How to Draw – Special Exhibit by Richard Pietrzyk
Early in the formation of the physical Museum in Woodstock we focused on education as one of several pillars of our overall mission. One of our earliest champions in this cause was Museum founding member, Richard Pietrzyk. Richard knew Chester Gould while he authored Dick Tracy and worked with his successors, Max Collins and Rick Fletcher—assisting Fletcher directly as his art assistant on the strip.
Following Rick Fletcher’s untimely passing in 1983, Richard continued his path as artist and teacher and he’s contributed significantly to the Museum over the years by offering free art instruction courses to children in the local community. The delight of his audience—specifically, children—was always so important to Chester Gould in his creation of the strip and Richard has continued this aspect of his legacy by designing the “How To Draw” program for you to enjoy.
Samples from the Exhibit
Police artists often sketch faces to aid police in finding people. You be the police artist and draw some infamous faces from Dick Tracy. Follow these step-by-step examples. First, sketch in pencil. When the character looks right, outline the drawing with a black permanent marker (fine point). To add sparkle to your art you can color with pencils or markers.
Now try creating some characters of your own. Come up with a name and what they might be saying. Remember, faces can be viewed from the front (full view) or in profile (side view). Most faces start with an oval or egg-shape. Look at different shapes and objects for your “character.” Fruit (apples, pears, oranges) is a wonderful source of inspiration. Gourds—with their gnarly surfaces—make great faces, too!
You can construct a comic strip panel using your new character using the last example above. By grouping three or four panels of your characters talking to each other you can create your own comic strip. Most important—have fun creating a Dick Tracy character!