While our house is in complete upheaval preparing for attic renovations, I came across some old drawings. Can you make out these caricatures? Hint: the year was 1983 and M*A*S*H was ending. I was 13 and tried to duplicate this drawing that was on the front cover of TV Guide.
In 1988, I discovered "Pen and Ink" drawings. I'd take a calligraphy-type pen, dip it in ink, and try to draw without pools of ink creating huge blotches on my paper. An article about baby seals being illegally killed in a magazine caught my eye and a real life image of this puffy white baby broke my heart. I tried to capture the deep dark eyes in Pen and Ink.
This picture was copied from an artist my father knew. He had drawn a horse using the Pen and Ink method so I thought it would make a great learning tool to see where he would slash and score his lines. Of course, compared to his horse, I thought mine was terrible. Looking back 24 years later, it's not so bad after all!
Have you ever heard of "Pointillism"? It's a form of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. At the tender age of 18 I dreamed of getting a pilot's license, but couldn't afford the tuition. So, what's a girl with this unreachable dream to do? Make friends with some pilots! This was a plane I flew in one winter day and it was one of my most memorable experiences. One thing bothered me about this picture though and I couldn't figure it out until another pilot pointed out the obvious - the naked eye couldn't see propellers spinning so fast. I had drawn the picture from an actual photograph of the plane sitting on the ground, so I drew what I saw. Then I added a background that depicted the plane flying, so I wouldn't have seen the proellers in motion. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes doesn't it?!
It's been such a long, long time since I've actually drawn, let alone tried Pen and Ink or Pointillism. It's amazing that I came across these old pictures now, because for Christmas, Ted got me a charcoal drawing set. Hands don't fail me now!