“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, ect. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you...I'd like my crayons back, please.” ~ Hugh MacLeod
I don't quite remember all of my first coloring books, but there are a few that remain well inside my memory. I loved them! Especially whenever they included a brand new box of Crayola’s...the big box with multiple colors.
With no paper tablets available, I would usually draw on the inside of used envelopes and letters that had clean back pages. As a young teen, I hoped for a drawing kit I saw on TV so I could learn techniques like shading, shapes, and shadows. That Christmas it showed up under the tree.
All through my school years, art classes were the ones I got most excited about. By the time I got to college I studied art as minor subject. First life drawing and still life, then on to the human body, where a variety of different nude models were selected for each classroom session.
Family and work life became very busy after that, and the pencils were rarely used anymore. However, later on I discovered the digital world and taught myself Photoshop...and here I am.
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