Paint and Draw

Draw a Friend

Follow along with the video to draw someone you love and then make them into an installation

There are two parts to this activity:

1. Drawing someone you know and love

2. Making an installation out of your figure (starts at around 29 minutes into the video)

What you need

  • Colouring pencils, crayons or felt tips
  • White and coloured paper
  • Recycled cardboard or thick card packaging
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

What you will be doing

' I love drawing people that I know, people that I care about and making it last forever on paper.' Joey Yu

In this activity you will get the chance to follow along with a real illustrator and artist, Joey Yu. She will show you how to draw a person, whether that's someone you know and love in your family or a friend from school. She will talk about artists you might want to take as inspiration including Lubaina Himid, Sheela Gowda, Peter Blake and David Hockney. Then you will make your figure into an installation by making a cut-out and sticking it on cardboard.

Artists included in the video

David Hockney, ‘My Parents’ 1977
David Hockney
My Parents 1977
© David Hockney
Peter Blake, ‘Self-Portrait with Badges’ 1961
Peter Blake
Self-Portrait with Badges 1961
© Peter Blake 2022. All rights reserved, DACS
Frances Hodgkins, ‘Portrait of Kitty West’ 1939
Frances Hodgkins
Portrait of Kitty West 1939
A group of 2D cut-out Black figures appear in colourful dress spaced out across a gallery

Lubaina Himid, Naming the Money, 2004 © Lubaina Himid. Photograph Stuart Whipps

Sheela Gowda, ‘Behold’ 2009
Sheela Gowda
Behold 2009
© Sheela Gowda
Francis Upritchard, ‘Land’ 2010
Francis Upritchard
Land 2010
© Courtesy of the Artist and Kate MacGarry, London

A note for teachers

Watching this video your students will generate ideas independently. They will make a creative response drawing on their own experience. They will learn about the concepts of portraiture and installation. Taking inspiration from famous artists they will develop a range of ideas.

[00:00:00] Hello, hello, welcome. Thank you for joining. Come in, lovely people come in. I'm Joey Yu. I'm your host today. And this is Take Kids. This is a livestream. We're going to be doing lots of fun things. We're going to be drawing and making some cutout figures of people that we love, people that we miss. It's going to be lots of fun. And we're also going to be learning about some artists along the way. So just come in. Make sure you have your materials. Should we talk about materials? Maybe talk about things that we're going to need in the workshop?

[00:00:34] Let's start off with scissors. Make sure you have your scissors and your glue. Pritt stick or PVA, if you have PVA. Sharpener if you need to sharpen up pencils, coloured pencils, pastels. If you have pastels, paint, if you have paint. For paper, you can have some coloured paper. White paper. I'm going to be making something really, really big. So I have a really, really big piece of paper here. And make sure that you have a piece of cardboard. This can be something that you have from your cereal box downstairs or some old packaging. Anything like that. But make sure it's the same size as your piece of paper, because you're going to need that later. So make sure you get your materials, come in. It's all nice and chill, a little bit about me. Maybe I'll tell you a bit about what I do first. I am a illustrator and an animator, and I make lots and lots of drawings, but mainly about people. I really like to draw people and draw relationships. I'll show you some of my work. There there's some drawings you might be able to see behind me. There's pieces like this. This is what I do. And I love drawing people that I know, people that I care about and making it last forever on paper. So we're going to be looking at some things like this. Some of these drawing techniques and using that in the workshop today. So that's what I do.

[00:02:18] Hopefully you will be inspired by the stuff that I've made, the stuff that I've created and the stuff that some of other people's work has has inspired you. Hopefully it will come through in your work today. OK, so. Make sure if you make something that you're really proud of later, you can share it on hashtag #TakeKids. Get your grown up to post it on social and we'll get to see it. And also, you can send it to the Take Kids gallery. We'll also be checking everything out on there. Okay.

[00:02:52] Everyone's coming in nice and slowly. But before we start any work, before we make any piece of artwork, we have to remember that it uses our entire body to make a piece of work. So we have to stretch first. So what we're going to do is stretch our arms in here to the side, do a little bit of a circle. Like what?

[00:03:14] Because we're going to be drawing people, we're going to be drawing people in all sorts of poses to show their personalities, their different traits. Let's do some different poses that are that are very exaggerated. So one thing we can do, we could do a running pose, maybe, maybe something like this. Like, you're running really fast. And as you can see, people don't normally run this exaggerated. But I'm really, really exaggerating my arm movements. And when you do a big mark with your pencil, you use your whole arm as well. So this is a really good stretch. And if your person that you were drawing was really thoughtful, maybe you can think about a pose that's very thoughtful. So maybe something like this. We are scratching your head. Maybe your person likes dancing. If your person likes dancing, just have a little dance, a little move around. I hope you're all stretched out now. Let's begin our work. So what we're going to be doing is there's going to be two parts of the activity.

[00:04:19] First thing is the drawing section where we're going to make the artwork of the people that we love, the people that we haven't seen in a while. And then the second part is going to be exploring installations, art installations. So more about that later. The first thing we have to do, though, is think about someone that we miss, somebody that we love. This could be maybe your grandparents. Maybe it's your classmates. Maybe you haven't seen your friend in a really, really long time and you want to draw them.

[00:04:49] I'm going to make a list. And this will be very useful for you to do, too. Here's my piece of paper that I'm going to make a list on. I'm going to write my friend's name on the top. So. My friend is called Jina. So let's get her name nice and big on the top. And what we're going to do is think about all of the different personality traits of our friend. So where's your friend from? Maybe you can think about where your friend's from my friend's from South Korea. Where are you guys joining from? So I'm going to write South Korea. I'm gonna write all of the things about my friend. I'm going to write 'loves art'. My friend loves art. So I'm going to draw, I'm gonna write art. I'm gonna write 'black hair'. My friend has black hair. Think about what colour your friend's hair is. Maybe your friend has long plaits, long plaits down her back.

[00:05:53] Or maybe you have you have a friend that has really, really super curly hair that's really nice and big. And you can also think about their facial features. Do they have a little nose, a nice smile? Maybe they have a really, really, really big wide smile. So I'm going to write a cute smile.

[00:06:16] What does your friend like to wear? Maybe your friend has a signature pair of shoes they wear all the time. Maybe they really like trainers. My friend. I think my friend likes to wear little dainty shoes. I'm going to write 'dainty shoes'. Let's write 'dainty shoes'. And. I'm going to write 'long dress'.

[00:06:49] There we go. That's a pretty good list, I think. OK. So let's look at some art inspirations. So this is David Hockney. You might have heard of him because he's pretty famous. This artwork is called 'My Parents'. And as you can see, it's very bright and bold in colour. You've got these wonderful outfits on. You have the mother sitting very prim and proper with her hands clasped together. Then you've got the dad. He's hunched over, reading really intently and his feet are slightly off the ground and he's on the edge of his seat. So you really get to see their personalities. David Hockney. He's super famous. He was born in Yorkshire. Then he moved to the US for the Californian light and now he lives in Normandy, France. So he's been around the whole world. And obviously, when you go around the entire world, you make a lot of friends and you have a lot of people that you love and obviously a lot of people that you miss, such as his parents. So this is a wonderful way to capture people that you love and make it last forever. I really, really love the colours of this. And he definitely captured their personalities. That's a great one. That's David Hockney.

[00:07:50] And now on to something a little bit different. The next artwork is by an artist called Peter Blake. So let's get Peter Blake up here. Here we are, Peter Blake. This. Called 'Self-Portrait with Badges'. So this is different because he's not painting someone that he loves, but he's painting himself. He really shows his personality off. He's wearing a denim jacket, he's wearing all denim. And he's got lots of badges and he's holding an Elvis magazine, something that he loves and really shows off his personality and all of the badges have things that he loves on them. So he was part of a movement, especially in the 1950s, a group of young artists, and they were all painting pictures and sculptures about things that they really, really liked. And this was a movement called pop art, which basically means popular art. So they were making things that were based on films, comic books, pop music, all the stuff that you would see on TV. This one's great because I think you can really see how he shows his personality with his outfit. So you can think maybe, what does your friend wear? And how does it translate their personality? So if my friend really, really liked playing football, maybe he's holding a football or if your friend did ballet, maybe she's wearing a ballet dress.

[00:09:07] Okay, so last but not least, this one is by an artist called Frances Hodgkins. And it is 'Portrait of Kitty West'. I really, really love this one. It's so fun. And I love the loose, exaggerated marks that she's made. So this one is an example of drawing someone you love. She made it while she was visiting her friends Anthony and Kitty West for a weekend. What better way to remember it by drawing someone. It's very loose. It's not very realistic. She exaggerated certain aspects, so she made her eyes really, really big and she made her neck really, really long. Definitely gives us some inspiration on how we can show our friend's or our loved one's features.

[00:09:47] It's really fun. OK. Did that give you some inspiration? Definitely gave me some inspiration. I feel very excited about starting this artwork. Now, I've got my lovely, lovely list for my friend Jina. My friend Jina is leaving London. So I'm very sad. So this is a great way to capture her forever. And make sure that I have her around with me all the time. So let's start with the face. I'm going to start with a blue pencil, I think. You can use whatever colour you think is necessary. What works for you? For you. So obviously, it's a bit scary starting a piece of white paper. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take away the fear when you when you make the first mark and just do a little scribble just like that. And the reason why I do that is just so the paper is already ruined. And then I don't feel like I'm ruining the drawing because I've already ruined it. So we can go straight in and it's fine.

[00:10:46] So, OK, I see that kind of looks like a like a bun on top of someone's head. Maybe I was already I was planning this. Hmm. Interesting. OK. So we'll start with the hair. Let's start with the hair. So my friend Jina, I wrote 'black hair'. We're going to we're going to make this into a bun, I think. I already kind of made something that looked a bit like a bun. And then I'm just going to do some little brush strokes, brush strokes, pencil strokes of my friend's hair. So we can think about what does your friend's hair look like? And how can we show that? So hello to everyone who's just joining. We are drawing someone that we love, someone that we miss. And this could be a family member. It could be someone from your class.

[00:11:41] Whatever you like. So this is my friend's hair. And there's lots of different ways you could draw hair. Oh, hello to Myatt Garden School in Brockley London. Hello. Welcome. Hope you're having fun. I'm gonna get this colour. What colour is this? I'm gonna show you how you could draw hair. That was really, really curly. Just as an example, if you have something like a pastel or a thick, chunky pencil, you can put it on its side and do marks like this. And this will give you a really nice exaggerated motion. That's really, really good for hair, drawing hair. I'm going to use it a little bit of actually to colour in my friend's hair, so as I was saying, you don't have to use colours that are true to life, as we just saw from the from the artist inspiration. The picture of Kitty West, you can really, really exaggerate certain features.

[00:12:42] I'm just freestyling a bit. And just drawing in the hair, and let's draw some ears. What do your friends ears look like? Well, the person that you're drawing. Let's do a little little nose. OK, let's do. I wrote cute smile. Shall we draw a cute smile? What does a cute smile look like? I'm gonna do something. Something like this. Just a really small smile.

[00:13:17] And then I'm going to do some nice blushed cheeks. So I'm just colouring softly over the face. Does your friend have freckles, maybe? maybe you could draw some freckles or if your friend, maybe your friend's done lots of exercise so they're red in the face.

[00:13:41] I just like drawing blush because I like that pencil sound. I really like listening to pencil. It's very soothing when you do a soft mark like that sounds very soft. And then when you're drawing, maybe you're doing some really, really straight hair it sounds really... The pencil sounds really straight, too. Okay. So we've drawn some blush. Let's draw the nose. Okay.

[00:14:06] Just going to draw a cute little nose. And. Some eyebrows. And I'm going to do some really smiley eyes. Like that. And some loose little strands of hair coming down. Maybe because we've been dancing in the picture. How are all of your drawings coming along? Can you see your friend's personality in the in the picture yet?

[00:14:54] We've got people from everywhere this someone from Indonesia, Winnipeg, Canada, Hackney. And Jeung Mi in London. Hello. There's so many of you. Welcome, welcome. Come in. Come in. Hope you're having fun doing the drawings. I've got my face complete. And now let's have a look. What else have we got. We've got to do. We've got to do the body. I've got to have a little think about what my what my little figure is going to be wearing; my friend Jina. I think you can think about outfits and showing their personality, but I'm thinking because my friend is joining me in my home today, I'm drawing her to life. I'm going to make her an outfit, a fun outfit to wear. So I'm going to do something very colourful. And you can make something up if you want. I'm going to do a red, a red and maybe red and purple dress.

[00:15:53] Is that a fun combination? Red, purple and orange. I'm gonna do that. Just for fun party dress. OK, let's think. Let's do a high collar. Like that. It's like a polo neck. And remember, when you're drawing your friend, you're going to think about the pose that they're making. Like when we were exaggerating our poses earlier, we're gonna think about what kind of pose will your friend be doing? So my friend likes art. And my friend also likes, I think likes taking photos. So maybe my friend can be holding holding a vase. Shall we make her hold a vase? And then maybe she's got her phone in the other hand because maybe she likes taking pictures of it. So let's draw. Let's draw one hand holding vase.

[00:17:01] As you can see, I've started the drawings from the top, but just a little note, when you get down to the bottom. Make sure that the bottom is flat because you you want to make sure that your picture can stand up later. So make sure that you have a nice flat bottom and that it rests on the end of the page. So here's my friend holding a vase. We can colour that in later and make that beautiful. Maybe it's got a flower at the top. We'll do that later. And then the other hand.

[00:17:38] Holding her phone. And that's her long long dress. And she's going to wear some white boots, I think. What shoes does your friend wear? We've got someone drawing their best friend Audette, Katie is drawing her friend Mary. Some people have just joined from Indiana. This is so exciting. Hello to all of you.

[00:18:22] Those are some nice boots. Now, you might not be able to see so clearly from far away right now, but when I colour in this dress, it's going to look fantastic. Let me tell you. Let me tell you. OK, so we're going to do orange on the top. Nice and bright. And remember, it doesn't have to look super perfect. It doesn't matter if you go outside of the lines because we're going to cut around it in a second.

[00:18:49] So it's all right if it's a bit messy. Maybe we could turn on some music for this bit. Shall we have some music? Let's put on some music, shall we? Again, just while I colour in.

[00:19:11] (music plays while Joey colours in)

[00:21:37] How's it going? I got very into the zone. Do you like just colouring in? So as you can see, I've gone for orange, purple, red number. And now I'm just colouring in the skirt of the dress. Nice and colourful. I think is a very good, good dress to be wearing. Especially as the weather is kind of grey today. It's good to have a brightly coloured outfit to brighten up the day. Okay, so we are colouring, colouring, colouring in the skirt. What's your friend wearing in your picture? How's it coming along? You might be making it on a smaller scale. Ooh, we've got Anya during their best friend Ahana. Very exciting. I like both of your names, both a-names. A*, A* names. What are you drawing from your friend? Well, my best friend has just had puppies so I'm drawing her with a puppy. You know what? I wish I had a puppy, too. I have a cat. My cat is quite old, though, so she quite likes sleeping.

[00:23:07] She likes having lots of naps and eating lots of treats. So if I was drawing myself, I would draw myself holding my cat or maybe feeding my cat some treats. OK. So we've got the dress nicely coloured in there. You probably have done a much better job than me because I'm working very, very quickly on a bigger scale, but here we go. So we've got the dress done. Now let's do her vase, because I think that really shows her personality, shows my friend's personality. I'm going to draw my friend with some nice blue flowers in this vase. It's blooming out of the top here, kind of matches the hair that's blue, even though my friend has black hair. There we go. And what pattern shall we do on the vase? Let's do let's do a blue vase. Lots of different colours of blue.

[00:24:14] I like to blend colours together. So you've got different different variations going on. So here is a dark, bold blue next to a slightly lighter blue. And when you blend them together, it kind of gives like a 3D effect. You can do this with pencil as well. Works just as well. There you go. A lovely vase. It also kind of makes it look shiny because it's two different tones of blue. There you go. Beautiful, beautiful vase. And then we've got a phone here. Let's just colour that blue.

[00:25:00] And then we've got her dainty shoes, which I quite like white. Hmm What do you think? Should we do some decoration on the shoe Zazy and Romy are sisters drawing each other. That's so fun. I have a sister I love drawing my sister, too. OK, let's think shoes. Let's do some some stars on the shoes because we're here. May as well do some stars. OK, let's do some stars. Nice and bold. For the little party outfit. That is my figure. Maybe you are still drawing yours. That's OK. You can keep working on yours. I have finished mine, so I'm going to cut mine out. Ready for the second stage. Shall I hold it up so you can see how it looks? I'm happy with that. That's my friend Jina. Let us know who you're drawing. Maybe you're drawing your grandma. Maybe you're drawing your friend who lives down the road.

[00:26:25] OK, so I'm going to cut out my my friend now, but make sure you leave a lot of space around the bottom and you don't have to cut super close to the edge just so you can sort of see the outline of the figure that you'll see what I mean when I cut it out.

[00:26:42] And then we will move on to stage two, I think stage two, which is all about the art installation. Do you guys at home know what an art installation is?

[00:27:04] I believe that it's the end of the term which is this week for most people. Is that right? Which means that summer holidays are coming up? That sounds very exciting. Very well-deserved. I think you all deserve a big pat on the back for getting through this year.

[00:27:35] This kind of looks a bit like a trophy as well. Maybe you could make yourself a figure as a trophy for getting through the year and you can display it. OK. So as you can see, I'm still leaving a lot of white space around the outside. And I'm not being too careful about it because we're going to be sticking it on some cardboard and a bit. So you want to make sure that there's enough space to stick the cardboard to the paper. Maybe you've drawn yours on a really, really small piece of paper. So you're going to have a really, really tiny little figure.

[00:28:38] My one's looking quite big. So there we go, that's my friend Jina. Nice and cut out and ready to go. Let's prop her up here, shall we? Let's stick her up here. While we talk about the next section, she can just chill out. Is she staying? She's staying OK. I always find after doing lots of colouring, my fingers are a little bit tired. So you've got to give them a little bit of a wiggle or wiggle wiggle wiggle. OK.

[00:29:08] The next bit the next bit is more about how we display our wonderful little person that we've made. So what we're going to be doing is making an art installation. So if you don't know what an art installation is exactly, it basically can be anything. An installation is something that changes the environment that you're in. And changes it for the person visiting the room or the space. Maybe it's outdoors and it can be permanent, which means that it'll last forever or it can be something for a short time. So if it's your character that you've made up here now, it can move from room to room. And then that's an installation that moves and it's not permanent. So what we're going to be doing with our person is bringing them into our home space means that we have to make them comfortable, make them make them happy that they're here so we can think about where we display. So maybe it's on your window sill. Maybe it's waving to all the people that walk past and you could put them next to some flowers and display them nicely. Or maybe it's a secret thing and you want to hide it under your bed and then you make lots and lots of friends and you all hide them under your bed and then it's a secret installation. And that's really fun because it's an interactive installation, which means that you have to look under your bed to see it. You can think about different places to put it.

[00:30:32] Maybe it's on a table next to lots of food and it's joining you for dinner. Think about all of the different ways you could display. I'm going to show you some different art examples from different artists, and maybe that will give you some something to think about. No one.

[00:30:50] This one is by an artist called Sheela Gowda. This piece is called 'Behold'. It's kind of hard to tell what everything is. You can have a guess. It's actually steel car bumpers and knotted human hair. This is roughly 4000 meters of twisted hair strands to make this piece of artwork. So she's actually a South Indian artist and she's taking these two materials and combining them because it's actually inspired by good luck charms which protect against all the bad luck. So you would have these strands of hair on a much smaller scale. And how that tied to the car bumper. So she's expanded it and made it a huge art installation. So can really take on any shape, any form.

[00:31:31] Let's have a look at another one. This next one we're going to look at is a little bit different. But maybe a bit more similar to the things that we've been doing. This one is one of my favorites. I love this artwork by Lubaina Himid. And this is 'Naming the Money'. As you can see, there's a lot of different cut up figures. You've got one hundred lifesize cut-outs. So it's as tall as you and I. And it explores the forgotten histories about race and identity. And you can walk around all of the figures. Which makes it an art installation. So here you see black artists, toy makers, dog trainers, musicians, drummers, dancers, shoemakers, mapmakers, painters. And they're all from the past. And maybe we didn't ever know about them. But she's giving them voice and a space where they were often invisible and ignored. It's a wonderful chance to get to meet them, walk around them and celebrate them. I think it's a really great piece of artwork. And she is very inspiring to me.

[00:32:28] The last artwork we're going to look at again is completely different. But maybe it might inspire you about how you place your artwork. This one is by Francis Upritchard. This is called 'Land'. And this one's a bit funny when you look at it because you're like, what is it? And she's a New Zealand born artist and it's made from two wardrobes. And that's pretty much all she says on the topic. There's two small figures that we can see. There's yellow hats made of clay and they're just scattered about on the wardrobes. But that's it. She's left it quite open and it's up to us to decide what the narrative is. You can look at the objects and think about what objects do you want to put next to your figure.

[00:33:11] I've finished cutting out mine and I'm super inspired by these artists. So I'm going to make mine stand up, just like these figures that we've looked at and kind of give it a little space in my room and my room is quite messy, my room is quite colourful, so I think my little cutout character is going to fit in just great. So how are we going to how are we gonna make it stand up? We have a piece of cardboard here. Your piece of cardboard might be a cereal box. It might be something that your your grown up gave you. If you ask for a piece of cardboard, they're normally going to have a piece of cardboard. So see if you can get one. And what we're going to do is pull off my little friend, my little friend, Gina, and we're going to glue her onto the cardboard, she's going to join me on my table. I'm going to stick her down now. I'm going to put on some music. So feel free to keep drawing your your friend, your loved one, while I go. Or if you're up to the same stage. Do some glueing. Do some glueing.

[00:35:15] I'm sticking it to the bottom. Like so. Extra bit of glue

[00:36:33] There we go. She's glue down. Now, I'm going to get my scissors and carefully cut around all around, but leave this bit again, nice and flat. Cardboard's quite tricky to cut around. So actually, if you do have thinner cards like a cereal box or some sort of packaging, that tends to be easier to cut around.

[00:38:05] So obviously, you can cut around your figure a lot more daintily and carefully. I am just doing a quick cut out job so you can see that. Feel free to take your time. Make it look really, really nice.

[00:38:32] OK, so here we are. That's my finger cut out and stuck onto cardboard.

[00:38:39] So she stands out very, very nicely. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to cut out two long strips of cardboard so she can stand up. And then she can go wherever she wants in my room. So as I was saying, she can go on my bookshelf. She can go under the bed with a little nightlight, maybe.

[00:39:10] And let's cut. There we go. And then what we're going to do is cut two slits into the cardboard so she can stand up. Tanya is with us. Mercedes too. Sophie and Lydia are really enjoying drawing their friends. Thank you for joining. As you can see, what I'm doing is I'm sliding the cardboard in. So then it stands up. I'm going to just trim this. And then we will have the final reveal. Okay, let's make this one a bit smaller so it matches the other side. This is the fiddly bit. Okay. Like before, we slot it in.

[00:40:14] This one doesn't want to sit as neatly as the other one does. Make sure you careful with your scissors, especially when you're doing the cutting room with cardboard. But here we go. That's my little friend Jina, standing up wonderfully. I'm so happy with how she turned out. Shall we see what she looks like a little bit higher? Let me rest her on here so she can stand up and be displayed. And remember, if you make lots of them, here's one I made earlier with my friend Holly. Her hair doesn't look that big in real life, but I made it that big. And so she can stand with others and you can display them, make lots of different arrangements around your room, maybe some really low down and some high up. There you go. That looks great. Here's another one I made. This one can't stand up yet. But there's another one. We've got a whole family going on. And this is great because it's so easy to make, yet it looks great when you stand it up. So I'm really, really happy with how mine turned out. Hope yours look good, too.

[00:41:35] Definitely, definitely, if you finish yours and you're really happy with it, you can hashtag #TateKids, send it in with your grown up, send it into social, social media and we'll definitely have a look at them. Or you can send them into the Tate Gallery. They'll be a page that comes up on the screen so you can see where to send it to.

[00:41:55] I'm really happy with mine and I will go find a place to display it now. I hope you enjoyed joining us and I hope you had a little nice relaxing drawing making time. Definitely keep making if you are. And I will say goodbye now. Thank you from me. And thank you from Tate Kids. We'll see you soon.

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