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Sketchbook Time Machine!

Most artists, if not all, have been drawing and sketching for many, many years. I keep all of my sketchbooks, not only because I'm emotionally attached to my artwork, but also because I like to look back and see how much I've improved over the years.

Now that I think about it, I wish I had dated my sketches so I could tell how old I was when I made it, but, some of the "fan art" I drew gives me a ballpark idea of when it was created.

So without further adieu, I give you the...

Sketchbook Time Machine ine, ine, ine! (thats a echo).

Here we have everyone's favorite trio, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup! This is probably from around '99. I was hardcore into the Powerpuff girls when I was around 16 years old (I can't believe they brought back the series!!). I kind of remember inking the lines with my preferred pen at the time, a standard, black and white Bic Stic, non-retractable ballpoint pen. Yep. This was before I discovered Pigma Microns and Staedtler Lumocolors. I probably colored it in with some Crayola color pencils. I didn't discover Prisma until a few years later.

If you look closely at the watertower you can just make out "Townsville". Mhm. Hardcore.

Next we have, Lion Warrior Woman in a G-string! I have no idea what the inspiration was behind this. I think I was around 17 when I drew it. I suppose I just wanted to draw a strong, powerful warrior woman. In a g-string. Check out those feet though. I still suck at feet and I think those came out pretty well. The hair isn't bad either. Shuddup. It does not look like a tassled rug flying behind her head.

Moving along...

Awwwww look! It's a baby dragon! I think I drew this when I was about 20. My mom actually got it tattooed on her lower back. My mom rocks! She's my biggest fan. Love you mom!

What?! More octopuses?? Yeah. I've loved octopodes for a long time. I also struggled through a love/absolutely terrified relationship with robots. They still kind of creep me out. This was inspired by The Matrix trilogy and Minority report, so, it was probably done around 2002-2003.

I'm guessing its New York, judging from the hint of the Statue of Liberty in the background, and I'm assuming that there was some kind of flood, so, post apocalyptic New York. Look at all those bubbles. So bubbly.

Here we have flaming cherries. What? Fiiiiyaa. Uh huh. I started really getting into traditional and new school style tattoo art when I was about 21 or 22. This wasn't my first tattoo piece that I drew, as you saw before, but this is my first tattoo. I got this tattooed on my left shoulder and then got it's mirrored twin tattooed on my right shoulder a few months later. They're looking kind of rough these days. I could use a touch-up.

The last sketch I'll be sharing today is Cynthia. I think that she was probably inspired by the Johnny the Homocidal Maniac comic book series. My boyfriend at the time bought me a JTHM graphic novel and I decided that I wanted to start my own comic book series. I started working on another character for my series and then I guess I got bored. I do that sometimes. Hmmm.

Cynthia looks like she was also inspired by Wednesday Adams, judging from her dress. I probably also drew inspiration from Stephen King's Carrie, because, you know, she has a knife like Margaret White. That's Carrie's mom, if you didn't know. "They're all gonna laugh at you!" No they won't.

That's the end of this episode of Sketchbook Time Machine, ine, ine, ine. There's that echo again.

If you want to share some of your old sketches, just leave me a link below in the comments, or you can post them to Instagram, #sketchbooktimemachine.

Have a great day! Toodles!