March 20, 2009
Quick, Find that Boy a Pen
To say my 5-year old Caleb enjoys drawing is an understatement. He has (and I do mean HAS) to draw anything that he considers interesting: a factory, a cockpit, a dashboard, an alien, a spaceship, a new invention of his, and even a Krispy Kreme conveyor belt.
He’s borderline compulsive…in a healthy way, of course. Drawing seems to be an outlet for him, how he processes his thoughts. He spends about an hour a day sitting at the kitchen table drawing anything and everything. We go through an entire thick sketch notebook each month.
When he thinks of something to draw, he can hardly think of anything else until he gets whatever it is out of his mind and onto paper. After that, he’s cool and go about his business. But when he needs to draw, we’re like, “Quick, find that boy a pen!”
One of my favorite things to do is sit down and draw with him, but now he’s mostly drawing on his own. When I draw with him, he is constantly taking the pen away from me to finish my work. He wants it his way. I think he’s going to have some control issues one day :)
He’s really come a long way in his drawing. I’m blown away that he’s starting to draw objects with perspective and three-dimensions. Here are a few samples of his latest drawings from the last month, which is also a little peak into his brain:
Tortilla Making Machine
“Super Duper Flibber Do”
(The machine the janitor rides on in Dr. Suess’ book Hooray for Diffendoofer Day)