Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Animal King


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 06 – Animal King

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to; this student wanted to do something different but similar. He created a great male figure with large muscles then he wanted to give him some unique abilities: revive or accelerated healing powers and animal mimicry. I did ask him about the swords saying, “If he transforms into animals, why does he need a sword?” He say the logic and decided to remove one and he asked me to not draw my version with the swords.

When I drew his character I first thought of a werewolf type character crossed with a ninja. I decided to create a character that was hairy, very similar to Sabre Tooth from the X-men. I took a few creative liberties by added the hair on the arms and legs and making his hair longer.

In the end the student enjoyed my version of his villain. I hope you too enjoy the sixth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Animal King.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – John 181


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

 

Villain 05 – John 181

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to, this student had his own idea matched with something he was use to. He wanted a character that was a bit of a cross with the Flash and Iron Man, yet he wanted a unique helmet and exoskeleton. He came to me for some ideas on the helmet and I gave a few ideas on the exoskeleton. He modeled it a bit from the storm troopers from Star Wars and football equipment.

I took the students’ image and the questions he asked about the armour and took it from there. It is very similar to the storm troopers armour with a few comparisons to Ironman’s suit. He wasn’t too particular with the colour but I decided on a blue base so that it was different from Ironman.

I showed the student his character and he was happy by saying that it looked cool; high praise indeed. I hope you enjoy the fifth character from Heroes VS. Villains – John 181.

Friday Two Cents: Citizenship Quiz


 

 

This past week I saw something that made me stop and take notice. It has to do with the state of Arizona making its high school students take a mandatory citizenship test as part of their requirements for graduation from high school.

There are many people on both sides of the argument for this interesting addition to the curriculum. The state politicians argued the that many of these young people will be entrusted with the future of the country’s political landscape from serving in government to exercising their duty by voting.  This test will help them be a more informed citizen.  
Some argued that the students already have a lot of tests they must complete to graduate so why add another one. Another argument says why should there be a test on memorization, why not a test that actually stimulates the students on independent thought. Some educators say that this is a waste of valuable classroom time of a test that is, in essence, very easy.
I for one see that both arguments have merit. Yes there is a lot of testing that the students need to do to graduate yet if you think about it many of the questions can be covered in other classes. Yet with the argument that the test is easy, I refer to a 2011 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. After surveying over 1400 adults it found that …
  • When asked, 36% could name the three levels of the US government, where 35% could not name a single one.
  • When asked, 38% correctly said that the Republicans have the most members in the House of Representatives, but 17% said the Democrats and 44% said they did not know.
  • When asked, 38% correctly said that the Democrats have the most members in the Senate but 20% said the Republicans and 42% said they did not know.
Clearly this study shows that among regular American citizens, the citizenship test questions are not that easy.
I look at this study and at this legislation to change the curriculum and I have to agree that with adding a citizen test to the requirements for graduation. I would love to see a similar test be a requirement in Canada as well. I do not need to quote studies or the fact that only 68.3% of eligible voters actually voted in the last federal election. I have first hand experience on how much people do not know about Canada. I took a Canadian Issues course in university and out of a starting class size of 60 students we finished the course with 45. Many I talked to said that they dropped the course because they had no idea of the Canadian issue presented in the course. The topics ranged from government (elections and the make up of government), general history, indigenous people topics, global issues (that relate to Canada) and peacekeeping/Nato. Topics every Canadian should be aware of, yet 25% of the class had no idea of these topics.
I think all Canadian citizens should be aware of the issues that face our country and know how the election and how government works. If you are a Canadian and interested in testing yourself, I am adding a link to a Canadian Citizenship test site below. The site is CitizenshipCounts.ca and is a project of OCASI and was funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  I took the test and I am proud to say I got 100% on the quiz of 30 questions. Let’s see if you can match me.

 

CitizenshipCounts.ca

 

 

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Mnose


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 04 – Mnosa

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to, this student had an idea of what she wanted and never wavered. She wanted something unique from the costume to the choice of weapon and powers. One thing that she insisted was that her character has red eyes.

I took the student’s character and noticed that it looked like an elf from the Lord of the Rings. I asked the student if the ears of the character were pointed, she said yes. I drew her in an action stance making sure the “chain mace/flail” was in motion as if she was twirling it. I drew in the ears and coloured the eyes red, yet I wanted to add something a bit dramatic to the character. I noticed that the she drew the character with braided hair, so I drew in a braid but with encircling her. It added a more dramatic and mysterious look to the character.  

I showed the student his character and she was happy with a smile from ear to ear. I hope you enjoy the fourth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Mnosa.

Student’s Original – Mnosa

Friday Two Cents: The True Can Hurt But We Can Learn From It


 

This week I read a story to the kindergarten students about a dinosaur that kept calling out that the Gigantosaurus was coming to eat them. Every time he did it would turn out to be something else. Eventually the Gigantosaurus did come but the other dinosaurs would not listen to him. They almost got eaten but in the end the one dinosaur survived the encounter and learned a lesson about over reacting.

Obviously this story was loosely centred on the boy who cried wolf. Yet in the original stories that I heard as a child, the boy ended either seeing his flock being eaten or his flock and himself being eaten. A gruesome ending to tell people who the moral of the story is if you tell too many lies, eventually no one will believe you. Yet, I always thought the moral of the story was never tell the same lie twice, yet that is probably just me. Anyway the fact is that I was never shielded for the truth that reality/life can be harsh at times and I turned out all right. Why then is it, in today’s society, many adults avoid telling their children about the harsh reality of life. Why is that anything that shows any hint of something even close to telling children that death is apart of life? Why is death considered dark or taboo?
On many occasions I have been told that I cannot tell the students the reality of what happened in the past. I feel that not informing the children that there is a dark side to reality is in fact worst than hiding the truth. Today I was outside with the students and we were lining up to go inside when a grade 5 student pointed up to a couple of airplanes flying by preparing to land. He shouted out to a his friends ‘Ha Ha look another 9 11.’ and then began laughing and joking with the others. I went up to him saying, ‘You know that nearly 3000 people died on 9 11 right. Some of them I knew. Know what you are laugh about before you open your mouth.’ I then walked away and I didn’t hear anything else from that student on the subject.
All I could think about was what was he told about 9 11? If he knew the truth behind it would he have laughed about it? Something even as resent as 9 11 has fallen in to the realm of taboo, something to hide the harsh reality of the truth from. Have we as a society come to the point where we must protect the children even from the truth?
I grew up and was taught that knowledge is power. The more you know, the better informed you are, the better you can make a more informed opinion or decision. In addition, learning the truth of our past, is a part of helping to make better decisions. Even as bloody, terrible and harsh it may have been, we cannot forget who we are and where we come from. To hide the facts of history is to deny ourselves and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the opportunity to learn from those hard lessons. To try to not make the same mistakes twice.
My history professor once said, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Is “protecting” the children from the truth that important that we are in fact condemning them to make the same mistakes. Perhaps, to make even bigger mistakes that will be so costly that the shear thought could freeze you very soul. Something to think about.

 

Comic Strips: Mmmm Spaghetti


 

The latest installment of The Craziest Things has been sent out and with it an episode that actually happened at the school.

Sometimes I am amazed at the creativity and imagination of the students. Two senior girls wanted to create something. They asked for yarn and I asked why. They said they wanted to create food and I said, ‘ok I love to see it.’ So I helped them find yarn ands anything else they needed and then left them to create. Once they were done it looked real! I took a picture of it so you can see. After I heard them say they wanted to trick a few people, including teachers into trying to eat it. They almost got away with it too.

I had to recreate the scenario in the comic to immortalize their creativity and imagination. I hope you enjoy the latest installment of, The Craziest Things; Mmmm Spaghetti.

Spaghetti and meatballs created by two students using yarn.

 

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Green Animal


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

 

Villain 03 – Green Animal

Many of the students wanted to copy popular movies and comics of the time for their ideas. I have no problem with it, I feel that at least they are making the effort and hopefully it inspires some imagination. This student’s villain is obviously modeled after Green Lantern, yet he did come up with unique super abilities; green lantern power & animal mimicry.

I took the student’s original drawing and simply drew him in an action pose and coloured him like the popular comic character. I questioned him about the swords saying, “Why does he need swords if he has a power ring and animal mimicry?” He told me that he would use the power ring to create the swords and so that is what I drew. I also made sure to give the character his unique hairstyle.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it. I hope you enjoy the third character from Heroes VS. Villains – Green Animal.

 

Student’s Original – Green Animal

 

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