30 things to do before I’m 30

I turned 29 in the beginning of July, and now I am approaching the big 30. I don’t want to be the kind of person who will be bothered by no longer being a 20-something, as if 30 is somehow waaaaay older. But I find that I do care. So when I saw that Kathleen is working on a 30 before 30 goals list, it made me feel like that is an excellent way to mark the occasion in a positive way. There are a lot of things I want to do! And some things I need to do. And also some that will be fun and easy. All in all, putting a list together like this and pushing myself seems like a good way to give myself some focus and hopefully, a sense of accomplishment.

So here is my 30 before 30 list!
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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

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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In which Eefje starts learning how to build her own website

You may have noticed that I changed the name of this blog from Nifty Eef to EefjeS. I’ve been thinking about how I present myself online. I’ve been EefjeS on twitter for years, and it is a really acurate way of describing myself. So why should I not use it in more places? (My first name being Eefje and my last starting with an S, and at the same time it can be read as multiple Eefjes.) An other aspect of my online presence is that I have split my tumblr into two blogs. I still have my regular tumblr filled with fandom, feminism, and whatever tickles my fancy, but the second one is a curated collection of inspiring things. I want it to become an archive of other peoples work that I enjoy and want to learn from. See it here. I took the idea from Austin Kleon, who has his tumblr integrated in his website. I’m currently reading his book Show Your Work which is one of the reasons I’m thinking of all these things the way I am.

Also: this week I finally secured my own domain and hosting. What! I didn’t have that already? No I did not.

I’ve wanted my own place online, really my own, for years now but I just never got around to it. I want to learn how to do this myself, run wordpress (the .org version) and build my own theme. But I don’t have any knowledge on how to do that so I have a lot to learn before I get to where I want to be in that area. I was planning to start this at some point when I had time for it, but life never really slows down so I just have to start.

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