After reading at the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference last week in Dallas, I had several nice comments from folks on a poem I read “My Song.”
Last night, I talked to my daughter Myra about illustrating it and turning it into a picture book or poster or both. Here’s a draft sketch I drew this morning of a comic version (with the poem divided by line or phrase) for what might be a color 11X17 poster with images drawn by Myra. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
I have for some time been wanting a drawing table in my office here at school. However, my office is already pretty crowded with furniture: my desk, a conference table, bookshelves, and a storage cabinet. I was even thinking about getting a portable drawing stand could put on top of my conference table.
Then last week, in preparation for classes, I was cleaning out a closet in one of our classrooms, and found this old abandoned dictionary table.
“That,” I said to myself, “has some potential.” So I took it home, glued and hammered some new trim on the front, and painted it black to coordinate with my other furniture. I now have a little drawing table that I can roll anywhere, and it’s just the right size for drawing my Tex cartoons.
And the 10 page draft looked like this:
And after struggling with the drawing of the comic for awhile, I decided it made more sense to contact my daughter Myra, an artist/illustrator living in Brooklyn, to see if she would like to be my co-author and translate my ideas into comic format. Well, this last weekend, we finished a 12 page comic (show below) titled “Drawing is Learning: To Understand and To Be Understood,” and I sent it in to the editors of JAEPL this morning.
Now we wait!