Charcoal Drawing Journey of a 7 Year Old (Part 3)

Remember the last week, when Reese said that she didn't want to do anymore charcoal drawings?

Well, after speaking to her Mom, I realised that there were doubts that Reese completed her drawing completely by herself.

So we went on to hatch a cunning plan!

We worked together and tricked Reese into doing one more charcoal portrait.

Reese's family, being super supportive, participated in the whole experience. Reese's drawing class being a whole family affair where her family members would pose for her, (they would do a simple set up to snap clear contrast picture, then her mom will print it out for her on the computer) .

These participative nature pushed really added to Reese's experience. She would come into class and tell me why her daddy chose a particular pose, how she was the one holding up the pillow behind her daddy while her mommy took the picture.

For this portrait, Reese had a harder time seeing the blacks and greys. the photos were taken much darker so she could see lesser distinctions between the blacks. I kept asking her if she could see the different shades of grey as we worked along but she was like noo...

Oh well, its all good. Some other areas that really bummed her were the nose (which eluded her as she was looking at the contour but she completely neglected that the nose has a relationship with the other features on the face..

The fingers also completely got her. She initially subscribed to her own ideas of a finger and draw it as it is without the perspective. So it totally looked awkard. After a few tries, she finally got it right.

You can see it all in the video below.

I find Reese's ability to try and try again commendable and the most precious quality about her. She would listen and make changes. Look and make changes. There wasn't a point in time where she threw a tantrum and complained it was difficult. And I have no doubt that it was difficult.

Isn't it the same with life? The moment we focused on what we can do versus commenting on the situation, things move and progress.

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