I did not pick up my first piece of charcoal until college. I was a math / science nerd in high school. I dare say that I might be one of the very few art majors ever to take freshman orgo with McBride - which was designed for pre-med students.
I decided to study fine art because I am most interested in topics which I know nothing about - and well, I was sick of living in the shadow of my older sister (CC '97), who would move on and become the MD PhD that she is today. Kudos for her. Sucks for me. It seems more advantageous if I pick up art and music instead - the only two areas which I was better at.
It was a big step for me to take drawing classes with other students. Almost all of them are artists with highly developed techniques, and many of them came from high schools with an active focus on fine art. I was a complete n00b, and these drawings will speak to that fact.
I still cannot draw, but the Bauhaus philosophy stays with me til this day. The concept of analyzing structures and distill them into their core basic form have been instrumental in preparing me to design iconography for user interface designs today.
Charcoal on paper. 11" x 14"