Drawing “Star”: A Celestial Adventure in Disney Magic

Unveiling the Magical Artistry The Effortless Guide to Drawing Disney's Beloved Star from 'Wish

A Disney artist taught me to draw ‘Wish’ star easily.

If you think drawing is as easy as a wave of a magic wand, let me tell you, it’s even better! During a recent visit to Disney Animation Studios to cover their newest film, “Wish,” I had the incredible opportunity to learn how to draw one of the movie’s beloved characters. And let me tell you, it was a star-studded adventure!

As a self-proclaimed Disney aficionado, I couldn’t resist the chance to learn from one of the animation greats. Little did I know that this drawing session would turn into an extragalactic experience, filled with whimsical shapes and celestial surprises.

When the associate production designer, Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, revealed that we’d be drawing Star, the mischievous ball of light from “Wish,” I felt relieved. Drawing a celestial body seemed more manageable than attempting a full-on princess or villain in front of an audience.

Little did I know that the process would be simpler and more relaxing than I could have ever imagined. With just a few basic shapes – like a circle, a heart, and the letter “U” – I was able to bring this starry character to life. It was the fastest I’ve ever drawn anything, and I couldn’t help but feel like a real magician!

But before we could begin our artistic journey, we had to prepare ourselves with the tools of the trade. Prismacolor pencils, artist-quality pencils fit for royalty, were handed out to us. And let me tell you, this is how you know we were about to create something truly magical.

With pencil in hand and a sparkle in my eye, I was ready to embark on this cosmic adventure. But wait, I was surprised when Sastrawinata-Lemay led us in an arm-stretching exercise. Who knew that drawing could be a full-body workout? I couldn’t help but chuckle as I rotated my arm in large circles, imagining myself as a star in a Disney dance routine.

Now it was time to tackle the first challenge – drawing a perfect circle. But fear not, my fellow artists, for Sastrawinata-Lemay had a trick up her sleeve. Instead of gripping the pencil like a student taking notes, she encouraged us to hold it delicately, as if it were a wand. Oh, the power of imagination! With light, sweeping motions guided by our entire arms, we created circles that were out of this world.

As our pencil danced across the paper, we added anchor lines to guide our celestial creation. These seemingly simple lines turned out to be the secret sauce to Star’s character. Without them, our drawings would’ve been lost in space. But with the anchor lines leading the way, our star was shining brighter than ever before.

Now, it was time to give Star some limbs and a fin. And what better way to do it than with the letter “U,” five times over? Stroke by stroke, Star’s personality emerged. We laughed as Sastrawinata-Lemay described the fin as a chubby shark fin, adding a whimsical touch to our interstellar masterpiece.

But wait, we couldn’t forget Star’s face. Inspired by the iconic Mickey Mouse, Star’s soft-featured face was just a massive heart. With each delicate stroke, our little star boy came to life, ready to capture hearts across the galaxy.

As we moved onto the face details, the group collectively decided to give Star a cheeky wink. With simple shapes like ovals and upside-down “U’s,” we brought Star’s personality to the forefront. I couldn’t help but giggle as I imagined Star winking at me from the paper, as if letting me in on a cosmic secret.

With the rough sketch complete, it was time to make our artwork permanent. The black colored pencil glided across the page, giving our creation the depth and dimension it deserved. We shaded one side darker, matching the celestial dance of shadows and light.

But that wasn’t all. To truly unleash Star’s magic, we added stardust. The page transformed into a celestial wonderland as we filled it with tiny circles, asterisks, and whimsical shapes. I couldn’t resist adding motion lines to capture Star’s interstellar energy, bringing the drawing to life.

Finally, the moment of truth arrived. We proudly signed our creations, basking in the glow of our artistic triumph. As I compared my work to Sastrawinata-Lemay’s drawing, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the flaws I noticed – a slightly wonky eye, a less-than-round circle, a not-so-perfectly curved heart. But in the grand scheme of things, those imperfections didn’t matter.

What mattered was the joy I felt throughout the entire process. Drawing Star was about unleashing creativity, embracing the magic of Disney, and simply having fun. And as I looked around the room, I saw smiles on the faces of my fellow artists. We had all created stars worthy of the fridge, each a unique expression of our inner Disney enthusiasts.

So, my dear fashion aficionados, let this be a lesson to never underestimate the magic within your pencil. Channel your inner artist, embrace the shapes that come alive on the page, and remember that the journey is just as enchanting as the destination. Whether you’re sketching a star or capturing the essence of a fashion trend, always let your imagination soar.

Now, my fashion-loving friends, it’s your turn. Grab a pencil, a sprinkle of pixie dust, and unleash your creative spirit onto the blank canvas. Embrace the whimsy, the laughter, and the joy that comes with giving life to your own magical creations. And always remember, the beauty is in the process, not just the final result. Happy drawing!