Jonna’s January starter pack

Take a page from my mom’s book and make it through January in woolly and cozy style.

Today is my mom’s 71st birthday, and since we can’t see eachother at the moment because of covid, I made this doodle of some of her favourite things.

A few of mom’s favourite things

I called it Jonna’s January starter pack, because they happen to also be things that are very nice to have in this cold, wet month.

Get this style

To be like Jonna, you need at least something woolly, it could be slippers or a scarf.

A massive cup of high-quality tea is also obligatory. As well as talk radio and homemade bread with cheese and jam. And lots of plants!

Not pictured but also key: all-weather walks and communicating with friends and family via videochat/Snapchat/Instagram.

And for extra Jonna points you can add a wide knowledge of plants and Danish literature, or some sewing and baking.

Happy birthday Mom! πŸ₯³

Jonna’s January starter pack

Good parenting 😬

My first comic of 2021, and the first since baby. Woohoo!

After starting to draw again yesterday, I was apparently on a roll and managed to sketch out a comic.

Btw you can check out my previous comics via the tag: comic.

As you can see, me and my BF are just as goofy as ever even though we’re now parents.

Drawing process

I worked a bit differently this time. Normally I draw a sketch and then redraw it either on a new piece of paper or digitally, sometimes several times.

To make my drawing process quicker, however, I picked up my pencil sketch from yesterday and made a couple of adjustments, and then made the clean black line directly on top.

I don’t mind that the final result isn’t perfect and still shows some pencil and smudges.

I actually think I prefer working like this, because my initial sketches are always cooler than the redraws, I think. Don’t know why, but I’ve heard other artists say the same about their work. The first doodles somehow have more life.

Sorry for the blurry bits of text, photographing the pictures was a bit rushed.

Materials

I used a random, cheap black ballpen and my Faber-Castell PITT artist pens in the colours Warm Grey V 274 and Warm Grey III 272. And I use a sketch pad with cheapish, yellowish paper πŸ˜ƒ

Good parenting 😬

Baby nap doodles

I’m back! Ok so I’ve barely produced any doodles since producing a baby from my uterus. But today I decided to try to draw at least a BIT while the baby sleeps.

Nap doodles!

It’s an idea, let’s see if I can make it happen. Here’s a 10 minute doodle of some babies.

I don’t really know how to draw a good baby even though I look at one 90 % of my time 🀷🏼 I guess I’ll have to practice!

Post baby posting

I probably won’t write very much for each drawing. But it’ll be a success if I can draw some doodles, because I know it makes me happy. And I hope they also bring you a laugh or even some creative inspiration.

For a while after the baby came, I didn’t even think of drawing. I guess I didn’t have the energy or mind space.

Now she’s 3 months old and thriving and I really want to get back into drawing. It’s good for me to have down time that’s not screen-related – even though I still love my YouTube and Instagram scroll time.

Precious naps

I’ve realised that the challenge with having a hobby as a parent, or just getting anything done, really, is that nap time is so short and precious.

During baby’s naps I can eat or go to the bathroom. TBH I often take a nap myself. Or try to read the news, which is sad but obviously as important as ever. But really hard when your brain is occupied with poop, enough burps, milk, “is she cold/warm/bored/tired??!” and many baby smiles πŸ₯°

Fun fact πŸ‘–πŸ‘–πŸ‘–

Today I put on jeans for the first time since before Christmas. I dont know what it is, but wearing them always makes me feel somewhat accomplished, even before really doing anything.

Maybe they were part of the reason I got a doodle made πŸ˜… I only have one pair that fits my postpartum body, though, so I’ll probably stick to sweats most days still.

Thanks for reading all the way through! I definitely haven’t gotten less rambly now that I’m a mom, lol! But if you’re following this blog, you probably don’t mind the word vomit πŸ˜†

Baby nap doodles

Baby butthead

I made another comic about the baby teasing us from inside the belly πŸ˜€

It’s a quite messy sketch from my sketchbook that I made about 3 weeks ago.

Back then she still moved around a lot, but now I think she’s facing down (towards the exit!) Which is a good thing, because today there’s exactly one month to her due date.

At my last checkup the doctor wasn’t sure if she felt the baby’s head at the top of my belly – or if she “just has a very round butt”!

So she might be playing tricks on us!

I get a lot of wild kicks quite high up, though, but then again – they could be punches πŸ˜€

Last night, we went to a birthday party* and the baby had a dance party in my belly all the way home, so I almost couldn’t concentrate on my driving.

I’m not great at drawing babies, but I guess I’ll soon have a tiny model to look at and maybe improve a bit on the anatomy πŸ˜ƒ

*Seeing people is “allowed”, because Covid seems to be under control in Denmark at the moment – but we all kept our social distance anyway. We’re not trying to be reckless! Just thought I needed to clarify. We’re in fact trying to be extra careful from now until baby time.

Baby butthead

This week’s things

Some stuff involving food and animals happened in the house this week…

drawing peanutbutter and coffee sketchbook doodle
The heatwave + my pregnancy brain makes me do weird things and not remember I did them!
drawing cat and frog sketchbook doodle
But they apparently like to visit.

Neighbour Cat knows she doesn’t live in our house (I think). So she walked out the door willingly with a look that said “Oh hello Neighbour Humans,Β I was just stopping by. See you!”.

The frog, however, took a while to get to leave the basement. It escaped from my hands the first time I grabbed it, jumped onto the table and then hid under a closet. But in the end, I managed to get him into a bucket and ran out into the garden before he did another wild jump for freedom.

He didn’t seem to believe one bit that I was trying to help, that I would do my best not to squish him, and that living outside is much better for a frog.

This week’s things

Flower sketches

I thought I’d share these two different doodles. I made a traditional drawing in my sketchbook first, and a couple of days later it inspired a digital doodle of the same cute flower creatures.

Flower sketch made with marker and coloured pencil.
Flower doodle made in Gimp.

I like both doodles, but the digital definitely took longer to make. I tried out a drawing style that looks like it’s drawn with marker on paper.

Using my sketchbook as inspiration for digital drawings is nice. Then I don’t have to think of something to draw, but I can use my energy on trying new colouring techniques.Β 

When I made the previous post (Orange pepper), I realised that I didn’t have a garden tag on the blog. So now there is one!

Since moving into a house I have plants on my mind a lot of the time. I guess they’re a classic thing to draw, and I’m very bad at drawing leaves and trees and stuff like that. So I’ll probably post more practice doodles of indoor and outdoor green things on here πŸ™‚

Flower sketches

The hello dance

Seeing people wave their arms and do air hugs instead of hugs makes me smile in this weird, sad time.

I hope this drawing will do the same for you!

I’ve seen people almost dance around like mating birds.

I haven’t really been motivated to draw a lot lately – except for this drawing I made for my friends/followers here in Denmark yesterday:

Big virtual hugs for you guys on this channel too!! I hope everyone is able to keep safe.

I think I need to draw more these days, at lease these two silly doodles made me feel a bit better in our home office/quarantine.

The hello dance

Spring fish

I can’t believe Sunday is going to be the first day of Spring.

drawing fish Spring

At this time of year here in Denmark, it feels like Winter has lasted forever and might just continue for the rest of the year.

I’m a slow Winter fish who believes Spring is a real thing when I see it πŸ˜€

Except daylight! There’s already a lot more of that – yesterday I went for a walk around 5 p.m. and it was still light out.

So I guess I believe Spring is coming a LITTLE bit.

Spring fish

100 followers + early Monday morning doodles

I woke up way too early today, but I found some random things to do – and doodle for you guys πŸ™‚

It’s 8 a.m. on Monday in Denmark right now, and I’ve been awake for hours. I know lots of people get up early everyday, but I’m a spoiled part-time worker/freelancer and didn’t even have to get up early, because I’m working from home today! Gah.

Tips for (fun?) early morning activities

I don’t often find myself with extra time in the morning and didn’t really know what to do with myself.

Yes, I watched a couple of YouTube videos. I made tea AND coffee and breakfast. And no, I didn’t feel the need to start working in the dead of night.

Instead I did these random things:

Monday Morning doodle

Repotting an orchid while really tired was a challenge, and I don’t know why I did it. Why does it have roots that act like green tentacles when you move the plant?!

I’ve (obviously) never had an orchid before, tips for keeping it alive are welcome!

Clipping my fingernails was more fun than the plant thing. Is it grossing people out to hear about my nails? I get uncomfortable the moment my nails are more than 0.5 mm long, so clipping time is happy time.

A round square

I haven’t finished the crochet tutorial yet, because then I started doodling! And blogging! Other possibly great morning activities.

I’m hoping my granny square becomes square. It’s very counterintuitive to crochet round and round with the goal of making a square. But there must be a trick, I’ll find out in a bit (if I don’t fall asleep).

100 followers on here!

Anyway, guys – I realised yesterday that there’s now 100 of you following along here on the blog.

That’s totally amazing, and I’m very grateful that you think my doodles and ramblings bring you some inspiration or entertainment or whatever you get from following. Thank you!Β 

β™₯️

100 followers + early Monday morning doodles

Dropped the doodle ball

Ok, so, I very much dropped the ball with doodling in January… Here’s a picture of what happened:

Actually I doodled a bit, but I didn’t manage to post. Mainly because of work (I started a second “day job” doing online communication things).

But January was good, and I got to wear comfy clothes a lot.

But I promise I’ll post this month! Probably a mix of old and new doodles. Maybe even uglier than the doodle in this post.

So stay tuned πŸ™‚

Dropped the doodle ball