Decorating eggs

decorated egg by Myfanwy Tristram

One egg with a chicken on it, one with flowers on it, one with experimental pastels on it (yes, it turns out pastels draw beautifully on an egg shell, but I hadn’t factored in the fact that the fixative would drip. A finer mist probably would have worked).

And one blank egg because the daughter has currently decided (despite my stance of ‘no such thing’) that all her drawings are rubbish. Hopefully she’ll pull something together before egg-rolling tomorrow. Since they all get smashed by the time they reach the bottom, rubbish drawings may actually be the best strategy!

decorated egg by Myfanwy Tristram

decorated egg by Myfanwy Tristram

decorated egg by Myfanwy Tristram

Published by Myfanwy Tristram

I am an illustrator, situated in Brighton on the south coast of England, and with a special interest in comics and graphic memoir. I also work for a non-profit which encourages people to be active in democracy and to exercise rights such as the right to information through FOIA.

5 thoughts on “Decorating eggs

  1. It is hard for a child who has an artist parent to like their own drawings. After all, they are just starting out and have no hope to be as professional as you and nothing looks the way they want it to look. Once they hit the age of being self conscious it is a struggle to keep going. I speak from experience, my own offspring declared ”I will never draw anything again” when I helped him (he asked for the help) with a drawing many years ago. The problem is that he actually stuck to his word.

    1. That is sad. I always hope that she has a head start in the art world because there’s every type of material in the house, plus she has the example of a mum who sits down and makes mistakes, but keeps trying every single day. I can see her getting impatient when she doesn’t get fast results, though, and I can imagine her deciding for once and for all that she ‘can’t’ draw.

      1. Maybe draw worse than usual once or twice with plenty of erasings so she can see you not always being super able. Without being too transparent. My son drew manga until he put down the pens for the last time. He is now approaching 30 and I have yet to see another drawing. That is sad, but we all have our own paths.

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