Johnsville student finds artistic success

Alex McCabe is fascinated by werewolves.

Johnsville Elementary School student Alex McCabe entered this artwork at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. Photo submitted

Johnsville Elementary School student Alex McCabe entered this artwork at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. Photo submitted

Their scary, monster-like appearance seems perfect material to recreate in his drawings.

McCabe is also interested in drawing sharks and other sea creatures as well.

While his second-grade classmates at Johnsville Elementary School, Blaine, might be drawing horses, dogs and other creatures, McCabe enjoys testing his artistic limits and stretching his imagination.

At seven years old, McCabe is already a decorated artist having won the Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 bullying poster contest in kindergarten, having his work chosen for display in the Kids Do Art exhibit at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts last school year and most recently receiving third place for his drawing at the Minnesota State Fair.

“I’ve been drawing for a really long time,” said the Blaine resident, who guesses he has been drawing since age two.

“I like to draw werewolves and cool stuff. I used to draw Spiderman a lot.”

The second-grader finds inspiration for his drawings on the computer to see what things look like before putting pencil to paper.

McCabe said he typically draws with pencil and then traces the outline with black marker or pen before coloring it in.

It’s a technique his art teacher taught him.

“I thought that was cool, like a coloring sheet,” he said.

McCabe said he decided to enter his drawing of undersea life, including sharks, a turtle and a scuba diver, because it seemed like something fun to do.

His efforts have earned him a $4 prize, to which McCabe plans to add to his money at home and purchase some Legos.

That seems fitting since other than drawing, McCabe’s favorite things are Legos, dirt biking and playing with cars.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com


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