Everything in this first post was done between 1992 and 1994 when I was 14-16 years old and trying to determine if I wanted to pursue a career in art. I decided against it, and these images are some of my last stuff before putting the pencil down and forgetting to pick it up for 15 years.
I've decided to take a stab at drawing again and see if the fun is still there for me. I'm hoping that this thread will keep me motivated to pick up the pencils from time to time and not let another 15 years go by.
Even though the images are based on existing art and photographs, for a 15 year old to be able to copy anything that well demonstrates a lot of talent. I wonder what you'd be doing today if had chosen to pursue an art career. Keep at it. It's a decent hobby even if you can't make a steady income with it.
Dahami - Thanks. I sometimes wonder the same thing when I watch DVD special features and see all the concept art and CG work. Forums like these do a lot to keep young artists motivated through their frustrating times. By the way, your sketchbook reminds me of some of the freaky drawings in the Mysteries of the Unknown UFO book I had as a kid.
Some more sketchbook pages. Some of the images may look a bit odd because my sketchbook is 11x14 so I have to make two scans of a page and stitch them together.
15 years! I can`t even imagine that! I also had a period when I was pursuing another career, but the urge to pick up the pencil was always there...I`m glad one of the "sheep" got back to our artistic flock...and a talented one, mind you! Great work, keep posting! And welcome home
My eyes are untrained, but those pastel pieces I find so romantic-quiet.
Hopefully you've built up enough emotions inside that body & mind
to unleash this second time around.
15 years is so long, but now, unleash that fun jhofferle.
Personally, I'm glad you shared, just to remind myself that some images are made from pure
love. Or not. You could've been doing it for donuts or something. I know I would.
PxelSlayer - Thank you. There were plenty of times over the years I thought to myself "I really should start drawing again." But thinking about something and doing it are pretty different. My interests have been all over the place and now I feel the need to focus on the things that I really enjoyed.
dwardo - The pastel landscapes are what I'm most proud of because they were done under the sun, out in nature. I certainly wasn't working for donuts. I think I just realized I liked drawing and explored it as much as I could. There were far less productive hobbies I could have picked up as a teenager. Thanks.
More sketchbook pages. One moment it feels like I'm getting back into the swing of things, the next minute I want to tear out the page and toss it.
Newman101 - Thanks for the encouragement. I think I just kept getting sidetracked with other things until I was no longer the teen with a lot of potential. It's a bit of a mental block when you can't use the "I'm just a kid" excuse when you suck.
Mariusz Kornatka - Thanks. I'd love to post more, but these are all I have at the moment. I recently picked these up from my family farm where I grew up, but there are a few I remember painting that I didn't find. I'm hoping to try a few new ones after I get confident enough.
FOYLE - Thank you. Most of the landscapes were done under the instruction of the late August Gloss. He was an amazing teacher and I wish I had spent more time working with him when I had the chance. Here is a photo of him showing me how to render some of the trees near that stone building: