Lately I’ve been drawing with colours on paper (and not making a lot of digital stuff). I think it’s mainly because I can be on the couch with a cozy blanket and a cup of coffee and draw while watching/listening to something on YouTube or Netflix.
Here are some couch doodles of wintery city people:
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:
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:
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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).
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:
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.
I drew Snape and Umbridge while listening to the 5th Harry Potter book:
But Umbridge is THE WORST so I’ll make her small.
And I didn’t do any digital editing on her, ’cause boo Umbridge.
I’m already on book 6, but am almost to concentrated and excited/scared to doodle while listening, because I know what’s coming and I’m not in a hurry for the horror 😨
We also watched the first two Harry Potter movies this week so that’s confusing and fun. And after listening to the books, I catch myself saying “that’s not like the book, noooo!” literally every 5 minutes. But still enjoying the movie very much!