Collaborating with my kids on some pen and wash work

This morning the kids wanted to paint a swan and a froggy. We found some reference photos, and I drew these two pictures for them with a Chinese bent nib fountain pen.


I had wanted one of these ever since reading “The Tao of Sketching” by Qu Lei Lei, who uses them extensively to great effect. It was this book that really made me want to sketch.

My older daughter did some nice work with the swans, noticing the different colors. My younger daughter really wanted a blue frog. Below are their paintings. I think this will be a regular weekend thing for us. My older daughter just requested I draw Voltron for her. That will take some work. Thanks for reading.




3 thoughts on “Collaborating with my kids on some pen and wash work

  1. lesliepaints September 29, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Excellent! Can you hear me clapping, Corey? I did all sorts of painting with my Granddaughter and it has been a great communicator for both of us. Tell the girls that I say their paintings are “spectacular!”, please.

    • coreyaber October 1, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      I passed along the message and they were thrilled. They want to put everything up on the blog. Thanks!

      • lesliepaints October 2, 2013 / 1:38 pm

        How about the idea of posting work of theirs on a page on the blog (kid’s page). It doesn’t have to be everything they do, but incentive to create and share for them. Just a thought.

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