Thursday, September 30, 2010

October thoughts

So, it's October, I almost can't believe it... September went by way too fast but then again time always seem to fly by too fast. I wish there were a brake, just to make it stop and last longer once in a while. Especially the moments you just don't want to forgot. People always say time goes faster the older you get, even more so when you have kids. Time is such a strange thing and fascinates me in a way. I remember many years ago when a year would seem like forever but these days a year goes by so fast and suddenly it's your birthday again. It's already over a month ago since I celebrated my birthday and it honestly feels like it was last week.

It makes me want to work harder on what I want to achieve and to get the things done I want done.. some things have taken me many years and I just wish I could motivate myself better to finish them as most things just need the final touch or final decisions - that's where my perfectionism comes in the way. I guess most of the time you just need to do things instead of thinking you can do it tomorrow, cause tomorrow turns to weeks, weeks turns to months and months to years...

In 2006 my life was quite different and I had a drive like no other period in my life. Sometimes when you go through difficult things in life it can motivate you in a way like no other. The thing is; I always remember these periods, despite my rather bad memory and they stick to me like only few things does. It's always these periods when you feel the most lost, sad or struggling. Some kind of high or low in your life... all that is in between always seem to fade for me.

Meeting up with a couple of school friends this year made me realize just how much I don't remember. They would tell a story of how I forgot to lock the door to the toilet (at an independent school we lived at for about 5 months) and one of the handymen came in and I slammed the door right at him, not on purpose, but enough to make him swear really loud. She told me how I felt so bad after wards and was afraid he had seen me and would know next time I passed by him. And while I can easily imagine how much I had laughed too, when sharing my episode I just can't remember any of it anymore. It was in 2003. I wish my memory was better, I want to remember these episode that made life fun - like slamming a door at someones face ;)
I do remember quite clearly how often I had food poisoning as the kitchen was pretty bad. I especially remember one episode where I had kitchen duty and would throw out a whole bunch of milk being 14 days over the date... and the next day I got so much in trouble for it, apparently it's okey to give old milk to students.

In 2 months we are moving to our new home... it's weird. I do look forward to the move, I really do. Our new apartment is beautiful, so big, light and on the 4th floor like we really wanted. We are even going to have an art area at the end of our living room. It's going to be great. But a part of me also feels sad cause we are leaving a part of Copenhagen I really have come to love the past 2 years - Oesterbro. It's such a nice area, close to everything and I generally like how people are around here. But then again, we are moving back to where it all started. Where we first moved in together, even close to our old apartment. That I really look forward to. I guess it's just that feeling of feeling well here, like I know the area, feel safe. I'm not good at moving, I hate "breaking up" and I feel like I have a lot the past years. I like staying in one place - as long as I feel comfortable. So I really really hope I will at our new home.

It's weird, I enjoy the autumn at the moment but at the same time I feel a little sad because when the autumn is over a long grey winter is ahead. Winters can be difficult to get through in Denmark, because we have very little light. Last year we only had a few weeks of sun all together, for a whole 4-5 months. It was hard, the sun does wonders for our mood, especially when you see it seldom.

I guess I should go to sleep now and stop typing :) A few Simpsons should put me to sleep. I sincerely hope you all enjoy the beautiful colourful Autumn.

The Pink Ribbon

Breast Cancer Awareness drawing 2010

This is my breast cancer awareness drawing this year. I wanted it to be simple but with a deep expression.

Cancer in any form is horrible and while I luckily haven't had it I've got people close to me who's been affected by it. It's very unfair disease which you can't fully prevent whether or not you live a healthy life. It can hit anyone at any age.

The drawing is dedicated to anyone who's been affected by cancer.

I'm selling prints, tubes and more of the drawing here: link
50% of all profit is donated to the Fight Against Cancer Organisation.

Beautiful model: link

Made with soft charcoal and pink pastel.
(21x29.7cm | 8.2x11.7")

Monday, September 27, 2010

A song in autumn

It's been very gray here lately, I miss the sun sometimes, especially these days where light is a luxury. It's very uplifting to your mood with just a bit of sun.

I can't say I have been drawing a whole lot this past weekend. I got lots of unfinished drawings laying around which I really want to finish. Most of them are pets and a few autumn inspired works I started early August already. Funny how I stopped working at them as soon as the actual Autumn came.

My boyfriend introduced me to a band called Glasvegas a few weeks back and I have been loving them every since, they are so very unique. Especially this one song, I adore the end part "You are my sunshine...":

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My cute little niece Mandy

This is a drawing I did in August for my sis's boyfriend. Cute little Mandy. It's always hard for me to draw family because I always want to perfect it even more than usual.
She's done with charcoal, 8x11" (21x29.7cm)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best Friend for my niece

This is a gift for my little niece, Mandy. I wanted to keep the colour theme in purple tones, mostly a warmer purple. I tried creating the wings in purple colours as well, as oppose to the normal neutral colours I use for wings. Mandy just had her room “purplelized” and I felt she should have a little drawing to go with it. Something really cute, dreamy and with bubbles - She loves soap bubbles and whenever I see bubbles it reminds me of her in summertime. She really is the cutest little girl, my sister is lucky to have such an adorable girl.

The drawing is done with colour pencils only, on Lana drawing paper.
11x8" | 29.7x21cm

Cute little Mandy, a few pictures I took of her in August. She was jumping around as I took these, I was lucky they aren't all too blurry:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Little Stripe Kitten

This is one of the newest kittens in the bunch of my mom's. Even with pills one of the cats managed to get pregnant which means 4 new kittens to take care of for my mom.
I took some photos of them last time I visited. This one had a strange look to him, something very thoughtful and deep. I thought I would try and draw him like a portrait as he kind of reminds me of a human in his expression.

Done with charcoal, 8x11" (21x29.7cm)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Candy Dreams

I just finished off my Candy drawing. Originally made for the Candy Contest at the ZindyZone Forums: Link

She's done with soft pastels and measure 30x42cm (about 11x16")

I've posted the reference in a small version, just for you to see how I actually create a lot of my artwork:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Candy WIP

Been drawing this Sunday and it's been really really nice. It's been a busy past weeks and I am happy I don't have any bigger plans the next weeks. I just want to focus on drawing, getting some updates done and some indoor cosiness ♥
Here's my latest drawing, wanted to do a candy-red-pink-cute girl. I worked with no reference (aside from the drawing up of the lines, I based that loosely on one of my photographs, to get the correct pose) to just enjoy it and not thing about correct shading and realism for ones and I am very much enjoying it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

2011 Limited Edition Calendar Pre-Order

2011 Limited Zindy Calendar
2011 limited edition art calendar Pre-order

I thought I would let you know next years calendar is now in pre-order.
It will feature 12 of my conceptual and fantasy drawings, mainly black and white works - 1 of them is an unreleased drawing, which you’ll be the first to see since it won’t be released until sometime in November/December.

First 5 to buy the calendar get a free 8x11” print. You can choose between any of the drawings featured in the calendar.

The calendar includes the following drawings:

…and more

The price for the calendar is 19.95$ + Shipping costs 10$ (I know, we have crazy shipping prices here in Denmark :/)
I also accept £ or Euros.

The calendar is expected delivered October 2010.

Pre-order calendar here:

If you aren’t already signed up at my store you can also buy it just by writing me a mail about it.

The design will be similar to my previous calendars, measuring 8x8" (21x21cm), you can see last years calendar here:

I have my calendars printed with a professional print company here in Denmark. The paper is thick and with a matte finish.

If any questions feel free to ask.

Finally some great great news

I couldn't be happier. We just signed the papers for our new perfect apartment last week - it's ours!=) It's an older apartment with so much charm and a huge kitchen, 5 rooms... and in our favourite part of Copenhagen - Amager. I can't believe it... come December 1st :) It was such a great feeling when we signed as this means we have to move no more.. and can stay in our favourite place of Cph. I'm so happy, it's an amazing feeling.

September 4th we went to the yearly Dark Market here in Cph. It was nice, were with friends and enjoyed the afternoon. A few pictures from the market:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Autumn Melancholy

This is a gift for Sheryl, who's been such a great friend and supporter for years now. I used a photo of her cute daughter for the pose, replaced the wall with a tree and leaves to give it a magic autumn touch. A lot of my work in progress are autumn related, I wonder why ;)

Colour pencils.
8.2x11.2" | 21x29.7 cm