Now your studies about Pop Art can include a Keith Haring drawing project. This step by step tutorial will show students of all ages just how it’s done.
Growing up, Keith Haring wasn’t interested in the kind of formal art he saw in museums, he thought it was too boring. He was more interested in cartoons, like the kind that Disney created. He spent hours drawing them with dad, who also drew as a hobby.
Keith ended up becoming a well known pop artist of the 1980’s. He was famous for a style of bold figures with bright colors, and radiating lines coming from them. This tutorial will show students how to imitate one of his famous paintings of two figures sharing a hug.
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Materials for How to Draw like Keith Haring
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions for How to Draw like Keith Haring
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw like Keith Haring
- Draw a head and attached arm.
- Continue the body below.
- Draw the other head and attached arm.
- Add the body below.
- Draw the remaining arms around each other.
- Add a ground line and radiating lines from figures.
- Trace the line with a thick marker.
- Trace again to thicken the lines. Add spots on the ground.
- Fill with bright colors.