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Right now, though, get
inspired by Art Ninja himself.
I live in Bristol.
I work as an animator - which is
lucky, cos I love art.
I live for art. I even dream of art.
I draw, I paint, I make things.
I hang out with my mates - Gavin,
Rich and Sarah.
Most importantly, I make ninja
Some people call me the...
Today, I'll give you a whole new
look with this curly paper wig.
We light up the dance floor
with a disco animation...
..and it's a close shave with this
..because, today, it's...
It's a new day.
I'd better get my ninja on.
And my clothes.
TRAP DOOR OPENS
Hmm. Who's sending ME a parcel?
Hey, you there. Get rich quick with
Arry Arkright's Magic Hair Potion,
guaranteed to cheer up even
the baldest baldy.
Get your free sample today and be
a gazillionaire tomorrow.
I'm going to buy that.
'Warning - read instructions
If this stuff works, I'll be loaded.
I wouldn't mind having long,
curly, luscious hair myself.
Of course, another way of getting
some instant hair
is the Art Ninja paper wig.
So, I've got some strips
of card here,
about 2cm in width, and I'm going to
wrap it round my head.
To make it easier to curve,
I'm just going to squeeze it along
like this, and that makes the cards
really easy to roll and fold.
I've cut these strips
across the grain,
which means you can see this
in the cross-section
and I've curved all my strips of
card in the same way.
I'm going to wrap it around my head
and measure it...
..about to there.
I'm just going to staple that
Cut off the excess.
Just grab another strip of card and
put it on the outside.
It will just mean it's much more
comfortable to wear.
It's important to check that your
staples go through properly.
You don't want any sharp bits
I'm just going to make sure it's
the right size and pop it back on.
There we go.
I've got five more strips here.
I'm going to attach this one and
cross over my first strip.
Now I'm going to add more strips at
equal intervals all the way around.
So, I've left these strips
long on one side
and now I'm going to trim
off the ends of every other strip.
I'm adding extra card across these
strips to hold them all together.
It looks like some kind of
There we go. This is going to be
the structure for my wig.
I think it looks cool already.
Now, for the hair, I'm going to
use some paper strips
cut from this magazine.
To cut it up, I'm going to use some
ninja skills. Yeeeah!
Just going to tear off
this wedge here.
I want to make a curly wig
so I'm going to curl the paper
around a ruler.
The technique for this is holding
the paper between the ruler and your
finger and then dragging it over the
Going to need a lot of these,
so I'd better get curling.
That should do it.
Now, using a glue stick,
I'm going to stick them around
the structure of my wig,
starting at the bottom.
All these curls are going in
so I can make the hair very
I'm going to add a couple of
strips to my vertical bits.
I'm just covering these headbands
and then I'm sticking these strips
on in different directions
just to make sure the wig
is nice and full.
That is a big old hairdo.
Right, it's time to try it on.
Of course, the best thing about
is trying out new hairdos.
There's loads of wigs you can make -
..this natty hairdo of the 1700s,
made from crepe paper, no less.
..this pointy, paper punk wig.
KNOCK ON DOOR
All right, Gav?
Wow, nice haircut,
Gone for something different, I see.
That is Arry Arkright's
Magic Hair Potion.
The plan is we try it,
and, if it works,
we sell it to the baldies of
It's a con. It won't work.
Gavin, your hair is luxurious!
This is it - we're in the money!
I'm off to go and look
in the mirror.
Gav looked a picture - a moving
picture, a bit like this one.
That's because it's animated.
It's not a great turnout.
send out the invites, Ella?
Right, pack it all away.
That'll be because there's an
animation caught on the end of it.
So, if you want to make this disco
of an animation,
you'll need a neon cable light -
you can find these online pretty
a pin board, some pins and a tablet
with animation app installed.
You can put it together
in three ninja moves.
Ninja move number one - work out
what you're going to animate
and make a simple drawing of it.
I'm using a paper pad
and a thick pen,
so I can see each frame underneath
as an onion skin.
Onion-skinning is being able to see
your previous frame
before you draw your next frame.
Ninja move number two -
it's time to turn each of your
into a continuous line drawing.
Draw over your animation frames
without taking your pen off the
Finally, ninja move number
grab your pin board, your pins,
your cable light and set up your
device ready to shoot.
Your next task is transferring
your continuous line drawing
to your cable lights.
Be careful not to pierce your lights
with the pins when you're
putting together your animation.
Then turn off your lights so the
cable is nice and bold,
and take a frame
on your animation app.
Do the same technique for all of
So, we've shot all of our frames.
I think it's time to take a look
at our mini masterpiece.
Gav, have you put more on?
This hair really suits my skin tone.
Uh, uh, uh!
Ah, ah, ah, ARGH!
Ricky, what do those instructions
"Use this potion with great care, or
all you touch will turn to hair."
I need some water.
Calm down, Chew-Gava!
HE CONTINUES CRYING
Oh, a hairy back.
I'm turning into my dad.
You need to have a shave -
starting with your hands.
I've got art to do.
As one of my biggest art
Vincent van Gogh could tell you,
it's easy to lop off more
than just your hair.
Hey - hi, Ricky.
Hey, Vincent, is that you?
Yeah, for sure.
Please, while I'm here, don't talk
about how I cut off my ear.
Of course, Vincent. I'd never bring
Ear...I mean, AREN'T you one of the
and influential artists of all time?
That's right. Now my paintings are
Here's one of them now.
I used quick brush strokes and thick
paint and it meant that people could
feel their emotions in my work.
Well, Vincent, I'm feeling you now
but I'm afraid I'm going to have
to cut you off -
poor choice of words.
Right, I've got myself a nice piece
of white card here and I'm going to
sketch out my drawing. I'm going to
draw a peacock.
I'm just sketching this roughly
because we're going to cover it
in thick paint.
I'm going to start drawing
the feather shapes,
which are like teardrops,
OK? I'm going to mix up some paint,
and what I want is the effect of oil
paints but without the really,
really long drying time.
I'm going to get that by mixing
together some acrylic paint,
PVA glue and, the secret ingredient,
The shaving foam is what's going to
give my paint loads of volume,
just like oil paint. Mix that in.
That's the kind of consistency
I'm looking for.
To do my picture, I'm going to need
a lot more of those,
so I'm going to ninja some more.
Right, now, using a fork,
I'm going to start applying this to
and the reason I'm using a fork
is so I can give it texture later.
Remember, I want to work thick and
quick because this paint might dry.
There we go.
I'm going to move on and add some
..to the inside of the teardrops
that make up my peacock's feathers.
Moving on to the light blue.
I'm going to use the tip of the fork
to blend them in and just
drag it through the colours.
Long, flowing swirls, just like
Right, I'm going to add some green.
I'm going to start with some light.
These long teeth on the fork are
great for dragging one colour
through its neighbour. There we go.
I'm going to add some nice,
Each time that I'm switching
I'm using a new fork, because I want
the paints to mix on the page,
not in the pots.
Now, notice I've only done this one
part of the picture here
and that's because if I carried all
the way on to the end,
this might be dry before I got to
give it any texture.
A little bit of white.
Right, I've got the first section
I can move on and finish the rest.
Moving onto his body, but I'm using
shorter strokes here,
to give the impression
of shorter feathers.
Onto the beak.
Now I'm going to move on to his
and that's the feathers on
top of his head.
For that, I'm going to use the side
of my fork.
Just some dots around the top there.
Finally, I need to finish his eye.
For that, I am going to use a brush,
since it's so small.
There we go,
a beautiful peacock picture
in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
I'm so happy with it, I think it
deserves a frame.
Is this one of your heavy metal
What heavy metal friends?
This is Gavin.
Don't tell anyone but he got
a little bit carried away
with some of Arry Arkright's
Magic Hair Potion.
My advice - sleep it off,
or else you'll turn the whole of
I'd better be off. Rest assured -
my lips are sealed.
He's going to tell everyone.
I'm taking your dad's advice.
I'm off for a lie down.
All right, but don't touch anything.
'Hi, Ricky, it's your mum.
'Dad just told me about Gavin's
So much for HIM keeping mum.
'If you do get rich quick, take Dad
to the salon for a back wax.'
'Here's what's coming up
on your hair-larious show.'
Comb is where the art is with this
painting you can't brush off.
Keep it under your hat, as this guy
makes some monster headgear.
You sweep up some leftover locks to
create something surprisingly hairy.
'Anyway, got to go -
'a long line of bald men have just
walked past the front door.
Ricky, Ricky, Ricky!
Let's see what the ninja apprentices
have for me.
Ricky, can you make art with tools?
I'm sorry, but, today, you're going
to have to do it yourself.
It's DanTDM. He's a top vlogger
and a professional gamer.
So, Ricky, I was thinking, can you
make art with a games console?
You could say he's in-console-able!
What have these guys got?
Ricky, can you make art with a comb?
Neat idea. I choose you.
So, what are your names?
My name's Nicky.
And I'm Rohai.
Nice to meet you,
and where are you from?
We're from Scotland.
It's a great suggestion.
Let me just grab some bits.
So, I've got myself some paint,
a couple of bits of paper,
some sticky tack,
and, of course, some combs.
OK, I'm going to start by painting
one of these pieces blue.
I'm going to paint this on
Now I'm going to take
one of the combs
and I'm going to drag it
through the paint,
and it's the teeth in the comb that
make a really cool pattern.
So, you guys have got some art
on the walls behind you.
This is a picture of half of my face
and then I drew the other half.
That's a really good likeness.
The next piece of paper
I'm painting yellow.
Now, I'm going to move on to
a really nice small comb here,
and I'm going to do
a crosshatching effect,
so the lines go in both directions.
So, that one's looking like this.
It's like a farmer's field.
It is like a farmer's field, like
when you look out of an aeroplane.
On my next piece of paper,
I'm painting stripes
in two shades of green.
And, with this one, I'm going to do
a tight zigzag.
Because I've done two shades of
green, they blend into each other.
So, guys, I'm going to need
some more of these
and I need for them to dry.
Now, I could wait, or I could use
my ninja skills.
Some lovely different
patterns in there.
It's going to make a great picture
Now I'm taking a big bit of paper
here and I'm going to draw on
some rolling hills, I think.
I'm using the thick pen to draw my
lines and you'll see why later.
I'm going to cut all the white bits
of the paper out,
leaving the black line behind.
So, I've cut out all the white bits,
which I'll use as templates.
I don't need this, so I'm just going
to put it to one side.
I'm going to tack the templates onto
my coloured pieces of paper.
The sticky tack will hold the
template in place
while I cut it out.
Now I need to do the rest, and I'm
going to use some ninja skills.
I've got another piece of paper
and I'm going to stick
all of my cut-outs down
with a glue stick.
Where I cut out that black line,
I'm now leaving a gap.
I've used different textures
for different areas
so none of the same ones go next to
And the last piece.
Are you guys ready to see it?
OK, what do you think?
It's so good.
What would you guys
I'm so happy with your suggestion,
I'm going to give it a frame.
I see your beard's grown back.
KNOCK ON DOOR
PEOPLE SHOUT OVER EACH OTHER
Give me the potion!
There's loads of bald
What do they want?
Come on, mate!
What do you want?
Hair, hair, hair!
Gav, grab the potion.
It's time to make some moolah.
Hair, hair, hair!
Get a move on - they're getting
Hair, hair, hair!
Ooh, ooh, ooh!
I'm OK, man.
Oh, Grand Master,
just in time.
We've got some seriously unchilled
Lesson number 505 to enlightenment -
with scary opticals.
Let's do this.
Grab a baseball cap and an old sock.
Cut the end off the sock and keep
hold of the toes.
Cover the peak of the cap
in double-sided sticky tape.
Peel the back off.
Stretch the sock over the cap, man.
Grab some material and a pen.
I'm using felt.
Fold the material in half, draw
the top of a head and a horn.
Draw some eyes,
and some scary teeth.
Sharp! Cut everything out carefully,
Unfold your material
to reveal a head.
Monstrous! Get some glue, lolly
sticks and some strips of material.
Glue the lolly sticks to the back of
and cover with the material.
Cover it in PVA glue and stick it
to the front of your hat.
Glue the teeth to the sock.
Glue on these white bits...
..these yellow bits,
and some angry eyebrows.
And some little black pieces
for the pupils.
Yeah. Fantastic, dudes.
Lesson 505 complete.
Thanks, Grand Master.
I am enlightened,
and I'm going to be rich
when we sell our magic hair potion.
Yeah, about that, Ricky.
It is possible that I just might
have used all of your potion.
All of it?
Right, I'm off-ski,
Thanks, Grand Master.
KNOCK ON DOOR
So many questions.
Who are they?
And who's your hipster mate?
That's Gav. He's used up all of my
magical hair potion and now all the
baldies of Bristol are outside
Stay cool, Sarah's got this.
I can make the bald men disappear.
It's a little-known
fact - bald men hate mice.
It's not even real.
Come on, Squeakles.
Now the baldies are gone, what are
we going to do about your hair?
Here's a quick art tip of how to
draw some hairstyles.
I'm going to start
with some pigtails.
Just going to split the fringe on
this one here like that,
then draw the top of the head.
A couple of bows...
..and then the pigtails.
These just, like,
flowing squiggles like this.
Now I'm going to draw
a nice, big, curly do.
It's like a cloud on your head
and then this overlapping
from the back of your head,
all the way over the top.
And, then, just a classic quiff.
I'm going to bring it up from
the ear and do a sweep like this
out to one side.
A couple of flicks on it and follow
it back across the head
and cut in at the same point
where I started the quiff
and have a little bump
that goes down to the ear.
There we go. There's a quick art
tip on how to draw some hairstyles.
I've finally accepted that I'm not
going to make a fortune
selling magical hair potion.
Things are almost back to normal.
I said "almost."
Where's my package?
This, my happy, hairy hamster,
is the antidote.
I should have checked there earlier.
Arry Arkright's Hair Today,
"Spray liberally to get rid of all
"toupees and topknots."
Awesome - let's do it!
Aw! Mine's run out, too.
What are we going to do?
There's only one thing for it -
we'll have to take you
to the hairdressers,
and I know just the place.
Here we are, hairdressers.
Let's have a look. Oh, there's a lot
of it, isn't there?
Coffee, yeah? OK, so I'm thinking
maybe bouffant? A bit of frizz?
A nice little bob?
A quiff? Dreads?
But, first, I think,
let's give it a wash.
How do I look?
Shiny and new.
Gav, all this hair-ing around
has given me an epic idea
for some big art, but, first,
we're going to get our ninja on.
Strike a pose.
Gav, we're going to need a whole
colour palette of hair.
Reds, platinum blondes, greys.
Hey, even some curly bits.
But what's the picture
going to be of?
Let me give you a clue. Stop your
rabbiting and come give me a hand.
A bit rude.
You take that side and I'll take
You want to lay the hair down
in a long line.
Look at all these ace wigs.
They're brilliant. You can be
anyone you want.
See if you can guess who I am.
Your mum? Come on, now -
let's get on with it.
I'm just going to hop off
and grab some more hair.
Whoa, turn it off - you're going
to ruin the art.
Turn it off, turn it off!
Give it here.
Hey, this little scrap is a big clue
to what's in the art.
Got any ideas? You'll kick yourself
when you realise.
Come on, Gav - follow me.
I can't wait to see it.
It's a hairy hare picture.
It's brilliant. I still don't get
why you did a picture
of a couple of rabbits, though.
Yeah, I know that -
most of them are mine!
No - boxing hares, Gavin.
Oh, never mind.
What a hair-raising day!
I don't want to see
any hair ever again.
I like things just the way they are.
Mind you, we could all do with
a LITTLE extra hair.
Hang on a minute.
That was the antidote!
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