Something about autumn always makes me think about crows–I suppose the reason is that fall is the season of scarecrows and what is a scarecrow without crows to scare.
And speaking of scaring-autumn is the season of Halloween and other things scary.
With these thoughts in mind, as school begins in September, my students will begin to draw and paint crows. Later, the middle school students will move beyond that and will also draw Maleficent and her costumes [and the younger students will draw other animals — particularly those from Jungle Book].
What is the difference between a raven and a crow
Distinguish between realistic and cartoon drawing
Disney’s Dumbo was released in 1941. The entire film is a masterpiece, but one of my favorite scenes is when the crows strut around, making fun of the notion that Dumbo might become a Flying Elephant. The delightful song is: “When I See An Elephant Fly.”
In 1959, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was released and with it came a more sinister blackbird.
In Disney’s 2014 Maleficent, the Raven is part of the charater of the much more benevolent figure–that of Diaval, the human into whom the Raven turns.
I don’t think that anyone would believe that Diaval is a foreboding character; but in that Maleficent’s wings are raven-like, there still is a suggestion of crow-like creepiness in the 2014 film. It is suggested iin Angelina Jolie’s character and not in Diaval.
This is an excellent example of how very important costuming is. More than anything else, Maleficent’s costume suggests the essence of the crow. Art [including artistic costuming] happens after the student has learned a great deal about many different aspects of life and technique. The artist assimilates what he has learned into his own style or his own approach to subject matter. The student who knows how to draw crows will be better equipped to design a crow-like costume than one who does not.
In the fall class, we’ll begin by drawing Disney’s cartoon crows.
Then, we will focus on drawing more realistic crows, crow feathers, the claws, and other crow details.
After the study of crows, the middle school students will begin drawing Maleficent’s costumes.
This is an extension of the middle school study of fashion illustration. After the fashion students study the costumes of Maleficent, they will begin drawing all of the costumes from Cinderella. Looking far ahead into spring, the students will later begin drawing the costumes of the new and coming Jungle Book. I teach several Indian children and love Indian fashion and design. This should allow us a great opportunity to study that.
The younger students will follow the study of crows with a study of the animals of Jungle Book.