Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It was 20 years ago today ....

...or more even.
Cleaning out the attic I found these old sketchbooks from 84/85. I was in my early 20's then. Thought you might enjoy a walk down memorylane with me. I was really, really having fun doing these, I was drawing constantly, on the train, in front of the TV, having breakfast, ...it was like a newly discovered playground, unlike today I was drawing not for money, just for fun. This was about the time that I discovered, how much fun it was to go really wild and over the top, and that I would get away with doing roughs instead of clean, finished paintings and at the same time I was accomplishing a certain security about the whole process, not least through peoples positive reactions on things that I had kept for myself until then.
Here we go :





















Does anybody remember this french version of the Jeckyll and Hyde-story,"The Testament Of Dr. Cordelier" by Jean Renoir and the brilliant pantomimelike-acting by Jean Luis Barreault in both roles ?Well, I do ...









Maggie was big back then.

9 comments:

Todd Oman said...

very cool to see your stuff from back in the 80s.

Clio said...

Fantastic! Very inspiring to see.

its-a-wrap said...

I remember when you showed me the sketchbooks the first time...
hans

mamĂș said...

great! there's also that fury character with the scully head beneath the uncle scroog's head who seems so familiar...is it a creation of your own?
m

Boris Hiestand said...

you were a hero even then!

HaraldSiepermann said...

Mamu, yes, I never copied anything, not an existing drawing I mean, caricatures, yes, apart fom some Asterix or Tintin stuff , when I was a kid. All these thing were done without thinking, just letting it flow, improvising, like a pianist would improvise at a piano, that was the fun about it and the great relief, I was finally among people who could read a drawing and see it's potential, didn't have to do clean-ups anymore, to make an impression.
H

A. Riabovitchev said...

Great to see your early sketches!:O)

mamĂș said...

sounds good =)
I'm familiar with your works, a big fan and I know you don't need to copy.
Was just this one who reminds me of a character that lies in blurred childhood memory, so I thought maybe you were inspired by the same. Or maybe, you inspired someone else;
salut,
m

HaraldSiepermann said...

Who knows, everything's possible. BTW : I didn't say, I wasn't stealing. But remember what Michael Caine said : Only steal the good stuff !