Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If I Were To Get ATattoo

I don't think I'll ever get a tattoo. When I was younger I always wanted to get a tattoo. I always came up with tons of ideas and draw them on myself or print them and see how they'd look on my body. I never took the plunge though and honestly, I'm glad I didn't because I'm sure I would've regretted it. I'd probably be walking around with a bunch of anime/Sanrio characters on my body if I did get a tattoo at the time so yeah.....

I still like to look at tattoos though. Daydream about what it would look like, where I'd get them etc. I have very pale skin so lots of people always tell me how amazing tattoos would look on me. I do think it would suit me, but I'm just so damn picky. Subject wise there are some things I'd consider getting done would I ever be forced to get a tattoo (that would be an interesting situation). It would be a lot of similar subject matters I use in my own work. I also love neo traditional tattoos. Especially colourful ones! Here's some ideas I would consider...

As a huge tea lover, I definitely don't mind the idea of a tea themed tattoo! Also because teapots and teacups just make for very pretty designs. I adore all of the ones below..

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I'm also a huge animal lover (I used to want to become a veterinarian at some point as a kid). Elephants especially hold a special place in my heart. Tattoos of little critters are gorgeous too though. I'm not scared of bugs at all, I'm fascinated by them. I would never hit a moth, a bee or any creature like that. They're so pretty and innocent if you just leave them be!
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Another tattoo subject I think is timeless are flowers. Especially a classic rose is gorgeous in my opinion. It's very feminine and look lovely with a pop of colour.
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These are some other random designs I love! I like nautical designs because I grew up on an island so I was surrounded by sea and beaches all the time. And how cute is that little golden snitch!? I also love those lantern designs for no other reason than that they're just really pretty.

There's so many more gorgeous tattoos out there.. it's hard not to get overwhelmed. But then again there's also a lot of terrible designs out there :P it's all about doing your research and not just going for the cheapest or closest artist. You get what you pay for!

Do you have tattoos or do you want to get them? What would you get done if you had to get tattoed?
I tried my best to give every image the proper source link, but if the link to your work is missing or you don't want your work posted on my blog please shoot me a message!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Krita | Digital Painting. Creative Freedom

I used to hate anything digital when it came to artsy stuff. When I started art school and teachers would tell me to start playing around with software, I'd tell them I didn't need it. But at some point when we had to start making big prints, animations and such I was forced to work with it.

I still hated it. Until I didn't. Especially Adobe Illustrator was something I started using on a regular basis, and these days I still do! But recently I got a little tired of the 'neatness' illustrator gives you. So I figured I had to start working on my digital painting skills. I had always put it off because I couldn't/didn't want to pay monthly for photoshop (whyyy adobe whyyy?). Then I found out about the free photoshop like program called Krita! Let me tell you, I'm in love.

My first little drawing in Krita :)

Like I said, Krita is a free program with pretty much the same digital painting options you have in Adobe Photoshop. What I also really like is that, like photoshop, you can download new brushes and the like online. I'm so happy that now I finally get to work digitally without the financial burden! So happy in fact, I actually wanted to give them some money for making my life a little easier (which I did right here at their donation page). Anyway, here are some things I've worked on so far:

This last one was so much fun to work on! I sketched the two hands seperately and then figured they went perfectly together. There are so many awesome brushes in Krita to easily create a pretty galaxy.

So if you're looking for a free alternative to photoshop, Krita is where it's at! Have you tried it before?

This post is nothing but my own, honest opinion and was not sponsored by Krita in any way. I'm just really excited about this program and wanted to share it with the rest of the world!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

APP: Alpha Bear

I don't usually blog about apps or anything like that, but this one is too good to keep from you guys! I'm a huge puzzle nerd. Especially word games, escape the room games or just anything that challenges my brain for a few minutes a day. And as you all know I'm also a big fan of anything cute. Alpa Bear brings two of my favourite things together: it's a cute bear puzzle game!

The boyfriend and I have been on a bit of a bear kick lately. Lately bears are always part of our daily conversations. Or I'll just send him random pictures of bears to express how I feel. And have you heard of the show We Bare Bears? Yeah I've been watching that as well.

In this word puzzle game you go through various stages with different themes and at each stage you have to try and collect are the different bears. There's common, rare and legendary bears. You'll stumble across everything from a regular panda bear, to a unicorn or coffee bear. When you start the level, you start out with three small bears of your choosing, and the more letters you clear, the more your bears grow! The bigger your bear, the more points you score! Eventually you have to beat the stage's boss to move on to the next stage with a new theme and new bears to collect.

The design of this game is what really drew me in. It's super cute without being the 'tacky' kind of cute which you often see in other games. Even the music and sound effects are really nice and add something to the app without being too distracting. For example there's no music playing when you're in a level, but every once in a while one of your bears will growl (in an adorable kind of way).

What also always makes me giggle is that when you finish a puzzle, the bear will say something with the words you created. They often make no sense at all!
People have even already been making merchandise for the game, and it's unBEARably cute!

The app is free, but you can make purchases in the game that'll enable you to play longer. I personally don't have the need to buy coins. You can watch short videos to get coins for free. The only downside to this is that sometimes the videos get stuck and you have to restart the game and usually don't get any coins when this happens. Fortunately this doesn't happen too often.

So if you're looking for your next word game addiction, this is it! Have you played Alpha Bear yet? What do you think of it?

I am not sponsored by Spryfox and this review is nothing but my own, honest opinion of the game.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Travel blog: Chicago!

As I announced in my last post: last weekend I went to Chicago! After that it was right back into the daily grind, plus I've been kind of obsessed with the art program Krita to practice my digital painting skills (I'll do a post on that later) so once again blogging has been on the backburner. But now I'm back to tell you about my adventures!

Our plan was to leave early and get there early, but that didn't exactly work out! Not everything went as smoothly so we left late, drove for 9+ hours and arrived in Chicago around 1 am. Luckily we gained an hour from the time difference!
Friday we went to Riot Fest. After waiting in some heavy rainfall which soaked my shoes right from the beginning (luckily I had a spare pair on me) we got on the festival terrain and the sky cleared up! We went straight to Mustard Plug who were a lot of fun. We walked around the grounds, checked out stands, met The Joker (and obviously had to take a picture with him) and picked up some free goodies.
After eating a pulled pork sandwich we headed to the stage No Doubt would be playing later. We were almost all the way at the front. BUT I didn't last there because Flogging Molly was playing there before them. I got squished until I couldn't breathe, muddy shoes got shoved in my face and my hair was getting pulled out. I've been to plenty of heavy concerts before and survived, but this was simply too much. So at some point I squished myself to the back (and I lost my shoes in the mud in the process..). It was kind of a bummer, but at the same time I was glad I could actually enjoy the rest of the show from a distance without worrying about getting kicked in the face.

Gwen looked amazing. She kissed a guy who had a tattoo of her, got a girl who was dressed up as her in the 'Simple Kind of Life' video up on stage and she climbed all the way up during 'I'm just a Girl'. I also loved the videos in the back and acoustic versions of songs.
The next day, while we were still tired and bruised, it was time to explore the city! Again it rained heavily for about an hour, but after that everything cleared up again. First we went to see the famous 'Bean' in Millennium Park and some other sculptures. We visited a comic book store and marveled (no pun intended :P) over the expensive rare comic books.

We also did a little bit of shopping and I got a super cute Betsy Johnson make up pouch for cheap!

Then we hopped in the car again and drove down to Reckless Records, which is really close to where the location of the record store in High Fidelity is! Unfortunately there wasn't much to see there anymore, but I shot a picture anyway :) still had a bit of a fangirl moment!

At the end of this day we were all spent, so we headed back to the hotel and jumped right in the pool and hot tub! Then topped it all off with a delicious pizza and lots of zzZZzzz. Our plans of going out at night completely fell through but it was all good! Before we knew it, it was time to head back home again. We stopped at an outdoor mall for some last minute shopping (got some cute panda and flower earrings!), grabbed some food and then it was back in the car for a 9 hour drive back home.

I kind of wish we could've stayed longer and seen more of the city, but at the same time it felt good to be home. Thank you Chicago! You've been good to us. Maybe 'til next year!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Update: Chicago bound!

Hi everyone! Sorry about my sudden absence. The past few weeks I've been busy packing and moving house so there was pretty much no time for me to sit down and come up with blogposts. Right now we're settled in our temporary place though! But I still won't be posting because we're going to... CHICAGO! I'm superduper excited about this. Not only because I've simply always wanted to go there, but also because I'm getting to see No Doubt live :D Is this real life right now?? Gwen has been an inspiration for me for many many years and actually getting to see her in real life is going to be so unreal..

We're going to be roadtripping it there on Thursday (approx. an 8 hour drive) stay there for the weekend and then head back home. I'm planning on taking LOTS of pictures, eat lots of Chicago's pizza and pretty much be the ultimate tourist there. We've been having to pass up on a lot of things to do this, so I definitely want to get everything out of it!

Sooo... I should be back on track by next week with posts about my trip and other fun things I have lined up. I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Can you believe it's pretty much over already? It's still super hot here in Toronto, and apparently fall and winter is are going to be warmer than usual this year. Fingers crossed! Winters can be bitter cold and long here...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Little Things: Fancy Pyjamas & Silly Pandas

The past few days have been quite stressful. I feel like everyone around me is either stressed, going through some kind of depression or has relationship problems. Maybe it's because it's pretty much the end of summer? I have no idea. All I know is that my journal was constantly getting filled with worries and stress that even just picking it up made me anxious. I honestly feel like burning it, but I don't really have a suitable place to do so. ANYWAY, I've decided to snap out of this stressful mindset, buy myself a brand new journal (preferably the one mentioned underneath, but we'll see!) and get back in full swing with making gratitude lists, daily affirmations, working out, eating well, work on my art (draw, photograph etc.) and spin lots of records and have dance breaks all day. Here's a small gratitude list of the past few weeks!

Buying my very first maxi dress (honestly, it's like fancy pyjamas!)  hanging out on the lawns at a concert  finding strange caterpillars in the garden - the cutest Kate Spade journal  winning a $50 HMV giftcard  making silly panda videos for my boyfriend  seeing the (bright pink!) packaging I designed being mass produced  spinning records of Elvis and Uke Hunt  going for long walks  setting alarms for daily affirmations on my phone  going through old pictures of teenage me (and wondering where the time has gone!?)  re-reading The Prisoner of Azkaban before bed  delicious nectarines  browsing through the new Ikea catalogue! (probably one of my favourite passtimes)  our cat hilariously sliding off of a pile of cardboard boxes  banana bread - banana everything  watching Dutch teen series on youtube when I'm homesick  My dad telling me he's sending me Stroopwafels!

I also recently made a new illustration I'm pretty excited about :) Halloween + food is probably one of my all time favourite combinations when it comes to making illustrations! As usual, prints & lots more of this are available over at my Redbubble shop.

I've been keeping journals my whole life. My past two have both been gifts, but for some reason I can never fill up a gifted journal. It's weird. I have to actually go to a store and find the one. Once I do, my entries are usually a lot more positive, I write more often and always fill them all the way. Sorry about this boring journal talk.. It's just something I'm very passionate about! 

Do you keep a journal? What kind of journal do you use to write in?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Art I heART: part 1.

I feel like I've been out of the loop when it comes to (re)-discovering artists. While in school we often had to research new artists, but ever since I'm not in school anymore I got a little lazy! It's a good way to stay inspired and driven though, so I decided to start this little blog series where I share some of my current favourite artworks/artists! Some I'll have more to say about than others, but hey let's get started.

Neryl Walker
Neryl Walker is definitely one of my favourite recent discoveries! I adore her colourful and retro work. Hopefully one day one of her prints will be hanging in my home.

Soey Milk
I've always adored Soey Milk's dark and romantic paintings. I love how smooth and realistic her subjects are which she often surrounds with expressive brush strokes and an almost collage style technique.

I'm a sucker for anything pop culture and kawaii. I love the pin upy vibe of this piece AND of course the fact that there's donuts and purple hearts in it. What's not to love?

Little Demons of Inspiration by Simona Candini
I actually just discovered this artist yesterday! She has really cute doll like characters with lots of pop culture influence. Obviously the first thing I fell for was the blue/purple hair!

And again, the hair is what did it for me. This girl always makes the prettiest illustrations of alternative girls with rainbow hair.

This illustration just made me smile :) look at that tiny hat!

This girl kept popping up everywhere I went, so I had to check her out! I love how she created a whole new world of her own with whimsical characters.

Nenufar Girl by Ariana Perez
The bright pops of colour and obvious Japanese influences is what got me with this piece!

And last but not least, this adorable vintage looking pop artsy illustration of Minnie with a record player. I'm in love.. This guy has some really cool tattoo inspired work!

Hope this provided you with a new, fresh dose of inspiration!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Art Process: Fat Unicorn

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while. I was just feeling really uninspired lately and didn't want to force myself into writing a post that then wasn't going to be interesting to read anyway. But today, the inspiration came back! I've been working on some designs and thought it might be fun to give you a look at my usual process. I personally always love to see how other artists work :) 

My ideas usually just come to me randomly. Usually when I'm showering, working out or lying in bed! This idea came to me after lunch, when I for some reason felt like drawing a fat unicorn. Preferably eating a rainbow. Because, WHY NOT!?

Even though I enjoy working digitally lately, I ALWAYS sketch with pencil on paper first. Nothing beats paper and pencil. It allows you to create organic lines and to just be rough and messy until you get the composition right. This sketch actually went quite smoothly and I sketched it all out in about 10 minutes with the help of some pictures of horses lying down.
I'm usually too lazy to hook up my laptop to the scanner, so I take a picture of it with my phone and send it to my computer and import it into illustrator! Then it's just a matter of tracing with the pen tool. First time I did this, about 3 years ago, I was terrible and hated using it. Now it's second nature. Practise makes (almost) perfect!
So this is what it looks like then. A line drawing with a bunch of lines that seem to be out of place. But no worries! This will all be solved when the colouring begins.
For colouring I usually pick a few basic colours that go well together and go from there with different shades etc. These are the colours I picked for this drawing.
Colouring is the most fun to me! It's when it really all starts coming together. I usually leave the background either a light yellow or grey colour and then see what looks best in the end..

The final touches are making the lines a little more fancy, adding detail likes lines in the tail and mane and then picking a background colour + lining it up so it's nice and centered.

And that's pretty much it! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out :) You can find this piece now in my Redbubble store! Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak into my process!