In which you finally get to see the photos of the Nerdfighter Scavenger Hunt

Checking what we need to find

My girls. (You might remember our totally awesome album cover.)

My stick is bigger then yours

Frog

Goose

Myrthe, Cindy and the swan head

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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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Journal pages

I filled up my Moleskine and moved on to a new one, this time a sketchbook one (I prefer the thicker pages to the blank notebook paper). I scanned some of the pages I did to share:

Bike and Lego

On the left page I wanted to draw a girl who’s really happy (a lot of my girls come out looking a bit sleepy/sad), and her on the bike is inspired by this video by Suzi Blu about her stamp ‘wheels of freedom’. I wanted to make my own version. 🙂
On the right is me wondering what Lego-me would look like. The background is so spotty because aquamarkers don’t really work on the Moleskine sketchbookpaper, it get absorbed too fast so that adding water only makes it weird. You learn things about how materials work together every time you try something new. I used regular pro and copic markers for the lego girl, and I’m pretty happy with the result.

Too Many Feels

On the left I pasted the result of practicing with aquamarkers on watercolourpaper (excellent, loved it!) and on the right a mixed media page about feeling emotionally drained. We all get those moments and for me making this page really helped me recharge. I’m quite happy with the result (yay for layering!).

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