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One question I get asked a lot at conventions is, “How long have you been drawing?” It’s a very difficult question to answer, because I don’t recall a time when I haven’t been drawing. However, I was going through my old files in preparation for a presentation I’ll be giving later today at a high school, and I found the earliest drawing (or, perhaps I should say, book) still in my possession. It’s even dated, so I know that at the time of the story’s creation, I was just shy of five years old.
This little story is six pages long, and is about “The little squirrel [that] wanted to go across the big ocean to eat the goodest acorns at the green grass place across the ocean.” While I’m not sure if it was for this book or another book (I made a lot of scratch-paper books) that I studied, for what seemed like hours, how a book binding worked…and then promptly put my binding on the wrong side. (Clearly, I was into manga before it was cool.) As for the story, it looks like my mother took dictation of the tale, which involved a lot of ship building and rowing, and culminates in eating “the beautifulest acorn that looked good and juicy.”
So, there you go. At the very least, I’ve been spinning squirrel-driven masterpieces since age four. 🙂
What’s your earliest work still in your possession?