It is often easy to guess something about someone’s interests based on what sorts of drawings they create or enjoy. Scene drawings are often recognizable based on their subjects alone. There are certain icons that are very popular in the scene community. The fact that they are so popular is obvious the moment anyone looks at the sorts of drawings that scene kids like to add to their online art and social media accounts.
Many scene drawings use an art style that is similar to Japanese anime. Anime has helped influence the scene kid subculture, and many of them have more or less learned to draw after becoming inspired by Japanese anime in the first place. Of course, the anime art style is very popular in general, but many scene kids specifically gravitate towards it. They will especially favor people drawn in an anime style who have colorful hair, which is often the case for many anime characters as it is. Anime characters tend to have very narrow builds, so putting them in the leggings or the skinny jeans that characterize the scene style is very easy to do. Drawings of scene girls are going to be more popular than drawings of scene boys for whatever reason.
Scene drawings will obviously feature people drawn wearing scene outfits. However, there are subtler cues to look for when recognizing scene drawings. For one thing, lots of scene kids draw couples that are kissing. Many scene kids are at an age in which having first loves is very common, and it is a state that tends to be idealized for a lot of people in the subculture. Of course, scene kids also tend to like skeletons, and seeing pictures of skeletons kissing is also surprisingly common. Skeletons certainly attract attention, particularly if they are behaving in a way that would otherwise be regarded as normal. As such, it isn’t surprising that an image like this would be popular among scene kids.
One of the tough parts about identifying scene kid drawings is separating the parodies from the drawings which are intended to be sincere. The scene subculture has attracted a lot of criticism, and some people draw scene kids in order to mock them. Some of these derisive drawings will be paired with critical sayings, but many of them won’t be, which makes identifying them as satirical even harder. Parodying scene kids through imagery alone is difficult, since the scene subculture already emphasizes standing out from the crowd and being confident. Exaggerating scene fashion for the sake of a joke is a challenge.
Separating the parodies from the sincere scene drawings may not be necessary. Plenty of scene kids, who care a lot about being confident, would simply try to appropriate the critical drawings anyway. Since some of them may not be satirical enough to get any real message across, this appropriation may be even easier to accomplish. Even if the situation arises, with image editing software, removing critical or vulgar phrasing is easy. Some scene drawings are probably intended to be somewhat educational, since they feature descriptions of the scene subculture and lists of characteristics. Those pictures also serve for identity reinforcement. The internet makes this sort of approach very easy for anyone.
Some scene drawings simply feature things that are popular in the scene community. Scene kids often like rainbows, stars, hearts, and similarly playful and somewhat childlike motifs. Some of these drawings will be featured alongside the drawings of scene kids themselves. Others will basically look like doodles, and they will be featured along with some scene kid saying or scene kid joke. There’s a lot of freedom when it comes to creating art on the internet. It’s easy for even the most obscure artists to find small audiences of devoted fans that share their esoteric interests. People that like doing scene drawings, given the size of the scene subculture, won’t have any trouble finding fans of their drawings. The scene subculture emphasizes internet culture quite a lot, so members of the scene subculture are going to be an available as well as a receptive audience.