Saturday, March 21, 2009

Inspiration from the Unexpected

As I was working on a line drawing of a rabbit for an Easter e-card, Michael, age 8, sat down beside me and asked for me to show him how draw a rabbit but seconds later he was totally involved in the creative process before I could utter a word. His first rabbit is one with great character and just walking along. Then he drew a second rabbit. His second rabbit is busy controlling the weather, creating the sun and a tornado. His third rabbit is a super hero saving the world. The fourth rabbit is a scientist with a Mac computer and vials of chemicals. In the meantime I am struggling with my rather staid boring rabbit trying to figure just how to animate it when I realized his rabbit is so much more interesting than mine! He proudly agreed to my request to use his rabbit rather than my own in the Easter card I'm working on.

Thankfully Michael didn't wait for a demonstration of how to draw a rabbit for rather than learning how to draw a boring rabbit he discovered it was his own vision and creativity that was so special.

1 comment:

Manz said...

That's fantastic!!

At times, I wish I was a kid again... you ask a class of kids who can draw and they all put their hands up - take that same group years later and not many will show their hands.

We're taught/told that things should be a certain way - and that kind of thinking can get in the way of creativity.

I love this story - thanks for posting it :)