September 19, 2011 / News / Staff Fun

Artist creates exhibit with old yearbook photos

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Take a look at this article from the Ladue-Frontenac Patch about St. Louis artist Jay Alan Babcock, who spent time working with students from the Community School on his latest project based on old yearbook photos.

Babcock started by scanning the yearbook photos and making copies, then taking the copies and placing them over carbon paper to outline parts of the image or whole images. The images then become drawings, or paintings.

“I started painting from yearbooks to practice painting portraits, thinking that I might try to win commissions as a portrait artist,” Babcock told the Patch. “I didn’t get very far with that, but got interested in the yearbook photos themselves.”

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.