No, this blog isn't really about hello, kitty - the odd and weirdly wonderful cartoon character although it is - ever so slightly - inspired by her.
There is something quite satisfying about a perfectly crafted image - a few lines, a hint of color and voila! you've got something that's immediately recognizable and really quite beautiful.
Picasso was an expert at this. I know, I know, I can hear some of you saying - my five year old (child or self) could do that because you're thinking of those women with eyes on the sides of their heads or too many legs or breasts. But the reality? You couldn't. And nor could your five year old.
You might be able to replicate this lovely hello kitty image - it isn't that difficult. But I'd be willing to bet that it wouldn't happen right away unless you have a certain amount of drawing skill. I've taken a few art classes and I know (because I've spent the past 10 minutes trying) that I can't do it. I can get close, but I can't get there.
The thing about this - and about Picasso - is that the lines are effortless. The image is just what it's meant to be and it's perfect. I wish I could draw like this...