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He is one nutty buddy

Draw Brutus in four steps with longtime Ohio State graphic designer Jason Shults, who knows a back-pocket activity for restless kids is priceless.

Jason Shults has been drawing Brutus Buckeye in one way or another for more than a decade. His watercolor depiction of the Ohio State mascot hangs in Longaberger Alumni House, and in years past you’ve been able to custom-build a Shults-created Brutus avatar online. Shults also raised three daughters, so he knows very well that parents need a deck of 5-minute activities with them at all times, especially now that we are all together, seemingly all of the time.

When we asked him to create a Mo Willems-inspired doodle lesson, he had to think through the “how” of drawing Brutus. When something has become second nature, it can be hard to break it down into a process. Shults did not only that, but he shared some of his artistic philosophy along the way. Chief among his tenets: “You need to find value in what you’re making,” he says. “Don’t compare yourself to ‘their’ work until you’ve made your own thing. It’s more the hunt than it is the treasure.”

How to draw Brutus Buckeye

Video production: Cara Reed; Narration: Jason Shults

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Kristen Schmidt

Kristen Schmidt is an editor, consultant and founder of Wordschmidt Consulting LLC. She was previously associate editor of Ohio State Alumni Magazine and editor of Columbus Monthly and Columbus Alive. She is pursuing a certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion at Ohio State. She lives in Worthington with her husband, an Ohio State professor, and their daughter.