Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Attack of the Tool People

On May 16, at the Delaware Art Museum, I’ll be offering a workshop called “Attack of the Tool People.” We’ll be designing mischievous monsters that are part household tool and part human. Below: Henrich Kley

This workshop is for all ages and ability levels. If you come, you can also see the Dinotopia exhibition and the fabulous collection of Howard Pyle and Pre-Raphaelites. Below: Boris Artzybasheff.

Here’s the backstory: Whenever your Do List gets more than 10 items long, a mysterious enchantment travels into the closets and drawers of your house, bringing a “Tool Person” to life. Tool people are impish superheroes that arise from common household objects. They want to help you with your Do List, but their way of fixing things is unorthodox at best and dangerous at worst. That’s why you want to keep your Do List short. (The Tool People are hammering and sawing in my house every night.)

Here's information for those attending:

Please bring:
1. A tool from the kitchen, art studio or workshop.
It should suggest a face or a head, but it doesn’t have to be symmetrical. It might be a wine cork puller, nutcracker, tea strainer, can opener, adjustable pliers, hammer, hole punch, pencil sharpener, drill, camera, or a few computer part. Bring a few other spare parts for components.

2. An action figure or doll.
It can be any size. It doesn’t have to match the size of the tool.

3. Your favorite drawing media.
Everybody should bring a couple of regular pencils and an eraser to get started with concept work.

If you like, you can also bring markers or watercolors, but please no oils because a lot of people are sensitive to the fumes. I recommend bringing a set of water-soluble colored pencils. Caran- d'Ache Supracolor, Derwent Inktense, Prismacolor, or other brands are OK. Twelve or eighteen colors should be more than enough. If you don't want to get a whole set, you can buy about six or seven individual pencils.

If you bring the water-soluble colored pencils, I also recommend bringing a water brush. This is a hollow-handled plastic brush with a nylon fiber tip, marketed under the name Niji or Kuretake and other brand names. Fill the handle with water from the tap.

4. Sketchbook paper or card stock.
The paper should be fairly heavy and smooth. You can use watercolor paper in a separate sheet or a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, which is perfect.

Recommended for all ages and both beginner and advanced students. Those of you who came to the February workshop are most welcome to return, because we’ll be doing a different challenge this time.

Sunday, May 16 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$55 Members/$65 Non-Members
On Saturday, May 15 at 1:00, I'll be repeating the talk I gave in February: "Fact and Fantasy: The Making of Dinotopia," free with paid admission.
That's about it! Look forward to seeing you all at workshop.
Delaware Museum Workshop information.
Previously on GJ: Drawing portraits with water-soluble colored pencils.
The Dinotopia exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum.


Super Villain said...

signed up last week! cant wait!!

even though i dont know what tool people are i'm excited to find out!

and cant wait to catch the lecture too. thanks so much for taking the time to come back out. missing the first class and lecture because of the snow was a huge let down. thanks for looking out for your fans!!

Evan T said...

Sad I won't be able to make it. I was instantly drawn to this article by the henrich kley picture of the scissor man, I love Kley's drawings!

Chris Jouan said...

This sounds like a great workshop. I am also glad you pointed out that some people are sensitive to oil paint fumes. I am one such person and appreciate your acknowledging this painfully distressing problem!

bill said...

Wonderful idea. On another note, will you be doing a song and dance at BYU in the near future? If you are I will just have to make the trip down from Boise. Been looking forward to meeting you.

James Gurney said...

Mr. Carman, it would be a treat to return to Salt Lake City and Idaho. I don't have your beautiful area of the country on the itinerary just yet, but my arm could be twisted!

Jake said...

I just want to echo Super Villain's sentiment. Thanks for coming back and giving those of us who were snowbound another shot!