Young Naz’s art tribute to Stan Lee

My kids and I revere the Avengers film series so much that our fondness for the characters extends even to Thanos. Yes! Even if he was behind the “snappy” deaths of many of our fave MCU characters we consider him as one of the best super villains ever created…

Without such great villain the heroes we esteem would not have the scintillating moments that made them exceptionally shine.

My kids and I have our own faves… Doctor Strange’s intellect and mystical powers spellbound my daughter, Naomi… The geeky yet cheery nature of Spidey amuses my son, Naz… My youngest, Naiyah, dotes upon Captain America’s might and prowess… And me, well, I applaud Iron Man‘s quick wit and comical charm…. 😁

As for the Avengers End Game (which we are so restlessly waiting to hit the cinema!), we did our own sort of MCU marathon. We re-watched the trilogies of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Included in the line up were the movies of Hulk, Ant Man (also with the Wasp), Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Last week, we made sure not to miss Captain Marvel by heading to the theatre at a lick despite our busy schedule — (considering my work, plus my kids looming final exams 😅).



Just as the other MCU movies we watched, we eagerly anticipated for Stan Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel. But then again, seeing him on that big screen proved a tad difficult knowing it could be one of the last two of his cameos (the other will likely be in the End Game movie)…

All his scenes might have been abrupt, trivial and short…. but they lasted in our post-movie talks and laughters far longer than many other scenes did.

I know these movies are all fictional… and they meant nothing compared with reality-inspired movies and documentaries… Still, we embrace these films to the core. What made these flicks so special to us is the connection we have built around them, not to mention the childhood memories I know I already ingrained in my scions as we watched together the films conceived largely by “The Man”… Stan Lee would never know that with his superhero ensemble my children and I cohered real good.


Naz’s art tribute to Stan Lee

When we heard the news of Stan Lee’s passing I somehow felt a sudden void… It was an uneasy fact to swallow. Even my kids felt sad, especially Naz, knowing that such great artist as Stan Lee already bid farewell for good… Stan Lee’s passing compelled Naz to make a Stan Lee tribute. Surely, Stan Lee will be remembered and will continue to inspire artists – both young and old. Here is a short Vid I made to document Naz’s art tribute to Stan Lee.




Art tribute to Stan Lee
My young artist, Naz, holding his art tribute. Art medium: colored pencils. ©️

Art by: Naz. Art medium: Colored pencils. ©️


Naz‘s orange-haired superhero

They say that the dad is the son’s superhero… Well, I cannot argue with that. Truly, my Naz’s superhero is none other than his Dad.

Actually, any parent is a superhero in the eyes of a child… Dad — or mom — is someone the child looks up to with the utmost regard. Children emulate how their parents look, how they speak, and basically, how they deal with about anything… especially, during a difficult situation that calls for a swift action. To them, their parents seem to have super powers. 😎

To us, parents, of course, that is super challenging. Disappointing them is the least we intend to do. And so, we hardly ever expose our weaknesses. It is not really for the reason that we pretend to deceive. It’s more of proving to them that we are someone worthy of their trust and hope. We, as if automatic, become paragon of valour.

For our children’s sake, we instantly become superheroes endowed with extraordinary prowess and might. Little did they know though that they are our vital source of strength and purpose. For that, they, too, become our superheroes. ☺️

Here is my 10yo Naz’s drawing of one of his superhero protagonists in his journal tales. I have to ask again though about the name and the kind of super powers this character has. For now, I will call him “orange-haired” superhero. 🤔☺️

Naz’s “orange-haired” superhero

Crayons on paper. Drawing by Naz
Crayons on paper. Drawing by Naz on August 30, 2018. ©

Simple lines of love by NaIyah

“Art doesn’t have to be complicated and extraordinary to be appreciated…”
– Ria ·vix· Maria

My seven-year-old NaIyah’s art love letter

NaIyah's love letter to mom ©

Artwork by NaIyah on July 26, 2016. ©



My 7-yr old NaIyah drew this art love letter. She told me to post her artwork in China…. US… Japan……. Perhaps, what she truly meant was for me to post this for everyone to see.  And so, I included her artwork here to make it viewable anywhere else in the world. Maybe, it could inspire children like her to draw more.

Art doesn’t have to be complicated to be appreciated. It is about expression. And, it can be done with simple lines and colors.

My daughter knows how darn excited I am when it comes to art. So, I’m pretty sure that what she really wants is simply to make mommy smile… for real! True enough… her loving gesture expressed through art is more than enough to turn this art extra special.