’tis the season to be…

… extra nice to shop elves!

While Christmas shopping I’ve seen lots of other nice and patient customers. But also some very… impatient* ones!

I met one shop assistant with a massive cold who needed to be at home in bed, but she powered through and was very nice (and sniffly).

So I’ve decided to be EXTRA nice to shop assistents this year. I hope I’m always friendly, but this week I went all out with smiles, “no worries, I’ll wrap it myself”s, “I don’t need a bag, thanks”s and “Merry Christmas!”s.

I’ve had student jobs in shops, but mainly cafΓ©s/food places and never in retail around Christmas. So I don’t know the struggle, but I still know that those friendly faces in the busy crowd means a lot!

Thrift your gifts

(OMG did I just make that rhyme for the first time ever? Probably not, But I love it)

Since I’m already telling you what to do in this post (don’t know why that’s my thing, apparently I get preachy around the holidays), here’s another thing:

Remember that secondhand or homemade things make great gifts! I talked about shopping a lot in this post, but in reality most of the places I’ve been Christmas shopping were thrift shops and the craft store. Trying to buy less new things has been a fun challenge to me.

Now I just have some (a lot) of DIY’ing to do. Actually writing this post in the middle of a giant, cute, creative mess of paper, fabric and other stuff πŸ˜€

Wrap your crap (yourself)

(yup, I rhymed again)

As a bonus for reading alllll the way through my babbling, here’s a video recommendation :

TheSorryGirls: Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas you should be using this year

Definitely check it out, TheSorryGirls make really great DIY videos.

And I got really inspired to try some more sustainable gift wrap solutions that also look cute.

*rude. They were rude.

’tis the season to be…

Thrifted #1

I went thrift shopping for a bit today. Not for clothes though, but I often buy my clothes second-hand. And when I got home, I remembered that I recently started drawing a new “series” to use some more pages in my Inktober 2019 sketchbook:

Imagined people wearing colourful second-hand clothes

Preloved things ❀

I love finding quality products like wool sweaters or shirts from an unknown brand that I wouldn’t find in a store.

As I get older (31 who?), it means more and more to me to try to only buy sustainably. Which is very hard, and I fail again and again.

However, with clothes I find that it’s a win-win, really, since I love the hunt for something fun and unique in the thrift store and it’s a LOT better for the environment. Older clothes (which have made it to the store) are also often of a better quality than a lot of new stuff, I feel like.

Okay, you get it, I can’t recommend thrifting enough πŸ˜€ Especially for clothes, but I basically buy everything, kitchenware, pictureframes, furniture, you name it.

Stay tuned for more thrifty doodles.

Thrifted #1

mlem moo

After a very busy and exciting work week, I got home yesterday afternoon, slept from 5 to 7 p.m. on the couch, woke up and drew this:

Which, I guess, represents how I was feeling. You know, kind of mlem, but also moo.

I think it also means my brain is now on Christmas mode! I’m now questioning what a deer has to do with Christmas. Or did I draw a reindeer? Definitely not a moose, they’re snouts are more horse-like. Yes, I had this discussion with my BF πŸ˜€

Snow = Christmas brain

Yesterday morning, I walked to the bus early in the morning, and it was snowing (halp!) very windy and pitch black. Later in the day, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful, sunny and chilly November day. A crazy change!

I think starting the day with a bit of snow and a bent umbrella (haaalp!) definitely activated those Christmas sensors in my brain. I woke up today thinking about gingerbread cookies and candles and gift ideas.

I’m guessing more festive doodles are coming.

mlem moo

Floor doodles

A cozy November evening a couple of weeks ago, I had an urge to sit on the floor and draw some doodles. So I did. The result was a lot of drawings – and I finally got around to editing this video with three of them:

I like doodling without sketching out what I’m drawing first. It means I don’t really know what I’m making until it’s finished.

For instance, I didn’t really know what activities I was going to have the three November people do until in the middle of drawing them.

Doodle body positivity

Sometimes the result isn’t fantastic and the proportions of some of the bodies and faces I draw turn out weird. But that’s part of the fun, I think. At least that’s what I tell myself while I edit these videos and rewatch the stuff I don’t like over and over πŸ˜€

The speed of the video is at 400 %. So it was a lot more calming to draw in normal speed than what it looks like. I had lots of thinking breaks. But those would probably be a bit boring to watch. However, I did make this video a bit longer than the other recent ones I’ve uploaded. Let me know if this format is fun to watch, or if you fell asleep half-way through.

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Floor doodles

November faces

It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:

Winter time is doodle time!

I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscapeΒ so much, but the dark is starting to get to my brain a bit. Everytime I take a nap or go to bed at night, it goes “Oh well, time to hibernate for 6 months”.

So doodling helps me stay awake for a bit after dinner so I don’t go to bed at 8 p.m. πŸ˜€ And adding colour feels great.

I haven’t actually seen any of these Winter people IRL; they are drawn from imagination like most of my doodle people.

Except for the yellow wellies! I recently got similar ones myself, and they contribute to adding some colour to these grey days. I’ve even worn them out to eat because I like them so much.

Maybe I should get a crazy, blue fuzzy hat too!

November faces

New doodle products…

… in time for the Holidays (maybe, I hope?!!) πŸ™‚

I uploaded 3 new designs to my Redbubble shop last week – and forgot to tell anyone about it… So here they are:

Check them out here:

I chose to put the designs on different products that I think fit the drawings best. I never make one design available on all of Redbubble’s products, but I take time to really think about what products make sense with each design.

The cat design is also available on different coloured backgrounds – like this red one:

I also thought the cats would look really cool on a water bottle or phone cover, so I also made those products available – check them out on Redbubble.

At first glance this message might look a bit shallow:

But when you look closer, it’s not so bad at all:

Sometimes people get mad at other people for using phones too much – and that might sometimes be true. But to me, the best thing about my phone is that it connects me with my family and friends daily – and with people I’ve never met IRL – like you guys.

Doodles and words and things

Adding text to my drawings is new to me. But I generally like art with a combination of words and doodles (is anyone surprised??).

I think adding a bit of text can make some doodles work better as product designs and give it an extra dimension, if you will. Like the one with the phone.

Let me know if you agree, or you’d prefer the drawings to stand alone in the future πŸ™‚

Tag me if you buy something!

I love buying prints and products from other illustrators that I follow online or from smaller local shops. If you decide to buy any of my products to give to someone – or yourself – please tag me #wordsanddoodles – I’d love to see where my designs get a home!

Will I get my stuff before Christmas?

According to the Redbubble website, printing usually takes 1-3 business days. But the cool thing is that they only make the products after you order them. It means less waste, and I’m really happy about that aspect.

Read more about shipping and manufacturing on the Redbubble website. Where you can also check out many other very cool artists!

New doodle products…

How did #inktober go for me?

Well, in one way it went really well! I had a lot of fun drawing from the two prompt lists I followed.

Read about the inktober challenge I gave myself in my posts from October 1 and October 9.

My favourites

I thought I’d manage to do weekly roundups (like I mentioned in the last post), but as you can see… I didn’t.

So what I’m going to do instead is share my 3 own favourite pages from my Inktober 2019 sketchbook. Here we go:

I definitely googled “moth” before drawing it, and it was hard not to look at moth memes for 2 hours and forget to draw. They’re old in internet time, but I just love those memes so much.
This one might be my actual favourite from this Inktober. The combo of words is very random, and I’m happy that I thought of this cute concept πŸ˜€ And as a bonus I learned how to spell marshmallow correctly!
One of the pages I made as I tried to catch up and felt a tiny bit of doodle stress, but had a lot of fun when I finally sat down and started drawing.

You can check out the rest of my drawings on my Instagram page. And you’re welcome to give me a follow and leave me a comment over there and tell me which one is your favourite!

Some more thoughts about this year’s Inktober

I didn’t manage to draw every day this year, possibly because of the fact that I have a job, and last year I’d just quit my last job when Inktober started. (But still, applying for jobs is one of the hardest jobs I’ve had!! So it was no vacation – but I still had more time for drawing then).

Something unexpected that happened this year, though, was that I’ve been drawing a lot of other drawings not related to Inktober. So I guess the challenge sparked something!

I also really loved looking at all the other creative Inktober posts from artist all over the world, it was just as fun as making my own drawings (almost…) every day.

If you think I did a good job with Inktober after all and want to support me to keep doodling this month, you can:

Or check out this mug:

mug doodle pets cats dogs cute

And the other doodle products here:

How did #inktober go for me?

Wireless ears

I finally bought new headphones. They don’t even need to be plugged in, look!

Okay, I know bluetooth isn’t a new thing, but I’ve been needing proper headphones for, like, years. I’ve been using the little earbud type ones that came with a smartphone, and didn’t really fit my ears or have great sound. And now that I have a commute I really need some good ones to block out the bus noise. And for the office when I need to focus on some writing or web editing.

I feel bad every time I buy new stuff, especially lately! I’m very sad about the state of the environment and want to live as sustainably as I possibly can. But I realised it doesn’t mean that I should never buy something that I need.

So now I’m going to look at this doodle for a bit and try to convince myself that I really needed these headphones.

Maybe I’m not making much sense! I had a crazy busy, but very fun week at work with different projects.

You might not believe it based on my ramblings on this blog, but I started teaching English as a second language! It’s an evening class for adults once a week, and it’s soooo much fun, and my students are super motivated to learn.

I learn a lot about the English language too! My mum says teaching is the best way to learn, which is very wise and definitely true for me at the moment.

Doodling daily

I tend to stop doodling when I get busy with work, but I want to change that. Especially since Inktober is coming up next week! I participated in the drawing challenge last year – see my drawings here:

Inktober 2018 by Wordsanddoodles

I really want to do it again this year. It was really fun to draw something every day for a month, and only a bit stressful πŸ˜€ Last year, I had just quit my old job, so I didn’t even have to juggle a day job and drawing every day – and it was still a challenge. But we’ll see if I can manage – I’m going to try!

*Fun fact: My new headphones aren’t actually as big as I made them in the drawing πŸ˜€ But my smile is!

Wireless ears

Pancakes #1

It’s the little things…

… that make us hate each other. But not really ❀

I made two (somewhat grim) pancake comics on the same piece of paper, the next one is coming up soon. But all the doodles are mixed together so it takes a while to cut them up digitally and put them back together in a way that makes sense. I’ll post the original drawing in the next post, so you can see what I mean.

Until then – you can check out my other comics here:

Comics by wordsandoodlesblog

If you like them and want to show your support, it’s now an option to buy me a coffee:

I tried a bit of a new style in this doodle leaving in some background colour that shows up in a random pattern from the light hitting the paper when I take a photo with my crappy phone camera (that still works) and uses the function ‘image trace’ to clean up the comic in Adobe Illustrator.

I think I like the bit of colour for times when I can’t be bothered to fully colour in the comic.

Pancakes #1

Books are hard

Confession: I don’t read books! It’s one of the things I would like to do, but find really hard. I read a lot online, and I love words and all things linguistic.

However, sitting down with a book has become strange and difficult lately (well, probably for about ten years, so it’s not a very recent development).

Not a realistic depiction of me.

I’m not one of those people who think that technology is generally bad and that it grabs our attention in an unhealthy way all the time.

I use technology to connect with my loved ones, and I’m grateful for my interweb, my podcasts and all the youtubers I follow and – hello – this blog! I actually drew the doodle for this post while watching Youtube πŸ˜€

And – for the record – I don’t think you have to read books to be cool or smart or a good person.

Buuuut, I do think that reading books started dwindling for me after I got a smartphone sometime in the early 2010s. And it’s something I miss, because it’s a different way to relax than being on a screen. And because screens are very connected to work, because I work with digital communication things.

I used to love books when I was a kid and a teen, but somehow the big ol’ internet became my only source of reading material. And also I think years of studying kind of took away the magic of reading and made me think of it as a chore.

Okay, I read a bit

Except comics. I love comics and still read them on paper ❀

I also love the library and go there a lot, bring home books, forget to return them, get fines, pay fines, get more books, etc.

It’s also not completely true that I don’t read books. This year I’ve really tried for the first time in a while, and I actually managed to finish two (!) relatively short books, a novel and a conversation type book – both in Danish. So I guess I do read a bit, but it’s hard for me to stay concentrated for more than 5-10 minutes when reading a paper book.

Visualisation

… Sounds a lot more fancy than ‘doodling stuff’.

Like with the lemon water vs. coffee doodle from last month, I’m trying a bit to visualize myself reading and enjoying it. I think that’s why I drew this doodle, but I didn’t really think about it until after. I don’t know if these soulsearching doodles should be my new thing πŸ˜€

What I do think should be my new things, are:

  • not shaming myself for not reading enough books
  • grabbing a book and reading for at least 10 minutes today (without my phone within reach!).

Fun facts:

  • When I started writing this post, I went to look in my pile of library books and scared the crap out of a spider who was living a quiet life in between the books and the bedroom wall. Literally living proof that I don’t read.
  • I don’t own a chair like the one in the doodle, I just sit in my couch or at the dining room table.
  • The crumpled up bits of tissue paper lying around in the drawing are accurate, however. I leave a trail of them wherever I go, and it drives my bf nuts. I’m trying to switch to something more eco-friendly to wipe pasta sauce off myself and mop up the coffee I spill, so now I’m sometimes using kitchen cloths instead.

You get some interesting tidbits about my life when you read all the way to the end, huh?! πŸ˜€


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Books are hard