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Questions for the Sparkle Artist

2020-08-13
Questions for the Sparkle Artist

Did you know all of our Sparkle graphics were drawn by David? He is not just an artist of words, but a maker of images as well! This week we are celebrating art-making through stories and projects, so we thought it would be fun to have David answer a few questions about art, inspiration, and making. Enjoy!

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Libby & Dish's printable Advent Calendar with David

When did you first realize you loved to make art?

My mother used to take classes and work on her art projects at home. I must have been four or five. When she would pull out her art supplies, I would take out mine and we would work together.

What things inspired you to create as a kid and now as an adult?

Stories have always inspired me. I was an art-focused elementary school kid and then a visual art major in college and the images were always narrative. The Dean of my school taught a general drawing class and I remember one lesson in particular that was about the difference between narrative art and illustrative art. I've been seeking narrative ever since.

When you can’t think of what to create, but have the urge to make something, where or how do you find inspiration?

All I need to do is pick up a utensil. A pencil or charcoal or even some dirt. It's like telling stories — you just have to start. I seldom know what it is I am going to make — I just jump in and follow the line!

What are your favorite types of media for art-making?

I love conte crayon. The colors are fleshy and physical and I inevitably start drawing people. I also enjoy colored pencil because it is fun to doodle in color.


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About the Authors

KC Pagano

Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.

David Sewell McCann

Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.

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