Dear Diary, For months my friend William has been promising to show me his comics. I got interested when his uncle told me that William had a character called , “Mr. Doctor Professor”. I just loved the irony, the innocent irony in it, because William is in Grade four. He is smart, funny, and interesting and he draws all the time with freedom.
He draws like a child, the way we all used to draw with exuberance and fearlessness. On Friday I saw him at a restaurant and I said when are we ever going to do that , have you show me your comics. He said, “How about Sunday at four o’clock”,. I said “Good, Come for Supper.” So today he came and we looked and looked at all the volumes. He had made books out of the comics in a series. He was not afraid to show me. When I did not quite get it, he explained what was going on between the characters. He understood that good drawing sometimes needed a bit of interpretation. There was no shame in that. Don’t you wish you were like that with your own drawing.
When grown ups draw they think that interpretation means it is not very good, unlike William who just sees it as natural. I have started keeping my sketch book open at my computer. It is a good place to draw while you wait for something to load. It is right in front of me, beckoning back to real life from cyber world so I can be more like William. Drawing freely, easily, happily.
After supper was over, William got a bit bored and he said, “Do you have a pencil and paper?” Of course he did…and of course I do. He drew some great fashion characters before he left the house. I guess his notion is…”Whenever you have a minute, put a pencil in it.”
I hope you draw this week.