Drawing faces has never been a strength. Now I am trying to develop this skill. My six year old daughter is interested in the whole drawing process and will sit for me for 5-10 minutes. In this image, her face became shrunken and dysmorphic within a massive head – later I smeared this and redrew into it from memory. I fixed the charcoal. My wife claims to be unable to draw. Still, it took her about 10 seconds to work out I still had the proportions all wrong. The fixed drawing took a second layer of charcoal very readily, allowing me to lose about half the head. After all this adjustment, I still cannot capture my daughter’s general air of mischief and fun.
Here are some of their experiments with drawing in chalk pastel, told to try looking at the objects not draw from their ideas alone. I also suggested not to try to get a likeness but instead to get the patterns and colours from what they were seeing. In the lower one, she was trying to get the sense of a twig laden with dried oak leaves (“leath” = “leaf”).
In case you are wondering, Missus Moo is a version of Madam Monkey, one of her many names. It’s slightly better than “King Rat” which is how my oldest son addresses his smallest brother.