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June 07, 2014
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Is there anything cooler to a kid?

Ever since I introduced two young gentlemen to the joys of monster trucks back in January, there has been a lot of talk about the massive machines. The younger member of the duo has taken an intense interest in them…drawing them as often as possible, discussing what the coolest monster truck would be, even saying that he would want to be a monster truck driver eventually.

About a month ago, he mentioned that he wanted to surprise his dad by making him a painting on a skateboard. A painting of what? Well, a monster truck, naturally. Apparently, that would be the coolest thing EVER! He was excited about the idea, but we never had the time to sit down and make it. Today, the idea finally became a reality. Of course, now that time had passed since the idea was initially pitched, things had changed. Now, the monster truck still had to be painted on a skateboard, but we also had to make the headlights work. Challenge taken!

I had the little guy take over my studio and even work using my usual process (sketch, color planning, image transfer and paint). Kind of a Sawyer specialty to teach the importance of organization and focus. He even used his toy monster trucks as reference. We chose yellows for the bulk of the piece, since that’s his dad’s favorite color. Then metallic red and silver for accent colors. For a 5 year-old, the kid did an amazing job. The finished painting looked almost exactly like the sketch. Even better, not a drop of paint off of the painting surface. None on his clothing or hands or on my drawing table or floor. All I had to do was add the lights. Both artist and recipient were super pumped with the final piece. It’s awesome to see what a little encouragement, motivation and care can do for a kid. Pretty impressive work.

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