"Study Hall" Drawings (Episode One)
(Submitted by Car Lust occasional contributor Tigerstrypes)
As soon as I saw That Car Guy (Chuck)’s post on High School "Study Hall" Drawings, I knew I was gonna like it. I liked it even more when he said that we were able to submit some of our own pieces. Being that I’ve used some of my old work to highlight and personalize my posts –not to mention that Chuck used some two of them for his announcements for this theme, which I’m grateful, BTW-, I knew I had to contribute.
Also, being that Chuck stated that the ‘High School’ in High School "Study Hall" Drawings was a general term, this meant that there was some searching to do for righteous candidates from not only High School, but also Middle School and Elementary School, too. Here’s some:
Let’s start with around 4th-5th Grade, late 90s. There’s Star Wars: Special Edition drawings, Cruis’n videogame franchise inspiration due to my drawings of the then-new C5 Corvette, and hint of Pokémon and Dragonball Z. For me to draw an amazing car I had to use transfer paper, but that would soon change.
Instead of posting an example using that technique - which was a tuned MkIV Toyota Supra that came from the guys that made the dope ZUM Speed stickers and T-shirts - I chose the above pic, a scene from one of the first couple of episodes of the original Lost In Space series. Here we have the Jupiter 2, with evidence of an earlier attempt still quite visible and The Chariot making tracks on the planet. Obviously, I thought it was amazing, so of course I drew it (I went one step further and did my best building it from LEGOs). Thank you Mom for renting those VHS at the local Video Ave. I was still drawing on both sides of the paper, so that’s why there’s images seeping through. Those other images were inspired by a computer videogame called Eat My Dust! found in a catalog.
6th Grade, 2000-2001. Now we’re cooking. Memories of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is represented, as well as Digimon and signs of what I thought college would be like (extreme sports). How many of you guessed the car off the bat? I blame reading Import Tuner in the supermarket line for my fascination with Hondas and imports overall. I was writing everything on cursive at the time- it reads: ‘Wow! I won an illegal street machine!!" Spaceships and stuff on the other side. Funny, I used the same character.
8th Grade, 2002-2003. Guess what childhood favorite TV show I rediscovered back then. This one’s just part of a couple of drawings following the adventures of K.I.T.T. and Michael. I also started drawing more original stuff by this time, so cars weren’t the only thing getting drawn.
10th Grade, 2004-2005, was a benchmark year for me. I have 3 laboratory notebooks (white pages, no lines) filled with stuff. And then there was my legit sketchbook for art class. It’s been about a year or two since I discovered the Initial D franchise, which focused on drifting. The angles, the speedlines, all were inspired by the graphic novel. This wasn’t my only drift drawing, but it's definitely the most Car Lust-oriented one due to the use of a GMC Jimmy, a rig that I’m fond of, then and now. I liked this drawing so much that I even uploaded it on my DeviantART account (I use a different username for that BTW).
Pontiacs (particularly Bandit and 3rd-gen Trans Ams), Mustangs, pick-up trucks, Honda Accord coupes, Camaro IROC-Zs, AE86 Toyota Corollas, and movie and TV cars, among many Car Lust-worthy examples, were drawn.
By 11th Grade, I started waning on my drawings. I remember not drawing anything during Christmas break! But I did not quit, heck no! I kept going in college and to this day. Admittedly, I’ve been drawing more fanart and humor, and less cars (It’s been two years since I’ve gone all out on an automotive-theme drawing), but I’m happy that this talent of mine is still with me.
All drawings are mine, obviously.