Time Travel Tuesday: Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad

November 14, 2011

Here we go again! It’s TIME TRAVEL TUESDAY with Sara from one of our favorite art blogs, Brown Paper Bag! This week we were on this weird nostalgic wavelength, both pulling from our own childhood memories of artists and artworks. Below, Sara goes back to the 80s/90s with PBS kids’ drawing show host, Mark Kistler and his 3D drawing techniques. Make sure to watch the videos a learn how to draw in 3D (3D…3D….3D….echooooo…..)!!!!

And scoot on over to Brown Paper Bag for my TTT about Russian Avant Garde artis, Nathalija Gontcharova, who holds the record for most expensive painting by a woman.

As a child, my brother and I frequented the public library. Weekly trips were made and a variety of books were borrowed. I only vaguely remember some book titles and often struggle to recall the content. Recently, however, while drawing, I was suddenly struck by a memory of Mark Kistler and his Draw Squad!

As goofy and as silly as his books and videos may actually be, I still see the influence of his drawing instruction in my work, and it still holds a certain level of value for me.  I realize that some of the things in which I currently draw are similar to how I learned and approached drawing an object by Kistler. His style played a heavy role into the initial, comfortable way of drawing I established and that was never lost – it just resurfaced 20+ years later! That is not something to be diminished.

I thought I was the only one who remembered Mark Kistler and his imagination station (yes, really), but found out my friend Amanda Burnham was also someone who watched him too – did anyone else watch this/draw from these books as a kid? Were you enthusiastic about it as Amanda and I were (are)?

All images via Amazon where you can buy his books (for as low as .50 cents?!)


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2 Responses to Time Travel Tuesday: Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad

  1. [...] a kid I loved Mark Kistler and his Draw Squad. Head on over to BIG THINGS to read about this weird per­sonal phe­nom­ena. Below is a video les­son (a sam­pling), com­plete with awe­some [...]

  2. be. on November 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

    i totally remember these videos! we used to watch them in the 6th grade. i still doodle the alien spaceships and the flag whenever i’m on a boring ass conference call at work.

    ahh, sweet memories.

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