My illustrated page for December is a bit empty but this is because I was busy at work and didn’t have the time or the inspiration to draw. The last days of work felt a bit heavy and during the Christmas break I just wanted to rest and chill-out.
We started December, celebrating Sinterklaas with family and had a great time interchanging gifts. Below you can see some of the traditional sweets we enjoyed .
We also went to watch the film “Fantastic beasts and where to find them”. Unfortunately, and against most people’s opinion, we didn’t like the film. Backgrounds were stunning but the plot and characters felt flat and simple. The only character I really liked was the little plant that accompanies Newt.
Christmas arrived and we ended up celebrating it alone. Most part of the family was sick with the flu so we couldn’t visit them. Nevertheless we had a delightful quiet Christmas eating simple hamburgers and watching “Home alone” in our pajamas. Under the three someone found a Gryffindor scarf and was really happy! 😉
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) died at the age of 60 😦
For New Year we traveled to Spain. As usual, we enjoyed the sun, the food and the quiet life style. New Year’s Eve was fun and ate soft candy instead of grapes to celebrate the beginning of a new year.
Finally, I have a small confession to make, my guilty pleasure during the holidays was to binge watch the Spanish series Velvet so this is another reason I didn’t draw much.
After a very busy week, a quiet weekend is always welcome. I finished decorating my Christmas tree by adding a few Disney Tsum Tsums, and bought a few kitchen related items.
And here’s my illustrated November:
The 1st of November is All Saints and, like every year, this day reminds me the family traditions and my loved ones; the ones that are not here any more and also the ones that are far from me.
It was also the first time I got the flu shot because since last year, I am considered part of the population sensitive to the flu. A simple prevention measure that hopefully will help me with the battle against asthma and to avoid attacks as strong as the ones I suffered past winter.
Autumn has been as beautiful as always in this country. Full of warm colors and millions of leaves to play with during our evening walks.
We went to Rotterdam and as usual, came back with lots of books bought in (to my knowledge) one of the biggest book shops in this country.
November has also been an active month politically speaking. At the beginning of the month, the US chose Trump as their new president and the month finished with Castro’s death at the age of 90. The political world is changing rapidly and I imagine we are all wondering what will come up out of all these changes.
This month the world could enjoy the views of a huge full moon. At least in places in this world in which is not continuously cloudy 😉
Slowly but surely, I am following online courses in Graphic Design. This month I invested some of my free time learning about InDesign. I loved it and now my head is full of projects. In my way to learn even more about Graphic Design, yeah!
My old tree is ready for Christmas!
A short entry to show the new cup I bought for the “office”. This week the main adventure I am having is correction work 😉
October is Inktober, a drawing challenge in which artists try to do an ink drawing every day during the month on October. For the moment, I just enjoy checking what artists manage to do during this month but one day, I will be ready to do it myself…
In my previous blog’s publication, I showed the drawings I did for the “Harry Potter” book we made for Karlijn’s wedding (see here). We of course, also dressed up nicely and went to the wedding. We even “almost” danced!
The last two months I have been teaching again the minor. I have to say this year the students were specially involved in the classes and I really enjoyed teaching them.
In the third week of the month we had the autumn break. We had some plans to travel here and there, but for one reason or another, we spent most of the week chilling out at home. Probably the “most adventurous” thing we did was a trip to IKEA 😉
Since I finally have access to Lynda.com courses, during the holidays I used my opportunity to start learning more about Graphic Design. It is a slow process but I am certainly learning a lot about design principles and tools.
I am very happy with the storage side table I bought in “flying tiger”. It is not only perfect for the remote controls but it is also very stylish and fits perfectly in the study room.
This month I also started doing yoga and although it is harder than I thought it would be, I am really enjoying the classes. I feel much more energetic and happy since I started them. Namaste!
In September, classes started again and slowly holidays were forgotten. The weather however didn’t seem to remember that in September the autumn starts and we had two weeks with very high temperatures. In other words, we had an “indian summer” or what in some parts of Spain it is called “el veranillo de los membrillos” (something like “the quinces’ summer”). The weather was a good excuse to share some drinks with colleagues after work 🙂
My birthday didn’t pass inadvertently and got a lot of kisses that were very welcome and made me very happy. I also got the best gift ever if only because my little girl bought it for me from her trip to Germany. It is a Snape Funko POP that I wanted to have since a long time ago. The fact that she remembered and brought it all the way from Germany made me feel really loved.
I of course received some more gifts including a pair of very cute new slippers with the shape of white foxes (I think). They are so cute that I had to buy another pair for my little one.
In September there’s also a book fair with very cheap books and stationary in my city. I go there almost religiously and tend to come back with a lot of new books and cheap craft stuff. This year however I almost came back empty handed because when I went to pay, I noticed I had lost my wallet. My husband had to come in my rescue and paid for me. And fortunately, I found my wallet the next day untouched. It seems I dropped it in the bus and someone gave it to the bus driver.
A good buy: the hand lettering book by Karin Luttenberg. It is full of inspiration and I tried to used some of it in my Illustrated September page. I hope you like it!
From the resourceful Wikipedia: Patatas bravas (Spanish: [paˈtataz ˈβɾaβas]), also called patatas a la brava or papas bravas, is a dish native to Spain, often served as a tapa in bars. It typically consists of white potatoes that have been cut into irregular shapes of about 2 centimeters, then fried in oil and served warm with a sauce such as a spicy tomato sauce or aioli.
During the first three weeks of August I was on holidays. This year, they were full of chances to take second breakfasts, ice cream with coffee and tapas with my sister in “el quinto pino”. I also made some crafts including dresses for the dolls with my friend M.A., binge watched the BBC series “Call the Midwife” and bought a beautiful skirt.