I don’t use any traditional tools such as pencil, marker or markers because kids have a habit of drawing with crayons,” says Molnar, a freelance illustrator and former graphic designer who has sold more than a dozen children’s books on her site and at the Art Institute of Brooklyn (AIBA) with co-author Kate Feltman. “On my site, I have my hand out and I try to make the lines in the drawings really clear. If you want more details, you could add in markers and ink for those little details.”
There’s no doubt that a creative drawing is required to make your children’s drawings stand out, but Molnar adds that she prefers to use more traditional tools to show their interest and creativity as well as to teach them how to do it.
“A parent is required to show the kids how to use markers and pen and ink,” she says. “But they should not expect a kid to be a genius when drawing. My kids know how to draw by watching, so I keep the drawings simple and clear.” Even before the advent of kids screens, it wasn’t uncommon to see illustrators and graphic artists holding pencil and paper in front their faces in order to see their clients.
“If you don’t think in terms of drawing,” Molnar says, “you’re going to draw really complicated things that you don’t need to draw. Kids draw what suits their abilities and interests. Kids often want to do drawing with the most primitive tools they have.”
Molnar does, however, have a rule she follows: If a child’s work is really challenging, she doesn’t take it on. But what if the kid in the middle of her drawing is just a novice drawing? Well, Molnar lets her do that too.
“I’m always trying to show my kids that the best way to draw is to try to get as creative as you can,” she says. “I don’t tell a kid that drawing with crayons is going to be easy, but at the same time, the key is to not just show them what they’ve drawn, but take them to the drawing board and learn their technique.”
Molnar says her guiding principles for showing her children how to draw with pencils or crayons is that it’s not about drawing anything. “It is about the kid. The more you can show [the kids] that it is a learning experience, the easier it can
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