Going bananas

Wow, I just realised I haven’t posted any doodles here for almost a month. Here’s a 5-minute drawing of a banana to make up for it:

I listened to one of my favourite podcasts yesterday while cooking dinner: BBC Radio Four – The Food Programme. I listened to this episode about bananas that I highly recommend.

I learned that there are lots and lots of varieties of bananas in the world, but we often only see one variety in super markets, at least in the countries where bananas don’t grow naturally. And there was a whole story about how that one type of banana became the super banana that now dominates the market. But apparently some bananas are purple and some taste like icecream! The most common type of banana is in danger of extinction because of – I think – a type of fungus that attacks it and has spread to some parts of the world. I’m doing a bad job of summing up the podcast, so yeah, maybe just listen to it 🙂

I don’t actually eat bananas that often, mainly because I try to eat locally grown fruits and veggies as much as possible, because it’s often better for the environment. Also, my boyfriend REALLY hates bananas (and has since childhood) so he’s happier when we don’t have them in the apartment. I have foods that I’m disgusted by too, so no shade thrown, and since I can live without bananas, I don’t mind. However, I have a really good recipe for banana bread that I kind of crave now after drawing and writing about bananas so much.

When I think of bananas in a dessert context I always also think of a specific banana shaped pastry that I often got at the bakery when I went with my sister as a kid. It was some kind of sponge cake at the bottom with (maybe) swiss buttercream on top covered with yellow marcipan and with dark chocolate details at the ends. I can’t remember if it actually had a banana taste to it, though. But I loved it so much – I think I mainly liked cakes with fun shapes as a kid, and didn’t really care a lot about taste.

Here’s a speed video of the 5-minute banana drawing:

Going bananas

The Weird Sisters

Happy birthday to my buddy since really long scarves and colourful tracksuits were in fashion (and before) ❤

I based the doodle on a fantastic photo of my sister and me that I found this week while sorting through some piles of old drawings, postcards and photos.

I had to call this post the Weird Sisters (if you’ve followed the blog for a bit, you know I listen to Harry Potter on audiobook over and over again). But you can probably tell from the photo who’s the weird one 😀

The photo makes me ask myself two questions:

Why did I dress like I was in a band in the 90s?

Why did I ever stop dressing like that?

Anyway, I got distracted by fashion thoughts, did I mention that my sister is awesome and that it’s her birthday?

LOL

The Weird Sisters

GAMES

Here’s a doodle especially for the HearthStone fans and/or linguists out there.

I had this conversation with Mecha-Jaraxxus today:

It cracks me up that he is ALWAYS YELLING! EVEN WHEN SAYING SOMETHING POLITE!

Every time there’s something fun with language happening my linguist brain is like: “That’s not normal in conversation, I wonder what’s happening, let’s write a 20 page paper on it!”

I couldn’t figure out if this particular “THANK YOU” was the person being sassy or friendly, but it made me think that Jaraxxus was repeating what I was saying like a silly parrot robot demon. Either way, I LOVE IT!

GAMES

Happy dragon

This happy dragon wants everyone to have a good Monday:

happy dragon wordsanddoodles.com wallpaper

Dragons are on my  mind, because I’m currently re-re-re-listening to the audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (no spoilers). Ok, tiny spoiler: There are dragons in it.

This dragon is friendly and vegetarian, though, looks kinda like a dinosaur mixed with a dog and breathes fire after eating chilies.

You’re welcome to download the image and use it as a wallpaper for some happy dragon energy this week.

Download full size image: Happy dragon wallpaper

I’ve just set it as my own wallpaper and it’s already giving me some good vibes and confidence to set off another week of job hunting.

Drawing process:

My drawing style is usually defined by a black line, but today I wanted to try something different. I quite like the look of this image without the black lines. It gives a very different look, almost like paper cutouts. I drew everything in Adobe Illustrator (with my Wacom tablet) this time, not based on a sketch on paper, like I sometimes do.

Happy dragon

Ladylike doodles

I’ve recently discovered BuzzFeed’s Ladylike channel on YouTube and now watch a lot of episodes in my breaks between job hunting.

I really like that all kinds of subjects are discussed on the channel – from periods and pesto to fashion and friendships. (Alliteration, yum).

Yesterday I watched the ladies make fan art of fans who had made them fan art. So I decided to make some fan art based on that episode:

So meta!

I also really like all of the makeup/ beauty routine videos even though I rarely wear makeup myself and don’t really have a routine for what I do when I get up in the morning (is peeing and porridge a routine? Ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration). But the videos are all very fun and well-made so I gobble it all up. Also, I think part of the appeal for me is to see people (who happen to be women my age) have fun at their jobs – while still working hard, obviously.

Btw, Kristin wasn’t in the fan art episode, so I added her based on her look from the pesto competition with Jen. That’s why she looks a bit more serious, maybe 😀

These were drawn by hand and then edited in Illustrator. Now back to watching videos- I mean looking for jobs like a real adult lady!

Ladylike doodles

My kitchen counter – process video

I enjoy watching drawing videos on Instagram, and today I wanted to try to make one myself. Here’s the recording of my process of making a quick drawing – it’s the result of about 40 minutes work (at 1000% speed):


I’m still learning to draw properly in Illustratir using my Wacom tablet, which is very different than drawing on paper or drawing directly on a tablet with a screen. But it gives lots of opportunities for colouring and drawing with different brushes, so it’s worth the hassle of learning.

The final drawing turned out like this by the way:

If you’re curious, the stuff on my counter this morning was (from left to right):

Massive jar of instant coffee, old speakers for listening to the BBC Food Programme (or other things) in the kitchen – behind a pot of parsley, plate with apples and a brown (not red) avocado, sugar left on the counter from breakfast (porridge), pot of rosemary, weird, tall mason jar with its own rubber seal inside, which should have been in a cupboard, stand mixer.

Sometimes there’s nothing except the mixer on the counter, sometimes its full of keys, tissues and other stuff that has nothing to do in the kitchen. But today it looks like this and it makes me happy to look at all these colours on a grey and cold January morning.

My kitchen counter – process video