For Christmas 2019, I made a lot of small homemade gifts for my fam. I had so much fun and only got a tiny bit stressed trying to finish all of them in time 😆
Since I’m still trying to relax and get over my cold, I thought I’d draw some of the gifts I made and tell you how I made them. The holidays are over, but they’re not specifically Christmassy things, so maybe they can inspire someone to DIY something 🙂
Bears Vs Turtles
For my nephew I made a tic tac toe game, but it’s a bit unusual:
I got the idea to make a game when I found a pack of three extremely cute polar bear figurines in the craft store.
It took me a while (and some creative inspo from Pinterest) before I decided to make a small unique version of tic tac toe.
I then found the three small clay turtles in my local Fair Trade shop.
The last step was to paint the simple gold pattern with a porcelain pen on a blue tile.
After a very busy and exciting work week, I got home yesterday afternoon, slept from 5 to 7 p.m. on the couch, woke up and drew this:
Which, I guess, represents how I was feeling. You know, kind of mlem, but also moo.
I think it also means my brain is now on Christmas mode! I’m now questioning what a deer has to do with Christmas. Or did I draw a reindeer? Definitely not a moose, they’re snouts are more horse-like. Yes, I had this discussion with my BF 😀
Snow = Christmas brain
Yesterday morning, I walked to the bus early in the morning, and it was snowing (halp!) very windy and pitch black. Later in the day, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful, sunny and chilly November day. A crazy change!
I think starting the day with a bit of snow and a bent umbrella (haaalp!) definitely activated those Christmas sensors in my brain. I woke up today thinking about gingerbread cookies and candles and gift ideas.
Today the prompt was “pumpkin pie”. I’ve never actually made or eaten pumpkin pie, since it’s not really a thing in Denmark. But I’ve seen it in cooking shows on YouTube, so I kind of know what it looks like… maybe…?
I went and got brand new drawing materials this morning and it really motivates me to draw every day.
If you want to know exactly what materials I use, let me know in the comments. Maybe I’ll do a review of the new stuff I got when I’ve tried them out this month.
After drawing the pumpkin pie doodles at a cafe, I walked home and saw the sassiest city bird I’ve ever seen. Look at that one leg stretched out behind the other!
So I had to add her to the page of doodles when I got home. And then I also got a newsletter from another illustrator: @viktorijaillustration (Instagram link) with her prompts for Inktober.
So I decided to add some coffee doodles, since her prompt for today is “coffee” and I already had 3 very nice cups 😀
Maybe I’ll continue to follow both lists and add in something I see IRL every day. It would be kind of fun to doodle some different bits and bobs and not have the pressure of producing one perfect drawing.
I know I probably won’t have time to write a whole blog post every day (let alone a really long one, like this one, word vomiiiittt timeee), but my goal is to post something on my Instagram every day of October. So hop on over there and follow me, if you don’t already:
October is my ffaaavoouriteeeeee month of the year, I just love the cold air, the coloured leaves and woolly things – and it’s also my birthday month 😀
Last year was my first time participating in Inktober, and I kind of hit a wall of doodle exhaustion after 2-3 weeks. I had just stopped working at my old job at the time, so I even had a lot of time during the day to draw.
I work part-time now, but have a lot more positive energy, so I’m hoping I’ll have fun all the way through October. We’ll see! I’m not going to knock myself over the head with my notebook if I don’t draw every day.
I hope you have a great month of looking at doodles or going about your autumn business. And if you feel like doodling something just **one** day of October, try it out!
So, I’ve been longing to get a dog for ages. However, it’s not very practical to have a dog in our apartment where it would be alone for several hours of the day.
Also, I might have a new favourite animal…
Last week, we went on a trip to a beautiful part of Denmark to mountainbike and hike (The purple blobs in the comic are supposed to be heather – Everything was purple and green!).
There were lots of sheep and goats hanging out in the hills. This particular teen lamb was extra cute and ran up to us to check us out. And then he/she just stood there for a while. Such a precious moment!
I’m not saying a sheep would be easier than a dog to have in our apartment. But I’m allowed to dream. Maybe we should get a dog and a sheep and they could be best friends?***
If you think this post has been too cute and happy and nice so far, I also got really excited when I saw a worm crossing a poop mountain in the middle of the road:
***Minutes later: I googled a bit and found this article from the Telegraph. So I guess that plan is settled.
I’ve been busy at my new job (yay!) and therefore haven’t been drawing a lot lately. So here are two older drawings that I never got around to post.
In December and January I made portraits of two of the dogs in my family. This first one was a Christmas present for my boyfriend’s sister, and it’s a portrait of her dog, Bob:
This second portrait is of my parents’ dog Buster, and it was a birthday present for my dad:
I made both drawings in Adobe Illustrator using my Wacom drawing tablet and printed them on nice paper. I looked at photos for reference while drawing and made a couple of sketches on paper, which I often do with digital drawings, especially portraits where the smallest details make a difference.
Both doggos were a bit tricky to draw. For instance, I had trouble making the black lines look natural in Bob’s white, fluffy fur – but I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
Buster’s brown, shiny coat also caused a bit of distress, because it catches the light in a cool way. I was very out of my comfort zone, and that drawing turned into more of a digital painting and ended up with many, many layers of colour before I was happy with the result.
Both dogs are lucky to live in very dog-loving families and are blissfully ignorant that they’re now models and both have fur that’s very difficult to draw.