My girls. (You might remember our totally awesome album cover.)
So yeah. I was all super active and posting three times a week and then suddenly I stopped. I stopped making and sharing commute drawings. I stopped posting here even though I did have things to share. But I guess I just needed some time for myself, and switching sketchbooks had a much bigger effect than I imagined.
Because I really didn’t like the new sketchbook I got. And it made me sad and not want to draw. I tried it for a couple of drawings, but I was just getting too frustrated with the paper. And for a while I didn’t have time to look for a new sketchbook with different paper so I just… stagnated.
April 14: First commute drawing in my new sketchbook, I definitely have to get used to the paper! I’m not sure I’m happy with it…
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Todays #commutedrawing is not an imaginary polaroid. I wanted to try something on a larger scale to see how I like the paper then. Still not a fan. As you can see I've been playing Animal Crossing again on my Nintendo 3DS. Yesterday I didn't do a commute drawing because I was really tired. Sleep is important!
April 16: Todays drawing is not an imaginary polaroid. I wanted to try something on a larger scale to see how I like the paper then. Still not a fan. As you can see I’ve been playing Animal Crossing again on my Nintendo 3DS. Yesterday I didn’t do a commute drawing because I was really tired. Sleep is important!
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I figured I'd try an exercise in just watercolour pencils for todays #commutedrawing. Maybe I like the paper better if I don't use graphite? I don't, the paper can't take the water and starts dissolving a bit. 😦 It was not at all like this when I got to test it in the store…
April 17: I figured I’d try an exercise in just watercolour pencils for todays #commutedrawing. Maybe I like the paper better if I don’t use graphite? I don’t, the paper can’t take the water and starts dissolving a bit. 😦 It was not at all like this when I got to test it in the store…
The paper really wasn’t what I need from a sketchbook, I couldn’t work in detail with my graphite pencil and it did not respond well to the water (of which I don’t even use all that much). I hated it. And before I knew it three weeks passed and I lost all drive to keep drawing and to keep posting here. Which is a shame, because I do have photos to share and other stories to tell.
But now I’m getting back on track!
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).
The digital photos I took in and around the Rijksmuseum during our Nerdfighter Museum Gathering! I’ve finally switched to shooting raw. I know, I am so late to this party. I tried shooting raw years ago, but the version of photoshop I had then couldn’t recognize the files from my camera, and the software that came with the camera was excruciatingly slow on the computer I had then. So I kept shooting jpeg and built my workflow around that. Fastforward to now, when I suddenly realise that I’ve had my new computer with a much newer version of photoshop for a while now, so why not switch to shooting raw? I’m still adjusting my workflow, but I am enjoying the imense control I have over the files post shooting. 😀