Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash

Hey guys, I put a new veggie pattern in my Redbubble shop – it’s less doodly than what I usually make:

See available products with this pattern

I made the design in Illustrator while sketching things out for a Danish food themed design competition (which I didn’t win, but the people liked my design and gave me free tickets for their event, so that was cool!).

Only the beet (in a different version) ended up in my final illustration, but I really like this pattern.

If you also think it’s cool, you can get it via the link on:

  • mugs, coasters, tote bags, water bottles and stickers (white background)
  • travel mugs and spiral notebooks (blue background).

Old drawings ❤

Now that I look at it, the design also reminds me of a squash comic that I made in the early days of this blog (over 4 years ago!):

Posh Squash by Wordsanddoodles (May 22, 2015)

It’s really weird! I think I thought it was hilarious then. I still like the style of the drawing and the expressions on the characters’ faces.

And maybe it somehow inspired me to draw the butternut squash again in a new version.

I guess I could make the old doodle a product design too (without the speech bubbles, maybe) – what do you think?

Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash

Funky beets

I love beets!

They’re so beautiful and have that weird sweet and earthy taste, that’s sometimes too much, and sometimes just right.

Look at that colour!

beet 1

 

Here’s one of the smaller, round ones:

Once I tried to grow beets in my tiny urban garden (literally a box of dirt, but it works). They turned out like this:

… Very small!

I found out that I should have picked some of them out to make room for other ones to grow big. I told my colleagues at the time about it and someone was very nice and gave me some giant ones from their garden. I pickled them and all was good, and I never tried growing my own beets again. But I guess now I know what to do, so I should try again.

Beets are on my mind, because I made some hummus a couple of days ago and put in a couple of baked beets. The hummus was amazingly pink and tasted and felt very spring-like in spite of the season. It turns out it doesn’t take a lot to excite me, when it comes to food. The beets I used looked a bit more like this, though:

It’s a difficult season to find good vegetables, especially local and organic ones. But these were both, and they tasted very nice. I find that baking them and peeling the skin off afterwards makes them more tasty than boiling them.

That was a lot of thoughts about beets, congrats for reading this far! Here’s a a fun fact:

I drew the first two of the beet doodles today while talking to my mum on the phone. (Not about beets, though, mainly about what we’re baking at the moment and what the rest of the family are up to).

*Update: After posting this I went and googled “beets”, and I can see that I totally drew the leaves wrong. They have long pink stems! Anyway it goes to show how little I remember about actual vegetables coming from the ground and not the store. I’ll remember next time I’m drawing a bunch of beets 😀

Funky beets

Inktober 2018 #24

I’m trying out gouache painting these days, so I decided to paint today’s quick Inktober doodle instead of inking with a pen:

Painting (contrary to drawing) has never been something I’ve felt natural (or even fun) to do.

But I want to expand my creative toolbox and I’m having lots of fun with gouache and playing with colours at the moment.

Some of the paintings might make it to the blog at some point, if they don’t end up in the rather big pile of creative projects/materials that I used for a week and then didn’t get back to. There’s so much yarn, guys.

Inktober 2018 #24

Posh Squash

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There’s food on my mind this week! Instead of people and animals, there are now veggies and other food stuffs with eyes and legs crawling all over my notebooks.

I’ve started working as a communications intern at my previous “højskole” (folk high school), Suhrs, in the centre of Copenhagen. At the school, food is the central topic and it’s about much more than filling your stomach. It’s about smelling and chopping, and about combining textures and colours to create dishes that look and taste great. And about using local and organic products when they are in season.

As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan.

Okay, so that explains the vegetable theme. The bad humour and useless rhymes have no explanation, they’re just about me being ridiculous. Posh Squash came out of nowhere, but I think he might become a regular on the site.

Posh Squash