Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Korra


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could 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, I told them 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 with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

 

Hero 08 – Korra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student wanted to create something very unique. She asked me about creating wings but not bat wings like another student but one with feathers. The student also wanted to create a character with another student so that they would be twins that would look like each other but have some different abilities.

I thought this was very imaginative and showed them how to draw wings and showed them the character Archangel from X-men. Those where the wings she and her friend was looking for therefore I drew her character with this character in mind. I started with the body pose and then I drew in the wings.

I showed the student my version of her character and she was ecstatic. She loved the pose and the wings. I hope you to will enjoy the eighth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Korra.

Friday Two Cents: The Simplicity Of Play


 

This past week I return home after a wonderful time with friends up north in the Penetanguishene/Midland area. We did a lot of different activities in the area including swimming, sight-seeing and taking in some local festivities. One of the highlights of my time there was going to Discovery Harbour. It is a British naval base that traces it roots back to the War of 1812. The base was established around 1828 and was a presence to defend Canada until the 1850’s.

We were able to go twice to the site during this trip. Once for a Ghost Tour and the other for a Pirate Day. The Ghost Tour was very interesting and it did give me the shivers at times. I think I even saw a sign a ghost who did not want us in his cabin, spooky. The other time was a fun-filled day where pirates invaded the site. Pirate Day at Discovery Harbour was mostly geared towards the kids but I took the opportunity to have a little fun and live a little. I decided to bring up my pirate costume and walk around the site as Captain Jack Sparrow.
I dressed up and went to the site in full costume. To say I got a lot of looks is an understatement. When the kids saw me their eyes opened up and even their parents smiled. The staff was all dressed in pirate gear and they too smiled and encouraged me to play the pirate for the day. I walked around the site learning a few things about the history of Discovery Harbour, stopping once in a while to talk to people and some even asked if they could take a picture with me. I said sure and so I posed for pictures and I got to meet and talk to a lot of people. All in all it was fun to play pirate and learn some facts about the site. Yet I did notice something that made me pause for a moment or two.
While I was walking around as a pirate talking to people, I noticed some people giving me a few, what I would call; nasty looks. It was not as if I was being obnoxious or over selling the pirate theme, in contrast I was simply walking for one building to the next with my friends. Maybe, it was because I was an adult dressed as a pirate without kids. There were some other adults dressed up but they had kids with them. Perhaps they could not understand why a grown man would dress up and pretend or in essence play pirate.
I am not sure why but if that was the case all I can say is that I feel sorry for those people. I am very comfortable being myself and being very connected with my inner child. If those people cannot understand that we all need to play, then I all I can do is pity them and I’ll give them a couple of quotes / life lessons to help them. One from a famous philosopher, the other from a famous captain …

‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.’ Plato

‘The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.’ Captain Kirk

Two life lessons I always take to heart. Maybe we all should too.

 

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Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Invisible Man


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could 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, I told them 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 with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 07 – Invisible Man

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with but I was not sure what this student had in mind. I think that he wanted a simple character with the abilities of invisibility and super speed. He wanted to show that his character was invisible so he drew his character with no torso and only the extremities. I found this take on drawing an invisible character very interesting and creative.

I decided to draw his character with a simple body type in a running action pose. Then when I coloured it I increased his transparency except for the eyes, sword and the logo. I then added the background to help give the illusion of invisibility.

I showed the student his character and he was happy it and he liked the transparency. I hope you enjoy the seventh hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Invisible Man.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Venomous Shadow


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could 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, I told them 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 with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

 

Hero 06 – Venomous Shadow

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student had one character in mind from the start. When I first saw the character I immediately thought of the character Venom from Spiderman. I asked him if that is who he modeled the character after and he said a definite yes.

Therefore with the image of Venom in mind I began by trying to come up with a stance that was different from most of the characters that I drew. The first thing I wanted to draw was to have him in a pose that was hunched over in an attach position. The student drew the character with shoes but I decided to draw it with dragon/dinosaur feet, complete with claws. The same for the hands but I also made it very muscular like the character Venom, as well as the face and eyes, similar to the student’s drawing.

I showed the student my version of his character and he was ecstatic. He said this is exactly what he envisioned. Some of the other students said that it looked too scary to be a hero but I reminded them that looks could be misleading. I reminded them of Beauty and the Beast. I asked them who was the hero in that story? They all agreed it was the beast and that the student more pleased with his character.   I hope you enjoy the sixth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Venomous Shadow.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Lord Awesomeness


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could 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, I told them 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 with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 05 – Lord Awesomeness

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student may have had something specific in mind. He asked me to help him create armour that was similar to the type that the clone troopers and the storm troopers from Star Wars wear. Then I saw his characters abilities I knew he was going for a cross between Ironman and a Jedi.

After he gave me his character I thought of a Jedi like Obi Wan and his battle armour yet I want to show the character in a different light. I drew the character in an action pose like jumping or leaping. I then too my cue from the armour he drew to recreate it on the character. I tried as well to model the hair and face to the student’s for a little extra touch.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it especially the pose and that it looked a bit like him. I hope you enjoy the fifth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains –Lord Awesomeness.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Super Coco


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could 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, I told them 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 with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 04 – Super Coco

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student may have had something specific in mind. I asked her why she drew her character this way and she said it was like she was doing gymnastics. I thought that was a great why to pose her character.

I thought of what kind of pose to place her character in but I did not want it to be a standard pose. I knew that her character had the ability to stretch or elasticity therefore I wanted to show that ability. I decided to draw her character in a standing pose but stretch out her arms and hair into a shape of a heart.

I showed the student his character and she was happy it but she had a question. She asked, “Why is her hair in hearts too?” I said because her entire body, including her hair, has the ability to stretch or has elasticity too. She loved the thought of it and wanted to picture right when I showed it to her. I hope you enjoy the fourth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Super Coco.

Friday Two Cents: I Enjoy Mathematics


 

This past week was the first week of my summer vacation, yet instead of going away somewhere or doing some work around the house I decided to improve my teaching knowledge. I decided to take an additional qualification course (AQ) in mathematics for the primary and junior grades. Many people asked my why I would take such a course because I am more of creative person who enjoys art. Other said “YUCH!! I hate math.” or “I was never good at math.” Many people had a negative experience with math in school.

Yet truth be-told, I have always enjoyed math since an early age and it seems to come natural to me. Yet I have discovered that knowing how to do math and teaching it is a lot different. I wanted to increase my knowledge in the subject matter to better help the students understand math and perhaps enjoy it as I have.

What are numbers?

The course has been very eye-opening yet there was one notion that made me pause in refection. As part of the course I read a chapter from a book entitled, ‘Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics’. In it you are made to try to understand what are numbers. The professor then posed a question… ‘What statement best captures your understanding of “number”?’ – Number are ideas, nouns, adjectives or something else?
When I was first asked the question my first thought was that numbers were quantitative / measurable units. Yet after the first lecture and reading the chapter I am starting to see that numbers are a lot more that I gave them credit.
Numbers are what we make them to be. They can be apples, cars, money, people or even time. Without the context of what the number is, it is just a digit, a visual image representing something but we are not sure what. When you say 5 what is five? Not until you say five cars does the number have value. I never thought of this concept but it makes sense.
Numbers are ideas, nouns and adjectives. They are all of these and more. It puts into perspective the idea of giving the students equations. The concept of 1+2=3 is good if you are doing high-end mathematics, yet we are talking about students in the primary and junior grades, children from ages 3 – 12 years.
This reminds me of when I took calculus in high school and university. It is all about numbers being part of an equation that needed to be solved. Yet I remember using many similar equations in physics when doing formulas. We knew that each variable represented something (f = force) and we would plug-in numbers to calculate the values. Even back then there was value to the numbers like mass (m) or speed (m/s) yet I never though of that when I would be teaching math.
This has definitely changed my thinking around how I present and instruct math. But it has also helped me to know what I can say to parents about, what people are calling the new way of teaching math. I can help them understand that numbers are ideas, nouns and adjectives. That the numbers are only part of the lesson, that we are helping the students to connect the number to their own life and thereby allow them to carry on this knowledge into their every day life.
This has only been a beginning of my journey to understand and help others understand math. There is a lot more to learn and with time, practice and perseverance I know I can improve my knowledge of how to teach math to the students. Perhaps even change society’s negative preconception on math.
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