Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Freedom of Youth! (part 3)

Here's the last batch of my childhood drawings (at least for the foreseeable future). I'm overdue to get some new stuff up for people to see. Thanks for taking a look at pieces of my very own art history.

Monsters, Knights, and Ninjas

Like every litle boy in history, I was fascinated by dinosaurs, sharks, mutant apes, robots...the list goes on and on. If it had scales, fangs, or laser beams, I was hooked. My monster fascination started off innocently enough, with a very benign version of Godzilla. Look out Tokyo! Godzilla might cuddle you to death.

Things started getting a bit darker when I saw Jaws. I had decided that a good monster needed an appropriate victim. Look at that poor swimmer. So blissfully unaware that an animal the size of the Titanic is about to swallow her whole...I think she could live out a fine life inside that gaping maw. That shark's mouth is bigger than my house! He sure looks bloodthirsty.

These guys weren't really monsters, but maybe I'll see them differently after July 4th. That Transformers movie sure will have a lot of good memories to live up to...

At around the age of eleven or so, I discovered metallic silver markers. More importantly, I discovered the power of blood.


But blood wasn't enough! I learned to draw weapons. Limbs were hacked off, arrows punctured lungs, and shields were a poor defense against the ruthless dragon hordes.

It wasn't long before ninjas took over my imagination. For some reason I imagined that ninjas were on a constant quest for gold, and would battle other ninjas to the death to get it. In order to protect the gold, elaborate booby traps were created, sending many a valiant ninja to an untimely and bloody death...I got really into these drawings, and remember creating cave after cave, each one full of spring-loaded arrows, vicious crocodiles, boiling lava, and poisonous snakes. But I guess the gold was worth it.

As you can see here, my ninja-warfare rendering skills were at their absolute peak. Look at the weapons on that guy. Rocket launcher! Bowie Knife! M-16! Bow and arrow! Throwing stars! Buzz-saw hand! I am sure I drew this not long after seeing a Bruce Lee movie, and I bet I agonized over getting all the weapons exactly right. This looks like a drawing where I was old enough to sweat the details. So much for the freedom of youth!

3 comments:

pumml said...

Dang Ian, everything here is so good! It doesn't get any better than monsters, ninjas and transformers! I like that the knight is stabbing that dragon in the nuts. Good aim old boy.

Ian Ross said...

Thanks, Pumml! I hadn't noticed I drew the knight attacking the dragon's family jewels...I bet my 12 year old brain was well aware of that, tho. That's hilarious and smart! If I were face to face with a dragon, that might be the thing to stab to avoid death by fire-breath.

Luna C said...

Well, you are living proof that all the phsycologists are wrong...little boys who draw violent scenes of torture and destruction don't always turn into serial killers.