Well, I have to say, this was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It sounded much simpler when I started – I would create a “Friends” set of them playing musical instruments.
I began by collecting reference images of different instruments: guitars, pianos, a violin, and some brass and woodwind instruments. Then I sketched out how they could look and which character would be playing which instrument. I had never really drawn musical instruments before so I thought it might be a challenge, but a fun one since I like music and I could tell that these figures with instruments had the potential to look really good.
Liam and the saxaphone was also hard – the saxaphone has a lot of keys and small bits. I did the best I could and I apologize to any real music players for this (or any of these instruments) if I’ve screwed anything up!
I then added some class – Olivia playing the flute and Emma playing the violin. I think the violin image can be used in elementary school promotions for music classes as the violin is usually the first instrument children learn. I remember learning it myself way back in 4th grade! The image of a flute player is always one that is elegant, and I think this image of Olivia in a simple dress displays this elegance very well.
Then I moved on to the piano. I wasn’t really sure how I would draw it. The piano is like a large piece of furniture and while first sketching it out, I saw if I drew the whole piano then the person playing it ended up looking rather small. I tried it with just a small electronic keyboard but I didn’t like the way that looked. So I ended up drawing just a part of a regular wooden upright piano which allowed the image of Claire, and, more importantly, her hands on the keys, to be a decent size on the image.
Since Max is my cool kid and Maya is more crunchy granola (with the personalities I’ve created for these characters), I added two more guitar images. Max gets to play the electric guitar and Maya is more laid back sitting on a chair playing an acoustic guitar.
I decided to add a drum kit. I looked at different kinds and ended up drawing a very simple kit so Noah didn’t get lost behind all of the drums.
Finally, some singers. As my son Daniel has learned in his music class, everyone already has a musical instrument – their voice! So I drew Ryan in more of a rock style pose and Zoey singing with an old-fashioned microphone.
It took much longer to get all of these figures drawn than I imagined but I think overall the set looks really good, and I hope there are teachers – both classroom teachers and music specialists – that can find creative uses for these clipart figures in their lesson materials.
Here is the cover for this set:
And here is the cover showing the black and white versions of the images:
This set of ” Friends Playing Music – Boy and Girl Clipart ” is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store here: Friends Playing Music
I’m taking a break from the Friends characters for a little while to work on more Outline shapes … so more clipart sets will be posted soon.