When I entered kindergarten the kids took an assessment test to better understand where each child was in their development process. One of the items was to draw a picture. I drew a man in a plaid vest. This caught the teachers attention and she spoke with my parents and explained to them that I had a strong visual awareness . I guess you could say this is when "creativity" took a hold of my life. Unfortunately the teacher kept all the tests so all I have to go by is my mothers description of what the drawing looked like. She remembers it very vividly which is nice. A few months ago Disney Consumer Products held a creative camp. Yeah, I still don't know what that means either. There was a pre-assignment to generate a piece of art that demonstrates the moment when creativity chose you or you chose creativity. At first this seemed like a ridiculous assignment that must have been drawn up by some non-creative. Turns out that non-creative who drew up this idea was none other then John T. Quinn. I guess that "T" in his name makes him sound important or something. After telling John what a dumb idea this was he informed that he came up with it. It is all good though because John worships me and could never have a bad thought about me ever. :) Once I pulled my foot out of my mouth and promised John I would put forth my best effort, I decided to take my moment in kindergarten and make a story out of it. Nothing too complicated just a simple story about the man and the people, places, and animals around him. Oh yeah, they are all plaid. I included the cover, the plaid dog and two spreads from the book.
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