Some stuff involving food and animals happened in the house this week…
Neighbour Cat knows she doesn’t live in our house (I think). So she walked out the door willingly with a look that said “Oh hello Neighbour Humans, I was just stopping by. See you!”.
The frog, however, took a while to get to leave the basement. It escaped from my hands the first time I grabbed it, jumped onto the table and then hid under a closet. But in the end, I managed to get him into a bucket and ran out into the garden before he did another wild jump for freedom.
He didn’t seem to believe one bit that I was trying to help, that I would do my best not to squish him, and that living outside is much better for a frog.
I thought I’d share these two different doodles. I made a traditional drawing in my sketchbook first, and a couple of days later it inspired a digital doodle of the same cute flower creatures.
I like both doodles, but the digital definitely took longer to make. I tried out a drawing style that looks like it’s drawn with marker on paper.
Using my sketchbook as inspiration for digital drawings is nice. Then I don’t have to think of something to draw, but I can use my energy on trying new colouring techniques.
When I made the previous post (Orange pepper), I realised that I didn’t have a garden tag on the blog. So now there is one!
Since moving into a house I have plants on my mind a lot of the time. I guess they’re a classic thing to draw, and I’m very bad at drawing leaves and trees and stuff like that. So I’ll probably post more practice doodles of indoor and outdoor green things on here 🙂
I thought I’d say hi, since I don’t often show my face on here.
And here are some potentially boring things about me and my drawings:
I’m a linguist from Denmark who works part-time with digital communication.
Rainy, grey days are my favourite, and I can’t wait for fall!
I’ve been a language nerd as well as a drawing nerd for as long as I can remember. French is probably my favourite language to listen to, but – as you might have guessed – English has a special place in my heart. It’s kind of my playground language. Reading and writing in Danish has a “work vibe” to me, which is maybe a bit weird since it’s my first language, but there you go 😀
I especially love drawing animals and people. And comics!
I almost always start my day with coffee, porridge and a game of Hearthstone. (I even made a couple of Hearthstone fanart doodles)
Things I need to have in the fridge at all times: mayo, lemons and butter.
I love starting new creative hobbies/projects like sewing clothes or making something new in the garden or kitchen. Finishing these things is… a challenge.
The past couple of years I got really into digital drawings, but I still draw a lot on paper. There are doodles in my planner, my work notes, on the grocery list, everywhere.
Some of my drawings I make into product designs in my Redbubble shop (shameless promo). This is a way for me to work with illustration as “design”, which is very fun and challenging. Also, I think, it’s a cool way for me to have my doodles travel the world (potentially!) and spread a bit of joy (hopefully!) in a reasonably sustainable way because it’s “print on demand”. It’s nice that I don’t have to order 100 mugs that might end up in our basement for years (and I think my BF agrees).
I don’t yet have a proper illustration business, but I want to do more freelance illustration work. And you know what? I recently bought a printer, woohoo! So new homemade art prints might be coming soon – you heard it here first 🙂
I love baking (and eating) cakes and bread, and have my own sourdough starter that I made a couple of years ago. Cinnamon buns are an all-time favourite, I’m not really into making the fancy stuff with layers and icing and mousse and things. Related fact: Patience is not something I have a ton of.
The photo is from Spring of this year, shortly after me and my BF moved into our house. We don’t have pets (yet!), but Neighbour Cat that you see in the photo stops by for belly rubs quite often.
Oh, and we’re expecting a baby girl in about 7 weeks, so there might be some baby related doodles coming up…
That’s a bit about me – thanks for following my doodles and ramblings on here.
Now you know a bit more about who’s behind the silly doodles. Tell me something about you in the comments, if you want!
Gardening is new to me, and I get VERY excited when something new happens with my plants. Sometimes things change colour from one day to the next! So I had to make a drawing about it.
My sister gave me a pepper plant and a tomato plant as a housewarming gift in Spring, and they are both thriving in the greenhouse. There are soooo many fruits!
So far, all the peppers have been green, but a couple of days ago one of them turned orange! And it made me a very happy garden owner.
How do they know when to stop growing and start changing colour? It must be some kind of garden magic. Now the challenge is to leave it for a couple more days and see if it turns red. If I don’t eat it before it happens!
Here’s a look at my original hand-drawn sketch from my sketchbook:
I imported it into Gimp, coloured it in and added some layer effects to keep the hand-drawn vibe. I’m happy with the style, it turned out kind of children’s book-ish. Which I think fits the little story well. If you can even call it a story… To me, it’s headline news!
Also, I started work again last week after the summer vacation and today was the first very busy day. So colouring in this little doodle felt very calming and nice.
I’ve been doodling and drawing digitally a lot this summer, and I really want to keep it up as much as possible – even though I use up some of my creative energy at work. Drawing is so good for my mental health, so I need to try to stay in the habit.
I met this friendly, little cat on a walk recently and decided to draw/paint it with watercolour markers.
We definitely live in a cat town. I see new cats around the house and garden and on walks very often. And I only rarely see people with dogs.
I grew up with cats and later a dog, and I really miss having pets!
Since there will soon be a little monkey living in the house (who’s currently growing in my belly), we don’t plan to get any pets ourselves at the moment.
However, with the neighbourhood cats – not to mention the squirrels, frogs, birds and the hedgehog (I saw it again!) – it’s almost like having pets 🙂
New drawing materials
As you might have noticed, I’ve been drawing a lot of digital art this summer. But it’s also made me want to draw more traditional stuff and learn new techniques.
The cat drawing is based on a photo I snapped quickly, you cannot rely on the patience of a cat. A couple of days later I sat down and made a quick sketch and added some colour with my Winsor & Newton watercolour markers + water and a small brush. And finally I did the line art.
I haven’t used these markers in a long time and don’t know if I did it the “right” way. I also, for some reason, used this strange stonepaper that I had. It worked out fine, but I think I’ll try watercolour or mixed media paper next time.
Has anyone tried drawing on stonepaper – and if so – what drawing tools do you use on it?
Last week, I saw a hedgehog in my garden for the first time! It made me really happy, because I love seeing new animals in the garden. And hedgehogs are so cute! This guy was just walking casually down the garden path.
I also love hedgehogs because they eat slugs (I think?) and we have lots of slugs that like to eat my salad!
I know hedgehogs aren’t purple, but I chose a different colour than brown to give off a Danish summer evening vibe – and also just for fun.
Here’s a speed video of my drawing process:
The actual drawing process took about 30 minutes. As you can see in the video, I’m having fun experimenting with different layers, layer modes and textured pens in Gimp at the moment.
One of the artists that has inspired me to develop my digital drawings is JelArts – check out her channel on YouTube if you don’t already follow her.
A big, prickly mouse
I think I inadvertently made my hedgehog look like a fat mouse…
There’s something about the snout that I would change if I drew it again. It should probably be less pointy. And maybe the eye placement needs to be different.
But, hey! I only saw this particular hedgehog once, and only for about a minute. And it was the night time! 😀
I managed to take a very blurry photo, which I couldn’t really use as a drawing reference. But I decided to draw it anyway and not to Google how they actually look.
I’ve never really been great at drawing from a picture reference anyway, I prefer drawing freely from what I remember or imagine. And then mouse-hog creatures sometimes happen!
Mugs and things
If you like my recent more colourful drawing style, you might want to check out my new sourdough design in my Redbubble shop. That drawing was made mixing traditional and digital drawing – read about it in this post.
This cat drawing is another result of my recent Gimp adventures:
The drop shadow turned out a bit weird – don’t know what happened there. I’m still learning about drawing light and shadows after I’ve started to use more colours in my drawings.
I guess I could try to fix it, but I’m more motivated to leave it as is and try again with another drawing.
I haven’t had a lot of time to doodle these past couple of vacation weeks because of house visits and house work (and let’s be real – lots of preggo naps). When I’ve had 5 or 10 minutes to draw, I’ve mainly been doodling in my sketchbook, so will share some of those old fashioned paper drawings soon 🙂
I’ve been baking sooo much bread lately, and it reminded me of a dough doodle I made for #inktober 2018. If you love baking too, you can get the new, colourful Swol Sourdough as a sticker, on a mug or notebook (among other products) in my shop.
The old drawing looked like this:
And here’s the fresh version of “Swol Sourdough” as I’ve decided to name it:
I put this design on stickers, mugs and more products in my Redbubble shop for other baking nerds flexing their dough muscles – you can see them all here:
The new and improved version of my dough doodle was drawn on paper using Windsor & Newton Promarkers and coloured pencils. Afterwards I did some digital editing in Gimp and Adobe Illustrator to give it some clearer colours and contrast. I also ended up using Adobe Draw to do the final line art. Needless to say, I spent many hours on perfecting this sourdough!
If you follow the blog, you might also have seen this sourdough doodle that I made a couple of weeks ago – also inspired by the doodle from 2018.
It’s funny how old drawings sometimes pop up in my head and inspire something new. I draw a lot of new things on paper and screen at the moment, too, but redrawing old stuff is very fun and challenging at the same time.
I sat down today and sketched a couple of new comics. And then I realised I haven’t made any this year so far! As usual, this one is based on real life – in this case, a fresh conversation from yesterday morning 😀
It’s probably important to note here that I’m pregnant and soon in my third trimester. Which means my feet are beginning to be quite foreign to me and difficult to reach. We both joke a lot about my very round belly, but I also get all the love. I hope the last bit of the comic shows that 🙂
I have to admit, the perspective in the last panel is very strange. Maybe my BF is supposed to be sitting on a chair and leaning dramatically to the side or backwards? Anyway, it was fun to draw.
Mixing traditional and digital drawing techniques
After drawing and colouring this comic in by hand with markers and coloured pencils, I spent a couple of hours (maybe 4… Yay vacation time!) redrawing the line art and adding layers of colour in Gimp. My style has evolved quite a bit – Check out my collection of comics here.
I’m happy with the result, but I’m definitely still very slow when working in Gimp and need to practice loooots more. Luckily there are many little silly moments like the one above to use as material. And there will probably be even more when there’s a baby living with us!!
Fun fact about hands
I actually had my BF model his hand for the third panel. I find that hands are still one of the most difficult things to draw!
I was surprised at how well this one turned out. And let’s leave it at that small success and never talk about the squiggly doodle supposed to be my own two hands in the last panel…
Here’s a drawing of someone who’s been a bit neglected for the past couple of months…
I haven’t been baking very much sourdough bread in 2020. But now that I’m on my summer vacation at home, I have more time and energy for baking – and drawing! Look at me posting on here three days in a row, woohoo!
I that noticed online that a lot of people kind of discovered sourdough during quarantine/self isolation. And it was very fun to follow and made me remember my own starter journey 😀
I started my starter in June or July of 2018. That summer was incredibly hot here in Denmark (and Europe in general), and I think that made the process get a bit out of hand. For about a week our apartment smelled quite… sour… To say the least!
Now that my starter is older, however, it’s a lot easier to bake with and maintain and it lives happily in our fridge, as long as I feed it once every 2 or 3 weeks.
For the baking nerds still reading
I don’t always manage to plan a couple of days ahead when I want to bake, though (dough, lol). Which means we also get a lot of non-sourdough bread and obviously store-bought bread, which is nice too. But I really love the final result, when I do bake my own. I’m also not a sourdough purist – I mostly add some yeast to my dough.
Today’s drawing was drawn digitally in Gimp with my Wacom tablet and without a hand drawn sketch as the basis (which I often use). I tried to keep the style a bit more simple than my two previous drawings while I’m still learning to use the programme, so I don’t burn out 🙂