Drawing elderly people

Drawing elderly people. Experimenting with colours and line work.

Drawing elderly people. Experimenting with colours and line work.

One of the things we love about illustration is designing characters. We are currently drawing elderly people in different scenarios and everyday life. From going to the seaside to reading the newspaper and walking to the shop. We use simple line work to capture the character of the people and use a fine line pen to create subtle details.

A black and white line illustration of an elderly couple enjoying tea and cakes. In fine line pen.

A black and white line illustration of an elderly couple enjoying tea and cakes. In fine line pen.

We decided to keep the colours simple, by only adding a few colours in coloured pencils and leaving some parts white. We wanted to keep the delicate and simple line work, so we kept the colour palette simple to highlight certain areas of the illustration.

How we design and make our character paper puppets

Often when we design characters for children’s books, we come up with little extra designs for paper toys, activity sheets and paper puppets. We base the puppets and toys on characters that we have designed and think of ways we can make them engaging and interactive.

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One of our favourite things to make are paper puppets. We draw our characters out a few times on paper and pick a character that we think would work well as a puppet with movable arms and legs. We draw the full character out on to some paper and then we trace the arms, legs and body separately onto some card. To add colour to our character we usually use coloured pencils and collage. We then cut the body, arms and legs of our character out. We make holes in the top off the legs and arms and attach split pins to the body.

Below is an activity page for children to make their own finger puppets. We use collage on the characters to make them more intriguing and playful. We also create activity pages for children to create their own animal masks, party packs and 3D paper objects.

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