Old Drawings from College

This summer I started decluttering and organizing everything I own. One day I tripped over a stack of sketchbooks and almost broke my neck. When I got back up I noticed I had sketchbooks stored in 4 different places. Suddenly my eyes were opened and I realized everything was outa’ order…the whole trial was outa’ order! 

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I’m still not done going through everything, but at least now all my sketchbooks and art supplies are all together and easy to use. As I was going through my artwork I found an old portfolio from college. I looked through it and actually threw away 2 pieces of art that weren’t worth keeping. One was a chili pepper I made out of cut up coke cans. It was falling apart. And another was a process art piece that just wasn’t any good.

The rest of my drawings I kept. I remember being in school so stressed and being my own worst critic, thinking my drawings sucked. But looking back, I realize it wasn’t as bad as I thought at the time. I picked some out to share with you.

These first 2 drawings look a little like mug shots. They were done in one of my early studio drawing classes. We partnered up and drew each other on flimsy newsprint paper. They’re very flat and I remember we were all feeling timid drawing another human from life. I wonder if they still have their flat profile drawing of me. They were drawn a month apart.

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This guy modeled for us a lot. I liked drawing him because he could sit very still. It sure didn’t feel like it at the time, but I made a lot of progress in two years. The portrait doesn’t look flat and I have good tonal range.

Self portraits were tough. I’ve always been disciplined about staring at the thing I’m drawing, but staring at a mirror and trying to remember to sit in the same position was so hard. Plus, I’m always lookin’ so intense when I draw. These two self portraits are 6 years apart. The one on the left was drawn at the same time as the 2 flat mug shot drawings. The one on the right was done in 2011. I was feeling a lot more confident in my drawing skills by that point.

I love looking back at my old artwork, seeing my progress, and remembering moments throughout my art journey.