IN October of 2010, I stepped in as a last-minute replacement to hold a ‘Monster Drawing Workshop’ at the ‘GobbledeBook’ Children’s Literature Festival in Chester.
Having NEVER done such a thing before, I was naturally rather nervous (there were dozens of trouser-changes before the event) but as it turned out, my nerves were not needed – the event was brilliant fun, the kids were all hugely enthusiastic and VERY talented – I saw some awesome grotesque creations, my favourite being a creature comprised of half-rabbit and half-jelly (or a ‘jabbit’, as I christened it).
I showed the children how to draw simple ghostly creations (much like Boo!) and went on to show them how to make slightly more complex creatures using nothing more than simple shapes. And then finally I invited them all to let their imaginations run wild, pointing out that when it comes to creating monsters, there is no right or wrong way, as no-one knows what a monster REALLY looks like (though I’m guessing they look kinda like me, first thing in the morning, but I digress).
The workshop was huge fun, and concluded with my first little sort-of signing event, which was surreal!
I’d love to do more of these, so if you – yes, YOU – are a teacher, event organiser or a Dandy reader who’d like me to come to your school or event to hold a workshop, then let me know via the handy contact me page.