Yesterday my son and I started Lisa Congdon's line drawing class at Creativebug. He keeps a sketchbook where he likes to draw characters from his favorite comics or video games but other than that, he doesn't draw much anymore. He is at an age where he is often not happy with his drawings. He is very critical of his work and really hard on himself. I was thrilled that he was willing to try this class with me. As I tend to do, I thought I'd see what I could learn from his experience. I think other people, no matter their age, have some of those same insecurities when it comes to drawing.
- I happened to have the exact materials that Lisa was using in her video (plain white drawing paper and a Micron pen size 08). He liked having exactly what she was using.
- Her drawing went faster than our drawing. This stressed him out a bit so we often paused the video to catch up.
- He chose to use a new piece of paper for each new drawing, exactly like Lisa. In the beginning, I think there's comfort in copying. And that's ok. He's learning.
- Even though he was doing what she said, of course, his drawings look different. For the most part, he preferred the look of his own over hers.
I asked him if he had any suggestions for others who are learning to draw and this is what he told me:
"It's good if it doesn't look perfect."
I'm a little biased but I think that's pretty good advice. Kids. They've a lot to teach us.