Lane loves to draw sailing ships. He gets ideas from Richard Scarry's books and other illustrated books around out house. After we noticed that he drew his sails quite small, he was frustrated by the feedback. Then he explained it was hard to draw the sails big and still leave room for the flags. Mr. Edwards showed him photographs and drawings of real sailing ships from the internet and helped him see the overlap of sails and mast. After that, he began changing the way he drew his sails.
Lane is careful to draw the flags blowing the same direction in which the sails are billowing. Notice the Union Jack. He is listening lately to "The Spirit of the Stars and Stripes" from The Story Hour and imagines sea battles.
In this picture he drew a cutaway view of a submarine.
He experimented with drawing the ship's ends, bow and stern.
An earlier attempt at drawing a ship's bow with a submarine ramming the side. As you can see, he lost interest in this one.
In this one the sails are much bigger. Notice the cannons on deck. I see some signs of Lane trying to draw them in perspective.
This war battle scene is an earlier drawing he made of the scene that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."
This ship is docked. The rectangle shapes on the side are the cannon doors, shut since the ship is docked.
A pirate ship.
Cowboys herding cattle. I noticed that Lane did a nice job of drawing the cow behind the fence, near the barn, and the black horse running with two cows running along side. Lane drew the barb wire fence sagging down to the ground because he often sees something like it on our drive to the lake.