Meet the “artist”

I thought I’d say hi, since I don’t often show my face on here.

This is me – and a cat and a photobombing BF.

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!

Meet the “artist”

The year of the belly

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 😀

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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…

The year of the belly

Comfy pants and cuddles

These past months have been overwhelming, to say the least. I hope more people have come to the realisation that we all want and deserve a life with lots of hugs and comfy clothes.

And that it means we still need to fight politically for every human’s right to safety and happiness ❤

I haven’t really been able to focus on drawing or writing anything great, but I didn’t want to stay silent. So here’s one of my usual silly doodles, I hope it can spread a bit of love and positivity.

#blacklivesmatter

#pridemonth

Comfy pants and cuddles

Unpacking doodles (also: I’m here!)

Wow, I haven’t been doodling for like 7 weeks. I think part of the reason is stupid, horrible Covid-19 that took away a lot of my creative inspiration. My light-hearted, silly drawings seem a bit out of place, I guess. So I didn’t really know what to say, after making those first couple of corona-related doodles in March.

Another big thing

ALSO, me and my boyfriend bought a house this year (!) and moved in, in the middle of Corona Craziness. So I’ve been busy packing, cleaning and (OMG!) gardening.

We’re really happy and grateful to be in the house and have some more space around us – also since we’re both mainly working from home now.

Boxes (and boxes) of paper

Anyway, I finally got around to unpacking my drawing stuff, and I found this quick post-it doodle that I made earlier this year:

An accurate, but not in any way beautiful doodle.

This doodles is actually quite fitting to our situation now (and always). I eat snacks around the house, and the BF keeps the place clean. OK, maybe I also help out, but the vacuuming is definitely his thing. I think I don’t really notice the croissant crumbs and dustbunnies as quickly as he does…

I thought I’d share this to show that I’m here and doing well. I hope everyone following is managing to keep healthy and sane doing this weird time.

Maybe I’ll find more old stuff to share in the unpacking process – or I might even sit down and draw new things soon – who can predict anything right now, really?!

Here’s a photo of me actually doing some drawing in our old apartment that I posted on the blog’s Instagram:

Good ol’ doodle times ❤

Thank you for still following!

Unpacking doodles (also: I’m here!)

100 followers + early Monday morning doodles

I woke up way too early today, but I found some random things to do – and doodle for you guys 🙂

It’s 8 a.m. on Monday in Denmark right now, and I’ve been awake for hours. I know lots of people get up early everyday, but I’m a spoiled part-time worker/freelancer and didn’t even have to get up early, because I’m working from home today! Gah.

Tips for (fun?) early morning activities

I don’t often find myself with extra time in the morning and didn’t really know what to do with myself.

Yes, I watched a couple of YouTube videos. I made tea AND coffee and breakfast. And no, I didn’t feel the need to start working in the dead of night.

Instead I did these random things:

Monday Morning doodle

Repotting an orchid while really tired was a challenge, and I don’t know why I did it. Why does it have roots that act like green tentacles when you move the plant?!

I’ve (obviously) never had an orchid before, tips for keeping it alive are welcome!

Clipping my fingernails was more fun than the plant thing. Is it grossing people out to hear about my nails? I get uncomfortable the moment my nails are more than 0.5 mm long, so clipping time is happy time.

A round square

I haven’t finished the crochet tutorial yet, because then I started doodling! And blogging! Other possibly great morning activities.

I’m hoping my granny square becomes square. It’s very counterintuitive to crochet round and round with the goal of making a square. But there must be a trick, I’ll find out in a bit (if I don’t fall asleep).

100 followers on here!

Anyway, guys – I realised yesterday that there’s now 100 of you following along here on the blog.

That’s totally amazing, and I’m very grateful that you think my doodles and ramblings bring you some inspiration or entertainment or whatever you get from following. Thank you! 

♥️

100 followers + early Monday morning doodles