I discovered the Goo Goo Dolls after their hit song “Iris,” and was fairly obsessed with them in high school. They are still among my favorite bands.
I also enjoyed writing “song fics” where I took song lyrics and made fan fiction (or original stories) with them. This is what I would call a “song sketch,” where I took the opening lyrics from the Goo Goo Dolls’ song “Black Balloon” and drew an image. I don’t think there’s a story that goes with it, it’s just an impression I had based on the feeling from the song. I was also practicing perspective obviously lol.
Baby’s black balloon makes her fly
A fun little sketch of Li Meiling from Cardcaptor Sakura enjoying the summer sun on the beach. You can see the outline of a beach blanket. I apparently did not finish her hands lol.
Another sketch from my high school notebook. I don’t know why these Chinese and Japanese characters from Cardcaptor Sakura are celebrating the US Independence Day, but hey, I gave them cute costumes. Li Syaoran is Uncle Sam, Sakura is the Statue of Liberty, and Meiling is doing acrobatics in a festive parade-watching outfit.
I hope you all here in the US have a great holiday weekend (if you’re really lucky this year it’s four days :)). Even if our country’s not perfect, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. We can celebrate and look forward to an even better future together.
Another Cardcaptor Sakura sketch. Here she has her staff from the second story arc, with the Sakura cards, and she has just used the JUMP card (maybe still in her hand). The costume is my design. She has cool boots, and some kind of tulle coming out from an underskirt.
I really like her hair in this one! And the cape. I was obviously trying to indicate some movement during her jump.
This is dated 2003 at the bottom. This is when I was in high school, almost 15 years ago!
Yu-Gi-Oh! was one of my first anime, so of course it worked its way into my drawings in high school.
I always liked Téa (thought I liked Mai more…). I traced most of her face (the eyes in particular are too good to be mine), and intended to draw a card in her hand, but I forget which one I was going to draw.
I meant to add more detail to this one, too, but never finished. Note the glove holding Star Chips from Duelist Kindgom. The card is the trap card Gift of the Mystical Elf, but her eyes are closed as they appear on the Mystical Elf monster card. (I don’t know why I did that lol) The Mystical Elf was one of my favorite creatures from the anime.
I never had a chance to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! collector card game, which is like a version of the Duel Monsters card game played in the manga/anime. But I’ve been playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app game a lot recently, and it’s very fun. I even have my own Gift of the Mystical Elf trap card!
Playing a trap card
Yami and Tea dueling
The game play is really good, though not identical to the CCG or to the anime. Several of the familiar cards have different effects/values/etc.
Playing Duel Links inspired me to start watching Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix again, especially after I realized I’d never seen all the episodes of Season 2 (the Battle City/Egyptian Gods arc).