Late last night, I was trying to remember how I used to draw as a kid, like specifically how I used to draw the sky. I remember a scene in some movie where a kid (kindergarten age maybe) painted the whole sky blue (whereas the rest of the class would make one blue stripe at the very top of the paper) and the teachers were just amazed by this kid. I don't remember how I used to do that, and now that really bugs me. I looked through the old drawings I still have and none have a sky or much of any scenery at all (guess I got into my "no background" thing pretty early!). I clearly remember making the sun a quarter-circle in the top corner of the paper, but danged if I remember the sky. Mom says if she had realized I was actually going to end up being an artist she would have kept more of the stuff I did as a kid. There must be a zillion drawings that got thrown away, because I remember drawing all the time...specifically drawing horses all the time. And birds, and rodents. Oh man, I wish I still had all that stuff (note to parents, if your kid seems artistically inclined, KEEP EVERYTHING.)
But I do want to share with you some of my very early work, just for amusement sake. Keep in mind I hardly have any, but every now and then I'll stick one on here.
This is the "first real drawing" that I did, according to my mom, meaning it's the first one that was supposed to look like anything in particular. I can't vouch for that. I do remember drawing it, but I don't remember specifically what I had drawn before that.
graphite on a piece of note paper (like the kind you'd keep by the phone, pretty small)
age 4 years and 1 month
I remember being very adamant that this was a GIRL skeleton, of course, as you can tell by her lovely hair. :-) And the spiral lines on the body, those were definitely meant to portray the ribs.