Mickey and SpongeBob Drawn by Kids

Rob Bohn of The Amigo Unit says:

I taught animation at a summer camp for the 92nd St Y this past summer. One of the lessons was drawing characters and exploring the developing process. For my examples I had the kids (ages 5-11) draw some well known figures to get the hang of it and warm up. Many of the kids enjoyed the process but some did not. Many of them crumpled the paper, ripped it up, threw it out, etc. Well, I couldnt let them go to waste – I fetched them out of the trash, collected them, and compiled them into sequences.

A lot of the designs by the kids are absolutely fantastic!


  • Iritscen

    Wow, pausing those videos randomly as they played, there were some pretty interesting… interpretations… of the characters. And some kids were good at mimicking what they saw, but a handful seemed to have their own equally valid cartoony takes on the characters.

  • http://www.mukpuddy.blogspot.com Mukpuddy

    What an awesome idea!

  • http://www.milowerx.com Mike Milo

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the studios tried to hire some of these kids! Paying them with Fruit Roll Ups and Skechers is a lot cheaper than money.

  • http://tekena1200.deviantart.com/ Niki

    I wish I could go through each frame

  • optimist

    This is very cool.

    I hope he was able to make a dent in bolstering those various kids’ disgust with their efforts(the discards seem fully as good as many such I’ve seen kids do and be happy with).
    Teaching kids to draw-not to mention volunteering do do it-is all good, no question about it. But it makes me think about what other ways there might be to warm kids up that don’t involve “matching” super-familiar characters that a lot of adult pros I know have trouble with! Still, getting kids into drawing anything is (imho) incredibly important. Whether they ever do it professionally or not makes zero difference. It’s shocking how totally absent fundamental art is in schools now-but that’s another story.

  • pheslaki

    The Mickeys gave me fond memories of my grandfather, who used to draw him for me and encourage me to draw.

  • http://leestilldraws.blogspot.com/ Lee

    Some of these are fantastic, just a bit quick!

  • Hans W.

    Some animators have to study for years to get this ‘rough’ quality!

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    I’m actually pretty impressed, especially by the Spongebob drawings. Certainly some of those kids would make great cartoonists one day.

  • Katella Gate

    As long as it’s really about art and not a kind of Rorschach test, it’s OK by me.

    Honestly, I hated art period in grades 1 to 3 because, no matter what I drew, I always seemed to get an appointment with the school nurse later in the week to “discuss” what I had drawn…

    BTW, the picture of Mickey with a sword through his scull works on so many levels.

  • Teresa

    Wow! These are quite impressive! Kid artwork is the best and so inspirational!

    I’ve been volunteering 1 hr. every Friday for almost a year now to teach 1st grade art lessons. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I think they teach me more then I teach them. The improvement in their abilities astounds me and it’s not just in art… they improve in every other area of their academics.

    haha, my favorite comment was by a mother of one of the students. She asked when I was going to start a line of merchandise with my picture on it, because her daughter was tired of her Hannah Montana bedspread and I was her new hero. It’s just an amazing feeling to see these kids get so excited and passionate about drawing and how much they appreciate it! It’s incredibly sad how absent fine art is from the public school system.. if there was such a thing as a full time elementary art teacher.. I’d have a tough time deciding between that and animating.
    I encourage everybody to try it out sometime if they get the chance. It’s impossible not to get hooked!

    I wrote a blog post last year about how I approach the lessons:
    http://teresan18.blogspot.com/2009/04/art-with-teresa-art-of-giving-back.html
    I do include drawing famous movie characters at the end of the lessons.. because the kids get super excited about that part! However, I also teach them a lesson to get them warmed up. You can make a lot of good exercises into games.. like blind contour drawing! The kids love the challenge of drawing without looking… or gesture drawing, how fast can you draw? I also touch on perspective and dimensions as best as I can. We talk about proportions of the face, expressions, and many other things! Oh, and whenever we draw a character be it movie or made up I tell them that everything is made from basic shapes. I also don’t worry about them following me exactly.. I actually encourage it! Do they want their character to be happy/sad/angry? waving hello or not? wear jewelry or have a uni brow? Go for it! :)

    My goals are to teach them:
    -it’s okay to make mistakes
    -anyone can draw, it just takes practice
    -everything can be broken down to simple shapes
    -when you think about what you’re drawing and break it down into shapes it’s really not all that scary =)

    I try to take my camera with me occasionally, because I love to look at their artwork for inspiration! I normally leave this album set to private… but I’ll make it public for just a little bit in case anybody here wants to have a look at what 6 and 7 year old kids can do. They amaze me every week! :)
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2023713&id=1031881491&l=d30491cdc3