After a hectic week that included driving over 20 hours in three days and attending the funeral of a dear family friend, I decided I needed to make some upbeat, crazy fun art. So, I got out my Halloween box and fished around until I found a book I had purchased a number of years ago, Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book. The book is written for children (hey, I’m a kid at heart) and uses just a few basic lines and shapes for most of the drawings.
Making Halloween envelopes sounded like fun. I love sending and receiving mail—real mail,the kind delivered by the post office—and I love to make special envelopes for my friends. For the first envelopes I made for this project, I used an 02 Pigma pen because it was what I had handy. It took me a long time to color in the black, so I would suggest a larger nib if you decide to make some of these yourself, especially the Spooky House. When I got to coloring the ground, I used my Pentel brush pen to color it and that took much less time to do.
The step-by-step instructions in the book are very easy to follow. There are symbols below each step of the drawing, and it is easy to see the progression. I purchased my copy of the book years ago, so I checked on Amazon to see if it was still available, and it is, in what looks like an updated version at a higher price. Ed Emberley has a series of books, and though I have only tried out this one book, I think his other books would also be a whole lot of fun for children (and some adults too).
My next project will be to make a drawing based on the instructions in the book, scan it into my computer and then print multiple copies of it. After all, it can take a significant amount of time to make some of the more complex drawings, and as lovely as they are, I have other art I want to be doing too. However, for keeping children occupied, maybe you will want to suggest they make all their drawings as originals.