The French Chef

In my baking binge (which I talked about in yesterday’s blog post) I randomly discovered the show ‘The French Chef’ with Julia Child in my search for “croissants” on YouTube. This show is just the best!

I’m learning cooking techniques and fancy dishes in a low-key and practical way, and I LOVE the humour and little nuggets of cooking/ life wisdom like:

“potatoes are a neurotic vegetable”, or

“…finish up the sauce with some light cream – or you can put in milk if you’re on one of those hideous diets.”

This is definitely my new favorite cooking show, possibly my favorite show in all categories.

I didn’t make the Salade Niçoise yet, but it looked really nice, so I had to draw it. And then there was the episode with a 20 lbs lobster sitting on the table, while Julia Child casually teaches lobster lore. And then there’s the cake in a cage of sugar! I could go on, but I’m off to watch more videos and write down food ideas.

The French Chef

Blob dogs

These puppers are only now realising that they’re on summer break. And it’s a very blobby feeling! (Yes I’m on summer break from today and my brain is a blob).

You’re welcome to print out the blobby dogs and put them on your office door (or wherever you work) to let your colleagues know when you’re away for the summer. I put a less creative tiny note on my door today, since I hadn’t made these blobs yet. Maybe I’ll make a “back to work” or “Hello I’m back” version in August.

This blob dog was the first one I doodled:

It showed up in the middle of another drawing and inspired the making of the rest of the pups, so I decided to honour it with its own colours (which very much makes it look like a balloon animal).

 

Blob dogs

Lots of pelicans

It started with a simple enough question: “Can you draw a pelican kind of in the same style as the bear?”

Me: Sure!

Eh, I’d better Google what a pelican actually looks like.

There!

Except, they probably live near the sea and not in small lakes…

So here it is on a rock in some water:

One of the things that came up in the google image search were flying pelicans with their legs tucked in. Which is now one of my favourite things to draw:

What was the question again?…

Lots of pelicans

Bike practice

Time to practice my bike drawing skills! I’ve always found it almost impossible to draw a bike that looks normal. And, apparently, I’m not the only one, which Gianluca Giminis fantastic project Velocipedia clearly shows (shown to me by a certain bike nerd who plays an important role in this post).

I’ve become quite happy with mountainbiking these past couple of years. Fortunately, I live with the mentioned bike expert/nerd who is willing to help me improve my biking skills as well as my drawing skills.

Here are my doodles from today with a couple of helpful comments:

I don’t know what the last comment means. But I guess it matches my skills on an actual mountainbike quite well, since I’m probably about 25 years behind everyone else on the trail.

Bike practice

It’s raining pets

Last weekend I went to visit my parents (and their cat and dog) and I’ve been drawing heaps of friendly pets since then. Here’s a selection:

My parents’ pets are in a love-scratch relationship (the dog loves the cat and the cat scratches the dog in its big drooling face).

I drew these beasts individually on paper and then gave them a bit of digital editing (and put them together two and two).

It’s raining pets