This week’s things

Some stuff involving food and animals happened in the house this week…

drawing peanutbutter and coffee sketchbook doodle
The heatwave + my pregnancy brain makes me do weird things and not remember I did them!
drawing cat and frog sketchbook doodle
But they apparently like to visit.

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.

This week’s things

Orange pepper

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!

Colourful 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!

Drawing process

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.

Orange pepper

Swol sourdough is back!

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:

sourdough yeast rise #inktober doodle by wordsanddoodlesblog
Read my Inktober post from 2018 here

And here’s the fresh version of “Swol Sourdough” as I’ve decided to name it:

You’d better pop it in the oven soon, before it spills out of its tin.

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:

Drawing process

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.

Swol sourdough is back!

My happy sourdough

Here’s a drawing of someone who’s been a bit neglected for the past couple of months…

Look how happy my sourdough starter is when it gets fed with some new yummy flour and water 😀

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 😀

Sourdough starting

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.

Drawing process

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 🙂

I think this bread doodle from my Inktober 2018 was a bit of an inspiration for today’s drawing. If you’re a proper doodle/sourdough nerd, you can check out all my sourdough-related posts under this tag: sourdough.

Thanks for reading all the way through, please share your sourdough stories (good or bad) in the comments, if you feel like it.

My happy sourdough

Pumpkin pie, coffee and a sassy city bird – The start of #inktober 2019

Hello guys, it’s the first day of October! It’s the middle of the afternoon in Denmark right now, and I’m ready to post my first #inktober post of this year, wooooo.

The drawings I did for Inktober 2018 all hang out here.

Let’s get to it! My first page of doodles for Inktober this year looks like this:

inktober 2019 wordsanddoodles doodle drawing pumpkin pie coffee bird
I just realised I wrote the date in Danish – oh well, it’s close enough 🙂

I decided to follow the Inktober prompts from @katnippillustration (Instagram link).

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:

@wordsanddoodlesblog on Instagram

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!

Pumpkin pie, coffee and a sassy city bird – The start of #inktober 2019

Pancakes #2

Here’s my second, gruesome pancake comic from the same doodle session:

I don’t know what got into me with these! How could anyone eat that tiny cute blob?! But they were fun to draw. And pancakes are delicious…

If you didn’t see the first pancake comic featuring my bf it’s here.

With this one, I thought I would erase the handwritten text and rewrite speech bubbles like I usually do with comics. But I decided to keep the hand writing in, because it’s a different look and easy enough to read (I think).

Also, it saved me a bit of editing time. I’ve been practicing my digital editing of drawings a lot this past year. But at the moment I feel like spending some more time on the hand drawing process (on paper).

In my last post I promised to share the original sketch book page, so you can get a glance at the chaotic ways of my doodlings 😀 Here you go!

Pancakes #2

The berry thief

I went to see my parents this weekend, and they have the most amazing, giant garden full of colourful flowers and plants, fruit trees, berry bushes and butterflies.

Earlier in summer they had rhubarb, gooseberries, red currants and black currants, and now the plums, raspberries and blackberries are ready to eat, while the grapes and apples are ripening.

However, you have to be quick, because sometimes a brown and fluffy beast with a sweet tooth got there first!

*Update: I noticed my comics can be a bit hard to read, at least on my screen, so I’ve uploaded the individual images here as well:

Don’t look directly into the eyes of the berry thief, or he will make you feed him.

He fears nothing, not even the prickly branches of gooseberry bushes!

The berry thief

Water struggles

Sooo… On a health whim recently I decided to drink some lemon water in stead of coffee. Because sometimes I forget to drink anything other than coffee all day, and I get a bit weird. And the lemon water actually was… nice.

But the trend didn’t really stick for more than a day or two, because I love coffee so much.

So I kind of drew this to inspire myself to think positively about lemon water, and not just drink brown water (which coffee is known as in our home).

I know, guys – my life is incredibly exciting. Sometimes there’s water drama!

Water struggles

Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash

Hey guys, I put a new veggie pattern in my Redbubble shop – it’s less doodly than what I usually make:

See available products with this pattern

I made the design in Illustrator while sketching things out for a Danish food themed design competition (which I didn’t win, but the people liked my design and gave me free tickets for their event, so that was cool!).

Only the beet (in a different version) ended up in my final illustration, but I really like this pattern.

If you also think it’s cool, you can get it via the link on:

  • mugs, coasters, tote bags, water bottles and stickers (white background)
  • travel mugs and spiral notebooks (blue background).

Old drawings ❤

Now that I look at it, the design also reminds me of a squash comic that I made in the early days of this blog (over 4 years ago!):

Posh Squash by Wordsanddoodles (May 22, 2015)

It’s really weird! I think I thought it was hilarious then. I still like the style of the drawing and the expressions on the characters’ faces.

And maybe it somehow inspired me to draw the butternut squash again in a new version.

I guess I could make the old doodle a product design too (without the speech bubbles, maybe) – what do you think?

Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash

Going bananas

Wow, I just realised I haven’t posted any doodles here for almost a month. Here’s a 5-minute drawing of a banana to make up for it:

I listened to one of my favourite podcasts yesterday while cooking dinner: BBC Radio Four – The Food Programme. I listened to this episode about bananas that I highly recommend.

I learned that there are lots and lots of varieties of bananas in the world, but we often only see one variety in super markets, at least in the countries where bananas don’t grow naturally. And there was a whole story about how that one type of banana became the super banana that now dominates the market. But apparently some bananas are purple and some taste like icecream! The most common type of banana is in danger of extinction because of – I think – a type of fungus that attacks it and has spread to some parts of the world. I’m doing a bad job of summing up the podcast, so yeah, maybe just listen to it 🙂

I don’t actually eat bananas that often, mainly because I try to eat locally grown fruits and veggies as much as possible, because it’s often better for the environment. Also, my boyfriend REALLY hates bananas (and has since childhood) so he’s happier when we don’t have them in the apartment. I have foods that I’m disgusted by too, so no shade thrown, and since I can live without bananas, I don’t mind. However, I have a really good recipe for banana bread that I kind of crave now after drawing and writing about bananas so much.

When I think of bananas in a dessert context I always also think of a specific banana shaped pastry that I often got at the bakery when I went with my sister as a kid. It was some kind of sponge cake at the bottom with (maybe) swiss buttercream on top covered with yellow marcipan and with dark chocolate details at the ends. I can’t remember if it actually had a banana taste to it, though. But I loved it so much – I think I mainly liked cakes with fun shapes as a kid, and didn’t really care a lot about taste.

Here’s a speed video of the 5-minute banana drawing:

Going bananas