Today’s Art in August is dedicated to my amazing five-year-old daughter who, inspired by Mummy painting Elsa from a YouTube tutorial, has been drawing from tutorials for the last four hours.
I have never seen her concentrate so hard and work for so long at something without input from Mummy and Daddy. Not only has she focussed and chatted along to the videos, she has produced some excellent pictures.
When no one was watching she didn’t get frustrated at mistakes and, on some of the videos, there were even other children doing the drawings too, so she could see others making errors.
My daughter tells people that when she grows up she wants to be an author and an illustrator. In fact, she will tell people she already is both of those things, because she makes books and illustrates them (I believe in visualisation).
But today is the first time I’ve seen her really work on her drawings, rather than producing endless pictures of (very cute) cats.
YouTube tutorials are amazing. Children take instruction from strangers much better than family members, or mine do anyway.
And after four hours of drawing with a permanent marker, wearing her best party dress, I think she made one small mark on the table and none on herself.
My little girl is growing up and I am so very proud.
Shout out to the following YouTube channels:
- Artist Rage