But when my sister gave me Lynda Barry's Syllabus last year, I started to play around with Ivan Brunetti's style of drawing, which she introduces as a "common starting place that is like the starting place we all share: our first drawings of people made when we were little." Even I could do it! While I haven't advanced all that much, it's still fun and feels rad to draw little people doing weird things.
Another writer asked me last night what books inspired me, and I can't believe I didn't mention Syllabus. Seriously, through its pages I discovered ways to bring play back into my boring adult life, push myself, come up with cool and kooky projects to do with my little guy, and a myriad of sketches to embarrass myself with.
I'm even teaching a class this spring at the Hugo House called "Lynda Barry's 7-Minute Diary." (Hey -- sign up for my newsletter so I can send the link when all the details are settled!)
After my son and I took a big walk, I decided to draw a scene from our day. Here is my favorite frame from that comic -- the dragon of dark as he proclaims himself to be leader and me, the "serpent."
Now go draw something!!!