I was going through some old photos recently when I came across some of my earliest original artwork.
I was that kid who loved to draw. I even had some kids ask me for drawings that I later learned that they signed and turned in as their own work. Even as a youngster I should have been more cognizant of my rights under copyright law.
I loved to make drawings for my Grandmother. She would actually frame some of my doodles for display in the living room of her home. Forget the fridge and a magnet, she believed my work belonged on walls presented properly. Grandma always got my sense of humor so I had the idea to draw her a pretty complex, over-the-top Christmas Card.
The actual card is long gone, but what I found was my original sketch. I did this when I was about 8-9 years old. It’s not very detailed, and it has part of my math homework off on one side. The whole thing started when I asked Grandma what all of those things in that crazy song looked like – she said she didn’t know, so I decided to make something up.
The 12 Days of Christmas through my 4th grade eyes…
A card so grand it took two whole sides of a sheet of paper to plan out…
Over the years I have reproduced this concept in pen and ink with lots of flourishes and details – but the concept itself is unchanged. The Maids-a-milking would all be in French maid uniforms, the Lords would be jumping hurdles, the Swans would wear swimming goggles – all style with the substance unchanged. The last time I drew it was the Christmas after I graduated from college.
When I showed this drawing to one of my co-workers, she remarked that the Calling Birds and the Turtle Doves would make fun T-shirts – pretty cool since I make up T-shirt slogans for a living. I guess I’m kinda doing what I was made to do.
I hope your Holiday Season is bright and wonderful and just a little bit silly.
Wonderful — and I too love, love, love the four calling birds. Imagine how disappointing it would have been if they’d had cell phones 😉
Thanks – that’s funny – I was just talking with a friend about how a kid would draw it today with iPhones. I like the party line better too.
Fun! I’m glad you love your work. I do too. It feels more like play than work to me but I get paid to do it, so I don’t quibble when my Clients tell me I do good “work”.
It really is such a big part of your life – if you can do work you love you’re lucky!
I can’t believe you did that in fourth grade! You DID find your calling.
Birds, that is, calling birds.
LOL – thanks. I was always a doodler, still am
*Green with envy*
I think that’s pretty amazing for your age. Love it!
The creativity has been just oozing out of you forever 🙂
Oozing might even have been the word my mom chose for it after she saw the doodles on my bedroom wall 🙂
Those drawings are priceless, Lorri.
So much fun and imagination behind them – easy to see you were highly creative and had a great sense of humour right from a very young age.
How lucky you are to be in a job for which you were essentially…….. just perfect.
(not sure what I was meant to be as I’ve had so many different jobs, but I think it’s never too late to be what you might have been)
Thanks Vicky – and I think you are right abut it never being too late!
Four calling birds. I love it!
Thanks! I think I’m dating myself with that rotary phone 🙂
LOVE this!!!! You are such a talented woman, thank you for sharing! 🙂
Awe shucks…you are too kind 🙂 Thanks for checking it out.
LOVE IT – HA!!! Thanks for sharing – Happy Tuesday!
Thanks! Happy Tuesday to you too!
8 or 9?? That’s pretty good! Do you still draw? I want to see it!
Yep – My degree in Art School was an emphasis in life drawing – super marketable degree:) I don’t draw as much as I used to – but I doodle a lot to relax. I think I was doing portraits by about 11 or 12.
Wow you are the epitome of creativeness!
You are too kind 🙂
kind smind! You’re talented!
I am impressed with your talent… you are a lucky person to have the ability.. I never seemed to progress beyond the stick drawings…
Stick drawings can be very powerful! Some of these are just that:) Thanks!
This is so cool. My favorites are the cow and the turtle doves. I can paint, but can’t draw very well. wish I could do both. But I love to paint so I’m happy. You were great even back then! 🙂
Thanks – I love painting too – it’s so free. I think the turtle doves were the ones that cracked my Grandma up 🙂
Your artistic talent started at a young age. My mother recently gave me some old artwork. Wow. It’s a good thing I plan on sticking with writing! What a fun post!
LOL – Thanks. I have always loved to draw. Visual things make me tick. I think you have mad writing skilz!