So last Sunday I was at my sister-in-laws for dinner. But before dinner there was entertainment. As in, provide the entertainment for my four-year old nephew, Jack.
This I can do.
Mainly because I can draw stuff. And I don't need to draw very well to impress a preschooler. But at first I didn't do so well....
Outside with sidewalk chalk
Jack: Draw a Pterodactyl.
I think for a minute, trying to remember what they look like.
Me: Um, do you have a picture of one?
Jack: No. Draw it here. (Points to a small patch of concrete)
Me: Uh, what color?
I start drawing. But something is wrong. It looks like a pelican. An ugly pelican.
Me: That doesn't look right.
Jack: It looks like a bird.
Me: Does it have a horn somewhere?
I add a horn on it's head. A horny pelican. Hah!
I go back in, defeated. But Jack isn't done. He has a dinosaur book, thankfully, so I can look at the pictures, and he brings me a notebook and crayons.
Jack: Draw this one.
It's a diceiomimious or something, but I can draw it using the picture. I finish and ask for the black crayon.
Jack: There's no black on it.
He's right. It's yellow, blue, and orange.
Me: I know, but I'll use it for an outline.
Me: So you can see it better. See, the yellow doesn't show up well. That's why you outline it with a darker color.
I try to explain how edges are darker and shadows and depth and shading and I realize that to him I probably sound like a schizo explaining the Kennedy assassination. I make no sense!
Jack: There's not an outline in the picture.
Me: Okay. There.
My dinosaur looks okay. And Jack agrees. Then he turns the page.
Jack: You have to draw six more dinosaurs.
Jack: Yes, and you have sixteen minutes to finish.
Jack: I'm counting...starting now.
Me (wondering if he knows how long 16 minutes is): Well, these are going to be ugly dinosaurs...
I manage to draw three before he's bored and leaves the room. But then I'm getting into it. I could just sit there and draw dinosaurs for a while with my crayons. But then it's dinnertime.