Sketchbook (1995-1999)


Warning: Illegal string offset 'width' in /home/oaktree_blog/blog.oak-tree.us/wp-includes/media.php on line 706

Warning: Illegal string offset 'width' in /home/oaktree_blog/blog.oak-tree.us/wp-includes/media.php on line 712

Warning: Illegal string offset 'width' in /home/oaktree_blog/blog.oak-tree.us/wp-includes/media.php on line 706

Warning: Illegal string offset 'width' in /home/oaktree_blog/blog.oak-tree.us/wp-includes/media.php on line 712

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed drawing. There is something immensely soothing about it. It also helps you to see the world with new eyes. Certainly, a tree is still a tree and a flower a flower, but knowing what something is doesn’t help transfer the form. For that, you have to see what shapes and colors interact to make the form. You might see that a leaf is composed of nothing more than a series of small triangles, for example. Or that a horse is a series of interlocking circles connected by short, graceful arcs.

The only way to learn this new way of seeing is to practice it. This means that if you want to be an artist, you should keep a sketchbook close to hand and take time to doodle and draw. Over the past decade, this is something I’ve done with varying degrees of success.

Recently, I went back and reviewed some of the oldest sketchbooks I still have and thought that it might be fun to post some of the work. That is what you will find in this gallery: a small sampling of the sketches I made while in high school.

These aren’t necessarily my favorites or those of which I am most proud. They’re the ones that survived. But, I still thought it fun to see and sort through them.