I went thrift shopping for a bit today. Not for clothes though, but I often buy my clothes second-hand. And when I got home, I remembered that I recently started drawing a new “series” to use some more pages in my Inktober 2019 sketchbook:
Preloved things ❤
I love finding quality products like wool sweaters or shirts from an unknown brand that I wouldn’t find in a store.
As I get older (31 who?), it means more and more to me to try to only buy sustainably. Which is very hard, and I fail again and again.
However, with clothes I find that it’s a win-win, really, since I love the hunt for something fun and unique in the thrift store and it’s a LOT better for the environment. Older clothes (which have made it to the store) are also often of a better quality than a lot of new stuff, I feel like.
Okay, you get it, I can’t recommend thrifting enough 😀 Especially for clothes, but I basically buy everything, kitchenware, pictureframes, furniture, you name it.
I chose to put the designs on different products that I think fit the drawings best. I never make one design available on all of Redbubble’s products, but I take time to really think about what products make sense with each design.
The cat design is also available on different coloured backgrounds – like this red one:
I also thought the cats would look really cool on a water bottle or phone cover, so I also made those products available – check them out on Redbubble.
At first glance this message might look a bit shallow:
But when you look closer, it’s not so bad at all:
Sometimes people get mad at other people for using phones too much – and that might sometimes be true. But to me, the best thing about my phone is that it connects me with my family and friends daily – and with people I’ve never met IRL – like you guys.
Doodles and words and things
Adding text to my drawings is new to me. But I generally like art with a combination of words and doodles (is anyone surprised??).
I think adding a bit of text can make some doodles work better as product designs and give it an extra dimension, if you will. Like the one with the phone.
Let me know if you agree, or you’d prefer the drawings to stand alone in the future 🙂
Tag me if you buy something!
I love buying prints and products from other illustrators that I follow online or from smaller local shops. If you decide to buy any of my products to give to someone – or yourself – please tag me #wordsanddoodles – I’d love to see where my designs get a home!
Will I get my stuff before Christmas?
According to the Redbubble website, printing usually takes 1-3 business days. But the cool thing is that they only make the products after you order them. It means less waste, and I’m really happy about that aspect.
Read more about shipping and manufacturing on the Redbubble website. Where you can also check out many other very cool artists!
I thought I’d manage to do weekly roundups (like I mentioned in the last post), but as you can see… I didn’t.
So what I’m going to do instead is share my 3 own favourite pages from my Inktober 2019 sketchbook. Here we go:
You can check out the rest of my drawings on my Instagram page. And you’re welcome to give me a follow and leave me a comment over there and tell me which one is your favourite!
Some more thoughts about this year’s Inktober
I didn’t manage to draw every day this year, possibly because of the fact that I have a job, and last year I’d just quit my last job when Inktober started. (But still, applying for jobs is one of the hardest jobs I’ve had!! So it was no vacation – but I still had more time for drawing then).
Something unexpected that happened this year, though, was that I’ve been drawing a lot of other drawings not related to Inktober. So I guess the challenge sparked something!
I also really loved looking at all the other creative Inktober posts from artist all over the world, it was just as fun as making my own drawings (almost…) every day.
If you think I did a good job with Inktober after all and want to support me to keep doodling this month, you can:
Hi guys, I’ve been doodling away over on my Instagram for the #inktober challenge. It’s so much fun!
I’m trying to follow two prompt lists at the same time – from illustrators @katnippillustration and @viktorijaillustration. Combining two words has made some fun combinations so far. I recommend you check out both of their accounts, they make some really great things.
I thought I’d do weekly (ish) roundups here as well. So, here we go! I just made this drawing this morning, and I’m quite happy with it:
Yesterday, I caught up on two days of doodles with this “familiar bottle” and “tree costume”.
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!
I finally bought new headphones. They don’t even need to be plugged in, look!
Okay, I know bluetooth isn’t a new thing, but I’ve been needing proper headphones for, like, years. I’ve been using the little earbud type ones that came with a smartphone, and didn’t really fit my ears or have great sound. And now that I have a commute I really need some good ones to block out the bus noise. And for the office when I need to focus on some writing or web editing.
I feel bad every time I buy new stuff, especially lately! I’m very sad about the state of the environment and want to live as sustainably as I possibly can. But I realised it doesn’t mean that I should never buy something that I need.
So now I’m going to look at this doodle for a bit and try to convince myself that I really needed these headphones.
Maybe I’m not making much sense! I had a crazy busy, but very fun week at work with different projects.
You might not believe it based on my ramblings on this blog, but I started teaching English as a second language! It’s an evening class for adults once a week, and it’s soooo much fun, and my students are super motivated to learn.
I learn a lot about the English language too! My mum says teaching is the best way to learn, which is very wise and definitely true for me at the moment.
I tend to stop doodling when I get busy with work, but I want to change that. Especially since Inktober is coming up next week! I participated in the drawing challenge last year – see my drawings here:
I really want to do it again this year. It was really fun to draw something every day for a month, and only a bit stressful 😀 Last year, I had just quit my old job, so I didn’t even have to juggle a day job and drawing every day – and it was still a challenge. But we’ll see if I can manage – I’m going to try!
*Fun fact: My new headphones aren’t actually as big as I made them in the drawing 😀 But my smile is!
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!