Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 21, 2012

You Better Believe

The other night Simon asked me for a pen and some paper.

This is what he drew.

Not tracing.

Looking at a picture and then drawing it.

You better believe there was a whole lot of “Simon, that is so awesome.

I think someone might need his own sketchbook.


  • 51.
    Kim B said…

    Absolutely wonderful!! He is definitely talented. My daughter also loves those Diary of a Whimpy Kid books.

  • 52.
    marlene said…

    this is cute. my youngest son draws Wimpy Kid too :)

  • 53.
    Dori said…

    Well done, Simon!

  • 54.
    Bev W. said…

    Great job Simon:)

  • 55.
    Wilda said…

    Whoot Whoot!!! Love that he has that talent!!! Awesomeness!!!! I bet you feel a “little” proud Momma! ;)

  • 56.
    ale said…

    simon, you are awesome!!!

    ali, there’s a scketch line by canson designed to comic book illustrators, maybe he will like something like this:

  • 57.
    Maureen said…

    From one artist to a budding artist all I can do is smile and say: Go Simon Go!!

    Now would be a perfect time to get him a sketch book and some “new” pens or pencils of his very own. You might even let him pick out his own sketch pad!

    I always had sketchpads and markers growing up (my favorite “toy”, if you will) and I still greatly enjoy getting to pick out a new sketch pad when I fill the last one! And there’s nothing better than a new pack of pens or sketch pencils!

    Thank you for sharing this Ali – Completely Awesome Simon!

  • 58.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    Kids are the most amazing artists – they are not afraid to explore and go “outside the box” – they just create for arts sake regardless of the outcome – way to go Simon!

  • 59.
    Verona said…

    Way to go–Simon! Thank you for sharing this special moment in your life Even I got chill bumps reading it. That is a great gift, I’ve always wanted to draw and can’t, but God has given the talent to my granddaughter. I just finished reading a book you recommended last year, “The Beauty of Different”. I enjoyed it.

  • 60.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    Go Simon – kids artwork is so amazing – my house is full of my childrens’ work from when they were young. They have the ability to think and create “outside the box”. Keep it up little man!

  • 61.
    Cheryl :) said…

    Oh Ali! This is awesome!!! Keep up the GREAT work Simon!!!

  • 62.
    Melissa said…

    Holy Moly Kiddo! Get Simon a gift certificate to Michael’s today!

  • 63.
    annette said…

    ahhh diary of a wimpy kid…. my son 12 on the spectrum still draws mostly stick figures, love that Simon has an eye for art. Great Simon…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Annette – I’ve never seen him draw anything other than stick people until the other night. It was a complete surprise.

  • 64.
    Daisy Sparks said…

    Awesome. You need to check out the Scribble Press App for iPad. It allows you to draw, color, and create your own stories. PLus you can share and print. My 10 year old loves it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That sounds cool – need to get that darn ipad first :)

    • ….
      Suz said…

      Sounds like another great reason to get that iPad you’ve been “needing.” (wink)

  • 65.
    JoLynn said…

    FANTASTIC!!! Lots of talent there! Encourage him to tell his own stories with those characters and then evolve into his own characters. It’s the way MANY an illustrator/cartoonist has started out.

  • 66.
    Carrie C said…

    That’s so cool, A. :)

  • 67.
    Deb J said…

    Way to go Simon!! Get that boy his own sketch pad and some colored pens.

  • 68.
    Ruth G said…

    Wow! I knew exactly who he’d drawn even before seeing the book in his hands! Great job! I can tell that you are so proud and rightfully so, Ali! I hope he gets a lot of pleasure from this!
    My son (an aspie) has piles of sketchbooks everywhere filled with drawings. His drawings are super small, but very detailed and always some kind of machinery or weapon of war. I don’t mind the subject matter so much when I know he’s enjoying what he’s doing and draws such creative inventions. He really wants to grown up and be a weapons designer and I think with his ability to have intense focus, he might be really good at it. Anyway, have fun with Simon’s gift!

  • 69.
    Marie Tere said…

    You model the love for pen and paper…Simon is talented just like his mama. When I saw this, my first though….flip book. Share this with Simon

    Go Simon Go!!

  • 70.
    Michele H. said…

    That really is SO AWESOME!! GO SIMON!!:)

  • 71.
    Kim said…

    That is sooo awesome! Way to go Simon.

  • 72.
    marsha said…

    this is awesome, encourage him by looking into art classes at your local art center. or even talking to his teacher at school, the teacher can even be more encouraging with his art work.

  • 73.
    Christine said…

    Awesome! An artist like his Mama! I have bought plain sketch books for my boys for a while. They love them. I have one who draws constantly. They are not using my printer paper, and I end up with a great record of their little hieroglyphics.

  • 74.
    sharon said…

    Hat off to Simon!!!

    That is how I started to draw and get interest to my artistic talent but I was probably a few years younger than Simon. It was about 6 for me when I got the bug also free hand drawing by looking at a picture… a budding artist!
    hugs and blessings

    Sharon Phoenix AZ

  • 75.
    AbbyS said…

    That is SO cool!!
    Way to go, Simon!!!!!!
    …a sketchbook is definitely needed!!

  • 76.

    Definitely needing his very own sketch pad! That is fantastic!

  • 77.
    Tracy said…

    very cool Simon!

  • 78.
    rhonda nickol said…

    Wow Simon you are a very talented, keep up the good work!

  • 79.
    Mary in IL said…

    God always knows what you need to brighten your day Ali!

  • 80.
    Cindy said…

    Great job Simon! Your drawings are very impressive.

  • 81.
    Liz said…

    Wonderful Simon!

  • 82.
    tiffany h. said…

    Agree, “Simon, that is so awesome.”

  • 83.
    Candy said…

    Simon RULES. Aloha.

  • 84.
    Karen F from New Zealand said…

    That is so cool.My big boy loves to draw. It makes him happy and he makes stories up from his drawings. He makes up new characters based from his first jump off ideas then he has a game. It is truly wonderful how art can make them happy and help the imagination ttravel its own journey.

  • 85.
    Ellen Gradman said…

    I LOVE those books!!! I read them all! Usually borrowed them from my nephew. The writing and drawings are so inspiring, especially for boys! Great job Simon!!!

  • 86.
    Barb in AK said…


  • 87.
    Patricia said…

    Great drawings!!! Keep it up!! Excellent drawing skills!

  • 88.
    Teri H. said…

    Wow! How awesome it would be if you include some original animation/sketches into his scrapbooks! Must have gotten his mama’s artistic ability.

    (PS – Love Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

  • 89.
    Suz said…

    Those are AWESOME! He is awesome! I bought Sketchbooks for my boys (almost 14 and 10) last summer and they sketched nearly the whole trip to Florida. Love when they unplug and engage in artwork instead of electronics! :)
    Seriously cool Ali! Thanks for sharing.

  • 90.
    Christine said…

    So proud of him! What joy to experience watching your child draw so amazing. I love watching kids talents evolve. Precious!

  • 91.
    Stacy said…

    Wow,Simon!! Great job!!

  • 92.
    Nita K. said…

    Way to go, Simon!

  • 93.
    Jo said…

    That’s brilliant. Those books have inspired my two boys to draw their own versions of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I’ll put up with the potty humour for some creative drawings!

  • 94.
    Tona said…

    Yep, I’d a say a special notebook for Simon is in order. WTG Simon!

  • 95.
    clippergirl said…

    Looks like he has your artistic talent…….awesome job Simon!

  • 96.
    Krista said…

    Wow! Those are some AMAZING wimpy kid cartoons. That kids got some SERIOUS talent…

  • 97.
    Angie Martin Hall said…

    All I can write is, “Wow!”

  • 98.
    Melanie said…

    Go Simon! He has a natural gift that you just discovered. How wonderful.

  • 99.
    Mrs. V said…

    It seems like Simon has been getting a lot of great opportunities to experiment with creativity. I have enjoyed the glimpses that you have shared with us both in this post and with his Lego video.

  • 100.
    Jill T. said…

    So awesome! Go Simon!!!!

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