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A Talent For Line
We took our under-the-weather selves out for breakfast today, then headed to the mall to return some clothes. This meant stopping at the toy store to look for discounted LEGOs and such. While there we picked up the only Galadriel Barbie -- a collector was right behind us to snap up the last Legolas -- for the Bean, deeming it a Christmas present in absentia from her grandparents back east. Upon returning home, she sat down to make Grandma and Opa a picture to express her thanks, then made one for her Aunt Miriam and Uncle Jay too, to thank them for her generous birthday and Christmas presents. Since we're going to mail this art off, I thought I'd better document it for posterity. Here's Galadriel:

The striking thing about this image, apart from its general awesomeness, is that it captures, not the Barbified face of the doll so much as Cate Blanchett's pristine cool, despite the fact that the artist hasn't watched the Lord of the Rings films in months. Note how, in this second picture, which depicts Galadriel and her husband Celeborn, Skylar makes it quite clear who dominates the relationship:

Clearly, this is a case where not wearing the pants is a mark of superiority. I thought I'd zero in on some of the filigree in the first picture to give a sense of how fluid the Bean's line is. She manages to generate a remarkable sense of movement with her handling of the pen:

Can you imagine how much fun she'd have seeing some of those Baroque and Art Nouveau treats in Europe? Bear in mind that she drew these pictures without the aid of recent viewing. Her memory of Lothlorien is very strong.

Mode: arty
Muse: Luna's Pup Tentin the family room

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art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: January 10th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love children's drawings! Those are great!
From: songsiheard Date: January 10th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I seriously cannot believe that she's making drawings like this at her age. I don't know a whole lot about child-development or any of that, but the work still strikes me as ahead of the curve.
From: songsiheard Date: January 10th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I realized what the point of comparison in my brain was--tons of 2nd and 3rd grade drawings of abraham lincoln that I saw while playing with my abe research. ha. but, as I wasn't looking at the "special" classes drawings, and they were still wayyyyy behind Sklyar's sense of body-proportion, face, and space, I think that I am making the right comparisons.
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