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Doing Art for Ariadne and More

If you read my story for the A to Z Challenge, you may remember the art I did for the first couple stories. I found it a little difficult to maintain that, since some of the stories were kind of difficult to draw. However, I do like to draw quite a bit, and will be doing a lot of concept art for Ariadne. Here are examples of what I drew for the challenge.

Cloud Tree
Cloud Tree
The Column of Ariadne
The Column of Ariadne
Chisel and Wood
Chisel and Wood

They’re pencil art, but I can do pen, as well as adding colour. The above pictures were sketches done in less than thirty minutes. If I take my time, I can make them look much better.

One of the rewards I have for Patreon is an advanced look at any concept art and sketches I do, as well as the chance to get an original drawing based on Ariadne.

But that’s not all, I’m interested in doing some science, science fiction, and fantasy style artwork that’s not related to Ariadne.

Any of you do art? Have any online? Let me know in the comments below.

Inspired to Draw

Watching my daughter’s budding artistic abilities and seeing other art makes me want to draw.

In school, I used to draw a lot.  I took art class until grade 10 in high school, and at that time, I’d done a fairly detailed drawing of my shoe.  That was actually one of our art projects, to draw our shoes.  We only had an hour to do it, too.  Mine turned out great, though I don’t know if we still have the picture.

I prefer drawing scenery, buildings, animals, and still life.  I don’t do portraits.  They always appear lifeless and rather scary.  The problem is with the eyes.  Everything else I can do well.

For Ariadne, I’m going to be drawing various examples of scenery, concept art for spacecraft, vehicles, buildings, plants, and animals.  They’ll mainly just be pencil drawings, as that’s what I’m most comfortable with.  Maps, though, will be done in pencil first, then drawn over on my computer.

Anyway, I was so excited to draw, I did this picture.

See? I’m terrible at portraits.

I’m just joking.  I’ll definitely be doing it on paper.  It’s not easy drawing with a laptop’s track pad.

We Think She May Be Gifted

I’m rather hesitant to say this kind of thing, but going through several child care websites (official ones, not ones made by average people), I think we have to make the choice whether to get our daughter tested.

As she’s learning two languages at once, it’s difficult to determine if she’s great with language.  She speaks mostly Japanese, and she’s getting fairly conversational at 3 years and 2 months old.  I’m not sure if she’s learning at a normal rate, as she’s also learning English.  She knows a lot of words in English, and occasionally speaks English.  She understands what I say to her, but she always responds in Japanese.  Of course, this is quite normal, as it’s what she hears and uses more often than not.  It’s really only with me and sometimes with my wife that she’s using English.  But we shouldn’t worry about her English ability, as it’ll catch up quickly by 5 years old.

However, when we observe her drawing ability, we are amazed.  I’d checked what kids her age should be drawing.  She should be drawing faces with a circle and two dots for eyes.  Then there may be arms and legs growing out of the head like sticks.  That’s all.  The first face she drew when she was still 2 years old had circles for eyes with circles for pupils.  It also had a nose and a smiling mouth.

My daughter’s first face when she was 2 years, 11 months old.

But since that time, it’s evolved into faces with winking eyes, eyelashes, hair, ears, full bodies, legs, and arms with hands that have fingers.  She’s quite detailed.  She’s drawn her favourite characters with surprising accuracy for a child her age.

Drawn this week at 3 years, 2 months old. This is Disney’s Sofia the First.

I checked what age her drawing ability represents.  It seems like anyone who saw her drawings would think she’s 4 or 5 years old.

She is obsessed with drawing.  Our home is filled with large pieces of paper with her artwork. She goes through several sheets of paper every day.

It’s not just art she loves.  She also has an interest in dancing, singing, and music.  She has a big artistic side.  On top of that, she loves building things with Lego. When she makes something, she usually uses symmetry, and once made the starship Enterprise without knowing what it is.  She even tries yoga poses and has good balance.

As for writing, she can write her name in both English and Japanese.  But the unusual thing is that she writes each letter from the top right instead of the top left.  It’s kind of how a left-handed child might write a letter, but she uses her right hand.  Not sure what’s going on there.

So, we have some things to think about.  Do we get her tested?  Is she gifted or merely just ahead of her peers?


Amazed by My Daughter

You know, ever since my daughter started drawing actual pictures three months ago, her artistic ability has rapidly improved. Look at this. She did this at her nursery today. She’s only 3 years and 2 months old. I think we found one of her talents.


As far as I’ve been able to tell, it’s not normal for a child her age to draw the full body with arms and legs of a person. I need to do some research into this.

Artwork of a Three Year Old

My daughter loves to draw, and she only turned three years old a month ago.  So, I decided to share some of her artwork with you.

In this first picture, there’s a lot going on.  She says the thing at the top left is a ball. Around the bottom centre, you can see things that look like rabbits.  The rest, I really have no clue.


In the second picture, there’s also a lot, but more recognisable.  The blue thing at the top is an elephant, apparently.  The big round spiral is…a spiral.  Yeah, that’s what she told me.  Bottom right brown thing is a hamburger.  Bottom centre brown thing is a sandwich.  Top right is Mickey Mouse. The brown thing on the left is a tree.  And also on the left is something with a lot of purple round things.  She said it was blueberries, but I think she meant grapes.


And there you have it, artwork from a three year old.  I think she’ll be pretty good at drawing things.  My wife is quite good at art, and I also enjoy drawing.  We’ve got an artistic family.

Writers, Do You Also Do Art?

I’m curious about this.  If you’re a writer, do you also like to do your own art?  For example, character art, scenery, buildings, and even cover art.

I consider myself to be pretty decent at drawing, so I can do a lot of my own conceptual art, though I’m awful at doing faces.  I’m much better at landscapes, buildings, and still life.  I can also draw animals and plants fairly well.  But I always have trouble with people.  I’m good with pencils, but terrible with paint.  I also haven’t had much experience with digital art, as I prefer good old paper and pencil.  I will be doing a lot of art for my books, except for people.

If you can do art, what do you like to draw?

An Attack of Creativity

I don’t know how it happens, but I get these creative inspirations at the oddest times.

It started out while I was taking a shower.  It seems like many of my writing ideas happen while I’m in the shower.  However, the more I thought about it, the stronger my idea became.  I washed dishes and my idea was almost fully fleshed out.

So, what’s my idea?  I have another writing project plan, but this is a series of short stories.  It’s about a man who’s dying and his final wish is to visit the planets of the solar system.  He gets his wish in exchange for something.  I won’t say, because I don’t want to give anything away.  It’s planned to be nine parts and easy to read.  It’ll be part adventure and part sci-fi.

And that’s my shower of knowledge story. [Edit: Hahahaha! What was I thinking when I wrote this last line? I was half asleep at the time.]

Art and Writing

Writing and drawing are two very different forms of art, one conveying a story through the written word, the other showing a single moment in the form of a picture.  I wonder how many people can do both.

When I was a kid, I used to draw a lot.  I loved to draw.  I drew birds, dinosaurs, and nature.  In junior high school, I took art class, and I attempted portrait drawings and still life.  In high school, there was more still life and a focus on perspective.  I found that my strengths were in animals, scenery, and still life.  My weakness was portraits.  I think my best drawings to date are a full-sized common loon, a crushed Coke can, and my shoe.  My worst drawing was my classmate’s portrait.

In recent years, I haven’t done much in the way of drawing.  I did draw my wife’s dog (later our dog), and it turned out quite well.  But I’ve been feeling the art bug lately.  There are a lot of things I’d like to draw.

Here in Japan, there are a lot of scenic spots, and I’d love to draw some old buildings, such as temples and shrines, as well as other street scenes.  I want to practice drawing for another purpose, and that is for Ariadne’s artwork.  You see, in addition to all the maps I’ll be drawing, I want to do concept sketches for spacecraft, aerial views of towns and cities, landmark buildings, animals, and plants.  That’s a lot to do, and I intend to put them up on my official author’s website.  All of them will be pencil drawings, as that’s what I’m most comfortable with.  What you won’t see is colour drawings.  If I ever make a book with my sketches for Ariadne, they would definitely be in black and white.

If you write, can you also draw?