Ginny was telling me the other day that when she was a kid she loved drawing monsters.
Monsters? I said. Whatever do you mean?
She reckoned she and her friends used to take a couple of pieces of paper and draw imaginary creatures. Scary ones, funny ones, tall ones, thin ones – you name it ones.
Then they would give those crazy critters names and make up stories about them.
Of course, I should add that Ginny grey up in Malawi a million years ago when there was no social media, internet and… it’s really hard to imagine this… but they did not even have a television. Sjoe!
No wonder they had to find stuff to occupy themselves.
But then the other day a friend of mine posted a picture of her cat on Facebook. She was holding the cats’ ears back, so it looked a bit like a snake.
I started thinking about those monsters and wondered what it would look like if you drew cats’ ears on a snake. Or if you gave a cat a spitty tongue like a snake has. And what would you call your creature… a Snat? Or maybe a Cake?
I reckon that often we’re so busy going about our lives that we don’t use our imagination half as much as we could. And with with all these awesome animated movies it’s also a bit mind boggling and feels like a hard act to follow.
But actually we don’t have to follow anybody – we can do our own thing!
Plus we have cool tools. Apart from good old kokis or crayons and paper, we can also draw monsters on the computer.
You could even write your own little book with monster illustrations too!
So… who wants to accept the monster challenge?
Draw a monster – post it on Sibo’s Facebook page and we’ll have a lucky draw where somebody can win some Sibo books. We’ll put the pictures on the website too. If you want to make up a story about your monster – go for it!
You can draw them on paper and take a photo – or get your parental agent to take one. You can also draw one on the computer and post it or email it. There are no rules. You just have to draw a monster!
Have fun and be creative!