Drawing video: Beach people

I made this video yesterday during one of my beach people doodle sessions:

I’m still very new to filming and editing drawing videos, but it’s something I’m planning to do more of.

I’m learning about what angles work best and how I get proper lighting in a relatively dark apartment. This video is actually filmed upside down – with the camera in front of me – and then flipped 180 degrees. Which I think works okay.

It takes me a while to edit, but it’s also really fun, and it’s kind of weird to watch my own hands drawing 😀

Let me know if you have any other tips on how to film a drawing process!

Drawing video: Beach people

Beachy people

Some people go to the beach when it’s hot outside and they’re on summer vacation.

My favourite thing to do these days, however, is to stay inside and doodle. Yesterday I drew these cool people at the beach:

I do actually love swimming in the sea, but right now I just want to spend all day doing my indoor hobbies which are basically only three things: baking, feeding my sourdough starter and drawing.

I go outside for a bit when it’s cool at night, so I guess I’m kind of like a vampire. Well, I don’t know how much drawing and baking vampires do while staying out of the sun. Maybe they are just people with a lot of indoor hobbies who got a bad rep. And maybe I should stop this tangent and get some fresh air…

I also made a video of my drawing process for the first doodle, which I’ll be posting later today. **Update: It’s here:

Drawing video: Beach people

Beachy people

Stupider together

I’m convinced that 3 years of living together has made both me and my boyfriend less smart…

Happier, I’m sure! I’m not complaining about the daily opportunities to cuddle and/or annoy the crap out of another human. But definitely more stupid.

I have no idea if there’s any science to support this, but I feel like sometimes my brain takes a break, because it knows that there’s someone else around to, like, keep us alive.

I don’t know what will happen if we both have a giant brain fart at the same time!

I also made this version of the comic with all 4 images together for Instagram, but I figured it was a bit hard to read the text.

See my other weird couple’s doodles here:

Burrito time (is so short)

Duvet drama

Stupider together

Doodle shop!

Hello guys, I’m excited to share that I’ve started a small shop on the site Redbubble. So far, I’ve uploaded 7 designs, including my Happy Dragon and my morning doodles – but I’m planning to make lots more.

Some of my product designs 🙂

You can check out my shop here, and see the stickers, mugs, tote bags and other products I chose to put my doodles on:

Redbubble – work by johannevn

I’d be so happy if you would favorite the ones you like, or even buy something if you feel like it. Like it says in my Redbubble bio, it would be so fun to see some of my doodles travel the world.

If you do buy anything and take a photo, please tag me on Instagram with @wordsanddoodlesblog or #wordsanddoodles. I’d love to see where they go!

Also – let me know if there are any of the doodles here on the blog that you would like to see as a product in the Redbubble shop 🙂

Doodle shop!

Summer jobs

I recently got a new communications job, woohoo!

It’s not actually a summer job, I just happened to start in the beginning of summer. And I’m really happy to be working again.

It’s a lot of fun getting to know new people and doing some writing, web administration and graphic design again. You’d think I wouldn’t have time to doodle, but I’m actually doodling A LOT when I have time off. Just haven’t come around to posting, but I’m hoping to do get into it again on a more regular basis.

I also recently got a second gig making a poster illustration for a friend’s sports club, which I hope to share on here when it’s done. Another fun and challenging “summer job”!

I don’t actually work sitting on a pillow on the floor, but I saw a girl working on her laptop in the park sitting like this. And it looked kind of comfortable. Maybe I’ll try it out. It was fun to draw!

Drawing process:

Drawn with black marker on some shiny photo paper (which I found in my pile of unused drawing paper). Then I edited the doodle a bit and coloured it in using Adobe Illustrator and my Wacom drawing tablet as usual. I redrew the hands digitally, because they looked strange in the original drawing. To me, hands are one of the most difficult things to draw!

Summer jobs

Dog portraits: Bob and Buster

I’ve been busy at my new job (yay!) and therefore haven’t been drawing a lot lately. So here are two older drawings that I never got around to post.

In December and January I made portraits of two of the dogs in my family. This first one was a Christmas present for my boyfriend’s sister, and it’s a portrait of her dog, Bob:

This second portrait is of my parents’ dog Buster, and it was a birthday present for my dad:

I made both drawings in Adobe Illustrator using my Wacom drawing tablet and printed them on nice paper. I looked at photos for reference while drawing and made a couple of sketches on paper, which I often do with digital drawings, especially portraits where the smallest details make a difference.

Both doggos were a bit tricky to draw. For instance, I had trouble making the black lines look natural in Bob’s white, fluffy fur – but I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

Buster’s brown, shiny coat also caused a bit of distress, because it catches the light in a cool way. I was very out of my comfort zone, and that drawing turned into more of a digital painting and ended up with many, many layers of colour before I was happy with the result.

Both dogs are lucky to live in very dog-loving families and are blissfully ignorant that they’re now models and both have fur that’s very difficult to draw.

Dog portraits: Bob and Buster