I haven't done a "throwback Thursday" type post before but I felt like sharing something fun and a bit random today. I recently came across this article about Jake Lockett, an artist who documented his art from age 2 to 24. It was really interesting to see how his skills and drawing style evolved over time. It immediately made me go digging for this little book that I made way back in Kindergarten...
Of all the books and sketchbooks I've made and filled over the years, this one is by far my favorite (sorry Terzo). It's filled with pages of writing prompt responses, little anecdotes from my family and pages of sketches I made from about 4 to 6 years old. I love looking back through it, I even have memories of drawing some of them.
Whenever we went out to dinner, I'd sketch on the back of the paper place-mat on the table. The sketch of the tractor and bell is my favorite...I remember drawing it back in Pre-School. We had a red school house with a sort of tower on top of it and I really wanted there to be a bell in it, so I drew it!
So I may have loved Kindergarten back then but I certainly hadn't learned to spell yet! I love this little book, the first book I ever made! It's fun to look back at old sketches and see how far your skills have come. I'm so glad my mom held on to them and dated them. It's really interesting to see the span of time between drawings and when certain skills or habits were acquired...when you started drawing real hands, adding facial features, backgrounds, expressions and more. I had my 1st graders make self portraits this week and I hope they are able to hold on to them and look back at their mini selves one day.
Do you hold on to old sketches and sketchbooks? Have you shared your old sketches from when you were little? I'd love to see!