Drawing, Sketching, Drafting are among my never heard talents. I am not blessed with creative hands, I don’t cook that well and I can’t grow plants, I can’t knit and would probably need a blood transfusion if I will do embroidery and cross stitch because I will surely prick my fingers to death. So yeah, I am among those who belong to the group that are known for being less creative. On the contrary to my lack of awesomeness, my appreciation for talents are overflowing.
When we visited Aquaria – the underground aquarium at the basement of KLCC in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, we came across Malaysians who put up a little table inside the grounds of Aquaria and earn great tons of tourist money by doing live sketch caricature drawings. Watching them drawing caricatures on a Korean couple just took my attention with total amazement of such talent in a split of a second. Without second thoughts, I decided to get in line and have a caricature done for me and my husband.
Colored drawings cost 30.00 Malaysian Ringgits(RM) per face, while black and white caricatures cost RM20.00. If you wish for your drawings to be laminated, an additional RM5.00 is collected.
The artist has their own sets of pens. From time to time they grab and borrow from each other depending on the drawings that they are working on. It took them an amazing eight minutes- I am emphasizing the very impressive eight minutes to draw a single face completely. Well, I recorded a video clip when the artist started drawing me and my camera showed eight minutes when he told WCW that he should be ready as he will start his caricature. A total of 20 minutes to finish drawing two faces, finishing touches and lamination included.
We chose black and white drawings and since we will be travelling, I opted for it to be laminated. I want it protected as it is something I want to remember in the years to come. Our artist name is Chad Lee. I asked him to sign our caricature before he laminated it. We paid a total of RM45.00. Some might think it as pricey but this was a first caricature portrait for me and my husband. So anyhow, for budget excuse- we are tourist and we are acting like one. (that is me, my own voice, convincing my convinced self)
So? How did we look like in that drawing?
I told WCW that I look tired and sleepy while he look like, well……. an Arab! He once told me that a Saudi kid in the military said he look like an Arab. In fairness to that kid’s judgment which I believe was being justified with this caricature drawing.
I kept on staring at the drawing when we went back to our hotel later that day. I know it was nothing fancy for a price of RM45.00 (plus a tip!). I guess we did it for the appreciation of the talents of those artists. I know I will never be able to draw as good as that. Besides, the experience being there with someone I love is so nice. We enjoyed the journey that the Aquaria has offered. We took pictures that our kids are fond of looking at. We recorded videos of underwater creatures that our children loved. In general, we had a great time with our tour.