Last week I went for a walk outside in the sunny but cold Spring weather with my nephew, and we met this little friend who probably just woke up from Winter sleep:
It turned out my nephew (who’s 8) knew a lot more than me about these creatures, and he told me that it’s called the 7-spot ladybird. Also that people think the dots tell the age, but they don’t. All the ladybugs of this kind have 7 dots.
We agreed that this bug probably thought that it had climbed a real mountain, because it was sitting on a rock that seemed big compared to a ladybug.
I mainly know the English word for this little bug as “ladybug”, but have also heard “ladybird”. Some quick doodling tells me that “ladybug” is the American English version, and the British normally call it “ladybird”. In Danish it’s called “mariehøne” which literally translated to English means Mary/Marie hen, so apparently the Danes agree that the bug is a kind of bird…
I saw this baby wearing sunglasses on my street yesterday:
…. and I immediately went and got my sunglasses, because that baby is now my main style icon. It’s officially Spring today, and the weather in Denmark right now is perfect for sunglasses, two hoodies and a tight blanket. Now I just need to practice the face and find transportation.
I don’t remember the colours so I added them from imagination. But I think I captured the baby boss face quite well.
There are ramsons everywhere around the city right now, and it’s so nice with something green to look at outside (before the garlic smell takes over later in Spring).
Btw I had to look up what these plants are called in English, because I only knew the Danish term “ramsløg” – (rams onions). I of course ended up reading about the etymology of the word, because linguistics!
I’m digging the digital at the moment, so I drew this in Illustrator with my Wacom drawing tablet.
I have no idea what pollen looks like in a microscope. But in my mind it’s these tiny monsters that are carried by the wind and fly into people’s noses. They’re not evil, just annoying, and they have no clue what they’re doing.
Anyway, spring’s here! Which means that every day it’s either snowy or sunny.
Spring is definitely the most confusing season. The air has that amazing, earthy, warm smell. But then BAM! After only a couple of days my spring sniffles begin, because of those bewildered little pollen beasts!
I drew these at a brainstorm sesh at work yesterday, the doodles creeping all over my notes.
Found another morning doodle for the segment. And decided to make it green as a spring theme. I’ve been jumping* out of bed lately because of the sunlight outside giving me that early spring feeling. Especially after I get a cup of coffee!