Beauty From the Margins: Drawings by “Stan”: “Once Upon a Time” (An Unfinished Storybook)

This morning my Special Education student and friend “Stan” came in enthused about drawing another book. This one was to be entitled “Once Upon a Time” and would center around he being the king of the castle and his sister being the queen.

In normal Stan fashion, everything started out well with just a few crumpled up papers ending up in the trash. After a little while of drawing, the 4 pages below were finished. We moved on to doing some work with the storybook waiting to be continued.

Much to my surprise and dismay, Stan suddenly decided these pages and story were not worth furthering. Thoroughly crumpled, they ended up in the trash can never to be mentioned again.

I’m always stunned when things like this occur because in my mind and eyes, they are great works of labor and love. Yet, for some reason unbeknownst to me, Stan either loses interest, doesn’t like them any longer, or has something else in mind worth drawing. There is never any reason given; they are thrown away as quickly as they are drawn and with the same amount of prompting. It is just something to be accepted.

Regardless, I thought this unfinished storybook was worth digging out for the eyes of you all. Here they are, wrinkles and all.

Scan 6 Scan 2 Scan 3 Scan 4

For more in this series:

Beauty From the Margins: Drawings by “Stan”

Beauty From the Margins: Drawings by “Stan”: A Series Called “The Weather”

Beauty From the Margins: Drawings by “Stan”: A Series Called “The Airport”

Beauty From the Margins: Drawings by “Stan”: “Elephant”

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