Although our world is increasingly screen driven and digital (earning the latest generation of children the moniker of “digital natives”) learning how to draw with pencil and paper at a young age can inspire a young brain to think creatively.
Learning to sketch or scamp or doodle or scribble – even at a basic level – has many great benefits for children. It can help them improve concentration and focus, inspire cognitive motor skills, improve memory recall, but more than that, learning to draw can lay a foundation of confidence, memory and cognition that lasts a lifetime.
There are lots of “drawing” apps available for mobile and tablets, however, using a pencil/pen and paper to draw is still the best for stirring up a kid’s imagination. Here’s a quick SparkHub tutorial. All you’ll need is a sketch pad, a pencil and some shading pens.
1) Start with basic 2D shapes
Being able to draw a square or circle already begins to open lots of options for the imagination.
2) Add a little 3D perspective
With a bit of shading and shadow, those simple objects start to enter the 3D world.
3) The basics can then be scaled
Even just using squares and circles, you can begin to sketch out a simple idea.
4) Take things to the next level
With foundations in place, it’s an easy hop to start bringing a basic idea to life.
Where it can all lead
Here are some examples of our CEO Allen’s work in the advertising space. As you can see, once you master the basics of drawing, the possibilities are endless.
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