Sunday, August 22, 2010

What happened?!

The other day I was scouring through an old chest in search of finding something that was lost. Upon said scouring I came across a book.
Not just any book, mind you.
A book that was written and illustrated by a 12 year old ME.
It's called Stephanie's Secret, and it is 28 pages long.
Though the title and the subject matter are as generic as they come, I couldn't help but be proud of the little me. Who at that age, after all, sits down and types out a book? In my opinion, some of the lines in it even resembled those of a legitimate published novel! Truly, they did.

After moments of marvel depicted toward the homemade text, I finally put the book aside and dove more into the chest wondering what else I could resurrect from its depths. 

and TADA! My sketchbook:

As a child I drew anything and everything. Anytime I felt inspired, out came the pencil! I miss that! These specific finds left me pondering; what happened to cause a halt in my drawings? I guess my only conclusion that I can derive is that I started to direct my creativity toward a different (digital) outlet. In high school I became so obsessed with taking photos that I completely abandoned my sketchbooks. What a tragedy that subconscious decision was. Aside from doodles and flowers, I can't remember the last time that I drew a legitimate picture.

as bloggers as my witness, I am determined to pick up this habit once again. These particular sketches were drawn when I was 12 and 13 years old, and I think that they are pretty decent. If I had kept going and improving with the art who knows where I would be here and now at the ripe old age of 21!


  1. really a good work for a 12 years old!!! even the "about the author" section!
    and I love the first sketch!!

    similar story, when I was 13 I drew a lot, and I wanted to be a comics drawer, then I abandoned the idea, and in the last 2 years I became obsessed with photography, but now, at 23, I have restarted to draw too ahah

  2. Wow! You definitely should start drawing again. Those are great!

  3. It's so fun to go through old thing we've kept throughout the years! An artist and an author?! Wow! :]


  4. I love going through my old stuff. My parents are good about keeping EVERYTHING and my dad's had a "book" i wrote in 3rd grate...mine was only around 13 pages (show off) and it was called "SAJ the Tornado Rider." I think my dad is more proud of that than anything I write in college. Haha.

  5. that is so cool. I found a book that I made when I was 5. I love it. Your illustrations were pretty awesome for a 12 year old.

  6. hahaha, Anna your book sounds so awesome. I love the title!

  7. Emmy, you're so so so kind! your request made me so happy! thank you!

    I'm only drawing that kind of things from a few months, and I didn't thing I'll ever receive a request, 'cause I am really a beginner, but we can se what will came out, at least it will be fun! :D

    send me a mail if you want!

  8. You were quite a talented artist especially considering that you were only 12. What sweet illustrations, so cute!

  9. i love finding old treasures from the past!!! love that picture of Clifford... he was one of my favorites growing up!!!

  10. How cute! You are such a good artist! I found a book that I had written in middle school awhile back, and it was so much fun to read my thoughts and writing style. Your blog is charming btw!