Posted on February 25, 2015

Rediscovering my high school art portfolio

Taking part in the TinkerSketch drawing challenge this month has reignited my interest in art and drawing.

I’ve bought new art materials, nothing fancy, but proper pencils in different sizes and a sketchbook and I’ve asked my family for watercolour paints for my birthday (tomorrow!)

All this arty stuff took me back to studying Art at school. I knew I’d done some decent work, and that I’d enjoyed doing it, but there was one image in particular that I remember drawing.

High School Art Work

We had to choose an image from a magazine of a person’s face and then draw it as accurately as possible. No abstracts, nothing improvised or hastily sketched. A proper life-like copy-cat drawing. I chose an image from what I think was a L’Oreal advert, of a girl, with a kind of Jennifer Aniston vibe going on. And I drew it.

I was 15 or 16 at the time. I was so proud of that drawing!

I retrieved my portfolio case from the loft, intact if a little dusty, and couldn’t wait to rediscover my little masterpiece. But then I remembered.

When you compile your art portfolio for Higher and send it as your coursework element to the exam board, they don’t return it. In fact, I think they burn it. Devastating.

And so all I have is a photocopy on cheap paper. And all I have to share here is a photograph of a photocopy.

Pencil drawing from my school art portfolioL'Oreal advert used as inspiration for school art class

It’s not perfect. The angle of the cheek is a little wide and the nostril too. The eyes are at the wrong angle and the face is a bit…plump. The photocopy lines don’t add anything.

But it’s my little masterpiece and it’s definitely my inspiration to carry on drawing.

How I wish I had Instagram and Pinterest when I was at school. It makes it so much easier to share work and find your arty tribe.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Lila February 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    This is beautiful! The way you’ve drawn the eyes is just lovely.
    it’s heartbreaking that the exam board burn them, so wrong to destroy art for the sake of convenience.
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    • Reply daintydora February 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Lila. It really is such a terrible shame and waste isn’t it? I think another reason they burn the artwork is so there can be no dispute or appeal on grades, maybe because art is so subjective? I don’t know. I’m just glad I at least have the photocopy and thanks again for your lovely comments xx

  • Reply Karen February 26, 2015 at 11:31 am

    This is so beautiful Rebecca! x
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    • Reply daintydora February 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks Karen. I have some other bits and bobs I’m going to post up too. It’s been great rediscovering my artistic side and going through my old art stuff! x

  • Reply Vikki March 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This is beautiful Rebecca! You’re really talented. I’m glad you kept a photocopy of it – I didn’t even think to do that with my Higher work. And it’s great you’re getting back into your drawing again – keep it up. Look forward to seeing some of your new work x
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    • Reply daintydora March 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

      It’s just so sad that so much work was destroyed. I think it must have been my art teacher who encouraged the class to photocopy our work, or perhaps just photocopied it for everyone. I’m so glad too though.

      I’ve really re-connected with drawing and it’s so soothing. There’ll definitely be more to show xx

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  • Reply Jenny Jones March 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

    wow! Lots of talent-looks awesome
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    • Reply daintydora March 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you. It was my favourite, best work I think! x

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  • Reply Mairi Holden April 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I remember this Rebecca! It’s fantastic! And I also remember being devastated that all of our work was never returned! I loved my exam piece! Xx

    • Reply daintydora April 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Mairi – I love that you remember it!! It really was so devastating to know our work was never coming back wasn’t it? Now we’re both doing even more amazing things though. Thanks for commenting :) xx

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