New work area

Published by Lori Pickert on April 6, 2009 at 07:40 PM

My nine-year-old is still writing and drawing comics; recently we realized he had been working on this particular project for almost two years!

We moved the drafting table into his room so he could have an area dedicated to drawing comics. (As you can see, it’s still a work in progress!) We also outfitted a small ikea cabinet to organize his single-panel comics, his comic books in progress, finished projects, etc.

Lately he has been drawing full-length comic books and making plans to copy and sell them online. I can’t wait to see what he does next.


Comment by Sherry on April 7, 2009 at 04:10 PM

Nice. :)

Comment by a spot to reminisce on April 7, 2009 at 04:28 PM

What a very fun and fortunate space for your little fellow. Aren't kids amazing? :)
I don't comment much, I'm shy, but I read your blog frequently and love your topics and ideas. So thoughtful.
And yes, the warm weather in our neck of the woods is really nice. In a couple of months it will be 'outside before the sun comes up' hot. And then we will spend a lot of mornings eating breakfast out of our backpacks and some days heading for higher (aka cooler) terrain. Not a bad place to live if you like being outside.

Comment by Theresa on April 7, 2009 at 04:32 PM

Fantastic! It looks very professional! He must love it.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 04:45 PM

he is very happy with his new space, although i notice he is still spending a good deal of his drawing time sprawled out on the floor! old habits die hard! ;^)

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 05:18 PM

random aside - re: cheating again (!) -

- i had a great question on twitter re: the comic set-up: “where’s the scanner?”

answer: we don’t use the scanner. takes too long. you end up with a pile of dusty comics and never getting around to it, because using the scanner is so annoying. so we photograph the comics (thus, the poor quality) — and it actually gets done!

sometimes the laziest choice is the best choice (back to frank gilbreth again!) — because you actually move forward!

Comment by Tammy on April 7, 2009 at 05:35 PM

This is really inspiring. I want to support my child's interests in this way.

Comment by estea on April 7, 2009 at 06:06 PM

he is so awesome, and so is this space.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 06:06 PM

it’s well worth it! :^)

Comment by estea on April 7, 2009 at 06:07 PM

why is your scanner such a pain?

Comment by Cristina on April 7, 2009 at 06:14 PM

He has a much neater workspace than I do!
I took a look at his comics, very nice! Feel free to have him email me if he needs any comic advice. :o)

Peace and Laughter!

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 06:26 PM

e, probably because it isn’t permanently hooked up to any one computer, so the first thing you have to do is ... zzz.

c, i was just on your blog looking at your photos! :^)

and he *is* neat -- much neater than me. and organized, too -- he files everything. :^P

i will tell you him are willing to talk to him -- he loves talking to real comic artists! :^)

Comment by kirsten on April 7, 2009 at 07:01 PM

that's awesome. how exciting to see where this project leads!

Comment by Lynn on April 7, 2009 at 07:34 PM

My 11-year-old will buy your nine-year-old's comic books in spades when the time comes. Keep us posted!!

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 07:37 PM

he has some serious business plans! ;^)

thank you, lynn!

Comment by se7en on April 7, 2009 at 07:51 PM

My eldest would die for something like this... I am going to have to engage my creative mind... I think he is getting beyond writing books at the kitchen table and would totally love his own untouchable spot. Unlikely to happen in our very small space - But nice to dream, especially for our kids.

Comment by patricia on April 7, 2009 at 09:23 PM

How fun it was to go back in your archives and see the genesis of Jack's comic project! It's so fabulous to be able to witness a child's passions and see where it takes him. His comics are quite funny! And how lucky he is to have a mom that supports his interests so well. The fact that the new desk looks so professional speaks to how much you respect what he's doing.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 09:32 PM

thank you, patricia! i do have tremendous respect for his work, and this is something that he has really dedicated himself to. he deserves us treating it as seriously as he does!

Comment by Ellie - Petalplum on April 7, 2009 at 11:26 PM

What a great space to have - surely he'll write many comics in that space.
Can't wait until we have a big enough place for my little ones to have a desk / space like that.
I haven't been here (in your space) for such a long time, and I'm missing it. (Other things happening in my head.. but I need your inspiration and dedication and wisdom and love). I recently passed your blog link onto a dear friend, and she, too, has been reinspired.
Thanks again Lori, for your wonderful, simple and true words.

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 7, 2009 at 11:31 PM

thank you, ellie! you know, the funny thing was, he wouldn’t let us move out the *other*, regular desk — he *needs that one, too*. so we had to work to shoehorn in the drafting table. lol. boy after his mom’s heart — never enough desk space.

thank you so much for your lovely comment! xoxo

Comment by susan on April 8, 2009 at 04:51 AM

Hello, Lori!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm pretty new to the homeschooling blogging community and just love discovering kindred spirits. My favorite part of being a classroom teacher was doing art projects with my students - easily one of the most exciting and gratifying experiences in working with children that I've had. Your blog looks so inviting! Can't wait to dig in! I hope you won't mind if I link to you!

Susan ( the organic learning project)

Comment by Alice on April 8, 2009 at 07:24 AM

We live in a small apartment and somehow we've managed to squeeze in two desks. The first was for the computer, scanner/printer (I knew that if it wasn't hooked up, it never would) and telephone. Now, inspired by a comment of Lori's, I have put in a second 'desk' for my 7 year old. Until now she studied at a coffee table with a child size chair, but she was getting too big and really needed her own space.

The new desk is just a long and narrow telephone table (with two little drawers for all that girly junk/special stuff). It sits at right angles to the computer table. It is just wide enough for a school book. She really needs somewhere central to put her books and plan her work, or put down the book that she is reading, otherwise, in a small house where spaces get re-utilised, things just go missing. Because the desks are in the living space between the two bedrooms, my daughter walks past her desk all the time, and will often stop off and do a few sums before she heads off to do something else.

Eventually she will need a bigger desk, with a pinboard above it - her bedroom is going to have an overhaul - or we will have to disconnect the printer and give her this desk. Our house is always changing:)


Comment by Lydia on April 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

My nine-year-old son Benny is a comic book author too! He would love to see your son's work -- when he wakes up, I will show him Jack's blog! Fantastic.

Comment by Kat on April 8, 2009 at 01:07 PM

"although i notice he is still spending a good deal of his drawing time sprawled out on the floor! "

The floor is much wider than the desk. Amie too, she prefers the floor over any other surface!

But I love the drawing table. I had one as a kid. There's something about that slope...

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 8, 2009 at 02:23 PM

hi, susan! and thank you!

alice, that is wonderful that you made space to give her her own desk! i want to see a picture! (and fine — rub it in about the scanner! lol)

lydia, thank you! jack would love to see benny’s work, so let me know if you put it on flickr or somewhere else online!

kat, so true — the floor *is* so much wider .. and thusly .. his papers .. spread everywhere. :^P

sometimes inspiration will only come when you are completely spread-eagle on the floor, though — i get that!

thank you re: the drawing table — and i know! there is just something about a drafting table .. of course, really, the more different surfaces there are to make art on, the more compelling the studio is! the table, the floor, the drafting table, the easel, the *outdoor* easel .. every change reinvigorates their interest!

Comment by driftwood on April 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM

what a wonderful work area. I'm sure it will inspire some wonderful creations x

Comment by Lori Pickert on April 10, 2009 at 10:36 PM

thank you, tess! it already has! :^)

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