Last weeks commute drawings

There is no commute drawing for last sunday because I had a day off to celebrate my grandma’s 86th birthday.

Monday: A pretty dress imaginary polaroid. Inspired by the beautiful dress @ssuuuss had on for her brothers wedding, as seen on her instagram. 🙂

Tuesday: I did not finish tuesdays drawing during my commute, so I posted a work in progress and completed her on the way back home. I love dance.

Wednesday: If you’re wondering if I made a commute drawing today, I sort of did. I was practicing working in Paper on my iPad with my new sensu brush. But I didn’t have enough time (for the majority of my commute I was still eating breakfast) to make anything I want to share. Maybe later!
I got a new sensu brush after losing the one I had somewhere. Fortunately there are several Dutch webshops that offer them now so I don’t have to order from the US and pay an absurd amount of shipping costs (fuck you ThinkGeek) and extra tax costs (Ugh) like with my last one. I’ve now finished the drawing I made, but I don’t think it’s all that good. Still, showing my progress is a good thing! And playing around with different ways of drawing in Paper and seeing how I can best use that app is interesting.

A practice drawing with my new sensu brush (I lost the old one). I'm trying out different ways of drawing in Paper by 53 on my iPad. I see a lot of problems with this drawing, but I did enjoy making it!

Thursday: It took me a while to settle on a subject. Lots of ideas, but none felt like something I wanted to draw. Until I figured I could combine a hunan form with a tree. Presto: Dryad!

In which the commute drawings are back with a vengeance

Trying out some of the new sketchbooks! I think I will keep using the Daler Rowney for my commute drawings.

Sunday: A new imaginary polaroid! The sunny weather makes me want to sit in the park. This is the first page I did in the new Daler Rowney sketchbook that I got this weekend. The paper picks up pencil like crazy, it’s great! My H2 graphite pencil is a lot darker here then I am used to, but that’s okay. And a little bit of water colour pencil goes a long way here. I’m excited to get to know this paper better.

Monday: Yoda! I wanted to see how the thin clairefontaine sketchbook took to my aqua markers. Not that well, it’s too much water. So I stopped adding wrinkles (Yoda should have more) to keep him from getting too messed up.

Tuesday: Imaginary polaroid of an umbrella. I posted this late tuesday night because I had forgotten my iPad so I couldn’t share it from the road.

Wednesday I didn’t make a commute drawing because I was finishing watching an episode of The Wire in the train. (yay for iPads!)

Thursday: Apple imaginary polaroid. Todays #commutedrawing might be a poison apple, but it sure it pretty.

About drawing, hair and a tattoo

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Look I made a portrait in Paper by 53 on my iPad!

I haven’t been drawing much lately, and I miss it. It always takes me a while to realise it, because it’s not as if I’m not doing other things that I like with the time that I’m not drawing. I play games, I read, I watch tv shows, I take photographs and edit them. (Soon I will start sharing more photos again!) So sometimes my sketchbook lays forgotten and neglected in the mess that is my home.

Until I started with pencil and paper again for the illustrations I did for the current issue of The Anglerfish (it’s out now, and I’ll share some more on my work in it later). The last couple of issues I’ve been working on fully digital illustrations because I want to develop that side of me more, and it’s been fun and I’m mostly happy with the results. But I haven’t actually done much analog drawing and picking up a pencil again made me realise how much I miss it.
So yesterday, in the train on my way to work, I took out my sketchbook and decided to just try something. I often feel like drawing but never start because I haven’t got an idea for what to draw yet.

It’s just some quick sketching and not all that interesting, but it gave me a boost. I should stop worrying about not having an idea for what to draw yet and just put the pencil on the paper and start. I think my commutes are good places to start.

And the fun thing is, that drawing analog made me take out my iPad this morning and continue on a page in Paper that I had started a while back. I came across the blog of Michael Rose a couple of weeks ago, and he has some very nice tutorials for mastering Paper. Even if you don’t actually want to make painting like pages, it’s still fun to see how he works his layers. I recommend it if you’ve got the app. Made Mistakes.

I also tried a new hairstyle today.

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Trying a new hairstyle today. #hairadventures

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Sometimes I find it hard to believe the person in the picture is me. I look so artsy and cool. (But then I just have to look at the rejected selfies before I got one that was good enough and I remember that I am still just a person, and that’s okay.)

If my old self of several years ago would see me now, she’d be amazed that I can be this person. That the only thing needed for pulling of purple hair is to dye your hair purple. It’s not that I feel like I missed out on trying different styles when I was younger, I wasn’t very interested in dying my hair and experimenting with it then (other than the occasional CUT IT ALL OFF impulse), but that it could be so simple to just try things would not have occurred to her in the same sense as it’s a part of me now. This isn’t a big, radial change in me. It’s one that happened over time, like all real changes do.

It can still be scary. Like planning my trip to Saint Petersburg is. I’m going there in June to get a tattoo by artist Sasha Unisex (I’ve wanted a tattoo for a long time now) and to have a week vacation on my own. I’ve been stressing out like you wouldn’t believe, but it’s so worth it. 🙂 I’ve got my appointment, paid a deposit, took time of work, booked a flight and and B&B and now I feel like it’s really happening. I still need to get a visa, which is the biggest hassle EVER, and get myself a good guide book on the city so I can start making a plan of what I want to see and do while I’m there (fun!). But the big things are arranged and now I get to enjoy the prospect of how awesome my life is going to be for the foreseeable future.

How amazing is it that I get to do stuff like this? That I have a job that I love and that I can take time off for awesome things. That I can afford all of this? That I have this life in which I don’t have to ask anybody for permission to fly to Russia to get a tattoo. I can’t wait for this trip, and I feel privileged that I get to make it.

Animal Crossing and my new Nintendo 3DS

Animal Crossing sketchbook page

About a month back I caved and bought a Nintendo 3ds, and I haven’t looked back! It is such an awesome system, I’m really enjoying all the streetpass features and of course playing Animal Crossing New Leaf! I’ve been playing a lot. My favorite game has alwas been a version of Animal Crossing, and New Leaf is definitely an great version of the game! I love going diving, being mayor and visiting the island, all new features. I’m still trying to convince my neighbours that I’m a super good friend and they should give me their portrait, but as of yet I’ve had no success in that area. 🙂

I’ve also been using the designing feature for clothes much more then I used to, and via the QR code option I can share that with whoever likes what I make! I post all the Animal Crossing stuff I share to my tumblr.

There are a lot of people playing Animal Crossing and posting about it on tumblr, so my own stuff feels right at home there. Some people can make outfits that are so complicated and must cost so much time that I can only sit back in awe. It’s really fun to see how others play the game.

I’ve also enjoyed playing Pokemon X and Super Mario 3D Land, though lately I’ve been all about the Animal Crossing all the time. All in all I’ve failed to fulfill my 50 books challenge on Goodreads because I’ve spend most of my free time in December playing on my Nintendo 3ds instead of reading. Which is fine! I’d just gotten it and all new things are extra shiny. 🙂 I’ve got a better balance now (though my new book challenge is for 45 books) and I can’t imagine the Nintendo 3ds not being a part of my essential devices. It lives in my bag when I’m on the road and stays near my couch when I’m home (which is where I play the most). I like that I can take it out when I’m on the train to work and check to see if I’ve met anyone via Streetpass.

So Animal Crossing has been on my mind lately and I felt like drawing about it! I like filling a digital sketchbook page, the Paper by 53 app on my iPad is such a great app for on the go digital journaling. I am loving how the pencil brush works on top of he watercolour brush. I also finally got the colour mixer and am enjoying mixing all the colours! If you buy all the extra features it is a more expensive app than most, but it’s so worth it.

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