Burrito time (is so short)

This happened today (and many times before):

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“Yum, burrito time!”

The thing is, I get hungry. Sometimes from one minute to the next. And I happen to live with a Slow Eater. We try not to food shame (or generally shame) each other,  because that’s obviously not nice or healthy.

It’s just that… We’re both a bit surprised every time I manage to spray burrito filling all over myself and the furniture in a very short time, while Slow Eater hasn’t spilled a single crumb.

I guess burritos are difficult to eat for some people. And when I start making a mess, I feel like I might as well just continue down that road.

Fun facts about this comic:

#1: We don’t actually sit shoulder to shoulder and eat dinner like that. We obviously lounge at either end of the couch while watching YouTube, like proper grown-ups.

#2: Slow Eater doesn’t actually own a nice, red, woolly sweater, but I asked which colour he wanted to wear in the comic and he requested this – and now wants to get one IRL.

#3: Last month I drew another comic of me and my BF – you can check it out here: Duvet drama.

 

Burrito time (is so short)

Funky beets

I love beets!

They’re so beautiful and have that weird sweet and earthy taste, that’s sometimes too much, and sometimes just right.

Look at that colour!

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Here’s one of the smaller, round ones:

Once I tried to grow beets in my tiny urban garden (literally a box of dirt, but it works). They turned out like this:

… Very small!

I found out that I should have picked some of them out to make room for other ones to grow big. I told my colleagues at the time about it and someone was very nice and gave me some giant ones from their garden. I pickled them and all was good, and I never tried growing my own beets again. But I guess now I know what to do, so I should try again.

Beets are on my mind, because I made some hummus a couple of days ago and put in a couple of baked beets. The hummus was amazingly pink and tasted and felt very spring-like in spite of the season. It turns out it doesn’t take a lot to excite me, when it comes to food. The beets I used looked a bit more like this, though:

It’s a difficult season to find good vegetables, especially local and organic ones. But these were both, and they tasted very nice. I find that baking them and peeling the skin off afterwards makes them more tasty than boiling them.

That was a lot of thoughts about beets, congrats for reading this far! Here’s a a fun fact:

I drew the first two of the beet doodles today while talking to my mum on the phone. (Not about beets, though, mainly about what we’re baking at the moment and what the rest of the family are up to).

*Update: After posting this I went and googled “beets”, and I can see that I totally drew the leaves wrong. They have long pink stems! Anyway it goes to show how little I remember about actual vegetables coming from the ground and not the store. I’ll remember next time I’m drawing a bunch of beets 😀

Funky beets

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

Note bat

This creepy bat is a bit late for Halloween, but here it is:

I’ve been organizing (and throwing away) a lot of my old notes from university, and this tiny bat was one of the (many!) doodles that showed up in the paper pile. Today I decided to colour it in digitally. I’ll share more old doodles when I find good ones!

About being late for Halloween – I planned a casual Halloween hang with some friends last Friday (2 November) – and planned to do some good old pumpkin carving. But there were no pumpkins to be found in ANY of the shops in my area! I get that Halloween is 31 October, but I thought maybe they kept a bit of the Halloween stuff in stores over the weekend. Nope – advent calendars and Christmas candy  everywhere!

So instead of carving pumpkins I gave into the early Christmas spirit and made gingerbread cookies with this great recipe by Smittenkitchen.

I didn’t have a pumpkin cookie cutter, so we made them by using a round cookie cutter and then shaping the rest with a knife – it’s easier than it sounds! I had an owl cookie cutter (obviously?) – and owls turn into monsters very easily with a bit of sprinkles.

Note bat

Inktober 2018 #25

Pineapples are all very prickly inside and out, but especially this one:

When I was a student I worked in an icecream shop for 4 years during the summers, where I learned that pineapples are ripe when you can easily pull out a leaf.

I like the taste, but these angry fruits make my mouth sting like crazy, so I rarely eat them. And if the fruit is as angry as the one I drew here, it’s definitely not worth the aggravation.

To be honest the facial expression is inspired a little bit by me trying to learn to paint with gouache these past couple of days 😂

Inktober 2018 #25

Inktober 2018 #24

I’m trying out gouache painting these days, so I decided to paint today’s quick Inktober doodle instead of inking with a pen:

Painting (contrary to drawing) has never been something I’ve felt natural (or even fun) to do.

But I want to expand my creative toolbox and I’m having lots of fun with gouache and playing with colours at the moment.

Some of the paintings might make it to the blog at some point, if they don’t end up in the rather big pile of creative projects/materials that I used for a week and then didn’t get back to. There’s so much yarn, guys.

Inktober 2018 #24