Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Enough About Me, Already!

How about a proud parent moment instead? This drawing, of a warrior woman, is by my 8 year old daughter, Maya Calypso Durham. Is it just me, or is that pretty awesome? Take a look at it in detail...



Blogger Tia Nevitt said...

All the proportions are correct. Plus, hands are difficult to draw. That she's tackling them already is pretty awesome!

5:48 AM  
Blogger Jim C. Hines said...

It's not just you. That's a great picture!

12:30 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Tia, Jim,

Thanks! You're kind. Maya did give her a bit of an unusual grip on the sword there, but it's denotes some special technique, surely.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Wow. Look at the detail on that dress! That's impressive.

7:38 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yeah, and I like the way you can see the heels on her boots... Maya's all about the details.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Andrea Eames said...

That's one cool warrior costume. I'm impressed by the detail of the line drawing. Have you looked at any of the costume design special features on the LOTR DVDS? There are lots of original costume designs from the movie, done in pen and wash. Maya might be interested :)


11:07 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Are you kidding? We live in Middle Earth!

Honestly, special features on LOTR are the first that my kids ever got into. It helped that 1) they loved the movies and 2) they have an uncle, two aunts, and two cousins (with other extended family) in NZ as well! So, with all that they've managed to muster up the interest to sit through lots of different "making of" bits. I'm sure Maya's been influenced by that.

By the way, Andrea, I've never asked... Are you here at all because you know my kin in NZ?

12:17 AM  
Blogger Andrea Eames said...

Hi David

Actually, I stumbled across your blog when I was trawling the web looking for articles related my thesis, which was on how NZ novels are marketed in bookstores over here. I came across your post on colour blindness, which wasn't exactly on my topic but which I really enjoyed reading ... and then I was hooked! So it was a completely random encounter, really. I didn't know you had family in NZ ... did they manage to sneak into the LOTR films as extras, by any chance? I arrived here after filming had finished, so I am deeply envious of anyone who managed to get involved in the process :)


12:25 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

You're quick. I just walked away from the computer and then, counting on my fingers, realized I should have said that my kids have 2 uncles in NZ (one of which is a native). So I came back to revise my comment, but you'd already responded!

Um... As for LOTR filming, no I think most of the people I know that are now in NZ were in the UK when the films were made. But I do know that my brother in laws have every intention of being in the Hobbit!

For family links, here's my wife's knitting blog... (It's cuz of her that I've got Shetland and New Zealand connections.)

And our family blog...

And my daughter's blog...

And my brother in laws wandering the world but currently living in NZ blog...

As if you were interested in all that!

Anyway... Good weather where you are just now? Sometimes we think about moving...

12:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea Eames said...

Great, I'll check those out :)

And yes, lovely weather. I wonder if the NZ Tourism or Immigration Board will pay me if I talk the country up? Probably not. It's beautiful here, anyway.

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, that's better than I can draw now, and I'm 20 years older than your daughter. Let's just say art is not one of my stronger creative gifts.

David, I'm also adding your blog to my blogroll on my site. Take care.

3:31 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks Steven!

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