April 07, 2022 3 min read

 

April Fools

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1. 

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

 

Fun Facts about April Fools:

  1. April Fools’ Day falls on 1st April every year. Make sure your joke is good as this day only comes around once a year!
  1. April Fools’ Day is celebrated all across the world. This includes the UK, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Poland, United States and more!
  1. April Fools’ Day is the best day to play practical jokes. It’s every practical jokers favorite day!
  1. Get the rule book out…Apparently the April Fools rules have been in place since the 1700s! You should only be doing April Fools jokes until 12pm. No one is too sure why, but some say it’s bad luck!
  1. In France they have a tradition where they stick a paper fish on each other's backs. They then shout “Poisson d’Avril” once it has been discovered!

 

 

Let’s start Drawing April Fools Step by Step

 

In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B
  • Colored Pencil:
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • green
    • burgundy
    • pink
    • blue
    • red
    • black

 

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 April FoolsStep 1. We start the drawing using circles and lines to outline the figure of the clown. (Pencil B)

 

April FoolsStep 2. Based on the construction lines, we draw the shape of the torso and head of the clown. And also the bow and shoes, and with the lines we outline the collar and the line of the eyes. (Pencil B)

 

 April FoolsStep 3. We remove unnecessary construction lines and draw the elements of the costume. And also the face and outline of the flower. (Pencil B)

 

 April FoolsStep 4. We remove unnecessary lines. And draw the shape of the hair, cap, flower, details on the costume and draw a hoop, balls and bowling pins. (Pencil B)

 

 April FoolsStep 5. Remove the remaining unnecessary lines. And add the remaining details, such as: the stripes on the suit and hoop, the sole, the texture of the hair and the pompom. (Pencil B)

 

 April FoolsStep 6. Let's move on to working with colors. To do this, we make a general tone. We use orange for the suit and hair. Yellow for the stripe on the cap and suit. Burgundy for the buttons and pink for the pockets and collar, blue for the bow. And green for the stem of the flower and cap. (Colored pencils yellow, orange, green, burgundy, pink, blue)

 

April FoolsStep 7. Strengthen all the colors and also add shadows on orange. Use burgundy in red, on pink burgundy, on yellow orange, on green dark green, and on blue dark blue. We also make shadows on the petals with blue. (Colored pencils yellow, orange, green, burgundy, pink, blue, red, blue)

 

 April FoolsStep 8. We make a general tone for the remaining elements. Shoes and nose in red. handkerchiefs in blue and green, balloons in blue, yellow, orange, hoop in blue and pink mouth. We paint over the eyes with black. (Colored pencils yellow, orange, green, pink, blue, red, black)

 

April FoolsStep 9. We work out the remaining elements and so on in the same way as in the previous steps. Enhance all the colors and make the shadows match. The red elements enhance the color, we also make the stripes on the bowling pins red and blue. (Colored pencils yellow, orange, green, burgundy, pink, blue, red, blue)

 

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