Thursday, April 06, 2017

The Magical Unicorn, Broccoli Girl and Bacon-Man: Nickelodeon Animation Visits 826LA

Barnacle’s Bookworms students at 826LA got a special visit from Nickelodeon last month, when over a dozen Nickelodeon animators visited the organization as part of Nickelodeon Let’s Draw program, and drew alongside students showing them the basics of illustration in the process! During their visit to 826LA, the Nick animators helped bring to life the students’ very own original characters.

Students were excited to draw alongside Nickelodeon animators and spend over an hour brainstorming funny and new characters. In some cases, students created one character, and in other cases, they created a whole slew of characters.

For example, students Christian B. and Crisitan M. worked with their animator to create Bacon-Man and Donut-Man who battled the evil (but healthy) Broccoli Girl! Another student, Ruby A., collaborated with the Nick animator to draw a CatDog hybrid that was over two pages long. Another student, Fatima L., came up with Maria The Magical Unicorn and her group of magical friends. Hopefully 826LA's talented students will continue to develop their characters and write them into adventures and new worlds, so that one day, we'll see their ideas on TV!

For students, this was a great way to practice visual character development and enjoy a morning drawing characters with someone who may animate a show they watch! The illustrations from this visit will be featured in the first Barnacle’s Bookworms chapbook so others can enjoy.

Check out more photos of the workshop here.

You too could help students draw their hearts out by signing up to volunteer!

Original source: 826LA.
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