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Find the Stick Figure within

  1. 1. <ul><li>Laura Merritt </li></ul><ul><li>October 6, 2008 </li></ul>Find the stick figure within
  2. 2. <ul><li>Back in the time when I was learning to read and write, apparently it was taking me longer than other kids to get the hang of it. </li></ul><ul><li>So I had to do some special exercises to improve my writing skills. And among them there was one using a method called My Magic Book. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mi Libro Mágico (My Magic Book) is an exercise book with tracing paper pages laid over writing models. Kids will write over and over letters to improve their writting skills. </li></ul><ul><li>So I thought the same could be used to improve drawing skills for those of us that need a little more training. </li></ul>Source: http://www.noriega.com.mx/
  4. 4. <ul><li>We’ll need some photos, a marker, tracing paper… Some adhesive tape is helpful to keep everything on place. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>First find some photos of people. Even better if you have different shapes and sizes of people. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Next, grab a thick black felt tip pen and trace the contour around their head. Ahem, I mean, after you do the body, of course… </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Trace the contour around the trunk. </li></ul><ul><li>Use lines for the arms, optionally round-ish shapes for the hands. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Lines again for the legs and optionally round figures for the feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to follow the bone line. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Then put the tracing paper over your contoured photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Secure it with some tape and go over the lines with your marker. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Marking the silhoutte over the photo makes it easier to follow it up on the tracing paper. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Voilà!
  12. 12. <ul><li>You can forego the tracing paper and copy the stick figures free-hand. </li></ul>
  13. 13. You can also do it in digital format <ul><li>Open a photo in a digital drawing software. </li></ul><ul><li>I use Jasc PaintShop Pro 8. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Add a transparent layer and go over the subjects with the pen tool. The thicker the line the better. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Remove the background layer and voilà! </li></ul>
  16. 16. You can add other elements
  17. 17. You can add color, have fun
  18. 18. Hands and feet are optional
  19. 19. Choose a scene
  20. 20. Go wild!
  21. 21. Thanks for looking!

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