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*GUEST* Visual Vocabulary: Dilettante by Scott Davis

The last illustration of our guest series almost didn’t happen. Let me back up and explain: as I was putting together the roster of guest posts, it looked like there might be a gap in the schedule. I started to worry that I would need another illustration, so I put on all of my wifely charm while also sounding my silent, internal Type-A panic alarm. I did the unthinkable: I asked Scott (“I don’t draw”) to be a pinch hitter and do an illustration for me in case something didn’t pan out with the schedule. 

Me: So, I know this wasn’t in our wedding vows, but I have a huge favor to ask of you. Can you please, please, please draw a word for me?
Scott: Silence. Panicked look.

The look of sheer terror that glazed across his eyeballs made me feel like a terrible person for asking him to do this for me. I thought to myself “This would be like him asking me to defend our constitutional rights before the Supreme Court. Or something.” I gave him my notebook of future-words-to-illustrate. He reluctantly picked one, but wouldn’t tell me what it was.

This morning, I got a text message with his illustration. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s perfect. 

Dilettante: A person who cultivates and area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. 

Visual Vocabulary: dilettante illustration by Scott Davis


I now owe Scott a sushi dinner and several hundred reiterations of my thanks. (Now to hope that I never have to go before the Supreme Court on his behalf...) And on that note, thank also to all of the awesome friends who contributed to the one year celebration of Visual Vocabulary: John Saal, Sarah Rado, and John Breakey. I’ll let Kermit take us out: 

Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. I'm celebrating the one-year anniversary this week with some guest illustrations (hooray!) You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.