[Just wanted to note that the Preview function of Blogger is essentially useless when it comes to seeing an accurate depiction of what a page with art on it will look like. I mean, it is ludicrously inaccurate.]
Been reading the book A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink, which talks about developing one's right brain aptitudes, which Pink groups as follows:
At the end of the section on Symphony, Pink encourages people to practice their drawing skills. He specifically references Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, a book that I happen to own but haven't used.
The first exercise in the Edwards drawing program is to take an hour and draw a self-portrait. Turns out that my son's second grade class had an assignment of trying to draw people more realistically. So I thought I'd sit down next to him trying to draw my wife and draw myself, as a way of getting started on the program and providing my son with some moral support.
Well, he hated the drawing process and complained throughout. But I decided to stick with it and produced the quite mediocre sketch above. Both my wife and daughter agree that it doesn't particularly look like me--apparently I look less scary and friendlier. Specifically something about the eyes doesn't capture my innate charm. :-)
By my standards of bad drawing, however, it's decent and I'm reasonably proud of my effort. Hopefully I will find some time to fit in some of the further drawing exercises in the program and develop some modicum of talent. I'd love to be able to create a sketch book of ideas for my various settings and stories.