curved lines connecting the hands, arms, and shoulders.
Fill in the arms and shoulders with Black
Draw 1 small rectangle at the top of the gun scope.
Draw 1 long line for gun outline.
Draw 3 small lines for the gun barrel and trigger.
Draw 3 small lines for the handle.
Draw 2 small lines for the Trooper’s fingers.
10. Shoulders and hands
Fill in the gun and fingers with black
Add more curved lines around the shoulders, elbow and hand.
Color all the lines with black.
Add more lines for a thick outline.
Use the eraser tool to make some parts thinner inside the body armor.
Save your picture to your Desktop to find it easily later. Go to File, Save as, Trooper 1.png.
How to draw the Storm Trooper helmet.
Open a new Paint file.
Use the Curved line tool or Paint brush tool and make the letter C facing downward.
Add the letter C for the helmet’s ears on either side of the helmet.
Tips: The helmet is NOT symmetrical because he’s looking to the side. This makes him more realistic looking.
Add a circle for his mouth piece.
3. Bottom of helmet
Color previous pieces black
Add connecting pieces from his ears to his mouthpiece. Make lines in shape of backward letter J.
4. Eyes, nose, neck
Draw wide letter U for his eyes. They don’t have to be the same shape.
Draw 1 upside down wide letter C for his nose piece.
Draw another upside down wide letter C for his nose piece to connect to.
Draw 3 lines for his neck using the Curved Line tool or the Paint Brush tool.
Color previous lines black.
Draw 2 Curved lines for his forehead.
6. Accent lines
Add 1 accent line over the Troopers nose.
Add 2 crooked accents lines over his cheeks.
Use the Eraser tool to erase some of the outline of the helmet to make it thinner in some parts of the helmet. You choose where to erase. I like to leave thicker lines around the corners of the helmet.
Add 2 Circles at the end of your cheek accent lines.
8. Turn all lines black and go to File, Save as Helmet 1.png on your Desktop so you can find it easily later. Now, let’s add the helmet to the body.
Go to Select, Select all, Copy.
Go to File, Open, Trooper 1.png.
Paste the Helmet 1 onto the head.
Reconnect the lines. Save as Trooper 1.png. Yes, the file already exists and yes, you can just save it with a head.
Save as Trooper 1.png.
Move the Storm Trooper into different poses and save each one as a separate file.
Open Movie Maker and Import pictures into Movie Maker.
Take the Duration of each picture down to .2 seconds so the pictures look as if they’re moving.
Add Title, credits, and captions and you have a moving Storm Trooper animation!
Here’s another great how to draw Storm Trooper video:
More helmet pictures from the original Star Wars movie:
Disney’s Tangled Rapunzel is here! Schedule a Princess Workshop.
Disney Princess Rapunzel is fun to draw!
I started with Step 3, try using your Stylus, a light Pencil line, and redraw your lines over and over. Don’t try to be too perfect. I use Microsoft Paint to draw my characters. I redraw them with a hand up or in a different scene and then put them into Microsoft Movie Maker to make them come alive.
Here are some great examples of Rapunzel in action shots.
This a homemade video using the pictures above and Microsoft Movie Maker. Follow these steps and you can create your own Tangled movie too!