After a three-year battle with the librarian, toward the end of elementary school I was finally allowed into the adult section of the local library and discovered their LP section containing a lot of jazz and symphonic music I otherwise had no access to. Besides checking out and listening to the allowed quota of recordings every two weeks, I started drawing from the photos of the musicians on the LP dust jackets I was listening to.
These three drawings are representative of the drawings I made at home from those LP covers. They are pictured here close to actual size, about 3 or 4 inches across.
My school’s art teacher at this time was only interested in cute little projects I considered a complete waste of time. I just wanted to draw. At the time I did the drawings above of Miles and Trane, I received a D in art. At the end of the year my mother told my art teacher that I was very serious about art and loved to draw. My mother reported that my art teacher was visibly shocked by this news and had complained that I was very poor at following directions.