A few months ago one of the staff at my school, Dr. Song, requested that I draw his portrait. I get this request a lot and usually people never actually follow through, but sure enough he brought me a photograph to draw from.
To be honest I am not really fond of doing work on request. I usually forget, procrastinate, have no inspiration and then never get around to it. Then so much time goes by that I feel guilty, start avoiding the person, etc. But Dr. Song is very persistant! He asks me every time he sees me how it’s coming along, to the degree that I started to try to avoid running into him. So today I finally got it done, out of the way, and I can face him again. I realized drawing this picture that it’s so much easier to draw adults than children. There is so much character in an older person’s face, wrinkles and angles. Kids are just big soft blank spaces with no shadows or distinction! I really wanted to draw portraits of my students but they never look enough like the kid to give to the parents.
Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson to never make promises I can’t keep. I always tend to say “of course!” when people ask me to do things for them. At the time I think “that’s not hard at all” and “that will take no time,” but I always forget that I hate doing it.