Local Heart, Global Soul

December 22, 2012

I NEED a Giraffe …And You Have Less Than Five Minutes

Filed under: A sketching Journey,ART,Kids and Family — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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“CC”  a fellow blogger from “Slightly out of sync…”  inspired this post by showing me this one:


I mean how often can it be is that someone posts a giraffe drawing,  just short while after you’ve been asked for a drawing of a Giraffe ?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Actually “ask” isn’t quite how it happened: it was more of a demand and Little Mr was in no mood to wait for patient studies and careful detail since for whatever reason, he “needed” his giraffe sketch quickly.

He hovered impatiently bouncing up and down from one foot to another whilst I used Google Images and typed in “giraffe” to remember what the spots looked like (and the face and the ears and the…)  and after a quick scan of the page a stubby finger went out with an order “That One!”.

I suggested  a different one (because it looked easier to draw since it was in profile)… Nope nothing doing,  here he was with  pen and paper and a totally expectant look on his face that his mother could surely deliver the goods. (sigh)

At least I know that Little Mr’s artistic standards are low enough that there will be no criticism. One good thing at least.

The rough sketch is barely taking shape when his small voice says “finish it quick because I need to colour it in”… and this is when the truth emerges that they are due to visit the zoo and he confesses that he’s supposed to have done a drawing in his book already himself.

He’s now annoyed that I did this on a piece of paper and not directly into the book. I tell him he may copy mine but that he needs to do is own homework. Himself appears and clarifies matters, it’s not homework apparently,  just extra decoration and the kids could have cut a picture out of a magazine if they had wanted to.

Strangely enough we do not happen to have magazines laying around containing images of giraffes. Ok, then no problem. I get arms flung around my neck in a spontaneous hug for my efforts with a muffled “Thanks Mama!” from the head buried in my shoulder.

He reluctantly lets me take a photo before he snatches it away and runs off to find a glue-stick.  I have a lot of admiration for CC’s artistic efforts: giraffe’s are  far harder to draw than they look.


  1. And I admire your drawing! It’s good.

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — December 22, 2012 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. At 8:00 Sunday night- “Mom, I need a diorama that has John Adams.”
    “When is it due?”

    We got it figured out (thanks to the internet) but I think your solution to the giraffe problem is so much more elegant to my solution to the diorama problem. I wish I could draw!

    Comment by gh — December 22, 2012 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

    • gh, Oh I hear you!
      The other day Himself got in a fizz because Kiwi Daughter dropped the bombshell that she needed food for school literally as they were putting on coats to go to school… and they were running late too.
      Drama ensued because Himself refused to take the time to rummage through the kitchen upstairs to see if we even had the required goodies and hustled Kiwi Daughter out the door with a “tough luck, too late, should have said this MUCH earlier”. She had to turn up red faced at school empty handed, which hopefully taught her a good lesson in the advantages of being organised.
      She also made the mistake of moaning about the fact of his refusal which earned her a stiff telling off and not the sympathy she was hoping for.

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 22, 2012 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  3. That isn’t half bad at all! Especially considering your time restraint. When I usually draw, I’m not under that much pressure. 😉

    Comment by CC — December 22, 2012 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks CC,
      The beady eyes peering at every pen stroke, fidgeting waiting limbs and restless little fingers don’t exactly help with concentration either LOL but at least he was pleased with the result 🙂
      I also think you will agree, there are times when you are “in the mood” to draw so catching that moment is hard and “pressure”to draw (even lovely happy pressure like Little Mr’s) isn’t really conducive to establishing that mood.

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 22, 2012 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

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