Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adam Heine - Baseball

Busy week equals rough sketch. I did, however, get creative input from my team of hobbits, who said I should add a race car, and fire on the race car, and a pig.

One of my four-year-olds had an awesome story for the pig, too. He said, "He's happy because his mommy said he couldn't fly, but he can fly, and now he's flying away from his mommy, but his mommy can fly too, and she's going to come and find him."

What was this week's topic again?


Charles Eubanks said...

I love doing commissions for small children. Why does that crazy creativity go away when we grow up?

Adam Heine said...

Because we're told it's not actually creative, that we're just regurgitating things we've seen or read, or that what we've made isn't good, and therefore it isn't truly creative at all. And we believe it.

For example, my son's story comes almost directly from The Runaway Bunny, which I know only because I read it to them all the time.

But his story is creative, even though I know where it came from. The bit about his mommy saying he couldn't fly is totally unique (or else stolen from something I don't recognize, which is the same thing). And the whole thing put together is his own creation whether I know the pieces or not.

Whoops. Didn't mean to write a blog post in my own comments. I'll have to throw this up on my blog sometime :-)

Charles Eubanks said...

Interesting points! I think many people confuse creativity with originality. Kids' influences are usually more obvious, but we all draw from our experiences.

K. Marie Criddle said...

Ha! So very "Axe Cop"...commissioned drawings for rampant 5 year old's imagination. I try this a lot with my nieces ("Draw a samurai! A princess samurai! A vampire princess samurai!") and it really does stimulate those creative juices.

And the best ideas are repurposed, not completely reinvented. Kids totally have it down.