View Full Version : Show Us Your Firsts!!

04-20-2003, 09:22 PM
Crazeejumper and I have been showing each other our firsts in the"First CP Horse" thread and thought it might be fun to have everyone share their firsts......1st cp, 1st w/c, 1st acrylic, or 1st animal of some kind. You get the idea???

Let's see how far we have come as artists and even have a laugh or two at our own expense!

I'll start it out with my very first ever horse drawing from so long ago, I can't remember when I did it!

Okay? I showed you mine now you all show me yours!!:D

04-20-2003, 09:25 PM
Hey, Lorna, thanks for starting the thread! I guess I'll re-post mine here, too...

Not really my first first since it's probably in a kindergarten notebook somewhere in the attic, but it's a decent example of what I used to draw like before I realized you could SHADE! LOL.

My first CP from last summer. Size is 18x24, and I shoulda just left out the background!!

04-20-2003, 09:29 PM
Woo! fun! well all I have to offer is the earliest surviving drawing I have-from when I was in 2nd grade. I always did have a thing for mixing up animals... I sure hope I've made progress since then! LOL!<P></P>http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2003/14705-2ndgrade.jpg

04-20-2003, 09:32 PM
i'll play! here's my first drawing with prismacolors- i got a 12 pack for christmas which didn't have a grey or a pink!

04-20-2003, 09:44 PM
This the very first painting I ever did, 1996. Acrylic 8 X 10

Very first (and only!) oil also done in '96 a couple of months after the above one. 11 X 14


04-20-2003, 09:49 PM
1st-okay, okay, 2nd- ever acrylic painting, 14x16

04-20-2003, 09:52 PM
cool..I love these posts :)

First ever scratchboard and one of my first animals(if you don't count all the one's I've been drawing since I was 3 ;) ), 7th grade, 1989 :eek:


04-20-2003, 10:00 PM
Here is my First!

It was done in cryola markers on white typing paper 8"x11" .I was the tender age of 8 years old when I did this.

My ever supportive mother entered it in the Highlands county art Leagues Art fair and to my surprize It took the First Award for the whole Show... at 8 years old! I think I innenvertantly tick off quite a few top artists of more age!! I got a $100.00 dollar prize and it was in the news paper...LOL

but here is it is I still to this day, hate it and don't see why it was chosen for the first award??? But it was fun...


04-20-2003, 10:15 PM
Here are my first two pencil drawings back in 1993...


04-20-2003, 10:18 PM
Opps lets try this again.......

04-20-2003, 10:19 PM
here is the other one...

04-20-2003, 10:27 PM
Here's one of my first serious attempts at color pencil. 1995-6. Uh, a hexapedal carnivorous equine? The background is watercolor pencil, the critter is prismacolor.<P></P>http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2003/14705-makiqus.jpg

04-20-2003, 10:33 PM
Walerian, I like your creatures! Very imaginative!

Echidna, cute cockatoo! How did you do that with no pink pencil? :confused:

Lorna, nice landscapes!! I can't believe they're your firsts! I try to stay away from landscapes whenever possible.

Christina, good job! 8 years old and already an award-winning artist! ;)

Here's my first acrylic painting on cardboard, I think. Hey, I was in 7th grade! Not exactly artist quality supplies there... Well, it did win first place for the grade at the Saratoga National Museum of Racing. The prize was a $100 savings bond, which has to sit for like 5 years before I can withdraw it. I still haven't used it! :rolleyes:

04-20-2003, 10:41 PM
These are fun. I wish I could join in but all my old art is at my parents house several states away. Last time I was home I found one of my first drawings...it was of two moose and I did it when I was 5 years old. Wish I could share....

04-20-2003, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by crazeejumper

Echidna, cute cockatoo! How did you do that with no pink pencil? :confused:

heh...a little red and a LOT of white! i guess it was a good exprament in working with a limited palette!

04-21-2003, 12:45 AM
I love this stuff too :D

My first CP (a lighthouse) is in a thread like this over in the CP forum. So I'll share my first portrait (with a background no less!) although I must have done it for myself since I still have it :evil: I know it was a friend's horse! Around 1979 or 8th grade? (I think)


I'll also throw in two more old ones, just for the fun of it... one of my typical early unicorns and a pegasus I drew over and over! Always in profile :rolleyes: (didn't fit in the scanner) dated 1980.


and one of the first sketches I obviously did from a photo... I didn't use photos much back then. Dated 1988.


I wish I had earlier drawings, they are probably stashed in a box somewhere. I've been drawing horses since the 4th grade at least!

elizabeth ours
04-21-2003, 01:16 AM
sorry, my firsts were in pastel, they went out with the trash.


04-21-2003, 01:18 AM
Hey thanks everyone for getting in the spirit of things! Boy, looking back you can see the talent even on your young ones. Way to go everyone!!

Cathy, you don't have to dig back that far, (although I wouldn't mind seeing it) Don't you have any first's of say a different medium or something like that?

Crazee, thanks, if you look close there's a deer in the acrylic one.

I dug out a couple of more 1sts:

1st ever w/c

1st portrait of a person, done from a TV Guide cover back in the early 70's, anybody recognize her??? in pencil


I think this is the first full picture of wildlife that I tried to do, other than when I was a kid. and I don't have anything from that young. I'll have to ask my folks about that. I remember winning a poster contest in school in grade five, about not drinking and driving, I wonder if it's in a trunk at their house? Hmmmmm

I think this is from the early 70's, too.


04-21-2003, 01:24 AM
Liz, you shouldn't throw them out!!! Look at the fun you're missing. I still have my first pastel, actually 1 in oil pastels and 1 in soft pastels. Mind you I just did them a couple of months ago. I'd share but I think I've taken up enough space here, in this thread.

Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 04:13 AM
Ok guys I will dig something out later today. Corr this is going to be embarassing!!!


04-21-2003, 06:11 AM
this thread is great!!

I'll have to dig out my first painting later today. :D

Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 07:58 AM
Well here it is! This one was drawn when I was about 15 years old, which was about 19 years ago. Yeh, yeh start doing the maths and no comments about old age please!

Be kind please!:(



04-21-2003, 08:30 AM
Oh that is not fair!!


You where very talented even then!! What is there to be a shamed of??? Your a great artist!!


Hey you to where an award winning young artist!! great Job!! I truley believe your art is much better than mine!! You painting is really good !!!!! Congrats!!

hey to every one else!! Isn't it great to know that we are all a Work in Progress!!!

thanks for sharing I have really enjoyed the show and can't wait to see more!!!


Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 08:36 AM
Hey Christina what happen to I'll show you mine if you show me yours then, come on I'm waiting for your pre-artist days!
PaulOriginally posted by shedreamsbig
Oh that is not fair!!


You where very talented even then!! What is there to be a shamed of??? Your a great artist!!


Hey you to where an award winning young artist!! great Job!! I truley believe your art is much better than mine!! You painting is really good !!!!! Congrats!!

hey to every one else!! Isn't it great to know that we are all a Work in Progress!!!

thanks for sharing I have really enjoyed the show and can't wait to see more!!!


04-21-2003, 08:42 AM
AHH, I am on page one for your info!! LOL:D

So Nah!!


Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by shedreamsbig
AHH, I am on page one for your info!! LOL:D

So Nah!!

Christina Thanks, next time I will actually open my eyes! By the way I just lost another PM possibly from you! This is now getting anoying!!!

04-21-2003, 09:00 AM
OK...well here are some firsts...

First time I tried combining graphite and color pencil into the same piece. Done in 1999. This piece is still one of my all time favorites.

Very first commision, done for $50 in 1999

First color pencil, done in 2001

First Pyrography in 2001

Wish I had some stuff from further back...it would be more fun :)

04-21-2003, 10:42 AM
This is an awesome thread! So much fun to look back and see where we came from. some of us from long ago and some not so far back in the past...
After seeing this thread I opened up my old portfolio case and found some...older images. Some from gradeschool and some 1st's or close to firsts from not that long ago.. It was a bit of a treat and a chuckle to look back. Thank you fro starting this thread, it gave a reason to look back at some of these...:)
Now these are not all animal related but are part of the first creations. Over the years they have gotten misplaced and such...
The first is the first portrait I ever had to create from a pic in a book I believe-back in Grade 8-this was many moons ago.

This one was my first drawing of a cat in 1980..

And this one, my first ink of a cow-I think 16x20 in 1993..

Oh here is a mixed media done in black marker and glitter...lol Back in the days when MJ was looked upon as a star.:) I think this was 85...

This was actually my second painting done for my daughter Sarah who still has a fascination for balloons. shortly after painting this one, they retired Tony to her dismay...painted in 98 16x20 (she also is a sticker fanatic..)


When I first attempted to paint back at the end of 98, I did 3 back to back. The first was an island painting for my father, the second, Sarahs balloons above and third was these Canada Geese. The was the first wildlife I ever did...


I really didnt paint much again until the end of 2001 when I painted this first cat portrait of sweet RJ who had passed away at the end of summer..


2 months later, I joined wetcanvas! and learned most of what I know from here...:)

04-21-2003, 11:07 AM
WOW, Caron your first works were outstanding!! Really NICE!! I love the Cat!!


04-21-2003, 11:29 AM
Hi folks,

This is the only one I ever saved prior to my scratchings. This was done in '88

Night Horse Studio
04-21-2003, 02:38 PM
Now don't laugh (too hard)! Here is my first colored pencil.



Night Horse Studio
04-21-2003, 02:40 PM
Forgot to say that I did this around this time last year.

Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 02:41 PM
This is better than I can do know that's for sure! I've just been challenged by Christina to draw or paint a horse as I've never done one before. That's ok she has to do a portrait!

Yes Christina I know you are watching, he,he. I'm going to make it public!:evil:


04-21-2003, 07:35 PM
Thanks, Christina! That's too nice of you to say!

Stephanie, that's a wonderful first CP! I ain't laughing! ;)

Great job, all of you, even back then!

04-21-2003, 09:27 PM
hey Paul..I had to do a horse so you do to:p:p

great pics everyone!

04-21-2003, 11:08 PM
Yeah, Paul, I did my first horse, in cp, the one in this thread here is the first I ever did. Your turn. (Do a detailed one in Watercolor, why don'tcha? hehehe:evil: )

:D :D LOL!

04-22-2003, 08:31 AM
This acrylic painting represents several firsts. My first acrylic painting after several years of painting my wood carvings. First use of interference colors in 2 dimensional art. First (and last) time I ever said, in my wife's presence "Hell, I can paint one better than that."

04-22-2003, 02:11 PM
My 1st pencil drawing, I was 4 or 5 years old:

*snickers* u asked 4 a 1st & it is an animal 2!!:D :D

04-22-2003, 02:56 PM
I found another one! I probably did this in 5th or 6th grade.<P></P>http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2003/14705-drawing.jpg

04-22-2003, 03:00 PM
I have FAR too many doodles from my school years, but this was one little guy I saved. I think he was originally drawn on the inside cover of my English notebook. :D


04-22-2003, 03:17 PM
Found a couple more sittin on my hard drive. :)

First ever commissioned portrait, garnered from one of my customers on my coffee truck route. (You know those canteen trucks that go to construction sites and such? I used to drive one.)


I got a whopping $30 for this one, and I was on my way. Ha! Someone actually wanted to pay me to do this doodling stuff. (Coloured pencil, 11x14) Both this and the bighorns one were scanned from aged color copies, so don't mind the poor quality. These was the B.C. (before computer) era.

Selling this one resulted in another guy asking me to donate one for the Sask. Wildlife Federation annual dinner. I was thrilled to be asked, even though I didn't get paid anything for it. It was colored pencil, copied from a photo in a book (bad me!) and it sold for $220. I was so pleased! I remember walking right past it when I was at the supper. They had it professionally framed and I didn't even recognize it. heehee (Coloured pencil again)


Jump ahead a few years to my first MURAL project ever. The kids wanted me to do some racecars in their bedroom. This one was done with acrylic latex.


04-22-2003, 05:00 PM
This is one of 4 surviving High school paintings.

I must say some of your firsts look like you had a lot of practice before you did them.

04-22-2003, 05:08 PM
I thought I'd cancelled that post. Had to go back and resize etc.
However there may be a problem here. They became progressively more fuzzy. We'll see what happens.

Paul Hopkinson
04-23-2003, 04:35 AM
Originally posted by lorna12
Yeah, Paul, I did my first horse, in cp, the one in this thread here is the first I ever did. Your turn. (Do a detailed one in Watercolor, why don'tcha? hehehe:evil: )

:D :D LOL! Ok, ok Lorna, I will see what I can do! As I said though I know nothing about horses so as for the naming of tackle and horsey body parts, well you might as well ask me about the Teletubbies!:D


04-23-2003, 04:49 AM
You do know I was just teasing about the watercolor crack don't you?? I hope??


I just finished another horse in cp, just for the practice, going to post it now.

04-23-2003, 04:52 AM
To everyone else who responded to this post......

All I can say is...What a bunch of talented people and from such an early age. I sure have enjoyed seeing all of your works. Amazing to look back on, isn't it?? Here's to all of you...
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Paul Hopkinson
04-23-2003, 05:04 AM
Yes I know you were just teasing but hey I just love a challenge. To paint something as intricate as a horse in Watercolour would certainly be a challenge!
So that's both you and Christina now setting me a challenge. Tell you what why don't challenge you to paint (or draw) an animal..errm let's say a cat, just like Christina will be drawing a portrait.
Is this a challenge then??? Go on you know you can do it!


04-23-2003, 05:28 AM
I like a challenge, too. But you should know, that I have done cats before. Wanna pick something else?

Paul Hopkinson
04-23-2003, 09:27 AM
I know what about a Landscape? This is something else I have done in the past and it would be great to see how you get on with this.
Just send me a PM to confirm this and the show will be on the road!:D


Wes Hyde
04-23-2003, 09:54 AM
Very cool thread! I love seeing everyone's first's. :)

Crias, that Indian with the war horse is awesome!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a musician. I also wanted to be a writer. When I was 7, I decided I'd write a book about rhinoceri. They were my favorite. I laid down behind the kitchen table with pencil and paper and wrote the words, Rhinocerouses are... That's when I realized I didn't really know anything about rhinos. So, I decided to wait till I learned something. Anything. I still want to be a writer. I haven't progressed much.

When I was 21, I became unemployed. Bored, I sat down at my desk and started doodling on a piece of plain white paper with an old No. 2 pencil. The doodle turned into Wyatt Earp. I never knew I could draw. I then drew a picture of two horses in harness.

I never wanted to be an artist. My ex-wife used to be married to an artist. Probably why she's an ex-wife. Now I want nothing more than to be what I am.

According to Webster:

neurotic n(y)u-'rät-ik n : a self-employed person who hates their boss

My boss is telling me it's time to get back to work, but before I go, here's the picture of the two horses in harness, Double Harness (go figure). It's not my first, but there's no picture of Wyatt which hangs on my parents' wall.



Paul Hopkinson
04-23-2003, 10:05 AM
Wow Wes this is brilliant! You were obviously born with the talent!


04-23-2003, 10:55 AM
Wes, That is awesome, like Paul said, you were born to it!

Cathy, I loved your Warrior and Horse! The touch of colored pencil really works, but the composition and subject matter is what I really like.

I did a Native piece when I first started painting, my first with people in it. I actually had a dream about this, then got up and sketched it and then painted it. It was black and white in my dream (I still remember it vividly!) but I painted the whole thing in shades of Payne's Gray. I called it "Spirits from a Dream" and remains to this day, one of my favorites, the first painting that I was really proud of.

04-23-2003, 01:30 PM
Hehehe Wes!! You put a little heart in the title!!! Awwww dats so sweeeeeeeeeeetttttt!;)

ok well I've time to add mine real quick and off to work I go (uhg)

i don't have my earliest horses, mom said I started drawing those around 3, but I really don't remember. I do remember drawing horses and horses and horses in kindergarden tho.. but *sigh* when my parents divorced who knows what happened to anything they may have saved.

Heres the earliest one I could find. Ack its pretty sad! signed 1976 on the bottom. At that time, this was pretty finished for me.


and my first colored pencil piece from January of 1991, Memories..

ok stop laughing!


Paul Hopkinson
04-23-2003, 04:56 PM
Hey TJ these are fantastic! I especially like the one from 1991 of the boy and horse. You talented person you!:clap:


04-23-2003, 07:57 PM
I love your first CP, TJ!!! I love the way you do manes!