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Turning a Conceptual Design into a Tangible Object

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 3, 2018

I had a third grader pull-up a chair during a computer lab session and then the student began drawing a sketched drawing of a 3D rectangular cube. When he was finished he said, “I want you to make this for me.” I did not know what it was supposed to be so I asked and he replied, “It is a pet. A simulation pet from a computer game.”

As one to never discourage creativity, especially that of a budding designer or engineer, I took up the challenge and spent a few hours figuring out how to create this design. This kid kept insisting that I bump his project to the top of my priority list every day for one week even though I had a long list of similar projects to do. I finally gave into the daily requests and completed the design.

When I was done, I handed the simulation pet off to its young designer and asked, “So what is the purpose of the coin?” “Oh! It is when the pet opens a chest and gets a coin and then it destroys it and turns into something.”

I must say that I was pretty impressed with the conceptual design the kid came up on the spot. Kids today are pretty smart.


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Ozoneocean at 10:59PM, Dec. 3, 2018

That's pretty awesome Kawaii!!!

cdmalcolm1 at 12:19PM, Dec. 3, 2018

When I was a paraprofessional at a Long Island school district, I would draw super hero characters for the elementary school students that wanted it. Very similar in art style when they drew their characters for me. Their ideas were as sharp as ever. This was when I realized I should create more adverse character race, language and country for my universe. Any way, I don’t have the original draws of the children, (it’s Been like 15+ years ago), but I do have the remake of one that stood out to me the most. They created a Native American male superhero with an interesting background to his origins. Here is the art I came up with.

JaymonRising at 11:10AM, Dec. 3, 2018

Heh, reminds me of the PATSY 2000 from Captain Underpants.

PaulEberhardt at 8:54AM, Dec. 3, 2018

Awesome! I wonder if the kids can really appreciate what you're doing for them, the level of dedication it takes. However, I've got a feeling they will remember it years from now, and then they certainly will.

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