Sketchbook Saturday 2017/06/24

Yet another flashback to my drawings from my teen years… I almost feel like I should post these as “Throwback Thursday” posts. I’m not going to, though. :-P

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Sketch from October 1989

Sketch from October 1989

 

In 1989, I was really getting into more of the Black side of my being. The funny thing about that is it was because of my white cousin who I was hanging out with a lot at the time.

We use to joke that since I was raised by my white mom and white stepdad with their son my white brother in mostly white neighborhoods, I was basically white. In her case, she had a Black stepdad and halfbreed black sister and lived in mostly Black neighborhoods so she was in a lot of ways “Blacker” than me.

She was the one who told me about hair grease and finger waves and baby hairs and big earrings. The influence of the people and music she exposed me to shows a LOT in the art I did at the time.

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/06/17

Still reminiscing about summer 1989… 18 was a good year. :-)

 

Sketch from July 1989

Sketch from July 1989

 

I’m pretty sure that this is one that I did at my cousin’s man’s place. I think it may even have been drawn from a magazine ad or an article about someone who was famous at the time but I can’t remember now.

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/06/10

Another sketch from my teen years, June 1989 to be exact. Still somewhat of a self-portrait because I liked to draw things that reflected who I was.

 

Another sketch from my teen years, June 1989 to be exact.

Sketch from June 1989

 

I don’t remember if I drew this at home or at my cousin’s man’s place, but it was in that same era.

With this one, I am pretty sure I was challenging myself to get over my aversion to drawing a whole person. I hated drawing legs and feet and always felt like my proportions were off if I drew head to toe.

I think I did OK. :-)

 

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/06/03

Still going through my flashback sketches… this one is from 1989 when I was 18 years old. (Click image to enlarge.)

Still going through my flashback photos... this one is from 1989

Sketch from 1989

I’m pretty sure this was done after I graduated when I was hanging out with my (white) cousin and her (Black, white, and Asian) hoodlum gang banger friends.

We used to go over to her man’s apartment and just hang out there for HOURS and I would always take my sketchbook because I would get bored just sitting there listening to music (he didn’t have a TV).

I have a LOT of sketches from that summer.

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/05/27

When I was in high school I really liked drawing clothes. I also did a lot of self-portraits.

I think I was trying to emulate Frida Kahlo with the self-portraits.

I lived outside of town and hardly ever went anywhere since I didn’t have a car so I spent a lot of time alone. I was the only model available I guess.

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/05/20

Since I am relaunching, I think I am going to go through my sketchbook in chronological order. Here is another somewhat self-portrait drawn back in 1987 when I was 16 and a junior in high school. Click on the image to view it full size (the image is VERY big).

 

"Distraught" completed 9-2-87

“Distraught” completed 9-2-87

 

This one I took a while to draw. Unfortunately, I didn’t put the START date so I don’t know exactly how long. I wonder. Probably a few days working on it maybe a half hour to an hour at a time.

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Sketchbook Saturday 2017/05/13

Since I am relaunching the blog, I guess I will relaunch the posts of my art too. :-)

This week is a blast from the past.  A self-portrait I drew from a photo back when I was in high school. :-)
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(Self-portrait circa 1988)

(Self-portrait circa 1988)

When I was in high school I had a lot more time to draw so I was actually somewhat good at it back then. I don’t even know if I could do something this good now. Ah well. The joys of growing up and becoming an adult! Ha!

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