Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mr B: Monster Extraordinaire

monster drawing
 Mr B is into monsters at the moment. In a big way. He seems to be past the age where talking about them all day and watching too much Scooby Doo gives him bad dreams. Now, he'll talk your ears off about all the different kinds of monsters there are, what they look like, what they do exactly, and what their names are.

And he has these scrapbooks. Lots of them, each one dedicated to his drawings, which are all lovingly named and numbered. His last book was entitled, 'The Top 73 Scariest Monsters of all Time', because he is really into lists and countdowns as well.

monster drawing
Not content with his own scrawlings, Mr B now has the adults in on the drawing game. After watching the latest Scooby Doo episode, he will pause the show on the monster he'd like us to draw and then have us sit down with the latest scrap book and lead pencil to create a replica of the TV version. As you can see above, I even had to get my glitter pen out for The Phantom's cape.

I have to say, while it's not always easy to get a few minutes to sit down and draw, once it's underway, the whole thing is quite relaxing. And I think I'm actually getting pretty good at drawing monsters freehand! Check out my drawing below, on the right. Seriously, how scary is that? I told Mr B to step aside and let me colour in that one.

monster drawing
I've had to lift my game though, Mr B gets upset if the monster doesn't come out how it looks on the telly. I tried to draw Mancrab the other night, and it was a disaster. Especially as I did it in pen and we couldn't rub it out. Admittedly, it did look a bit shit. Thankfully, Mr Laney solved the problem by sticking a blank bit of paper over it and I got to have another attempt at it.
When he's not hovering over us and issuing instructions about monster-drawing standards, Mr B loves to look at other monster images on the internet. Last night, he wanted me to find a picture of a 'headless monster who carries his head around on a dinner plate'.

Sounds simple, right? But if you're not careful, Google will dish up (ha, that's a pun) some pictures that aren't really suited to small eyes. Fortunately, I've been shielding him from what comes up before I show him - because when you type in 'headless monster', Google will  offer you pretty much anything that is headless, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, we are still searching for the ideal headless monster. He'll turn up, they always do.

monster drawing
The scrap book of the month goes everywhere with Mr B, including to bed with him, where it sleeps on a pillow beside him. It then comes backs to us in the morning, when he brings it downstairs, ready to go through every monster in the book with you, one by one. This is great fun when you're still rubbing sleep out of your eyes and yet to imbibe coffee.

Mr B: yep, Monster Extraordinaire. But there's no way I'm letting him take all the credit on this one.

So, I'm dying to know: what are your kids excited about, and how do they rope you into it?? And what have you found surprisingly fun about it? 

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