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Having trouble coming up with something to draw? No worries - while you'll eventually learn how to start from a tiny seed of a thought and gradually nurture it into a complex concept to explore through design and illustration, it's perfectly fine not to be there just yet.

For now though, here's an idea that might interest you.

Gambling for Babies

Grab your nearest child and ask them, "What is the coolest place in the world?" On second thought, maybe grabbing a child may not be the best idea. No matter, I'll tell you what they'll say.


The arcade is the best place, and I will brook no argument. Where else can you run around with your friends, play a bunch of crazy games you could never have at home, win TOYS and other prizes, and let your thoughts of the world outside vanish amidst the flashing lights, ringing chimes, and the shower of tokens from every jackpot. Well… at a casino I guess. Stop poking holes in my diatribe!

Anyway- you can't have an arcade without games! Design an arcade cabinet, claw machine, coin pusher, or other arcade-style game that would fit right at home at your local kid's hangout. Consider what kind of amusement the machine will offer - will it be a simple pay-to-play exchange, that demands more coins every time the player dies? Or will it be baby's-first-gambling-addiction, beckoning children to purge their allowances and piggy-banks in the hopes of gathering more tickets? Or perhaps something new, that'll take the dying arcade scene by storm, leading to a new age of children's amusements!

This one isn't doing it for you? How about this one instead: The Goblin Snow Games >>>
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Staedtler Pigment Liners

Staedtler Pigment Liners

These are what I use when doing these exercises. They usually run somewhere in the middle of the price/quality range, and are often sold in sets of different line weights - remember that for the Drawabox lessons, we only really use the 0.5s, so try and find sets that sell only one size.

Alternatively, if at all possible, going to an art supply store and buying the pens in person is often better because they'll generally sell them individually and allow you to test them out before you buy (to weed out any duds).

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