Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Childhood dreams

What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a children's book illustrator...but reality set in and I realized I had no talent, let alone genius. It was so frustrating to see the contrast between the actual object and your drawing. One of these days, I need to take a formal class.

At the risk of sounding like a parent who is living their dreams through their child...I just enrolled my youngest in a weekly art/drawing class. She seems to have an eye for detail (though it can be frustrating at times when she's visually distracted from her chores and homework). Here's a salamander drawing as a first grader:
I know I am biased but they look like ...salamanders ("did you trace them?", asks her disbelieving mother). Her peers seem to notice too -- during a class visit I saw a line of kids waiting for her to illustrate their journal entries ("you should charge them", says her greedy mother).

Another artist, I admire is binding twine. She creates these amazing miniatures of animals and trees to create jewelry and accessories. I'm honored to create these wrist cuffs as a background to her paintings!


KARA said...

i have to agree, how talented is your daughter, oh lucky, i would love to be able to drawer, she has a fab talent and so do you, your sewing ideas are great.