Sunday, April 21, 2013

How to draw a Saurus Street dinosaur

I am often asked on school visits how I can draw so fast. Practice is the only real answer. Then question is what to practice? When I am not working on a specific project, I always just draw what ever comes into my head. My drawing alway based on the same underlying frame work. below is a simple step by step look at how I build up my images. This is a pretty standard way to draw. You will see this system described in great detail in many of the 'How to Draw' books on the market. If you want to get technical, the success of your final drawing will depend on how you make the final inked lines intersect (join) and composition. This will have a hugh (but subtle) effect on how a viewer reads the image.

So I suggest that you practice, practice and then practice some more. You will quickly start to jump steps as you form the image in your mind. eventually for simple drawings like this one you will be able to do all the sketch work in your head, then jump to the final inking stage (step 4).

However. When drawing more than one character, or a character in a setting. It is best practice to sketch the entire drawing in loose pencil planning (construction) lines first. This will ensure that the image is well composed and visual easy to read.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birds

For a recent project for the NSW School Magazine, I had an opportunity to include some bird drawings. I always enjoy drawing birds. For the final image I draw all of the characters as individuals and them composed them in Photoshop to make a double page spread. Here are my bird drawings for the story True Blue Treasure.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Macquarie Centre promotion


Meet the Saurus Street Series Illustrator
16 April 2013
Dymocks Macquarie is proud to have Tony Flowers the Illustrator of the Saurus Street series of books in store!

Meet Tony at the store, get a signed copy his book and watch him demonstrate his wonderful art.

WHEN:     Tuesday 16 April
TIME:        11am to 1pm
WHERE:   Dymocks, Level 2
http://www.macquariecentre.com.au/News---Events/Events/Meet-the-Saurus-Street-Series-Illustrator.aspxhttp://www.macquariecentre.com.au/News---Events/Events/Meet-the-Saurus-Street-Series-Illustrator.aspx



Other interesting links

You Tube

Watch me drawing a Dinosaur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdhgBdypZA8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdhgBdypZA8

Listen to Nick Falk talking about Saurus Street

For quick up dates and general information on what I am doing, you can find me on Facebook at

Friday, April 12, 2013

Saurus Street and the School-a-Saurus-Rex


Nick (Falk) and I have been stomping all over Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne promoting the Saurus Street at Schools and events. 


The kids have been amazingly enthusiastic about our silly antics and the Saurus Street books.  Nick and I have had such fun, we have been getting the kids to come up with their own new stories ideas, which I illustrate. I have been doing some very funny drawings of dinosaurs in bikinis, robot attack fish, super hero pterodactyls and mad scientist Diplodocus’s. It’s so much fun to see young creative minds at work. The students at all the schools we visited were fantastic.


I now head back into the studio (my local coffee shop) to start work of Saurus Street book 5 and 6 and a collection of stories for boys (also for Random House).

I am chatting on Northern Beaches radio this Sunday (about 10am ish) and I will be signing books and doing drawings at Dymocks bookshop in the Macquarie Centre (NSW) next Tuesday (the 16th of April). I should be in full swing around 11:00.

WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN*WIN

The last thing is if you head to the essential kids website:

You can win a Saurus Street prize pack by telling us in 25 words or less which dinosaur would you like to appear in your garden and why?

The grand prize is an original Dinosaur drawing by me
You have until the 8th of May.