It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:
I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscape 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. 😀 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.
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 🙂
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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!
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:
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:
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.
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:
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 😀 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 😀 But my smile is!
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:
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.
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).
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 😀
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.
… 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 😀
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!).
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?! 😀
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Walking home from a coffee date with my roommate from uni (shoutout to her – we still call each other “roomie” even though it’s been many years since we lived together and were always late for class, and she probably won’t read this, because she’s not a very big social media person but very present in real life, which I find very cool, but anyway!) – I walked past two girls having a very friendly and mild-mannered argument.
They could have been a couple, but the argument almost sounded too friendly to be a partner argument – for instance, I didn’t hear the sentence “you always [something something]” 😀
The fun thing is that it took me a while to figure out what they were talking about. Walking by, I heard one of them say:
“If one of them has to die, it should be that one…”
(I didn’t eavesdrop on purpose, you guys! Really! I was walking normally minding my own business. Anyway!)
I then figured out from the next words that I caught in passing that they were talking about plants, both rooting (hehehehehe!) for a specific plant to stay in the apartment.
Also, I didn’t really look at them, because I’m not THAT creepy, so I made up their looks in the doodle.