As a psychologist, I’ve seen several interpretations of children’s drawings. Sometimes when a child finds it difficult to talk, he or she is giving paper to draw on, and then the psychologist starts to draw conclusions. Sometimes a child’s drawings can be a cause for concern, particularly if there’s violence involved. Luckily most psychologists only use drawings as a starting point for discussion, not to make far-reaching inferences of a child’s mental health.
My kids are Star Wars fans. This means that even my 3-year-old who previously only drew “rocks”, which is to say oblong shapes, has been inspired to start drawing more. Practically his first human character ever was a representation of Darth Vader, complete with light saber. Now he’s even started drawing in details like Darth Vader’s buttons or whatever those colorful things on his chest are. Here is a typical example of his art from today.
At the same time my five-year-old drew a picture where Darth Vader chops Luke Skywalker’s hand off. There’s blood and fire. There are also several slime volcanoes spitting multi-colored slime over the hapless fighters. I have no idea what these drawings say about my children’s psychological state.
I don’t think children used to draw like this, at least not at such a young age. Popular culture is everywhere and my children already know a lot more about Star Wars than I ever did. Their impression of it is somewhat warped since all the little boys are rooting for Darth Vader, but come on, he’s got the suit and everything! All super stars are usually in cool costumes, aren’t they?
Luckily I’ve also developed a mild interest towards Star Wars. I think that I’ve actually never seen the movies before, so maybe it can be a hobby we share. Although, after they’re about twelve I would prefer to see them moving on. All I can do is hope.