My Son Found His Inner Artist

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My son is an artist! This past week, Conner has made some serious strides in his drawings. I’m not sure what drove him to seek out more learning in the world of art but that’s what he did. He watched a YouTube video on how to draw Goku, his favorite Dragon Ball Z character.

Finding His Specialness

Conner has felt on and off over the years that he wasn’t special. He sometimes compares himself to his big brother, who has been writing comedy skits and scripts, and he has felt less than special. Of course his dad and I have always encouraged him to be himself. That isn’t always enough for the younger children when they see their older sibling as larger than life.

Art has always been a part of Conner though. I still have the crayon on my walls to prove it, hahaha! Even back then, I saw the budding artist he was becoming and I tried to encourage it as much as possible. He has loved drawing since he could pick up a crayon. I have a two totes full of his creations from way back when.

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But it wasn’t until recently that Conner really started to feel that he would never be as special as his brother. Some of that has to do with Adam’s Autism but most of it has to do with how smart and creative Adam is.

I have told Conner that while Adam is great in the field of performing arts, he too, has his own set of gifts. Conner is super smart when it comes to Science and Math. He teaches me new stuff every day.

Conner also has a great empathy and compassion for animals. He loves animals. Spiders and bugs not so much but the rest of the animal kingdom he adores.

However, it’s art that has helped my baby bear find his spark.

The Budding Artist Within

As I said, Conner has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. I have watched his drawings improve every year. With each new drawing, I witnessed the artist emerge and I did my best to encourage him to keep at it, even when he believed he wasn’t good enough.

The last few weeks have been crazy busy. We celebrated his big brother’s sixteenth birthday and we had our first Thanksgiving in his Nana’s new apartment. Which was great for me because I didn’t have to do much cooking. There has been a big change in routine with me now interning and fifth grade has been up and down for Conner.

He made some really great friends this year but also lost a few, which really hurt him. Art has become his outlet for dealing with the stress. This has been a year of a lot of change for my son but his creativity has not wavered. In fact, it has only gotten better.

The Evolution of the Young Artist

This past week alone, Conner has drastically improved his drawings. He said he wanted to add more detail to his characters but didn’t know how to go about it. So, he did what he always does: Looks it up on YouTube! Sure enough, he found what he was looking for and as he worked on his first detailed drawing of Goku, he sent me the pictures.

my son drew each step of goku from Dragon Ball Z_mysontheartist_rockinrandommom

Each step was better than the last. And he did this with just a pen and a pencil. He didn’t have his colored pencils or crayons at his dad’s place but with just two tools, he made an amazing drawing! He said it took him two hours to complete it but that’s a wonderful thing because:

Art Helps Him Focus

Having ADHD isn’t easy for any child. Conner is lucky in the fact that his isn’t as severe as some but it still keeps him from focusing. It also doesn’t help him sleep as he has a really hard time calming his brain down. Sleeping and Focusing is tough for him. Sometimes though, when he is really interested in something, he can be super focused and Art does that for him.

Conner was able to sit at his dad’s desk for two whole hours because he was concentrating on getting every detail right. Many, many creatives out there have ADHD and it is known that the arts plays a major role in helping the ADHD brain focus.

He was so focused and so determined that by the next day, he drew another Goku.

another drawing of goku_mysontheartist_rockinrandommom

Keep Encouraging Your Child

Conner’s dad and I have already discussed getting him some real art supplies for Christmas. We both have artist friends who have made some recommendations that we will follow because we believe in encouraging our young artist in every way that we can.

Every child deserves to be encouraged in whatever their passions and talents are. As parents, we want the best for them and we want them to be happy. That means doing what they love. Whatever their hopes and dreams are, its up to us to help them achieve their goals and see their dreams come true. How do you help your child?

Let me know in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading!

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36 thoughts on “My Son Found His Inner Artist

  1. He clearly does have a talent Michelle to produce that quality of work after just a couple of hours. As parents we all want our children to find something they are passionate about. Art is a wonderful gift and I am sure with your support and encouragement Connor will go from strength to strength. Thanks for linking with us again. #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Yes, I completely believe in supporting our kids with their gifts and passions because it will make them happy in the long run. It can also lead to a bright and happy future for them. Thank you so much for your lovely comment:)

  2. Wow it looks to me that there is some serious talent going on here! They are amazing and its so great that he is finding fulfilment in his creativity. My eldest daughter is a musician and feels the same about guitar. It’s an element of their personality that they need to express. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. She plays guitar! That’s awesome! I played for a little while back in high school but was only at the beginner level. I never got back into after that but its amazing to see our kids develop their own gifts and passions:)

  3. it really is such a gift to have talent like he has, he is lucky to have your nurture it. I wish I was a good drawer I think it would be an amazing sense of expression. Thank you so much for linking up with #mg

    1. I always wished I was good at drawing but I guess being good at singing and writing was enough for the Universe lol. I’m so proud of him and will continue to support him with his passion and talent for as long as he is willing to stick with it:)

    1. That’s what I’m hoping for him. That the art he creates will be his expression. Right now he is still learning and is having a great time creating such great art. Just the other day he decided to draw what his dad would look like in the Dragon Ball Z world. It was really cool what he did with that. His dad has that picture on his wall now:)

  4. What a lot of thought and creativity has gone into those drawings. I am a little sad that my children don’t draw any more. They do play music, so that is a creative outlet. #TeensTweensBeyond

    1. Music is a wonderful creative outlet for kids. Music, art, and theater are great for kids. My oldest does the theater and he loves it! I did theater in high school as well and both of my kids love music but they don’t play any instruments. However, Conner finding art is amazing to me. I can’t draw at all, especially people so I’m so glad that he has this outlet:)

    1. Oh I can too! He has made a few short comics for projects at school and has gotten much praise for them so I think there is a possible future for him right there. But I see him doing many things in his life that will bring him so much joy! I’m glad that art is one of them:)

  5. What an amazing gift Conner has and I love your thoughts around gifts for him. It’s a joy to see children produce artwork isn’t it. One for the wall for sure! Thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond

    1. Oh yes! I plan to frame his artworks. He has asked for them to be framed and placed on the wall around his desk so he can always see them. He is so proud of himself and I am so proud of him as well. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  6. Wow, is he talented! And well done for encouraging him. I’m so pleased he has found something he enjoys that is so creative.

    1. I am so pleased to. I knew for a long time that he has this talent and while I encouraged it, I also didn’t push it because it’s not good to push kids into something before they’re ready but I’m so glad he found his way there and is now ready to work on his amazing talent! Thanks so much for reading!

    1. It is very important and I’m going to be as supportive and as encouraging as I can be. We are even going to get him a real art kit for Christmas😁

  7. this is fantastic Michelle. I think that it is so important, especially at that age, for our kids to find something that they are good at, something that makes them feel good about themselves. I’m very happy for him and I hope that he continues.
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    1. I hope he does too but I have a feeling he will especially since he draws every day. He has been drawing every day since he was little and I’m so glad he has finally discovered his passion and his talent. Thanks so much for stopping by Jeremy😁

    1. Yeah he already knows. He was so excited about it but he doesn’t know anything else he’s getting so that’s just fine that he knows one thing 😂

    1. Thank you! I had to brag about him b cause I’m just so proud but I’m more proud that he conquered his insecurities about being inadequate next to his brother and tackled something he really loves to do. I am also so proud that he took the initiative to learn how to make his drawing better. That’s a great trait to have😁

  8. Wow he really is very talented! It is hard when they can feel inadequate against another sibling but it is true everyone has their own strengths. Art is clearly a huge strength of Connors!

    1. I think so too and his dad and I have always tried to make him feel special but he does still sometimes compare himself to his brother. It’s hard to watch our kids compare themselves to others then develop the believe that they aren’t good enough so I keep trying to make him feel good about himself. Thanks so much for reading!😊

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