Something you should know about me is that I love drawing books. If you give me a book on how to draw something/anything, I will react like the stereotypical female would react if you gave her a piece of jewelry. Drawing books are gold.
I have purchased several types of drawing books for my kids, and exactly zero percent of my offspring are interested in drawing or creating in any form. Feels great. So I steal the books back and use them myself. In retrospect, I wonder if I’m just buying books for myself under the guise of “gifting”…hmm. Who knew blogging would be an introspective look at how subtly selfish I am?
The interesting part of my children having no interest in drawing is that in the rare event when they do finally succumb to my nagging to draw or color with me, they complain, “how come you’re so good at drawing __________ and I’m not”? My answer is always the same, “you are good at drawing this, however, I’m 38 and I’ve been drawing as far back as I can remember so I’ve had a ton of practice. Drawing is just like anything else you want to do well, you need to practice”. Insert child sigh and eye roll here ____.
Last night, surrounded by a bunch of drawing books, trying to muster some inspiration, I was doodling on my tablet. I was drawing some cutesy doodles and thinking about my youngest’s self esteem when it comes to drawing, reading, and writing. I think often times when he sees something that he perceives as “better than his” he’s only seeing the final product. When I draw, I am constantly erasing or scribbling and redoing something. When he draws, it’s a one and done deal. He draws the thing and the thing is complete. With this in mind, I did a time lapse recording from my tablet and I drew a couple of doodles. You can see in the video that I scribble over stuff, clean up messy spots, and make careless lines. I’m not messy because I don’t care but because being meticulous would suck the fun right out of doodling. Anyway, my hope is to try and erase some of that illusion of perfection that my kiddo sees when he looks at what I do. The end product is cool to look at but the process is where you’re learning and changing and fixing so you can do better next time. Here’s a link to my doodling YouTube video: https://youtu.be/MKWyPCskHUQ
p.s. Here are a few of my favorite drawing books:
- Illustration School: Let’s Draw a Story by Sachiko Umoto (aff. link: https://amzn.to/2BMKRfa ): – Sachiko Umoto has a ton of drawing books and they’re all fun and carefree. Let’s Draw Happy People is super fun too. I think I have three or four of their books.
- 20 Ways to Draw a Dress by Julia Kuo (aff. link: https://amzn.to/2EsJt3c) – There are several “20 Ways to Draw” books available and I love them all.
- How to Draw Pokémon by Tracey West (aff. link: https://amzn.to/2U5tbCP) – This is how I woo my littles to draw with me.