Meet Banana Squirrel and Sunday Cat

I surprised myself by putting two new designs up on my shop this week! I didn’t really plan it, but I’m really happy with them. They’re both cute animals, but in very different drawing styles.

You can check out all of my products here:

This lazy Sunday cat in a window sill I drew last Sunday while sitting in bed looking at the rain outside (my absolute favourite Sunday activity!).

I liked the drawing so much that I decided to make it available as a print and greeting card:

And I also think it deserved to be on a mug – especially great for slow Sundays 🙂

Unfortunately I don’t have a cat – but there’s a very friendly neighbour cat who visits often to get tummy rubs. But he stays outside (mostly!).

Squirrel snacks

The second new design is based on an old doodle that I made years ago. Meet Banana Squirrel:

*munch munch

I have a new found love for squirrels, because we have one in our garden (because we live in a house now!!), and he stops by every morning and runs around looking for acorns from last season buried in the lawn.

Happy yellow designs

I think Banana Squirrel looks perfectly fine on his own, just chilling and eating a banana.

But the yellow background really makes for a happy design, don’t you agree?

And then if you multiply him it gets kind of ridiculous, but I had to do it 😀

So many Banana Squirrels. Possibly too many.

If you’re curious about my thoughts on turning doodles into product designs, you can check out this blog post from november 2019.

Have a great day and thanks for following my silly doodle escapades!

Meet Banana Squirrel and Sunday Cat

Corona hair

Corona hair is here, guys. I had a lot of fun drawing these people from my imagination. Do they look like anyone you know?

doodle drawing of random people with corona hair - different hairstyles.
Hair everywhere!

I definitely could use a haircut sometime soon, myself. My BF has no issue – he’s been cutting his own hair for the last 15 years.

In all seriousness, though, I feel very fortunate to live in a place where COVID-19 is under control right now and things are starting to open up again.

Normal life ish

In Denmark we’re allowed to meet with friends and family as long as we keep a safe distance and good hand hygiene. I’ve also been going into the office again several times these last weeks, even though we’re all still mostly working from home.

It’s kind of scary to move out into the world more, but it’s also been very nice to have something that feels like normal life again. I hope you all get to experience that very soon, wherever you are in the world.

Corona hair

Unpacking doodles (also: I’m here!)

Wow, I haven’t been doodling for like 7 weeks. I think part of the reason is stupid, horrible Covid-19 that took away a lot of my creative inspiration. My light-hearted, silly drawings seem a bit out of place, I guess. So I didn’t really know what to say, after making those first couple of corona-related doodles in March.

Another big thing

ALSO, me and my boyfriend bought a house this year (!) and moved in, in the middle of Corona Craziness. So I’ve been busy packing, cleaning and (OMG!) gardening.

We’re really happy and grateful to be in the house and have some more space around us – also since we’re both mainly working from home now.

Boxes (and boxes) of paper

Anyway, I finally got around to unpacking my drawing stuff, and I found this quick post-it doodle that I made earlier this year:

An accurate, but not in any way beautiful doodle.

This doodles is actually quite fitting to our situation now (and always). I eat snacks around the house, and the BF keeps the place clean. OK, maybe I also help out, but the vacuuming is definitely his thing. I think I don’t really notice the croissant crumbs and dustbunnies as quickly as he does…

I thought I’d share this to show that I’m here and doing well. I hope everyone following is managing to keep healthy and sane doing this weird time.

Maybe I’ll find more old stuff to share in the unpacking process – or I might even sit down and draw new things soon – who can predict anything right now, really?!

Here’s a photo of me actually doing some drawing in our old apartment that I posted on the blog’s Instagram:

Good ol’ doodle times ❤

Thank you for still following!

Unpacking doodles (also: I’m here!)

Old Jos

Cleaning out come crap drawers meant facing 3 previous versions of myself… So I doodled them!

Let’s be real, my BF cleaned out drawers. And I had fun looking at my old ID cards from uni/ work and not really helping clean.

I was also planning this (frankly quite narcissistic) drawing:

drawing, self portraits of my old hairstyles from 2009-2015
I’m seriously wondering what my next hair fase will be…

Hair “styles”

I almost fell into the trap of “OH NOOO MY HAIR – I look weird!” But let’s talk nicely about our present and past selves in 2020, guys! So, here are some observations:

11 years ago, before starting uni, I basically didn’t have hair, or eyebrows! 20-year-old me in the start of 2009 also didn’t know I needed glasses yet. That one probably looks the least like me now. But I did love the short hair.

Luckily there weren’t any photos in this pile of my inevitable mullet fase I went through afterwards to grow my hair out… I luckily have that in my passport photo, so only a few people need to see that…

Sorry, I got a BIT negative there! The mullet was fine, just not… great 😀

The me from 2013 had bangs (that always swooped a bit) and studied abroad in York. Good times!

Selfie identity

The third picture from 2015 was taken at work on my first day at my first job after uni. Yay happy, sweaty me ❤

That last one is also the only one taken by a professional photographer. The other two are selfies. In 2009 they were still just called “more or less random photos you took of yourself”, I guess?

Old Jos

Redrawing a tiny beast

Yesterday I asked on my Instagram, which doodle I should redraw next. And the people has spoken – well, the very few, but amazing peeps who follow me and give me lots of positive vibes over there – have decided that I should redraw this little guy. The original doodle is from 2010!

If you haven’t seen my last two videos they are here on the blog further below – or you can find them on my tiny, cute Youtube channel 😀

I’m very into these redrawings, but I’ve also made other drawing videos this weekend. I’ll post them when I get to editing – which is a new skill I’m learning, so it takes me a while.

Aaaaaand I also have other jobs, that I get payed to do – day jobs you know – so I can’t be spending all day making drawing videos for you guys 😀 Which is probably good, because it means that I have to leave the house sometimes!

Redrawing a tiny beast

Redrawing old doodles #2

Looking through my old doodles and choosing some to draw again was so much fun last time, so I had to do another one.

This one’s slightly different – I redraw 3 different doodles one time each. Hope you get creatively inspired or simply enjoys watching it:

Relaxin’ and redoodlin’

I’m planning to get my (tiny, but very beloved) group of followers to choose which doodle I should redraw next.

Hop on over to my Instagram if you want to participate – I’ll post some options later this week (maybe even tomorrow!).

Hugs from Denmark ❤

Redrawing old doodles #2

Video: Redrawing my old doodles

I thought of a new thing!

Yesterday I made this video with my horribly unprofessional filming setup:

I really enjoyed looking through some of my old doodles and picking ones to redraw. I have loads of pages of fun, sad, good and bad drawings and 99 % of them have never been shared on the blog.

So I think this might be a new concept that I’ll do more of.

Why redraw?

I don’t redraw because I’m lazy and don’t want to think of new doodles. Believe me, I have more doodle ideas than I can draw!

When I make a drawing for a specific purpose I often redraw the same doodle a bunch of times.

The new doodles aren’t necessarily “better” than the old ones, but I learn a lot from redrawing.

I hope these videos can be inspiring or fun to watch!

Get creative

If you get inspired and decide to redraw any of my doodles from this “series” please tag me with #wordsanddoodles or @wordsanddoodlesblog (Instagram) so I can see your drawings.

Video: Redrawing my old doodles

The first week of #inktober – ish

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”.

And here are the posts from last week:

I already shared Day 1 of Inktober here on the blog.

Follow me on Instagram @wordsanddoodlesblog if you want to see the doodles I make (almost) every day. If not, there’ll be another collection here later 🙂

Also – I recently made an account over here:

Check it out if you want to support my doodlings and verbal ramblings. And as you might know, I also have a Redbubble shop with some cute stuff, if I must say so myself 😀

The first week of #inktober – ish

Pumpkin pie, coffee and a sassy city bird – The start of #inktober 2019

Hello guys, it’s the first day of October! It’s the middle of the afternoon in Denmark right now, and I’m ready to post my first #inktober post of this year, wooooo.

The drawings I did for Inktober 2018 all hang out here.

Let’s get to it! My first page of doodles for Inktober this year looks like this:

inktober 2019 wordsanddoodles doodle drawing pumpkin pie coffee bird
I just realised I wrote the date in Danish – oh well, it’s close enough 🙂

I decided to follow the Inktober prompts from @katnippillustration (Instagram link).

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:

@wordsanddoodlesblog on Instagram

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!

Pumpkin pie, coffee and a sassy city bird – The start of #inktober 2019

Pancakes #2

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!

Pancakes #2