Last week Wednesday I gave a workshop in Steinhaus Bautzen (Germany) - an open youth center.
It was a bit open in the beginning what exactly I would do because the age of the participants was not so clear.
There were about ten to fifteen participants, age about 9 to 15 (I am guessing). I talked a little about what I am doing and what illustration is in general. I showed a few images of other illustrators work, to demonstrate how different the approaches can be, both in medium and in content.
Pretty soon we switched over to the practical part. I had the idea, that we would make portraits of each other. I am not a portrait expert, but I thought of a way, of experimenting with somebody's face and finding likeness: Instead of making a straight-up drawing, where each stroke could be wrong, we would draw eyes, nose, mouth, ears, ... separately and then puzzle them into place, or swap them, if they feel wrong.
Maybe a bit challenging altogether, but surprisingly we got many good results in the end. I was very happy, I hope some of the participants got something out of these 3-4 hours. Thank you!
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This was a first for me, but I would not mind doing it again. I think an interesting age group would be 14 to 18-year-olds who are maybe already interested in art (comics, manga, graffiti, ...). I would like to talk more about illustration as a profession, and its potential, especially in the countryside.
If you are somebody who is interested in making this happen at some school or similar place in Finland, let me know.
All photographs in this article by Reno Rössel of Servicestelle Heimat, who made this event happen.