in addition to my concrete drawings (often in function of an assignment),
i’m exploring different ways of drawing, trying techniques
and looking at structure & texture of things.
i’m not satisfied with just drawing a nice tapir any more, i think :).
and although this search doesn’t often result in nice illustrations,
i’d like to post it anyway.
the last few days i made some mountain monotypes,
not there yet.
a good friend got married last weekend.
such a pity we couldn’t be there, but
i’m happy i could draw their wedding invitation.
the print examples arrived by mail today, hurray.
congratulations lucie & petr!!!
i have some difficulties with the norwegian nouns.
mostly with the difference between the definite/indefinite articles, and the singular/plural.
to give you an example why it’s confusing, i’ll use ‘CUP’:
en kopp (a cup)
koppen (the cup)
koppene (the cups).
a little drawing can be a little help.
but when drawing, i was doubting again between the ‘n’ and the ‘r’ 🙂
Anyway, norwegian is still cool.
we’re back on track with our online norwegian course.
mondays are sacred learning days,
and the train ride home is perfect for some review lessons.
(and for drawing)
the finished crane illustration…
i first had to try out some sketches, to come to the final result.
i prefer my first sketch (with the two birds).
the illustration is made for an interesting organization called JINT,
they support international exchanges for young people and youth organizations.
My illustration is used in an invitation for an inspirational day
for people who are interested in those international exchanges,
there are workshops, talks and projects that present themselves.
do you prefer mountains or sea?
if i HAVE to choose, the answer was clear for me:
i love the sea, it calms me and is fascinating. and you can swim in it.
but after seeing a lot of different mountains the last few weeks, i’m not so sure anymore.
mountains are not only great to look at of hike in, they’re mostly fascinating to draw.
so i’m looking forward to our norway adventure: i’ll make time for some real mountain sketching.
i’ll maybe even make an illustrated study about one specific mountain. who knows.
here’s a quick mountain sketch.
we started our holiday with a road trip belgium > slovenia.
first, we decided to avoid highways and to drive only on roads with beautiful sceneries.
but two days passed… and we only just crossed Germany.
if we wanted to have some holidays in slovenia, we needed to hurry just a bit.
so we took the highway – which, in austria, has great sceneries too.
even in rainy and grey weather they’re impressive.
it was a great road trip through the Alps
(but it stayed with that one day.)
i just returned from a two week holiday in slovenia (and a bit of italy, austria and germany).
with my sketchbook and a lot of pencils (and my boyfriend and our tent).
i didn’t manage to hold a travel diary with sketches, but still returned with a full sketchbook (it was just a thin one).
for the next days, i will post some of them here!
i realized once again that it’s not that easy to draw on holidays.
there is plenty of time, but there’s also a lot to see and do, there are many places to walk to and mountains to climb.
so i didn’t take a few hours a day to sit down, observe and draw my travel journal.
but instead, i sat down, had conversations and drank coffees and wine, looked around. and when my fingers started itching and i couldn’t hold my enthusiasm, i tried to capture some of this beautiful mountains in my sketchbook.
on this subject, i found this blog post very recognizable (Anna Denise writes a blog i find really inspiring).
on the first day, the idea of a travel journal was still alive.
the first morning felt like this:
experimenting with black ink.
i’m really fond of my ‘pencil brush’ (which really is: a pencil with a brush on top).
perfect for drawing outside, and always in my travel kit.
last week, i turned 30.
i don’t mind the ‘big 30’, i was just happy to celebrate a birthday again.
my birthday is always quite important, i want to do all the things i like and have lots of surprises.
(i expect always just a bit too much, so planning my birthday is not so easy for my boyfriend and others.)
it was a wonderful birthday! with food, sun, sauna and portuguese beer. mm.
to celebrate with my friends, i wanted to host a pie-party again (see here for the one of last year).
we did it in pick nick-style, and it was really nice. so nice that i even forgot to take pictures.
so i just can show the invitation i sent.
a little sketch…
turned into this photo collage
(photo of an idyllic rock beach in Sweden where we stayed last year)
the norwegian language course (a web course, on your own speed) is going slow.
i keep repeating the words from the first lessons (as ‘hyggelig’, ‘selvfolgelig’,..) but the new words don’t stick.
after the holidays, we need a fixed date with the norwegian language.
and during the holidays, we’ll take a language course with us in the car.
so on the road to slovenia, we’ll try to have some norwegian conversations :).
i worked on an illustration for an organization,
and because of the theme, they suggested to use ‘(origami) cranes’ in the design.
a good idea! but i never drew origami before, so it needed some practice.
i discovered you can’t really draw ugly cranes, if you just insert the specific head and tail. and some kind of wings.
cranes, nice drawing material :).
a new norsk word. I really love glasshouses. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in one? When travelling in Sweden, we saw a lot of glasshouses in gardens used for growing vegetables/fruits as well as for reading or working (with chairs, books,…). I definitely want one like these, one day.