Starting the 2017 With Running Nose and Ghibli Movies

Sick girl illustration Inkscape

My first days in this year were full of snot and sneezing. And lots of adorable Studio Ghibli movies.

I was ill when there was this big and important day for me where I got one year older again (that explain why there’s a piece of cake in the picture). And I was still ill when there was birthday for the great Hayao Miyazaki three days later. After a week long illness I thought that’s enough and got in the good shape again.

Happy new year! 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Bells

I made this Christmas card three years ago, when I had used Inkscape only about two months. I remember how proud I felt when I finished it. I wanted to make new picture for this year Christmas, but as you know, end of the year is busy time.

“Häid pühi” or “Häid jõule” means “Merry Christmas” in Estonian.

I really hope that all of you have joyful and beautiful Christmas! 🙂

Reading Everywhere (and how your art changes through the process)

Reading in the Tree girl stoat illustration Inkscape

“Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book” said Jim Rohn. Although I don’t agree with him about missing meals (I have mentioned it before that I love eating), I think that there are plenty of things in my life I could quit (or would like to quit if possible), but the reading is not one of them.

I don’t read so much that I would like to. For this year’s Reading Challenge goal in Goodreads (God bless this site, it’s awesome!) I set only 36 books and have read 31 of them for now (five more!). One of my colleague set 120 and has surpassed it by already have read 126.

The main reason why I don’t read so much is that I don’t have regular reading habit. Sometimes I don’t read any book in two months and then there are times I swallow one book after another so quickly that I can’t enjoy them so much as I want.

The second reason is everlasting case – not enough time. Drawing is one thing that swallows my time, but this is the thing I love as much as reading. So I would never reduce the time I spent drawing. But there is one thing which could take less time and that is working. Even if I like my job, so long it isn’t reading or drawing (I sometimes read in my workplace though 😉 ) I will whine about how much it consumes my time.

But you can’t just quit your job and start reading instead (and in drawing I’m not in this level yet) and that’s why I decided to develop my reading habit. I did some thinking and little research in internet and decided to follow these steps:

  1. Read every morning nearly 25 pages while drinking coffee.
  2. Read every evening 25 pages before bedtime.
  3. Find the “reading place” for yourself. It can be cozy armchair in your home, favourite cafe or even the tree like in the picture
  4. Reduce using internet (especially Facebook)
  5. Carry the book with you everywhere. You never know when there is a change to read it (for example if waiting for doctor or driving in bus, or maybe even in work). And it’s the best possible way to avoid boring situations.

What about you? Do you love reading? And do you think you need better reading habit or you already read so much you want?

But now little about my new picture. At first I wanted to make the picture where it’s raining and that’s the reason of umbrella.* Because how many of you use umbrella in winter? I already made the girl’s clothes which suits with rainy evening. She had yellow raincoat and rubber boots as you can see in this not-yet-ready picture below.

*The rainy picture would have matched better with our weather here in Estonia. Some of you maybe remember how I was whining last December about the missing snow. This year the situation is the same, but I have accepted it.

reading-on-the-tree-rainy

But you know. Sometimes you start one thing but something different grows out of it. And I think that the snowy picture turned out quite well. What do you think? Should I finish the rainy picture also or is the snowy one good enough?

Thank you for your attention and hope you have peaceful Advent time! 🙂

Waves of…

Sea goddess boat illustration colour pencils

Nina, I told you this picture would be digital. But the truth is that recently I’ve wanted to use more traditional tools (it’s quite ironic that after I bought myself the Wacom tablet I truly love, I have drawn more on paper and less in computer). And as I need more practice in both areas, in digital painting and in using colour pencils, the picture is made with last one.

Today was the first meeting of this class for the children I told you about in last post. Of those children who were registered, exactly half came (50% is not so bad indicator I hope). However, since I don’t think I’m very good teacher, I’m not surprised if no children will come next time. 😀

My head is empty right now, so I stop writing, take a book and go to bed. 🙂

Drawing With Inkscape

Drawing With Inkscape illustration

In one of my post I mentioned that I recently changed my job. Previously I worked in cafe but now in a library. The last one suits me much better, because I love books. I must admit that I love food too, but I prefer to eat it myself, not to “feed” other people. 🙂

Nowadays many libraries are not focused only on books. For example it’s important for libraries to offer free access to computers and the internet. In library where I work we even make these short user trainings, where we, for example, teach older people how to use computer or smartphone. My favourite is teaching drawing tablet. 🙂 Among other things, this November we start class for children where we teach them computer graphics. And in the first meeting I’ll show children how to use my favourite program Inkscape, with what I have made most of my drawings. It’s my first time to do something like that and I’m so thrilled. But at the same time, little nervous too. I hope that I am able to show children how interesting Inkscape is.

And to inform children of our class we needed a poster. I didn’t make it. But for the poster we needed a picture to show to the children what the class is about. And that’s what I did. 🙂

 

Black Cat(s) Blue Sea

Black Cats Fishing illustration Inkscape

I’m honored to receive black cat blue sea award from one great new blogger Alicyana. I thank her for nominating me and recommend all of you to check out her blog. She have really sweet posts. 🙂

The rules of the award:

1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.

2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominee.

3. The questions you ask while nominating can only be three questions.

4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

So here are the questions from Alicyana:

1. Where are you from? – I’m from Estonia! 😀

2. What is your hobbies? – Drawing, reading, walking and thinking too much about the bad thing what are happening in the world. I am going to change the last one.

3. What is your dream? – My biggest dream is that one day I could create artwork that make world the better place.

I know that I should follow the rules, but it wouldn’t be me if I would do this. 😀 And I simply can’t choose eight people from so many wonderful bloggers. So here are my three questions and I hope that all of you who’ll pop in gonna leave their answers in comments. 🙂

1. Do you believe that black cats bring bad luck?

2. Can you swim?

3. What do you think, how the story in this picture with these cats and the fish will end?

And little about that picture. It’s the first drawing I made in Inkscape (more than three years ago) when I didn’t have a clue how this works and I just played little with the program. I thought it would be funny to finally show it to someone (I’m glad I didn’t delete it). Cats and fish have been added today. 🙂

Can’t wait to read your answers.

Cheers! 🙂