When I was a kid I learned how to draw people by watching Art Attack. Anyone remember that show?! The man who ran that show called human arms and legs sausages, due to how they connect, and it has always stuck with me. Later I realized this is a pretty well accepted way of mapping out the human body, and I evolved my own method over the years using techniques from different drawing books and professors.
This is still how I sketch out the basic set up of my people to make sure their proportions are correct. I skip most of the steps these days, mostly sticking to a few placement lines, but I used to find it really helpful!
I started students on this technique last year when I let them know stick figures aren’t allowed in the art room! 😵We chant “Shapes, Not sticks!”, and then I introduce my “sausage people” to them. There’s a lot of laughter when I explain we draw a circle at all of our joints so we can draw people waving, running, or dancing (I’m sure a few people have looked in my classroom and seen me moving my arms like a robot, posing like a ballerina, or running in one spot and thought I was unhinged 😂), or when we get to the butt step (“You can’t forget to draw your butt! Without it your legs are growing out of your chest!” Cue giggles because I said the word butt.) but it’s really helped my students become more successful and confident when drawing people - one of the hardest things to draw!
This year we already focussed on portraits, and adding details to your drawing to make it look more realistic, so I decided grades two and three were up for the challenge of making their own superhero or super villain character!
After a sausage person refresher and a discussion on super hero abilities and magical powers, students were SUPER excited to design their own character! 🦸♀️🧙♂️🦹♀️🤖🤴🧝♂️🧜♀️🧚♀️ #art #iamateacher #artteacher #comics #illustration #superhero #proportions #drawing #artroom #studentwork #studentart #childrensart #drawingpeople #sketchbook #elementryart #primaryart #artroom