As those of you who follow my blog know, I took art up to A level at school, then I put my pencils down and barely picked them up again until a couple of years ago. Last weekend, I persuaded my long-suffering hubby to drag down my school portfolios from the loft and had a good old rummage through them. The most surprising thing was how many large artworks there were; I'd forgotten just how many larger-scale (A1) pieces I'd worked on. I can see it wasn't my greatest forté - and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably know how much I love small-scale!
Sadly, I can't show you the largest pieces, as my scanner is only A4, and I couldn't get them to stay on the door so I could photograph them, so I've just included a few of the smaller pieces, plus an A3 pastel and a photo of my A-level art piece.
This was from my fourth year Communications project (don't ask me what fourth year translates to in today's schooling terms, because I haven't a clue!). I can see the errors, but it was quite a good exercise in perspective.
These were sketches of my hands for a graphic design project (not my strongest point!) - I included them because it amused me to see my stumpy little paws - they're still the same! And they're exactly the same shape and size as my Mum's. Definitely not artist's fingers ... ;)
This was an attempt at a portrait of my lovely Grandad. It's not perfect, but it does look like him. Brought a tear to my eye, too. RIP, Grandad. x
A random cat that I copied from somewhere - no idea where, it certainly wasn't one of ours!
And finally, some colour! Pencil has always been my medium of choice; I did a lot of painting at school, but it was never particularly successful. This was an experiment with pastels. I think it may have been a depiction from a character from a novel. I did a lot of that - still do, in fact.
And finally, my A-level piece. We had a choice of whether to use Letraset (anyone remember that?!) or draw our own letters, and I chose to draw mine. Coloured pencils, of course! It's a photo, so it's not very good quality. The butterfly's hiding a mistake! This is on my Mum and Dad's wall - upstairs, thankfully. It's quite a large piece.
So that's a tiny fraction of my schoolwork, and most of it hasn't been seen in a looong time! It was a little bizarre looking back at it and remembering drawing some of it. Where have all those years gone, eh? The only thing I really miss is the student discount at the local art shop, though!