Flashback Friday Part 1 – Sketches of Art School Past

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It’s that time of the year once again when we start thinking about the year that has gone by. I’m an extremely sentimental person, I hold on to everything: scraps of wrapping paper, random notes, McDonald’s happy meal toys and of course, every single thing I’ve ever drawn, doodled, sketched or painted. I am my own biographer!

This year is especially teary for me because I happen to be moving out of the home I’ve lived in for 9 years. While I’ve lived here I’ve gone to University, gone to graphic design college, had my first real boyfriend, got my first job, got my first car and stayed put while both my brother and then my sister moved out. Practically all of my twenties were spent in this house, and to be honest, I don’t know if any other place will be as special to me as this one.

So it’s with a heavy heart that I am sorting through 9 years of accumulated stuff and I thought I would share my findings here with all of you! This will be part one of my stroll down memory lane, featuring many of my old assignments, sketches and doodles from my student days circa 2006-2011.

It’s so interesting to look back at this stuff now. I remember quite a lot of the thought behind these projects, but mostly I’m surprised by my past self’s creativity. Without further ado here is some fantastically embarrassing  art and design done by me.

But first, let me take a selfie, ahem, no actually I would just like to apologise in advance for the poor quality of some of these, I took the photos with my phone while I was packing.

sketch sketchbook character cartoon watercolour

First things first! I used to draw a lot of stuff like this, just random girls in cute outfits posing. Notice how I stratigically covered up her hand with the scarf so I wouldn’t have to draw it!

sketch sketchbook character cartoon watercolour

I used to be very deep haha! Lot of concepts going on here, and some nice watercolour shading too.

sketch sketchbook charcoal portrait

sketch sketchbook charcoal portrait

This is from a holiday project in Art School where we had to draw a portrait (or a “head” as they said to be unbelievably unconventional) every day of the holidays. My sister was often my model, and these two were the most successful drawings I achieved.

sketch sketchbook character cartoon watercolour

Some more wisdom from Past Stasia. Again, I was very deep… For those who can’t read my writing, it says: “I think sometimes we can take those broad shapes for granted and analyse the little details. When those broad strokes are taken away, what are we left with?”

sketch sketchbook comic ink

I was always into comics and I was always looking for a way to incorporate them into my projects. This was a sketch I did in preparation for a larger piece. The larger piece was… not great. This is a seriously somber concept by the way, which my sister basically came up with, the teachers just ate it up.

Side note: This comic was actually a spin off from an installation I did.

sketch sketchbook character cartoon watercolour

Another side note: Why do I still have these? These are from 2006 and I didn’t even read them then! See what I mean when I say I keep everything!

self portrait watercolour

Fast forward to 2009 when I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do for the rest of the year, so I ended up just drawing self portraits for the whole of 4th year! This was one of the first, and I think on of the best, a simple watercolour that captures my crazy eyes beautifully.

self portrait painting

This was a later piece that helped define my final exhibition. It was huge, taller than me by at least half a meter. I made it that big in response to criticism that I worked too small. I guess my old lecturers wouldn’t approve of my current work… It was one of my favourites of the series, probably because it was the first.

graphic design cd case album

First came Art School, then came unemployment, then in a desperate attempt to be employable, came Graphic Design College. This was my very first assignment, we had to create a CD case for a band that we made up. It had to use only paper and glue, no actual design on the computer. I love this little case, and I especially love the concept I came up with: A rock band called Erosion release an environmentally themed album. Kind of like U2. It was actually called The World’s Turn, but the T fell off. I think The World’s Urn works too.

graphic design cd case album

Oh my goodness, these track names are perfect, I want to listen to this album!

graphic design bag

I was really happy with this project: solid design and I got to sew a bag together!

graphic design pamphlet

graphic design pamphlet

I was actually really happy with how this turned out at the time, now I see it for the illegible mess that it is!

graphic design packaging

This was a really fun project, and I got to recreate the Panado packaging, which I still think I did quite well!

graphic design print ad

Here is the print ad that accompanied the box design, featuring my lovely friend Kim, who committed to this acting challenge like a pro!

sketch sketchbook pencil portrait

And here come the random sketches! This one is of Lauren Becall, which is okay in places.

sketch sketchbook pencil portrait

This is from a “how to draw” sort of book, which I love even though I know how to draw, because I enjoy step-by-step guides.

sketch sketchbook ink character

I think this was a tattoo design for my sister.

sketch sketchbook ink character

I have no idea what I was thinking about here! Hahaha! But I really like how the monkey turned out. I like to experiment with different drawing styles and sometimes it works.

sketch sketchbook watercolour

More deep thoughts and concepts.

sketch sketchbook ink character

 

sketch sketchbook ink character

These were character designs for a comic I wanted to do based on the Repunzel fairytale. This was way before Tangled by the way, #justsaying.

sketch sketchbook comic ink character

sketch sketchbook comic ink character

Another comic, this time about breaking free and doing what you always wanted to do. I’m glad I’m taking my own advice!

And I think that is a good place to end this! I love looking at other peoples’ sketchbooks so I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at mine. Thank you so much for reading if you made it this far! Let me know what you think in the comments and please like, share and tweet this to your friends who appreciate all things arty and crafty. Next week in Flashback Friday Part 2, I’ll open up my sketchbook from the past year, so make sure to subscribe via email so you won’t miss it!

  • Commenter49

    These are fantastic. When I look back on my previous writing I can only cringe. I feel like these should be stowed away somewhere safe and taken out on days you aren’t feeling great (as a pick-me-up). Just as an aside… were you with Ashley Harris in your first English tutorial (in 2006)?

    • majinchloe

      Haha I know the feeling, I get that too when I look at old drawings! I agree with you though, it’s nice to dust them off every once in a while 🙂 Yes I was in that class! Small world! Crazy to think that that was nearly ten years ago, wow.

      • Commenter49

        Yeah, gees, time goes by too quickly. I was in that class and I remember you 🙂 I also know your sister Dasia (I’m Robyn Pierce, I’m sure she’ll fill you in on the connection). Keep up all the awesome stuff you guys are doing. I enjoy this blog.

        • Oh hi Robyn! Thanks so much for your comment 😀

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