Reflecting on the past: Sketches

I thoroughly enjoyed looking back at old notebooks, and because I found an old high school sketchbook recently, I decided to reflect on some old drawings as well. I find it super interesting to see what my tortured adolescent brain decided to come up with. Let’s dive in, and find out.

As it turns out, circles and lines have always been my thing. Maybe I speak fluent alien, and just don’t know it?

I really like this one, I remember it taking hours upon hours of stippling, I’d say it was worth it none the less. It’s something pretty to look at, and it’s actually quite relaxing drawing a bunch of tiny dots, in interesting patterns.

Another one of my favorite doodling habits, shapes and shading. What a way to kill a few hours, especially during school. I have to have a million homework assignment sheets, and old tests, all covered with drawings like these. School was never really a source of enjoyment for me, but I found doodling to be a good way to kill a lot of time there.

Ignore the page staining, I must’ve spilled some coffee on it at some point… Oops. Anyway, this is the first page in the sketchpad, and as you can see it’s could definitely use some work. That said, the emotion behind it still holds strong for me. I was a pretty angsty teen, but to be honest it was only because I was so mad about the injustices of the world, still am, to be perfectly honest. This drawing was created after watching a documentary about war-torn countries, and seeing images of children stuck amidst the chaos, just broke my heart.

Well, let’s follow the last image up, with some characters I drew. Honestly, drawing characters was one of my favorite things to do, although I have to say, I still suck at drawing anatomy. I really only drew floating heads, it’s always fun none the less.

See what I mean about the anatomy? However, this alien guy is actually one of my favorites from all of the old sketches in this book. I just find him so cute, and I’m sure I had some story for this guy as well. Maybe I’ll have to revisit and revamp some of these old character designs.

Well, I guess that’s about it for shareable doodles, for now. Does anyone have tips for learning to draw figures, people, and anatomy?? I would genuinely appreciate any tips or tricks, especially now that I’m taking some extra time lately to doodle away.

3 thoughts on “Reflecting on the past: Sketches

  1. I used to doodle while taking notes in HS and college, same as you, shapes, shading and strange stuff. I found that they were very helpful when I was studying and reviewing my notes because they were a mnemonic device that helped me to recall the lecture and lesson even though I didn’t know the word or realize it at the time. They made studying a breeze and the lectures less boring!

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    1. Wow! It makes so much sense now, I never even thought about it being a study aid, rather than a hindrance. It explains how I managed to get good grades all throughout school

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    2. All my classmates busted their humps studying for exams and I just read through my notes, then aced the test. It was probably the same for you. We all learn and retain differently, doodles worked for me,and you.
      I don’t have any of my old notebooks anymore but I can still remember some of the doodles and would probably remember the lectures too if I read the notes they were with. I think my brain is a hoarder 🤯!

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