Sunday, November 2, 2008

Earliest Art

These drawings are from a First Grade school notebook that my grandmother held onto. It was always in one of the two bottom drawers of a table in her TV room. As she lived upstairs from me, I'd see it every now and then and eventually appropriated it back. I've had it now for at least the last twenty years. The scrawlings here are the earliest drawings I have of mine, aside from one other drawing, found in my grandmothers 1972 Toyota Celica, of all places. It was of some kind of hatchet wielding guy, very scratchy, on a post it note. I believe it pre-dates these drawings by a bit. Unfortuantely, I wasn't able to locate it on a recent rifling thru of a few boxes of art, but I do think I have it...somewhere.

In June 1974, when these drawings were done, I was just 3 months shy of my seventh birthday. Soon afterwards, my family left for Japan and the sketchbook came along, as evidenced by some writings and drawings from my sister of a Manga styled girl and lyrics and other references to our life in Japan. Towards the back are even later drawings, from around 1978/9.