We were cleaning out some things today and I found some old treasures. Just like a lot of kids, I enjoyed drawing. My earliest memories of drawing were when I was about 8 years old. I'm sure I did some stuff in school before that, but I remember independently drawing around 8 - 10 years old. One of the things that I also did was to trace over the outline of newspaper photos with a sharpie. I think I may have been younger when I was doing this and I'm not sure why it appealed to me.
In elementary school, I remember getting a how to draw book from the library and I think it was Star Wars themed because I did a step-by-step drawing of a Yoda from it; I'm not into Star Wars, but that memory sticks with me.
I was really into cartoons, but I was also compelled to do portraits. I did a portrait of my Grandmother and I can still remember her sitting as I drew her. Luckily, I put a date on these drawings (10 years old). I drew a portrait of George Washington from the dollar bill and I did a master copy of an Edward Hopper who I liked a lot when I was young.
I really cherish these old drawings from when I was a kid and it's interesting because I can see glimpses of my style in these early works. There's something deeply rewarding about drawing and I can never quite put it into works. It's about capturing what I see and creating something new.
I'm so happy that I rediscovered these.