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.
While Christmas shopping I’ve seen lots of other nice and patient customers. But also some very… impatient* ones!
I met one shop assistant with a massive cold who needed to be at home in bed, but she powered through and was very nice (and sniffly).
So I’ve decided to be EXTRA nice to shop assistents this year. I hope I’m always friendly, but this week I went all out with smiles, “no worries, I’ll wrap it myself”s, “I don’t need a bag, thanks”s and “Merry Christmas!”s.
I’ve had student jobs in shops, but mainly cafés/food places and never in retail around Christmas. So I don’t know the struggle, but I still know that those friendly faces in the busy crowd means a lot!
Thrift your gifts
(OMG did I just make that rhyme for the first time ever? Probably not, But I love it)
Since I’m already telling you what to do in this post (don’t know why that’s my thing, apparently I get preachy around the holidays), here’s another thing:
Remember that secondhand or homemade things make great gifts! I talked about shopping a lot in this post, but in reality most of the places I’ve been Christmas shopping were thrift shops and the craft store. Trying to buy less new things has been a fun challenge to me.
Now I just have some (a lot) of DIY’ing to do. Actually writing this post in the middle of a giant, cute, creative mess of paper, fabric and other stuff 😀
Wrap your crap (yourself)
(yup, I rhymed again)
As a bonus for reading alllll the way through my babbling, here’s a video recommendation :
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.
It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:
I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscape so much, but the dark is starting to get to my brain a bit. Everytime I take a nap or go to bed at night, it goes “Oh well, time to hibernate for 6 months”.
So doodling helps me stay awake for a bit after dinner so I don’t go to bed at 8 p.m. 😀 And adding colour feels great.
I haven’t actually seen any of these Winter people IRL; they are drawn from imagination like most of my doodle people.
Except for the yellow wellies! I recently got similar ones myself, and they contribute to adding some colour to these grey days. I’ve even worn them out to eat because I like them so much.
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!