Like Maira Kalman and this guy. (You really must go and look at these blogs — Maira Kalman is a genius. And the ode to coffee on the second link is really terrific. It is an inspiration to see what truly creative people can do with a blog post.)
Sometimes I wonder why I can’t draw. About five years ago, in an effort to overcome that deficiency, I decided that, at the very least, I could at least learn to draw things that could best be described as symbols of objects, rather than representations of the objects. I did it with the help of Ed Emberley. In no time, following carefully his directions, I was producing very attractive, sketchy things that could definitely be identified as: Lawn Mowers! Barns! Typewriters! It was wonderful.
The only trouble is that I can never remember how to draw these things unless I have an Ed Emberley book with me. I learned this when I was visiting my friend Debbie, who is a fabulous artist, and I discovered I couldn’t produce an umbrella in a game of Pictionary. It was deeply embarrassing.
I think I will go back to Ed Emberly and try again. Isn’t that what summer is for — learning new skills?