When they were boys, they all spent many, many hours producing intricately detailed pencil drawings of dinosaurs, animals, sea creatures, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on large pieces of computer paper that their Papa gave us in reams.
I'm talking about old-school 80's-era computer paper. It looked like this.
I've blogged about my boys' talent before. If you go into the archives under the title "art," you'll find a series called "T-Rex Week" that showcases boyhood drawings by all five. Then there's "Crazy Creatures Week," which features the extraordinary creativity of son #4. I've shown you the character cakes that my oldest son has made for his girls' birthdays, bringing Pooh, Piglet, and Elmo to life in colored frosting. I guess I like to brag about my progeny, let's just put it that way.
Son #2 has always been extremely talented artistically. As he got older, he went many years without putting pencil to paper, though; and then he took a drawing class in college and it was evident that although he hadn't used it, he sure hadn't lose'd it. He did some incredible, very frame-worthy pieces while taking that class, all in charcoal.
I was so impressed, and I told him that he should always make rather than buy gifts for the family. As you will see, he took that advice to heart--and I'm so glad he did!
I'm thinking...if I write another book (a big if!), perhaps I should employ one of my talented boys to do the cover. What say you?