Draw Like Chris Evans
Draw Cartoon Characters from the Jumbalees Children's Book Series
Chris' Advice to Young Artists; You don’t have to be a great artist to enjoy art but by participating in it it will give you an appreciation of Art and the world around you that will hopefully enhance your life.
As a child I spent lots of time copying from comics and books often to the exclusion of other activities but I never thought at the time I would one day make a career from it.
When I attended the senior school the art was more formal, no more cartoons for a while, mainly compositions and art history. My Art Teacher encouraged me to go to Art School and in 1965 I did a pre-diploma course in Leeds College of Art in the UK. This was a wonderful experience. You were taught different disciplines such as ceramics, sculpture and painting to give you as wide a field as possible so you could decide which one to specialise in. I chose Interior Design. That was not really the best decision, but fortunately in the final year I wrote a thesis on the History of Animation and my interest in cartoon films started. From Leeds I went on to Bristol University where I did a one-year post-graduate course in Radio, Film and Television Production. Within that year I made an animated film that was exhibited at the Paris Biennale and the Edinburgh Student Film Festival. I was lucky to find a job straight after leaving University as a trainee assistant animator with a company called Halas and Batchelor and within a year, in 1971, I was animating on my first TV series, “The Jackson 5ive.” For the past 40 years I have had a very rewarding career as an Animator and Animation Director.
The project that is now taking up most of my time is writing and illustrating children’s books and I have used the Jumbalees characters from them as drawing lessons on this website.
Jumbalees Books by Chris Evans (Available in Paperback and Kindle)
Art and particularly drawing is a great way of passing the time. Even if you don’t make a career from it is still a very enjoyable pastime. Copying other people’s work can help you to develop a style of your own by seeing how they use line to express their ideas. Drawing from life is also a worthwhile activity. It will teach you observation skills. You don’t have to be a great artist to enjoy art but by participating in it it will give you an appreciation of Art and the world around you that will hopefully enhance your life.
If you are prepared to work hard you can have a very worthwhile career in Art but it will require a high degree of concentration and dedication on your part. I consider it a privilege to have been paid to do something that I enjoy and to have given enjoyment and entertainment to others.
You can get more information on the Jumbalees by visiting my website: www.jumbalees.com where you will find a few more activities.
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