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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Gallery of Cupcakes

Care to join the virtual designers with your own cupcake design to the Gallery of Cupcakes?

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Fun Activity: Help Design Some Cupcakes

Enter the Cupcake Room, and design a cupcake, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes (see reject cupcakes). Print out and download the sheet below to play. Send me your pics and I will share in the Gallery of Cupcakes! Email me.

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Cupcake Decorating Sheet

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Gallery of Cupcakes

Here’s Some Cupcake Creations from Fellow Idea Emporium Designers:

Artist: David Wagenfeld, Adult artist, MI

“Lemon Juicyfruit” from Artist: Jacqueline Johnson, Adult artist, FL

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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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Creative Prompt of the Week: Talk Two-Headed Giraffe

I met a two-headed giraffe today.

He was buried in a rummage sale. Must have gotten lost somewhere along the way, most likely because he was missing two ears. As boss of the Idea Emporium Mall, I am in charge of hiring. This guy seriously needs a job. So, help me out. What department should I hire him for? What tasks should he be in charge of? Keep in mind, most giraffes are pretty tall so that is an asset I can use in the mall.