How to draw a balloon animal: a lesson in shading

As you may or may not know balloon animals often visit the Idea Emporium Bakery and are partial to ice cream sodas. I don’t know a great deal about balloon animals that have came to life, but I can only theorize then, that the balloon animals are not lactose intolerant, which is a good thing. For fun, here’s a quick, fun lesson in shading.

First draw your balloon animal. A simple grey marker or crayon will work.

Now add your dark shadows. A dark grey or black will work. A balloon has very sharp shadows and highlights and looks very dramatic. Where ever your shadow will be your strongest light or highlight will be next to it.

Now we add the highlights or white where the light hits the balloon animal next to the dark shadows. Isn’t he cute? You might want to name him.

I went a step further and colored in the little guy orange. I added yellow for a mid color between the orange shading and the white highlights for a little BAM.

For a FREE exclusive Idea Emporium Balloon Inspiration & Exploration sheet, check out this Google Doc link here.

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Creative Prompt: Stars in Jars

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Take out a sketchbook and draw and doodle ideas for…if you could catch Stars in Jars. In the Invention Room, they do just that. And later sell them in the mall. If you are a writer, write about it. Tell me about this invention. Tell me about stars.

Design thoughts:

Are the stars pointy? Do they light up? Do they need plenty of room to spread out in? Do they require water or lots of air to sit in?

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Playing with Alien Botany

The Nursery Department grows and sells Alien Botany from seeds from all over the planets. I bet you didn’t know that.

I’m developing the pages for the book and here’s a sneak peek for all you readers.

What started out as a sketch…

Before clean-up and for the coloring page.

Creating a planet for the Alien Plants. It’s part of the lesson. Environments are very important and give meaning and understanding to the object.

Adding color digitally. It’s coming to life! Even the butterflies think so.

Adding a full environment and background — a photograph at 50% transparency. Oooh. I wonder where these plants are from. Well, there’s lots of trees there.

Until next time, thanks for being part of the process of creating the Idea Emporium Book & world!

Creative Prompt Thursday

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It’s a lesson in Wild Wavy Trees in the Invention Room.

Let’s play with Expressive Line.

The Idea Emporium Nursery just got in a batch of Wavy Trees. Wavy Trees have personality! Line can be expressive. If you draw the lines growing up and out, the tree looks scary. If you draw the lines full and up, the tree looks whimsical and silly. It’s fun to explore with lines.

Lines can show a feeling by how we draw them. Let’s play.

Grab some paper. Tag them #ideaemporium on social media to share.