I didn't think I'd be back so soon, but I couldn't pass up this week's theme. Here's my version of 'grow.' Y'see, I've had the tendency to draw sequences of mini-portraits of people 'aging,' or growing if you will, my entire life. I called these drawings 'aging processes' drawings. This is a new one.
It's the first thing I thought of when I saw 'grow.' So, here's a girl growing up. I reckon I'm fascinated with the passing of time and its effects on the body, and fashion and haircuts. : ) Sometimes I would create entire family albums of fictitious people spanning generations, portraits of each member every so many years drawn - all drawn on notebook paper (probably during one of my brothers' basketball games) and stapled together. It was an obsession of mine.
Here's a small sampling of some aging process drawings throughout my ages. Check out how I 'grew' as an artist. Ah-ha! Double themed entry!
This here's my very first aging process drawing(s) (it's on two pages, but it's one drawing) that I can remember doing. I had just turned six (1986). I remember actually drawing this, and talking to myself while I drew it in my very first sketch book -- recounting the story of this girl's life as I made it all up. For some reason, she looks nothing alike year to year -- I'm prolly the only one who would know it's all the same girl.
This one was done circa 1988 --third grade. If you click on it, you might be able to make out the '3rd Grade *sigh*' handwriting under the picture of the girl with the super curly scribble hair. Hmmm, someone did not like her hair in third grade....
This one is from 1991, when I rediscovered drawing and I would rip through a sketchbook every month or so. This also documents the advent of my 'noseless' people, which I notoriously drew circa 1991-1995, as I decided I couldn't draw noses well enough, so I left them out all together. This chick evolved to noselessness, it seems.
Here's a re-drawing I did in 2003 of my aging process I drew in 1991. I tried to stay true to the original fashions and haircuts, so she still doesn't look like she's the same person all the way through. What can I say? I was bored and lazy that day.
Anyway, there you go. A drawing of a girl growing up, and the growth of my artistic prowess and skillz. Two birds, one stone! Kinda...
So, was I a strange kid, or does everyone else draw aging processes as well?