Who is Ed Emberly, you ask? Ed Emberly is the man who made this ordinary mama into a hero.
It was one of our rocking Friday nights at The Toy Store. The Kid was playing at the train table, and I was perusing the book section when I saw it--Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains. I quickly flipped through and realized that unlike other drawing "how-to" books, which always seem to still require some level of skill, this one really was as simple as being able to draw rectangles, circles, and lines. And for about $5? I was sold.
Sweet Husband--who will be know for the rest of this post as "the Snobby Art School Grad"--was mildly critical of the 2-D nature of the drawings, but I have no such artistic aspirations.
"I just want to be able to draw a train on a restaurant napkin for my son!" I retorted with mock desperation.
While I still have lots of different train cars to learn, I've just about got this little steam engine memorized. In fact, I decided to color copy this green guy and use it for thank-you notes for the Kid's birthday. He looks a little wobbly for a long journey, perhaps, but for delivering gratitude to our friends around town, I think he'll do.
And, what's more, apparently Mr. Emberly has a whole slew of similar drawing books to help me out once I've mastered trains and trucks. I'm excited to continue my doodling education!