Decades of progress

A friend of mine, Kim Zarins (whose new book, Sometimes We Tell The Truth, is coming out soon…it’s a cool contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales that you must check out), shared a post on Facebook of a well-known illustrator’s art as a child versus a piece he did recently, contrasting the improvements in his craft. I thought that was a fun thing to do and told her I’d be happy to participate, so this is for Kim.

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My drawing of people at age 8:


a bit overworked, I’d say

at age 18…I think I improved a little in 10 years:


at about age 28:


at about age 38:


at age 51:


Sad to say, I think I showed exponential improvement between the age of 8 and 18, and then have plateaued ever since.

Also, I apologize to my blogging friends: my internet and my cell service yesterday was really bad and I couldn’t get posts to load even on the Reader so I missed a number of your posts. Not sure if I’ll have time to catch up today but I’ll try!


29 thoughts on “Decades of progress

  1. Hi, Tee, I absolutely love this progression. Simply wonderful idea. To see and acknowledge how far we’ve come is such a terrific principle, esp. for folks like you and I who are so self critical. I didn’t have any ideas for this weekend’s blog post so I might do the same! πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m not sure I have any drawings from young childhood…so great that you saved it.
    I don’t know if art is a progression…more like a circling around. I would say you tightened up in your 30s and now you are loosening your lines again. Not better or worse, just different. But all good!
    Perhaps we should all do a “through the decades” post! But that would require me to finish cleaning out the storage room…(K)

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  4. Hmm… my drawings of people at 49 are the same as your drawings of people from the age of 8. I’m particularly impressed by your self-portrait. It’s hard enough to make a drawing that looks recognizably human, let alone recognizably a particular human.

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