Daughter of Glamis Castle (c) Sophie
a lot of people would ask me, "ok, so what does penandink1997 mean??" my grandfather introduced art to me when i was around 5 yrs old. i was fascinated by caricatures, portraits, still art and anything that had to do with drawing. always in my hand was a pencil or coloured chalk (which i'd use to draw on the walls) , and i loved showing my work of art to my grandfather where i received critical acclaims. nobody else minded my artworks except when i drew on the walls of the house. this is why part of me will always be partial to my grandfather -- he never saw my flaws, and i never saw his, probably never will.
in 1997, i joined a summer art class (the other option was a girls' camp) hoping to advance my talent. by the end of the 3rd session, i quit... partly because of my teacher who didnt seem to recognise my gift... one time he asked the students to draw a circle -- yep a circle, you know orb, loop, round figure -- he checked each drawing and when it was my turn to be scrutinized he asked, "is that a pear or a kiwi?". oh well...
i have no formal training (everyone assumed i read art at university). one boring night, i looked for a pencil, finding none i grabbed the nearest fountain pen... and so, pen and ink drawings became my signature...
did you know...
A.T. Cross is America's oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments and was established in 1846.
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