Harnessing creativity with the superheroes

SIXTEEN children of ages 5 to 11 assembled last Saturday, April 27, to learn how to draw their favorite Marvel superheroes from the artists of Scribbles Studio at the Shield Diner, in uptown Cagayan de Oro City.

And what timely event as just last week the much awaited Avengers: Endgame was shown in cinemas throughout the country.

Dubbed as Little Agents of Shield, the participating kids were taught the basics in drawing the faces and poses of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Thor, Captain Marvel, and Hulk, during the three-hour art workshop.

“Basic nang pag drawing ng mga (it’s the basics in drawing) Avengers characters. Starts from how to draw the head, how to draw the posings (postures), medyo (a little) in a “chibi” version lang para medyo mas madali muna nilang ma-digest kasi it’s a three-hour workshop so we can’t give everything naman di ba (so it’s easier to digest because it’s a three-hour workshop and we can’t give everything),” Ajae Evangelista of Aberrant Digital Studio said.

“So we want to lay down the foundation lang (only) that will somehow pag (if they are) interested talaga sila, they can try to replicate it at home,” he added.

The kids were taught by female Kagay-anon artists, which according to Evangelista, are more approachable for the children.

JP de la Rama, founder of Scribbles Studio and comic book illustrator, meanwhile, said he’s expecting that after the workshop, the kids will be able to draw basic shapes and faces.

“Ang tineach lang namin hindi yung (We only teach those that are less) complicated na parang (that’s like) comic style, basic lang talaga lke how to draw the face, color,” De la Rama said.

“After the workshop, of course, gusto namin na pinakauna (we wanted firstly), pinaka (the most) important is nag enjoy yung bata (the children enjoyed). Like they get what they deserve na matutunan (to be helped), tapos yung ma-spark lang namin yung (and our goal for them to spark their) creativity, especially ngayon (now) in the age of iPads, na parang maalala ulit na (so that they will remember) its school to these things,” Evangelista, for his part, said.

He also hope that this will open more doors of opportunity and for the people of Cagayan de Oro City to notice that “there is this team who is willing to teach kids.”

Evangelista and De la Rama also said that there will be a possibility of more art workshops in the future.

“Definitely, magkakaron ng (there will be) round two pero titingnan lang namin ang lahat ng (but we will look everything into the) matrix. I’m pretty sure na marami pang bata sa (there are many children in) CDO that are willing to learn and also parents who want their kids to learn these things,” Evangelista said.

“We try to come up with more events like this. We will try to make more after this,” De la Rama said.


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