Artistic expression

And speaking of my kids, my daughter just won the award for Best PowerPoint in her honors English course. Last week they delivered their presentations for a class project in which each team came up with an idea for a college for monsters. Parents were invited, and since I had the day off, I went with my wife to see.

Now of course I’m going to be biased, but I’m not the least bit surprised she won the award. For starters, she’s been creating PowerPoint presentations for several years now, most of the time for the fun of it. But also, and more importantly, she has a natural artistic ability. She just instinctively knows what looks right.

That’s not to say she doesn’t have to work at it. She works at it quite a bit.  She’s taking a drawing class this year. She checks out books from the library on how to draw various things. Right now her main love is manga-style art. She’s confident enough in her drawing that she went on the kids’ section of the NaNoWriMo website and offered her services for free to anyone who would like her to draw a sketch of a character. They write up the details and she takes it from there.

Some of her work lately has been quite good. I think she has a fair amount of potential as both a writer and an artist. I suspect it’s only a matter of time before she develops an idea for a webcomic and launches a career for herself. I’m excited for her and what lays ahead of her. To be young again, and talented, yet still know what I know now. Oh, the places I’d go. Instead I’ll just have to sit back and encourage her, and be there to support her when the time comes.

That and become her business manager, and take a 10% cut of whatever she makes.

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