|pencil and watercolor in the Moleskine|
This week's Illustration Friday on Saturday prompt is "popularity".
Yesterday, I blogged about the local alternative high school. When I saw the prompt, I thought of those students and drew this representative - most often, not of the popular crowd at their traditional schools.
Popularity is a trait that requires its opposite to exist. The popular kids in school automatically create the unpopulars. But some of these "misfit" kids, I think, are proud misfits.
A few years ago, I had a coworker who was worried about her teenaged son. He was rebellious and not happy at school. She was stressing and considering trying to get him into the alternative high school. Later, in an unrelated conversation, it somehow came up that I enjoyed doing artwork in my spare time and looking at other ameteur artwork.
The day after that conversation, she brought in some drawings her "troubled" son had created. They were absolutely BEAU-tiful! He had been adopted from Russia, and in his spare time, he liked to design Fabergé eggs.
I'd never met her son, and prior to that, all I knew about him is that he didn't like school and that his mom was worried about him. That day she showed me the drawings, however, she was like a different person, full of mom pride.
Many of the kids at that school are artistically inclined - some maybe approaching genius realm. And no, they don't particularly fit in with the popular crowd at a traditional high school.
I confess that, to me, that's part of what makes them so cool.