Constructive Creativity

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Pilot

Recently, I had a discussion with my friend Tsul Trim that included my mentioning that I wanted to be a pilot when I was a kid. I said that after I got my first pair of glasses, someone told me that people with glasses could not be pilots and that I was very disappointed when I heard that! Well, Tsul Trim is a very good artist and she is also an art teacher for young children (her blog includes examples of her own excellent paintings and the paintings of her students, as well). So, she suggested that I should draw myself as a pilot as a way to express my unfulfilled childhood desire. I said to her that I might try to do that, but first, I would have to find my inner child. :) I thought about it for a while, and finally I decided to accept her suggestion and make the attempt. However, I had not drawn anything other than engineering construction details for years. Also, I have never been much of an artist. Nevertheless, I got to work with a pencil, paper, and an eraser, labored (mostly erasing!) and brought forth my creation, hopefully for your viewing pleasure. The actual drawing didn't take that long, but I spent hours copying, scanning, and digitally correcting the image until what I could see on the computer screen was a close approximation of what I had drawn with my pencil. As you have probably surmised, a penciled drawing does not scan very well (at least, not on my scanner)!! So, without any further ado, I present to you "The Pilot" (please click on the drawing to see a larger image):