How I Draw, with Brett Helquist

The illustrator shares some of his techniques.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
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Brett Helquist's illustration techniques -- line drawing

Every piece of art has a skeleton that starts with a few lines.

Brett Helquist's illustration techniques -- proportion of boy

One way to determine if a person’s head is drawn too big or too small for their body is through proportions: For young people, the body is usually five heads high; adults’ bodies are generally seven heads high.

Brett Helquist's illustration techniques -- facial expression changes

Illustrators often have to draw the same character over and over again with different expressions. With each small adjustment the character begins to come to life.

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  • Subjects:
    Arts and Creativity, Visual Arts
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