Mr Rogers Drawing Started

Today was one of those days where I didn’t have near as much time as I wanted to work on art but I did get the Mr Rogers drawing started.

The beginning is very humble, but all drawings start out this way. It’s not until many days into a drawing that I feel as though I’m actually getting somewhere.

For Mr Rogers I want to depict his love and kindness for children along with his deep commitment to making the world a better place one child at a time. His commitment was so strong that he took his passion to the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications in 1969 to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Senator John Pastore was unimpressed with all the previous corporate individuals arguing their case and at the beginning of Mr Rogers intro he was abrasive toward him and unimpressed. Within six minutes Fred Rogers changed the senators mood from belligerent to awe with a powerfully moving speech. Mr Rogers single-handedly defended Public Broadcasting and won the funding.

Through his quiet, powerful, and heart felt presence Mr Rogers ensured that he, and many others, could educate children for years to come. He is one of my heroes.

Mr Rogers Drawing

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Head Gestures

I haven’t done this exercise from The Natural Way to Draw book in a while. Basically you set a repeating timer and draw heads for one minute each. I have a bank of stock photos and figurative images that I flip a slideshow through randomly to keep it interesting.

Head Gestures

Daily Composition and Sketch

I’m really loving the stock photo still life images and I’m coming up with my own exercises. Today I picked a stock photo, drew it as a thumbnail once, quickly. Then I tried to “improve” the composition multiple times by taking the “actors” in the still life and moving them around. This really works my brain and my hand at the same time.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Even though it was a shorter day of art I was able to get the Mr Rogers drawing started.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I’ve been focused all day but I feel that I planned for more time when I really didn’t have it.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Be realistic with my daily time goals.


  1. He truly is a hero in every sense of the word, which is exactly why I felt the need to include him in Fandom Fitness. I think he exemplifies a certain age of adults who remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as children. He showed compassion, kindness, and absolute love for every person. I can’t wait to see this drawing finished.

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