Cuddly toys are special to us. Many adults still have their cuddly toys from their childhood. My daughter Kate loved ‘purple rabbit’ when she was a toddler. Inventively named for two key qualities… It was purple, and (you’ve guessed the second one) … it was a rabbit! Purple rabbit now lives in Cornwall for most of the year, where Kate is taking her final year at university.
Drawing cuddly toys is good fun. They are excellent subjects for children’s stories, and the focus this week would suit an illustrator for children’s picture books. One very helpful fact is that most cuddly toys are made up of simple parts, so my advice is to first look very carefully at your cuddly toy and think about how it has been put together. What are the main parts? What shape is each part?
I’ll use the teddy bear pictured below to illustrate some simple steps that could help you with drawing your own cuddly toy!
Now I am ready to add some colour. I chose watercolours and mixed up a colour to match the fur of the teddy. I painted lightly so that my sketch marks were still visible beneath the paint. You could use any materials of your choice to colour your cuddly toy. You might choose bolder colours of poster paint or acrylic, or you might choose to use colouring pencils. Oil pastels are really good for capturing the texture of fur as you can use short, broken strokes with your pastels to recreate the texture of your cuddly toy.
I hope you all have great fun drawing your cuddly toys. You could take on the role of an illustrator and even make a short picture book, creating a story or adventure for your cuddly toy. I can’t wait to see some of your finished pictures.
I have been so impressed by Week 1 of our Website Art Club. I loved seeing your pictures and photographs of winter trees. I’m really looking forward to receiving some pictures (or stories) based on your favourite cuddly toy!