Esta Sketch is a self described “part time artist / part time student” out of Sydney, Australia whose work is combination of drawing and collage. Her series entitled Superheroes Among Us combines fashion style sketches and collaged pages from vintage comic books. What I really loved is the way she described the thought process behind her creative process.
“The hundreds of people you pass during a day, commuting, at school, at work, wherever you go might never know the real you. If only you could wear what’s inside on the outside – your creativity, personality, individuality, passion, the things that make you special. I always wondered how Clark Kent could put up with being just another face in a sea of suits, did he ever want to shout “pay attention to me, I’m special!” or was knowing his true identity, super powers and all those he helped enough. These pieces are representations of the secret identity lying within all of us.”
It’s a great idea and could also translate into an interesting activity for you and your little hero. Gather plain paper, crayons and the Sunday funny pages or comic books headed for the recycle bin. Draw simple self portraits and then, like Esta, paste images cut from the comics to create clothing. Look for images that represent who you are or perhaps what you’re feeling. This could be a fun lesson in learning how to express feelings and you may surprised by what your learn about your child!