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!

beet 1

 

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

Spring fashion baby

I saw this baby wearing sunglasses on my street yesterday:

spring fashion baby

…. and I immediately went and got my sunglasses, because that baby is now my main style icon. It’s officially Spring today, and the weather in Denmark right now is perfect for sunglasses, two hoodies and a tight blanket. Now I just need to practice the face and find transportation.

I don’t remember the colours so I added them from imagination. But I think I captured the baby boss face quite well.

Spring fashion baby

Duvet drama

My boyfriend and I went to London last week and stayed at a hotel. The city was amazing and sunny and we had really good food. Living together in a tiny room for 5 days was… FUN 😀 But also a little bit like:

double duvet troubles comic

Seriously, what is up with the double duvets?!

It’s been a while since I made a comic strip – I used to draw comics when I was younger and I sometimes still make them for my own entertainment. I might make more if anything else exciting happens, like that wild duvet story!

* After posting this I can see that I wrote “this rooms looks nice” in the third image. So that one ‘s’ shouldn’t be there 🙄

Duvet drama

Ladylike doodles

I’ve recently discovered BuzzFeed’s Ladylike channel on YouTube and now watch a lot of episodes in my breaks between job hunting.

I really like that all kinds of subjects are discussed on the channel – from periods and pesto to fashion and friendships. (Alliteration, yum).

Yesterday I watched the ladies make fan art of fans who had made them fan art. So I decided to make some fan art based on that episode:

So meta!

I also really like all of the makeup/ beauty routine videos even though I rarely wear makeup myself and don’t really have a routine for what I do when I get up in the morning (is peeing and porridge a routine? Ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration). But the videos are all very fun and well-made so I gobble it all up. Also, I think part of the appeal for me is to see people (who happen to be women my age) have fun at their jobs – while still working hard, obviously.

Btw, Kristin wasn’t in the fan art episode, so I added her based on her look from the pesto competition with Jen. That’s why she looks a bit more serious, maybe 😀

These were drawn by hand and then edited in Illustrator. Now back to watching videos- I mean looking for jobs like a real adult lady!

Ladylike doodles

Blob game

I started drawing some abstract blobs in Illustrator today, and it turned into a little game!

The goal is to find images in the blobs and add simple lines – here’s the result:

blob game with lines feb 19

Below you can see my drawing of the blobs before I added lines – you’re welcome to grab the image and make your own doodles on top:

blob game feb 19

Tag the blog if you post the result on Instagram – @wordsanddoodlesblog or Facebook: Wordsanddoodlesblog.

All of my blobs ended up as people or animals (and many of them quite sleepy), but they could also be plants or objects or something else. I draw in Illustrator, but you can definitely use a less fancy programme like a free drawing app or Microsoft Paint (which still rocks).

Have fun!

Blob game

Crow says hello

I met this crow in the park the other day:

krage 2 - feb
“Food in pockets? Eat this human?”

I like crows a lot, but I don’t think I’ve drawn one before. I like the result of the drawing, though – I think he has the suspicious facial expression and piercing eyes of a real crow.

I’m pretty sure my fascination with crows started when I was a kid reading Sven Nordqvists picture books about a cow who likes to do human things and is friends with a crow called Crow (who often tells her off for not acting like a normal cow). The title of series is “Mor Muh” in Danish – literally translated to “Mama Moo”. The Swedish author is most known for his Pettson & Findus books, but the cow books are incredible too – and the drawings are so good.

I also made a 1 minute video of the drawing process, ’cause that’s my jam now! Here it is:

Crow says hello