I have mentioned before that all five of my boys were blessed at birth with a good deal of artistic talent. If you caught "T-Rex Week" (June 20-26, 2011), you know this already.
Not all of them have continued to develop this talent into adulthood, however. Son #4 is still drawing, though. In fact, son #3 gave him this amazing gadget for his birthday: some kind of "tablet" that allows you to draw your pictures right onto a computer screen, and then shade and color them (without even having to open up a messy tube of paint!) so that they end up looking incredibly professional. With this high-tech gizmo, son #4 might someday realize his dream of starting his own web cartoon--who knows?
Anyway, son #4 always exhibited an amazing talent for cartooning, and for coming up with these crazy creatures that look like they belong in a movie about alien invasions. He made them up, using his fertile imagination and an impressive amount of skill with a pencil and paper. In fact, I have kept many of these drawings, and I showcased one of them in a post called "Mythological Muscleman" on July 28, 2011. I've been thinking that "String of Pearls" is overdue for a "Crazy Creatures Week," where I showcase some more of these incredible drawings, posting them from Monday through Friday for your viewing pleasure. Look for that (coming soon, to a computer screen near you).
Son #5 has always looked up to his older brother, sharing son #4's love for playing video games, mimicking the voices of famous people (his brother can do Christopher Walken like nobody's business, but my baby's Arnold Schwarzenegger is spot-on), wearing silly t-shirts, and drawing "Far Side"-style cartoons, among many other things. When my youngest was in grade school, he drew a whole series of his own cartoons, which I kept. I think they are pretty sharp, especially considering he was just a little boy when he did them. I thought I'd share a couple of them with you today.