One of the best gifts I ever received as a child was given to me by my aunt Traci. A large blue hardback book filled with nothing but blank sheets of paper. The possibilities were endless! As a child I carried it around with me everywhere, scribbling in it nonstop. It has been lost for a long time, but several months ago my brother found it hidden away. I cleaned off the mold that had grown on the cover, wiped off the dust and have made sure that it never leaves my sight again. It’s a great time capsule of my younger years and flipping through the pages I see that back then I had the same offbeat sense of humor that I have today. I’m posting a few of my drawings from my old blue book so you can see a little of where I’ve come from and maybe give you a sense of where I’m going.
Okay that last little bit was pure nonsense, but it sure does sound good. 🙂
All of the following drawings are from around 1993, I was 11 years old
Dinosaurs were a favorite of mine growing up. I dreamt of being an archeologist and knew more about Dinosaurs than just about any adult. I drew countless dinosaurs, stomping their way across the pages of my old blue book.
In case you’re wondering, that’s a volcano erupting in the background.
With T-Rex taking the charge in my boyhood sketchbook you know that aliens won’t be far behind. I am an unabashed SciFi nerd and thanks to my Trekkie mom, my nerdom started early in life. I was surprised to see as I flipped through my old book that a constant theme of my drawings were saving the environment and stopping pollution. I didn’t know I was so concerned about the environment at that age.
I was also surprised to find many portraits in my old book, none of which I remember doing. This is a portrait of an old friend of mine, I haven’t seen her in many years. When I did this portrait, despite what the forehead wrinkles lead you to believe, she must have been in her early twenties. I can’t imagine what she was thinking when she saw all those wrinkles I drew… maybe that’s why I haven’t seen her in so long. 🙂
Dinosaurs, aliens and cowboys, what else did you expect from a young boy’s sketchbook! Actually this is the only cowboy I found in the entire book, but it is a good example of my sense of humor both then and now. I guess it’s a good sign that while I was going through the book, several times I would stop and laugh my head off. I’m my own best audience.
A portrait of my brother Kyle. Looking at this drawing you might think that we’re Asian, which would be wrong. It’s not a bad portrait and my brother is enamored with the Asian culture, so I’m sure he loved it. Maybe that’s partly why I drew it as I did.
It’s great looking through this old book. Every young boy and girl should have a sketchbook of their own. And if you do have a sketchbook of your own, make sure you keep it somewhere very safe, years from now it’s going to be a precious treasure that you’ll look through with great delight.
Thank you again aunt Traci! And thank you Kyle for finding my old blue book!