In which I talk about what I’ve been doing lately

Did you guys miss me? I was out and about in the world! I went to St. Petersburg for a week of vacation and to get my tattoo (it’s real! it’s on my arm!), and then I went to the Dutch island Texel with my family for a second vacation. In the mean time I was lazy and took an unanounced vacation from posting here. But I’m back now! I took a lot of photos and some video on my trip, but I’ve yet to edit everything so it’ll be a while until I can share it all with you. I did keep posting on Instagram about my life, so you still get to see some pictures now. 🙂

The photo of my tattoo the day after I got it! I got a lot of very lovely reactions from people on instagram and facebook. It’s been such a big thing in my life to get this tattoo, and the people in my life have been sort of living it along with me. Getting to show the result to them and getting such happy responses is very rewarding. I’m still very careful with it until it is fully healed, I don’t want to mess it up by doing something stupid like going swimming too soon. When it’s been a month I’ll take some new photos to share with everyone.

This is the photo the tattoo artist put on her instagram, taking right after we were done.

In the mean time I have finished the shawl I was knitting.

It’s a bit warm for summer, but in autumn I’m going to wear it a lot! I had to bind of a little earlier then I had hoped, because I ran out of yarn. But the end result is pretty and I’m happy about it.

My next craft project is two crocheted dollies! I’m working on the second one now. The first one is done, but when I was putting her together she took a dive into my tea… I rinsed her off and pressed as much of the water out as I could and let her dry overnight. Thankfully there is almost no staining from the tea. One of her white legs is a little grubbier now, but I think I’m the only one who will notice that.

The second dollie will get a head full of curls.

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It’s my birthday today!

And last friday I celebrated by having some friends over for a party, which turned out to be pretty epic. During my party while I was busy having fun with all my friends, some of them decided to go around and hide all of my Lord of the Rings lego characters and some of the Harry Potter lego characters. The next day, while battling a hangover I had the enjoyable task of finding them again.


After coming home that night (we went dancing) I found Shelob on my pillow.


This ringwraight fell down from somewhere, this is how I found him.


Found a cavetroll lurking in the shower near an unsuspecting Frodo.


Gimli, Harry and the second ringwraith were hanging out on the same bookcase.
(Of course the wraith would feel at home with the weeping angel.)


Balin got chased out of his tomb by an orc and moved into a teapot, a loose skull likes Calvin & Hobbes and Gollum shows a surprising interest in clothing.


Legolas was hiding in the fridge for a surprise arrow attack (or to guard the beer?). And one Frodo just really wanted some tea while the other was hanging out on my easel. “I want you to paint me like one of your French girls.”


Aragorn, Gandalf and Boromir preferred high vantage points.


Support beams and in my bookcase are good places to hide.

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Two hobbits and a half-giant. #findallthelego

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Two Hobbits and a Half-Giant.


On my way out the next day I found my last missing hobbit. Merry was guarding my door.


I needed a hint for this one. “Look toward the light!” Acrobatic skeleton.

Now the only one that is still missing is Fenrir Greyback, a Harry Potter bad guy. My friends don’t seem to remember where they put him, and I might have lost him myself and only noticed now, but just in case, I put up this poster in my apartment:

Illustrating a Dungeons and Dragons adventure

Because of my back problems I did not contribute as much to the latest issue of The Anglerfish as I normally do. I couldn’t sit at a computer for long stretches of time, coupled with my fulltime job I didn’t manage to work on The Anglerfish. Thankfully my fellow graphics team members stepped up to and took over my work and I could focus on getting better and managing my ski trip. They’re awesome people.

I did get to do one thing before my back went bad, make this map. (Click on it to see it larger.)

Adventure Map

It is the illustration to go with the Beginning your Quest: What is a Campaign article, a follow up to the articles about Dungeons and Dragons in the second issue. We nerds like playing DnD, and introducing new people to the game is always fun. I’m happy that I got to work on this illustration, because it was my idea and I want to learn how to illustrate more. It was a good exercise in making something from scratch in Photoshop, which I normally mostly use for photo editing. I also enjoyed making the textures I used here, by crumpling up a piece of paper and spilling tea and inks on it. Drawing the geographical elements and the footprints was not as easy as I’d hoped since I am not used to drawing with my wacom tablet yet. (One of the reasons I like drawing on my ipad is because I can draw directly on the screen). But I think I will use it as a drawing tool more often in the future.

I hope you like the map as much as I do, and if you haven’t checked out the third issue of The Anglerfish, Read it here.

Macarons

While in Taizé some of us piled in one car to go to Cluny for one afternoon, and there we had some lovely chocolate pastries with tea and hot chocolate. I also bought this box of macarons. They always look so interesting with all the colours, but I’ve never had them. I saved the box as a gift for my parents and when I gave it we opened it and had some with our tea. The ones I had were really sweet!
Before I went over to my parents I took a few quick photos of the box (love the colours!) and I really liked this one (even though you can’t see the entire box in it).

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