Boys will be Boys – Drawing Cars

by Alden Cole on January 13, 2015 · 0 comments

“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey (1881-1965)

CarFullPage8.7x11.5WPWas it just my luck that I didn’t become an industrial designer with cars as my specialty? From the evidence of nine drawings, eight of them on tracing paper sheets measuring 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, discovered recently in my archives, it’s probably good that I kept searching for my medium. Done when I was 11 going on 12, the single drawing on letter size paper at left, bears light, tentative pencil marks that indicate I was not that comfortable drawing the four cars.
1956CarbyColeWPThe eight smaller tracing-paper sketches, two of which are shown at left, share a somewhat bolder line, indicating I had gained some confidence in drawing cars, perhaps in imitation of my brothers. One even has the Cole name emblazoned across the front fender. But drawing cars never developed into a passion; I saved that for fashion and costume drawings.

1955Birthday2WPPhotographs from the same time period: below, two snapshots from my 11th birthday June 18, 1955, with Woody Brown, Richard Smith, an unidentified boy, Frank Eukitis, and Terry Critchley in attendance.
1956.5thGrade3pixWPLast photos: my fifth grade class picture taken in the spring of 1956, shortly before I turned 12, flanked by two snapshots taken that same spring by aunt Charlotte, down on the farm. Love the cowboy hat! I had obviously been eating way too many Chunkies that year; remember those tasty chocolate, fruit, and nut treats? Don’t you think it’s time to develop a dark chocolate chunky, if it hasn’t been done already? 😉

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