I started my presentation talking about how you don't have to wait until you are a grown-up to be an illustrator, and how the only way to get good at drawing is to PRACTICE! I showed the kids some of the books I made when I was around first grade age. They were pretty funny. Then I showed the kids illustrations that I did when I grew up- I told them that I am still practicing. I love the reaction you get from kids- they are just so excited about everything. I read them my book Allie's Bike. That was tons of fun because kids have such great reactions when Allie is flying off her bike and when she wobbles into the garden. I told them how I like being an illustrator because I can work from home and be with my family. I showed them my paints and paint brushes and pictures of my studio. Then I drew a picture for them. I asked the kids for suggestions on what animal we should draw. We finally decided on a shark. I started drawing a shark, but it looked like a dinosaur (I forgot that sharks have pointy noses), so we made it into a dancing dinosaur with a tuxedo and a tutu. I would have liked to draw a lot more details and funny things but I ran out of time and only had about two minutes to draw. Bummer. But it was tons of fun.
A couple weeks after my presentation, I recieved some letters and drawings and books in the mail. I loved every single one of them. I had so much fun looking at the pictures and reading the letters, and afterwards my self-esteem was ten times better. :) Kids have such a sweet way of giving sincere complements. The kids drew a wide variety of pictures- I wish I could include them all. But I have decided to just include a couple of great dancing dinosaurs. Their dinosaurs are WAY better than mine. Enjoy!