A Peek At My Old Sketchbooks

Talk about a blast from the past for me. This took me back to mainly my days in high school where I was obsessed with anime. It’s where I started drawing honestly. I found my inspiration from manga and anime, and I loved taking art classes. While it’s been a long time since I drew anything, it really made me realize how much I have progressed with art over the years, and my old drawings make me laugh because some are just downright terrible! But everyone has got to start somewhere, right?

This is the first thing in my first sketchbook. I was obsessed with Fruit’s Basket. Pretty sure this is probably 2006, 2007? End of 8th grade for me.
Ones like these make me laugh. So bad! And my comments really, there are many terrible sketches in these books.
Fushigi Yuugi was my favorite. I would do a lot of freehand drawings based off of what I saw in a manga. Freehanded, but also copying?
Later on I would add comments and critiques to my own work.
I was never good at drawing hands.
I was so obsessed, I even attempted to teach myself Japanese. I used to know a lot more than I can currently remember.
Again, loved Fruits Basket. This was one of my better freehands, and as you can see, many comments to myself.
I took Chinese in high school, too. Following my obsession, I loved writing characters.
Freehanded and one of my favorites. Again, it was more for practice without using a grid or anything to get it exact. It was all from eyeing and guestimating.
You can really tell how I improved if you compare the first few images to this one. And this was still 6 years ago. Which is crazy.
I actually love how on the left, you have this really nice image, and on the right, it’s really terrible. I think this is why I mostly just drew what I saw. I sucked at my own images. LOL.
9th grade art project attempt at drawing wolves. They’re terrible. Really terrible. Animals were always tricky for me.
Vector point drawing. This was actually my art classroom in high school. Or an attempt at drawing it. I miss doing this sort of drawing.
Summer boredom. Of 2009. As you can see, “Random & borededed…”
This was actually for a bigger drawing project I did in 11th or 12th grade. It was supposed to be Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low. If I ever post my art drawings (maybe), I’ll use this one to show how I definitely improved.
A college pen practice I had to do for class. It’s actually wrong in shape (the skull is too big or something like that), but I always really liked how it turned out. I love the scratch method to add shadows. I don’t even remember what it’s called.
Another college project. This actually was a book cover for one of my graphic design classes. I added color and painted it in Photoshop, but this was the starting sketch.
I think this may have been a sketch for my one COMM class, because we did aesop fables and one involved a mouse. So I think this was my attempt at drawing one.

January Writing Challenge #6

20 thoughts on “A Peek At My Old Sketchbooks”

  1. I love how you’ve progressed. And I think you can become extremely good at this. And that first vector point drawing was brilliant. And I don’t know anything about drawing except doodling lol

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    1. Thank you so much! I did art for a lot of years, but I haven’t really done anything artsy in the last year or so. But I’m glad you can see the improvements with these drawings. All these comments are making me want to give drawing a shot again ☺️

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      1. You should, honestly. And perhaps put some of your drawing here, but copyright it. There are lots of blogs that are based on drawing, and some of them don’t even come close to your talent, but are still a lot more popular. Weird how a lot of this works lol.

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      2. Oh trust me, there is some crazier shit here. Women telling you they love you after a few chat messages and then when you quickly break up and run for your life, using it against you in ways best not described. I better run from this spot before they come here too. It’s only a matter of time lol.

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