Question #1 - Revisit Childhood Artwork
Do you have a piece of artwork that you made when you were young that has been saved by you or your family? As you revisit and remember what was important within that particular piece of artwork or the making of it, what do you make of it now? What is important about the piece as you revisit it?
Post: Eliza Hunter
As a child I drew in my sketch book all the time, usually four to five drawings a day. I used to take it with me everywhere I went and always created scenes, characters, landscapes, and compositions. Over the years I saved all of theses sketch books and every once and a while I'll pull them out and flip through them. It is amazing to me to see how creative and dedicated I was with my drawing. A child's imagination is so incredible.
At the time of drawing them, I was just...drawing! Taking the idea in my mind and going with it. Once satisfied with a picture, I would flip the page and go right on and draw a completely different scene. Perhaps a jungle scene with monkeys and toucans, trees and snakes. I wasn't looking at anything, I was drawing from my mind. I feel that as I have grown older I find it harder to just draw. If i wanted to draw a monkey now, I might have to do research on what kind of monkey I want to draw and get some idea of how to draw it to accurately represent the figure.
Looking back at these sketch books as a whole really make me proud of the desire and passion I have always had for art. I love to see the way my mind worked at that age on page. Also the skills I acquired throughout those years are exposed in my sketch books. From beginning to end, I can see how I advanced.
In addition to my imagination and skills, remembering where I was at the time of drawing brings back the feeling of being a kid. For example, sitting in my mom's hair salon, I can remember the picture I drew. When ever I look at it and am automatically transported back to being seven years old and bored out of my mind while my mom cut her hair. My sketch books mean a lot to me and I would be very upset if I were to ever loose any of them. They hold a lot of history and have recently taught me a lot about myself as a kid. Its really fun to look back at them and remember what it was like to be that age and draw those pictures.
Response from peer: Janina Smith
I can completely relate, my grandmother saved this terrible doodle i did when i was about 12 and she hung it on her fridge. i think it's still there to this day. i think its great to see that my work means so much to her i just wish she had saved and displayed something on the fridge that i actually worked hard on!