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From Handprints To Footprints

#tbt 1983

July 24, 2014
Steve Campbell

Here is a go at this week’s Throwback Thursday at my Facebook page. The 3 drawings below are some of the best of my art from 1983. Enjoy this peek into my past.

Graphite on paper. The cat’s name was Mittens and the Spaniel’s name was Rags. I was studying fur when I drew this. I even wrote a short story about them, but I haven’t been able to find it. I probably threw it out after college when I went on a major cleaning spree.

India ink illustration for an ad. I used Chinese brushes to apply fill and washes. This exercise strengthened my watercolor painting techniques, which strengthened my acrylic painting techniques. As for the illustration (which seems awkward because it wasn’t photographed with all sides in correct proportion), it isn’t bad for a first attempt at drawing with ink.

India ink illustration. My first portrait ever attempted with ink. I was very pleased with the results then, though it would take me a few years of practicing to illustrate realistic looking hair in ink.

Throwback Thursday at Facebook

July 17, 2014
Steve Campbell

While I have been busy working on my latest book project, I come up for air every few days to post here and at Facebook. Today I posted two events from my past. The first is from 1974; the second is from 1984.

It is fun, interesting, and painful to look at works from the past. But it also reminds me of the hard work I have done to get this far.

Always Busy

February 4, 2014
Steve Campbell

Anyone following my blog would assume that I’m rarely busy writing or making art, simply because of the lengthy gaps between my posts. But that’s far from the truth. I’m busy every day working on my stories and art, from creating new chapters and editing old material, to sketching in my sketchbooks or actually composing and finishing a drawing or painting. All this takes time, leaving barely a few minutes to blog about it.

Blogging is often the last thing I do when I visit the Internet. Reading my email is top priority, followed by answering it, and then checking on family and friends at Facebook. I usually spend an hour a day at Facebook (sometimes two hours or more), and I often add my latest achievements there, leaving me little time to post anything here at WordPress other than a blurb before I turn in for the night.

That is a good description of my posts: BLURBS. They may never be anything poetic, but they’ll certainly keep you, my fans, abreast of my latest news.

For anyone wishing to read more of what I have done lately, visit my official Facebook page here. Or copy this address: https://www.facebook.com/stevenleocampbell.

Deer Sketch, circa 1988 Acrylic paint, white gesso, and graphite

Deer Sketch, circa 1988, Acrylic paint, white gesso, and graphite

Above is my latest post at Facebook: a deer sketch from 1988 or so. Old news, but it was a treat for me to find this photo among my old art photographs.

In the meantime, I promise to blurb more often here at WordPress. I just have to learn to schedule my time better.

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