I was amazed by the drawing my 5 year old ds did today. He loves drawing, especially vehicles, and spends ages doing detailed pictures.
The picture he did today had a 3D view of a car (not a normal sort of car - a sort of race car with a slopey front) where you could see the side, the top and the front. Then around it he had views from each side. eg front view, top view, side view, back view, & underneath. Each view was very accurate, with the right detail in the right place. He had even managed to show from the front the the way it sloped.
Is this normal drawing for his age, or have I got a little engineer on my hands
I don't want people to think I am bragging so I can't really ask his friends' parents, and I know I can ask here and people will know I am just interested.
Wow Wallace ...
Your DS sounds very special in his talent ...
My DS is 5 and hates drawing because it 'doesn't look like in my head' ....
I was looking at all the pictures in DS' classroom today and he isn't that bad actually, but there are no pictures up to the detail that you describe ...
Wallace, my dd1 is similar, been drawing in 3d since she was about 5, only with her it is buildings - she wants to be an architect when she grows up! She is now 7 and still draws in this way, but although her drawings have got more detailed and complex, her "artistic" skill hasn't changed - like you say, it seems to be more "engineering" than artistic talent. And yes, at the time (age 5) we were told that this was highly unusual and an indication of talent in this area.
I think I have managed to upload a photo of his picture (new digital camera!) Try this
Looking at it will give you more of an idea than I can explain.
As you can see it is not particularly neat, or well drawn, but it is the idea behind it which I find amazing. I probably should have labelled it to make it a bit clearer. The 3D bit is the top left, and the other bits are the various angles. He has also drawn the "Ford" badge, and a close up of the wheels and pattern on the tyres (and a couple of other bits which I can't remember).
Drawing does seem to be his thing at the moment. It tends to go in phases where he spends ages drawing, and then doesn't bother about it for a while.
Something else I've noticed about his drawings are that he will draw the same thing over and over again. I was looking through a pile of drawings from the last 6 months or so, and there are the same pictures, eg a monster truck, getting better and more detailed each time he draws it. He seems to stcik to a pattern of how to draw something, and does it until he is satisfied. He also does this if drawn him a picture. A while ago I drew him a a spacerocket, and every rocket he has drawn since then has been a replica of that rocket!
As you can tell I find it fascinating!
ghosty - your ds sounds like my little sister who would throw enormous tantrums because she couldn't get her picture to look like she wanted it to...she turned out to be really good at drawing!