I love the whimsy and creativity of this chalk artist, David Zinn. What a way to brighten your day!
Below is another two minutes where the artist describes his process.
HT: Naomi Van Liew
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To watch such a talented person create is awesome, to watch him bring his talent to a sidewalk, eyeball to eyeball with a three-year-old speaks volumes for his character.
Sharon Kay Connell
He makes children smile and even the child within the adult. That’s a gift. It’s too bad that the city doesn’t offer him the opportunity to make those drawings permanent. I’ve seen fantastic drawings like these from other artists on city streets. Being an artist myself, as well as a writer, I love it.
Thank you for showing us a little about this talented man, Steve.
This guy is awesome. I wish he could somehow preserve what he drew, like seal the drawings against the weather. As a potential children’s book author, I’d love to have him illustrate my books!
Wow, that’s such talent! I loved the Man in the Yellow Hat and the singing mouse.
What a talent! Not only does he create, he creates a new way to create!
I wish he lived in Memphis.
What talent! This artist shows us, teaches us so many things. His creativity is found in the smallest of flaws. His ideas seemingly come from nothing yet there is a spark. The ‘Hmm.. how can I make this teeny crack fun?’ He develops flaws, sometimes exaggerated, sometimes subtle. Always 3D in a 2D world. His canvas is blank but for the mundane most of us miss. A silly plot that has a beginning, an end, but oh, the possibilities!
His characters, though whimsical, take on their own life even in the details of the ordinary: drinking coffee on the sidewalk. Fishing.
Then he teaches adults and kids to do the same.
What can we as writers take from this? Observe life around you, find what’s unique, create a character(s) and give him/her/them real life that jumps from the page. Make them memorable.
I don’t know if this was Steve’s purpose, but that’s my takeaway. It’s also why I love the Steve Laube Agency. The agents encourage, teach, blog and… ‘a bruised reed they will not break, and a faintly burning wick they will not quench.’ Okay. Out of context and paraphrased ( a lot ) from Isaiah 43, but these are Biblical principles the agents follow.