People Watching: Midterms Edition

Hi again! I’m not sure how much this drawing counts as “people watching”, but who says “people” has to mean “strangers”? I’ve been spending a lot of time this past week opposite my friends just studying and I think today’s post portrays that rather accurately. Drawing on notebook paper instead of my sketchbook felt particularly fitting. The top image took place in the LSA building (where I spent six and a half hours today), and the bottom was in my friend’s apartment. I loved noticing how much stuff we surround ourselves with while studying: laptops, tablets, water bottles, my two indispensable pens, so many notebooks, planners, and… a french press? I suppose caffeine is a must. Good luck to everyone taking exams this week (I know I’ll need it)!

Isabella Brown

Hello! My name is Isabella, and I’m currently a sophomore in LSA on track to study PPE and Russian. I’m from Michigan and have lived here all my life. My blog, “People Watching” is a product of all the times I’ve walked across campus, wanting to draw everyone I see. I want to capture people as unique characters and illuminate individuality across familiar spaces on campus. I usually work in pen and ink or colored pencil, but I’m excited to experiment with new styles as this series goes on. To contact, email

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