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When did you start drawing?

The question I get asked most is, "When did you start drawing?" I'd have to say I started very early. I can remember being about 5, sitting in my room, drawing the characters I saw painted on the walls. My parents had painted Tigger, Pooh, Tinkerbell and The Peanuts gang on the walls of my room just before I was born. My first attempts at drawing were to copy Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty.

Around age 10 I had my first drawing lessons. I learned about negative space and that's also when I got the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." It's still a book I would recommend.

I enjoyed drawing throughout my middle school years, often preferring that over algebra work. By the time high school came around I was set to attend my first real art class. But it wasn't meant to be. Schedules changed and I had to leave art class for Japanese instead. An experience I wouldn't trade if given the chance. 


Finally, at my second semester in college I took Drawing I. I thought, "Finally, I'm going to get some classroom instruction on how to draw!" Boy was I wrong. This was college. The assumption was that if you had gotten this far you knew what you were doing by now! So there was no real instruction, but my horizons were broadened because I learned to use new mediums like charcoal, pastels, craypas, and pen and ink. I also learned that being an art student was expensive! I got a B in that class.

It wasn't until recently that I picked up my pencils and decided to draw again. To really try to improve and make my work better. It's been like a job to me and the work has paid off.

Every piece is personal. You get to know a person when you're studying them for 30 hours or more. Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye to a drawing. You get attached to them.

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