Questions from a 3rd grade class about "SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT"

How long would it take to finish the whole art book?
The first draft took 4-5 months - after that I kept working on it for the rest of that year, and kept making improvements with each printing.

How do you draw yourself?
By looking in the mirror!

How did you learn to draw the cat?
The same way as drawing any other thing: Rough out the shapes, then enter the details afterwards.

Was it hard for you to draw all the pictures?
Not hard. Fun... but time consuming!

How did you come up with the ideas for the book?
My husband and a friend both told me I should record my knowledge to share with children. As I was growing up I learned many techniques along the way that help ME to "see what I was looking at". Some were learned by books, some by my teachers, and some by my own observation.

How old were you when you drew your first picture?
I have been drawing for as long as I remember. On the first day of Kindergarden I drew a man in a top hat (Like Abe Lincoln wore) going down the street on roller skates!

Will you write another book of art?
Probably! I will certainly illustrate my own stories, which I have plenty more ideas of.

What was the first thing you drew for your book?

How and when did you learn how to draw?
From my mother. She was a great artist who inspired me by how well she could draw!

How would you teach a group of 100 how to draw a cat?
The same way I do in the book: Rough out the shapes, then enter the details after that.

What do you enjoy drawing the most?
People and pictures that show emotions and tell a story.

What gave you the idea to string the straws together on the page about quadrilaterals?
I was trying to make a square to show my grandkids what a square was. I made a square out of straws because I didn't have any sticks to glue together. When it wouldn't stay straight, but kept moving over to the shape of a parallelogram I realized it made a handy teaching tool!

Out of 5 fives...How many stars would you give this book?
Only someone else reading it can rate if it is helpful for their own needs! If they read the whole thing they will be able to tell for themselves how much they got out of it!
I don't think it's a good idea to 'rate' yourself. As long as you are doing your best, that's all that matters! If you don't like the way something turned out, you can always improve and do better next time. If you DO like it, then "Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth!"

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