Saturday, February 8, 2014

Yearbook Musings

In another blog I maintain I dove into pages of my mom's yearbook from 1958.  Right here, I'm going to dove into several yearbook-related things that either I was involved in or inspired from, though mainly from junior high.

This first page are pages of a yearbook my older brother had when he went to Washington Jr. High School during the 1988-89 school year.  It featured this wraparound cover that I use to gloss over whenever I got my dirty fingers on it.  The artwork was done by several members of the yearbook staff at the time including my brother's schoolyard chum Rob Newbold (older brother of Vegas lounge performer Matt Newbold).  His illustrations use to impressed me and probably gave me some idea I could do that too.


When I attended Washington Jr. High in 1990, I so wanted to be on that staff but I had to wait until I was in the 8th grade, in the meantime, I had to sample what that class got to do for their yearbook editorial decisions, which didn't changed very much, these things were no different from what the elementary schools did before, the only difference was in letting the kids get to mess around with the blue-lined bristol boards, X-acto knives and rubber cement, as they either cut 'n pasted original work, photographs, clip art and assorted text to create these tack masterpieces.  Jesse Monte's cover though use to make me giggle as I thought the indi--eh, Native American on the cover had a censor bar over his middle!  Sometime after I left the school the original "Warriors" gave way to "Wildcats" (political correctness wins again).













Now it was my turn the following year, though looking at this scan number of pages (and from a borrowed copy as this belonged to my younger siblings who were in the 7th grade that year), it seemed like my involvement was very minimal.  There wasn't a fancy original cover like the previous years (this time it was a standard template they chose instead), also they didn't let me do anything other than draw these tiny cartoons to put in there and hardly anything else like the challenging pasting of the individual school photos on the regular boards for each page, so I was off on my own during the time I was there.  Many of these pen & ink wonders was the first time I got to use an actual bottle of Higgins drawing ink and a dip pen, though I think the nib on it was a scratcher rather than a regular nib but that was all they had.  Looks very crude today but it was something and I probably got complimented for it.








For the remainder of my high school life I didn't get quite as much artwork into print as I had hoped, often I might get my face printed in the school paper or a drawing placed on the wall for Pep Club, one glorious moment I can recall is submitting a winning entry for Whitmer's Spring Supplemental cover.  I had originally planned this as a "wraparound" cover so the dimensions were adequate enough to work, but they never took up my idea at all and simply printed it on one side so you had to turn it over to see.  Just seems kinda dumb really but at least it got printed at all and that was all I had hoped for (though they had to fiddle around with the colors and areas to make it printable in the process but it was a small quibble).

Yearbook Supplimental Cover by studio-toledo on deviantART

To close this, here's a drawing I did as a little birthday greeting to a few pals I knew from high school featuring our school mascot.


2 comments:

Kid said...

Ah, Chris - it's almost as if I was at that school with you. Isn't it great to be able to look back at yesteryear like that? I bet you're glad you kept most of that stuff.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Technically the 1989 and '92 yearbooks I borrowed from my sibs for this simply because I had a chance to scan in these pages. My older brother has the first book and my sister the later one, my copy was the 1991 book. I do have other yearbooks but they're in storage at the moment. Funny story though that book I said was mine (with the grey cover) was stuck with my sister's things she had over here. She was moving things to her other house and it was stuck with her school things. I never complained over why it was in her possession for two decades but recall how often we borrowed each other's yearbooks simply because we wanted to know what person went to where back then. I recall my sis doing that a lot.