Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Old Calendar '01

When I was a sophomore in high school, I made a calendar. I drew twelve pictures, bought a ream of 11 x17 paper and photocopied, folded and stapled together a print run of about 60. I handed them out at school and gave them to friends and family. I was pretty proud of them. It became a tradition. I did a new calendar every year at Christmas. I made them from '92 to 2001--I may have done a 2002, but the most recent one I could find in my files was '01. I hope I did an '02, that would give me a solid decade of calendars.

Anyway, when I started getting real illustration jobs, it got harder to do the calendar. I tell myself every year that I will start it up again, then never do. Of course, lately I've realized that this blog has filled the gap created by the calendar. Still, I miss the physical object of the paper calendar.

I have all of the old calendar drawings--but I've never scanned them before. So, let's take a look. For the next two weeks we're taking a trip back ten years, to 2001.

Here is January:

13 comments:

Chris said...

I really like this one! I'm excited for the rest of the calendar.

Mike Blake / Monisawa said...

Gah! Evil stippling. haha

jw said...

I miss the old paper calendars, too.

Opaleyz said...

I love this too! Am also looking forward to seeing the rest :)

Sarah C. said...

Yay! I always wished that one day the world would be able to see these. I love them!

Sarah C. said...

P.S. Is she knitting?

Meredith said...

I don't think that any of my friends and family are as talented as you. Or maybe they're just not generous with sharing their talents. Either way, that is an awesome calendar picture.

edith said...

I'm really excited about this series!
One of the great regrets of my life is that when my mom was cleaning out my stored stuff, she asked me over the phone if I wanted the box of Hildebrand Tolkien calendars anymore and I said no. Neither of us knew that my precious, complete collection of Nate Hale calendars was in the bottom of that discarded box. Until it was too late. Sigh.
Could you post that one of a girl that is dancing with a winged beast? It put me in mind of Alice dancing with the Jabberwocky.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, how long is this going to go for?

Anonymous said...

Never mind, I just noticed the 2 weeks part. Sorry!

Nathan said...

12 posts for the 12 months. It'll go two weeks and two days. I'm not going to do 9 years worth of calendars. Gotta save those for other rainy days.

Angypants said...

I am enamored with these characters! It's great to see these. You've got some worthy backstock to reveal.

Jaime said...

I still have my 2000 calendar. I felt like one of the coolest people on the planet when I got it. My brother is still jealous of it.