When I opened it up, I found the artwork I submitted for my Art O Level way back in 1984. I'd totally forgotten it was there!
Just for those who might not know; here in the UK, O Levels were the exams kids took at 16 before leaving school, and before going on to whatever they were going to do next, whether it be sixth form college, tech college or, like me, straight out to hard labour!
O Levels were discontinued the year after I took mine and replaced by another type of exam.
Anyhow, so my O Level was Fine Art, and it was (I think) a 14 hour exam over 3 days. The main artwork was a still life over 10 hours, and the subsidiary paper was a life study and it was over 4 hours. In addition to this, you had to do a lot of prep which was a good few extra hours.
And so, this is my stuff:
Life study - practice sketch in graphite pencil,
Life study - the final submission. Graphite pencil and white pastel.
The model's name was Thomas, and he really was that thin!
Still life - prep works. Various media including graphite pencil, coloured pencil, pastels, charcoal, and inks
The final still life had to be composed of elements from a set list which included flowers, fruit, a vase, a newspaper and some folded material, and we were allowed to add a few elements of our own: I used some celery, a brick, a horsebrass and a porcelain horse.
(I've still got the porcelain horse - I'm looking at him right now!)
I can't believe this is such a long time ago, and yet it seems like yesterday. I'd forgotten I had these; but what amazes me, looking back at them, is how little my style has changed over the years!
Oh, and I did pass the exam!!