I am quite sure I was eight years old at the time…
My mom had signed me up for cartooning classes. Rightfully so, I found myself doodling in school instead of taking notes. She always pushed me into trying as much as possible. My childhood included piano, swimming, and karate lessons. If I had shown the most remote interest in any category, my mom launched into action; searching for a way to convert the love I had for a hobby into a talent.
Bart Simpson Helped
My cartooning classes fell under this category. On a random Tuesday in June, I found myself in a local community centre surrounded by other kids. I had no idea what brought me there.
Directly in front of me was a table, pencils, crayons, and fresh pieces of white paper. A gentleman in his mid-twenties was instructing us on how to draw Bart Simpson. After all, he was a character every child knew. He carefully started the class by showing how we draw his spikey hair first. We then moved onto the frame of his face, ending at the diagonal lines that make his mouth. Next, our pencils were supposed to circle back up the paper to draw his nose, eyes and complete his hair.
I had no patience to stand in the room and commit to drawing Bart Simpson. It took some time to measure out his features carefully and accurately render the famous cartoon character.
So, I drew Yonar instead. A character I made up. He was simple to draw, a few spikes in his hair, a pair of eyes, a long nose and a mouth. He was also a chameleon. I thought it was a practical feature considering I had the habit of losing crayons.
I started drawing Yonar everywhere. In books, magazines, notes, cue cards, it was part of my innocence throughout my adolescence. Somewhere between the jobs I took and going back to school, 3 times over, cartooning became a lost art.
|This is a more recent sketch of Yonar. Earlier versions lacked facial expressions.|
I never drew well. My skills were lacklustre at best. Yet, I wonder if any degree of my drawing skills remained. If so, did they evolve alongside my own maturity?
Pursing A Lost Talent is An Art
This is what I wish to test. Can I dust off an old dull skill I once had? If so, can I improve it? Even if my cartooning class was over 20 years ago?
I will start slowly. My first step is to watch Where to Start as a Beginner? – Easy Things to Draw on YouTube.
Feel free to join in the journey. Perhaps we can both improve an existing skill. Updates will follow.
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|ABOUT THE AUTHOR|
Barry Sereb is currently pursuing another law degree. When he isn’t quoting Thomas Hobbes or Lord Diplock, he writes and curates artwork for PosterBoys. His first interaction with art came by way of a cartooning class he took at only eight years old. Barry wrote the first draft of this piece wearing a Waltham Chronograph, circa 1973.