Throwback Thursday Art

While I have been busy working on my latest book project, I come up for air every few days to post here and at Facebook. Today I posted two events from my past. The first is from 1974; the second is from 1984.

It is fun, interesting, and painful to look at works from the past. But it also reminds me of the arduous work I have done to get this far.

The first illustration below is a colored pencil drawing from high school. I was 17, hooked on surrealism, and everything I drew had a fantasy dreamscape look to it. My mom covered it with plastic wrap and kept it hung in the kitchen, though it clashed with her kitchen knickknacks and décor.

Colored pencil on paper, 1974

Ten years later, I was drawing wildlife. But I wanted to paint, so I bought watercolor and gouache paints and set about learning to illustrate the deer and wildlife in my backyard. This is one of my earliest attempts.

Watercolor and gouache on paper, 1984

In 1984, I was also developing my talents as a cartoonist. While going to Art Instruction Schools, I studied cartooning under Charles Schulz, an alumnus of the school and the creator of Peanuts. The illustration below was my final assignment for that class.

Pen and ink on paperboard, 1984

One thought on “Throwback Thursday Art

  1. Whoa!! A spectral orange hand clutching a mysterious green fruit which is being… skewered!! That is definitely a “mind adventure” for any fan of fine art!! I really like it, and I think your mom had excellent taste. That’s mighty fine work for a 17-year-old, and no mistake.

    And you were a student at that famous art correspondence school, and got to interact with Charles Schultz, no less. What a fascinating journey you’ve had, Steven. Thanks for sharing that– very, very cool. Got a kick out of the strip. I like how you turned the car guy around in Panel #2, so we see him as Mr. BBQ would see him– don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a strip before. Great post, thanks!

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