This good-looking lady with wild hair is my mom!
Today is her 69th birthday – happy birthday, Mom! (She’s a devoted follower on all my platforms – so I know she’ll see this about 2 seconds after it’s posted).
Most often you’ll see my mom juggling a phone, the newspaper, knitting gear AND a cup of black tea at the same time (I couldn’t fit the tea in the doodle – how do mothers carry so many things at once?). At other times she’ll be in the garden or out on one of many daily walks with the dog, reading books, sewing, knitting or baking something, putting on another layer of woolly clothes, sending videos on Snapchat of my dad doing work around the house, or making pancakes for her grandchildren (and other lucky people a.k.a. me).
Conversation with my mom on Christmas Eve:
Me: That’s a nice shirt!
My mom: I’m the kind of person who always ends up buying lots of horrible clothes. Now I’ve decided to start to wear them!
Receiving compliments is not one of her superpowers 😀
Hello everyone, it’s a new year and I’m here! And apparently I’m rhyming now. I’ve been doodling a lot this past month, especially on paper – but haven’t managed to get anything posted on here. Until now!
On my street there’s this handrail down to a basement shop that reaches out into the narrow sidewalk. This situation makes it difficult for people to pass each other, and it inspired a couple of doodles:
The people are made up and not actual characters I’ve seen on the street, but I love drawing random people, and especially deciding what outfits to put them in.
I might make more of these, especially since it took me forever to draw the background. But it was a fun challenge to draw something with a bit of perspective. Also – fun fact: I had to google “car” to get close to drawing something that looked anything like the back of a car.
Process: I drew the sketch for the background on paper first, then transferred it to Illustrator and redrew it digitally. And then I added a digital sketch of the people, put in some colours and then drew the final black line.
This creepy bat is a bit late for Halloween, but here it is:
I’ve been organizing (and throwing away) a lot of my old notes from university, and this tiny bat was one of the (many!) doodles that showed up in the paper pile. Today I decided to colour it in digitally. I’ll share more old doodles when I find good ones!
About being late for Halloween – I planned a casual Halloween hang with some friends last Friday (2 November) – and planned to do some good old pumpkin carving. But there were no pumpkins to be found in ANY of the shops in my area! I get that Halloween is 31 October, but I thought maybe they kept a bit of the Halloween stuff in stores over the weekend. Nope – advent calendars and Christmas candy everywhere!
So instead of carving pumpkins I gave into the early Christmas spirit and made gingerbread cookies with this great recipe by Smittenkitchen.
I didn’t have a pumpkin cookie cutter, so we made them by using a round cookie cutter and then shaping the rest with a knife – it’s easier than it sounds! I had an owl cookie cutter (obviously?) – and owls turn into monsters very easily with a bit of sprinkles.
This week I read about the 40.000 year old baby horse that was recently found in Siberia (in this Danish article). I couldn’t stop staring at the photo of the little horse, and I obviously had to draw it. Here’s the result:
The horse’s snout (is that the proper word? Muzzle?) is a bit long in my drawing which I think makes it look less horse-like than in the photo. But I don’t mind, because I think my doodle of the old horse is almost cute. And it continues to amaze me how ancient creatures can be preserved in ice for tens of thousands of years.
I didn’t do any post-editing on this drawing like I normally do, so it’s just pen on paper. A very different style than the last couple of doodles that I’ve posted which have a lot of digital work in them.
I might post more simple doodles, because they take less time to do and I quite like the look.
I’ve been binge watching the YouTube show “This might get” with Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig this weekend. It’s a really fun show, and I love how they include fan art in the end of every episode. Here’s my doodle of the two awesome women:
My favorite episode so far is definitely “This might get campy” where they read letters from kids at summer camp. “I used my toothbrush to dig for worms!”
I’ve had one more whole day of baking and cooking (and relaxing a bit in between), because I go back to work tomorrow.
I’ll obviously still have time to bake in the evenings and weekends, but I won’t be able to poke/stare at/smell my great little sourdough starter every half hour. Which is probably a good thing… 😂
This chicken remembers to eat ice cream every day of summer:
Chickens eat ice cream cones from the middle and up, apparently.
Remember this chicken who remembered to drink water? I’m drawing lots of clever birds at the moment!