Illustration Friday: Memories

One of my fondest art memories relates to this piece. This drawing won me my first ever Scholastic Gold Key Award back in 1997. I was a sophomore in high school and this is when I realized that I could make a living as an artist. I began to take art much more seriously from this point on, and wouldn’t you know it, I make a living being an artist!

The project was to combine 3 random elements that we drew out of a hat. I drew a zebra, lightning bug, and wire cutters.

An interesting side note: This drawing is where I first experimented with ballpoint pens. You might notice it is often my drawing utensil of choice for many of my Illustration Friday entries.

Ballpoint pen, Graphite, & Colored Pencils.
18″x10″

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4 Comments Illustration Friday: Memories

  1. kim

    I still have my gold key award. Do you still have yours? You are really good with the ballpoint pen. What is your pen of choice? And what kind of paper? Inquiring minds need to know…

  2. Eric

    I still have it. I remember being just a bit disappointed when I saw how small they were. I guess I was hoping for one of those big “keys to the city” type keys you see celebrities getting. :)

    As for the type of pen, I use the very cheap, but effective BIC Cristal Ballpoint Pens. I have tried more expensive pens, but always come back to these. You can’t beat 10 pens for about $1.25!

    I usually draw on higher quality, smooth ink jet type paper. I have found that the smoother finish papers makes it easier to shade with the ballpoint pen.

    So as you can see it is a pretty cheap and dirty method, but I have tried to get the best mileage out of it. Thanks for asking Kim!

  3. Katie

    That is a beautiful memory and beautiful art. I’m a graphic designer and I get paid for it, but I don’t think I could survive on paintings or children’s illustrations just yet. Love it.

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