Oh, I’m so glad I found these; I really was wondering what happened to the first one, which was a colored pencil study for a color woodcut that I never made. The second sketch was an ink study for a single-color (B/W) woodcut that I did make, which came out well. The third image was just an ink sketch of an in-progress painting in my tiny studio setup in the tiny house I shared with a roommate in 1988. I did complete two paintings like that in the sketch — very colorful ones. 🙂
It’s been so long since I packed these away, I forgot that I’d ever drawn them.
There’s nothing spectacular to be seen here, which is probably why I’d never made digital images of these before. The bedroom curtain scene was clearly left unfinished, but I am rather fond of the kitchen scene – I still have the covered cheese board, copper pepper mill, copper double boiler, and Romertopf clay cooker, and they all still get lots of use!
Here are three more early, early sketches for Caturday — they were all done necessarily quickly, many years ago. I’ve been searching for the first one for years!
12″ x 9″
© 1988 Marilyn Fenn
More from my attic discovery…these remind me that when I was first learning to draw, I hadn’t yet begun to understand the idea of telling a better story, visually, by leaving out unneeded detail. That stone house – oy! Not great, a suggestion of stonework strongly drawn in places would have been so much better.
Of course, this was during my first drawing class, in the hot Austin summer, so perhaps I can be forgiven for being a bit heat-addled.
I’ve been working in our “new” attic room — sorting through so many boxes, and finding wonderful stuff among tons of junk. In one of the 26 boxes stored in the attic that contained previously unknown content — boxes that I just sorted through — I found 18 sketches from my early college art classes. I’ve been searching for some of these for years, though I’d forgotten about some of the others. I’m so happy to have found these!
They’re not awesome, but I was just learning to draw — and I had a lot to learn — so bear with me. Here are 3 sketches from my first drawing class after returning to school to study art: