In which more commute drawings are imaginary polaroids

Sunday: Today I am a sculptor. Working on high lights! Funnily enough two people instantly replied with the words “Don’t Blink!”, one on twitter and one of facebook. Yay for Doctor Who references.

No drawing for Monday because I was in a super full train. I did have a place to sit, but taking out my art supplies for a drawing felt like it would get in the way of others.

Tuesday: A star tattoo. Of course I only realised the thumbnail should be facing forward with this pose when I was just about finished. Oh well, this is how I learn. And I really should watch my own hands more.

Wednesday: Hair closeup imaginary polaroid. Watercolour pencils in my Moleskine sketchbook. I only have a few pages left and then I’m starting a new sketchbook. I got a travel journal by hahnemuehle, I hope I’ll like the paper! The lady in the shop let me try out some water colour pencils and a copic marker on a test sketchbook. I like the structure of the paper for pencil drawings and water colour pencils, for copic markers it will suck up a bit more ink than I would like, but I can still use them. I’m currently really focused on the drawing and erasing and using water colours, so that was the most important factor to consider.

Thursday: Were you the kid that drew on the walls? I wasn’t as far as I know. So here I am drawing on imaginary walls! This #commutedrawing fills up the last page in my Moleskine sketchbook, next week will be the start of the new one. I’m curious to see how the different paper will feel once I’m actually working on it every day.

It’s a little crazy how fast I went through my sketchbook once I started this commute drawing project. Before that it had lasted me for years. I used a different sketchpad for my daily drawings last year (which I kept up for a month), because they were practice sketches from an instruction book. My sketchbook generally holds more completed drawings and paintings. I like how I’ve found a nice middle ground with the imaginary polaroids and other drawings I’ve made in this project.

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When I drew every day for a month last year

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In which Eefje accidentally joins an all girl punk rock band

Spice Puff Girls

Well, not really. But look at our album cover!

Last saturday I went to a nerfighter scavenger hunt gathering in Arnhem. It was lovely weather and a lot of fun to go through the park, station and city centre to try and find all the locations we were hunting for. My team consisted of four girls and we meshed wonderfully. I am still working on selecting and editing my photos of the day, but I wanted to share this bit of fun I was having with photoshop.

One of the places we needed to find was the pedestal of this statue of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz. Cindy took the picture with the rest of us posing. When she posted her photos to facebook, we were all commenting on how fierce we looked and how we’re totally a punk rock band and this is our first album cover. But Cindy herself wasn’t in the photo! So I photoshopped her in and since I was doing that anyway, I thought I’d make it look like an actual album cover. We’re the Spice Puff Girls! (Because there are three Power Puff Girls and five Spice Girls, and four of us.)

I love making silly jokes with awesome people, both in person and online.

Bonus Ben as a Spice Puff Girl (because everyone wants to be a Spice Puff Girl, which is totally what we call our fans as well).

Ben as a Spice Puff Girl

In which random photos of things get shown

Sunny stairs

These are the last photos of the Black and White Ilford roll that I had in my Olympus Trip. I tend to carry at least one camera with me, so at times I have random photos of things I spotted. These are the ‘things I see’ photos of that film roll. Most of them are taken at the train stations I frequent as a commuter.

Frame

Waiting

Lady waiting

Amsterdamsestraatweg

Moving train

For more photos check my Flickr account.

In which you gets to see the imaginary polaroids I drew this week

New commute drawings from the last week:

Sunday: Fantasical landscape imaginary polaroid. I really should collect more reference material if I want to draw animals. Of course, when I’m in the train I wouldn’t get to consult them, but I could when at home. The more often you draw a thing, the better you get at it. This time I drew the frame with a ruler, unlike with earlier polaroid drawings. I’m figuring out the best way to improve on this format, so now I’ve got a cheapy ruler in my bag. It’s a little large, so if I can find a smaller one that’s easier to use I’ll get that one. (Bonus if it’s cute and pink!)

Monday: A pair of glasses on a table. They are such a vital part of being able to do what I do.

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Perspective, it matters. Todays #commutedrawing is an imaginary polaroid of a Dutch bicycle path. This morning when my bus was about to leave, a guy on a scooter came to yell and threaten the bus driver for some issue that happened before I got on the bus. Regardless who was right, what is it about dudes like that that they feel entitled to rage at people? Why do they think that's okay? And it's almost always dudes, you will barely ever see a woman road rage at people, we're taught to not respond aggressively and to not bother strangers with our anger. Maybe we should all start teaching our sons how to deal constructively with anger, lest they become the road rage idiots of tomorrow. Find a happy medium between what we teach boys and what we teach girls. Watercolour pencils in my Moleskine sketchbook.

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Tuesday: Perspective, it matters. An imaginary polaroid of a Dutch bicycle path. Tuesday morning when my bus was about to leave, a guy on a scooter came to yell and threaten the bus driver for some issue that happened before I got on the bus. Regardless who was right, what is it about dudes like that that they feel entitled to rage at people? Why do they think that’s okay? And it’s almost always dudes, you will barely ever see a woman road rage at people, we’re taught to not respond aggressively and to not bother strangers with our anger. Maybe we should all start teaching our sons how to deal constructively with anger, lest they become the road rage idiots of tomorrow. Find a happy medium between what we teach boys and what we teach girls.

Wednesday: I had to stand in the train because it was really full. No drawing!

Thursday: An imaginary polaroid of a lady with a large fashionable hat. I want a large fashionable hat.

I’m having trouble with trying to work in good high lights. This has always been a bit of an issue with me when using water colour pencils, but I find that the smaller scale I use for the imaginary polaroids really puts that problem in focus. It’s a lot harder to keep a small light area light when going over everything with my water brush. A solution would be to use a little white guache paint and add in high lights last, but I don’t see myself doing that while in the train. I would need a regular brush, a container of water and an actual tube of paint! That is all way to impractical to do on my commute. I could see if a white gel pen would work, but I’d rather learn with what I’ve got. I need to practice not washing out high lights and to not fill up everything so heavily.

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