My kitchen counter – process video

I enjoy watching drawing videos on Instagram, and today I wanted to try to make one myself. Here’s the recording of my process of making a quick drawing – it’s the result of about 40 minutes work (at 1000% speed):


I’m still learning to draw properly in Illustratir using my Wacom tablet, which is very different than drawing on paper or drawing directly on a tablet with a screen. But it gives lots of opportunities for colouring and drawing with different brushes, so it’s worth the hassle of learning.

The final drawing turned out like this by the way:

If you’re curious, the stuff on my counter this morning was (from left to right):

Massive jar of instant coffee, old speakers for listening to the BBC Food Programme (or other things) in the kitchen – behind a pot of parsley, plate with apples and a brown (not red) avocado, sugar left on the counter from breakfast (porridge), pot of rosemary, weird, tall mason jar with its own rubber seal inside, which should have been in a cupboard, stand mixer.

Sometimes there’s nothing except the mixer on the counter, sometimes its full of keys, tissues and other stuff that has nothing to do in the kitchen. But today it looks like this and it makes me happy to look at all these colours on a grey and cold January morning.

My kitchen counter – process video

Birthday mom doodle

This good-looking lady with wild hair is my mom!

Today is herΒ 69th birthday – happy birthday, Mom! (She’s a devoted follower on all my platforms – so I know she’ll see this about 2 seconds after it’s posted).

Most often you’ll see my mom juggling a phone, the newspaper, knitting gear AND a cup of black tea at the same time (I couldn’t fit the tea in the doodle – how do mothers carry so many things at once?). At other times she’ll be in the garden or out on one of many daily walks with the dog, reading books, sewing, knitting or baking something, putting on another layer of woolly clothes, sending videos on Snapchat of my dad doing work around the house, or making pancakes for her grandchildren (and other lucky people a.k.a. me).

Conversation with my mom on Christmas Eve:

Me: That’s a nice shirt!

My mom: I’m the kind of person who always ends up buying lots of horrible clothes. Now I’ve decided to start to wear them!

Me:

Receiving compliments is not one of her superpowers πŸ˜€

Birthday mom doodle

Exsqueeze me

Hello everyone, it’s a new year and I’m here! And apparently I’m rhyming now. I’ve been doodling a lot this past month, especially on paper – but haven’t managed to get anything posted on here. Until now!

On my street there’s this handrail down to a basement shop that reaches out into the narrow sidewalk. This situation makes it difficult for people to pass each other, and it inspired a couple of doodles:

The people are made up and not actual characters I’ve seen on the street, but I love drawing random people, and especially deciding what outfits to put them in.

I might make more of these, especially since it took me forever to draw the background. But it was a fun challenge to draw something with a bit of perspective. Also – fun fact: I had to google “car” to get close to drawing something that looked anything like the back of a car.

Process: I drew the sketch for the background on paper first, then transferred it to Illustrator and redrew it digitally. And then I added a digital sketch of the people, put in some colours and then drew the final black line.

Exsqueeze me

Snape (and Umbridge)

I drew Snape and Umbridge while listening to the 5th Harry Potter book:

But Umbridge is THE WORST so I’ll make her small.

And I didn’t do any digital editing on her, ’cause boo Umbridge.

I’m already on book 6, but am almost to concentrated and excited/scared to doodle while listening, because I know what’s coming and I’m not in a hurry for the horror 😨

We also watched the first two Harry Potter movies this week so that’s confusing and fun. And after listening to the books, I catch myself saying “that’s not like the book, noooo!” literally every 5 minutes. But still enjoying the movie very much!

Snape (and Umbridge)

Phoenix time

Fawkes the phoenix plays an important role in the second Harry Potter book that I just finished, so I wanted to draw the cute reborn version of him ❀

I love the scene where Harry is in Dumbledore’s office for the first time and happens to see Fawkes burst into flames. And Dumbledore just casually says: “I’m sorry you had to see him on a burning day” or something like that πŸ˜‚

And I did not feel like drawing a basilisk doodle!

Yes, the Potter doodles are continuing – I don’t feel like drawing anything else at the moment. These books make so many images pop up in my head!

Phoenix time