Illustration for the third children book.
At the beginning of this year, I gave a lecture on the profession of an artist to children from an orphanage in Myanmar online.
It is one of project from StarKids.com.
I reflected that the last lecture would have been official and boring, and this time I prepared the presentation again so that it could be easily approached by children. Additionally, I read the related children book for Myanmar children.
In all cases, as always, there are regrets. Because I had a desire to do everything perfectly. However, I feel that perfection is not more important than communication with children. So I tried to explain it as comfortably as possible.
However, in a given time within 30 minutes, it is not easy to explain an artist in general, but an abstract concept.
Besides, since I had been told beforehand that children could understand English, I prepared the material for that situation. But there was always a twist. In real life, the children did not understand English and the interpreter delivered the content in the Myanmar language line by line. But even in this embarrassing situation, everyone did their best. This is because we know that there are always variables in everything and that there is no perfect system from the beginning.
Above all, it was more important to communicate with the children and share their hearts than the perfect system. In my case, because I had to read the book, it took a lot of time and ended up exceeding the expected time. Half of them had to end unfortunately without proper translation.
This time, I was looking for a good children's book that would explain the job of an artist more simply to children.
Of course, the artist who painted a blue horse by Eric Carle introduced earlier in my post has good books, various kinds, stories, and illustrations and pretty pictures.
However, there have been few books that have explained the internal factors rather than the external factors that make an artist. Motivation is more important than anything else for children, and internal factors are more important than external factors to actually become artists.
So I decided to make a children's book myself with this intention.
Manuscripts for this children's book have already been prepared. And I have to draw pictures that will go into the book. It seems to be busier for the time being. I decided to enjoy this kind of creative busyness.
When the book is complete, I will let you know through this blog.
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Myungja Anna Koh