I made the illustrated February in a new journal. Size wise it is a bit smaller than the previous one but taking into account I don’t have much time for drawing, this is not such a bad thing. The paper quality of this journal is also fine so, at least for the moment, I am quite happy with it.
The most important event of the month was probably the birthday of the little one (although I have to say she is not so little anymore). The birthday celebration is still a “work in progress” because we are celebrating it at different moments with different people.
Dick Bruna, the illustrator of Nijntje died at old age. You can see his famous little rabbit sticking out her head in my illustrated page for February.
In Valentijn’s day I received one of the nicest chocolate bars I ever tried (unless you are one of these people that don’t consider white chocolate, real chocolate). Whatever it is, I really recommend it to all of you: white chocolate raspberry with crackling sugar. To celebrate this day, I also did some “lettering” with the ipad. Below you can see the result:
We enjoyed a bit of snow this month. The ice that followed the snow was not so fun though…
I added a few more items to my “Blond Amsterdam” collection. These ones are from the collection the artists created for the Eftenling. I also bought some retro cups like the ones my grandmother used to have.
The bad news is that lately my asthma is getting a bit worse, the good news is that the last days of the month are holidays for me so I have been recovering and sleeping as much as I can. It is nice and relaxing to see the rain through the window when you can rest.
Partially based on an illustration by triz_ilustracion
The way back home, after the Christmas holidays, was a bit difficult. The extreme fog caused serious delays and we had to stay in the airport several hours waiting for the weather to improve. But from the flight company we got a nice lunch and people at the airport were kind and as helpful as they could.
The first working week of January I was with a few colleagues in a very intense seminar learning more about online data analysis and perhaps more important, on how to deal with bad/clumsy organizational issues and moments of frustration 😉
We had some cold days with snow and my asthma, that has been getting worse since November, is affecting me more now that it is cold.
January was also the beginning of the Chinese Year: the year of the rooster.
In general, January has been an extremely busy month at work as we had very tight deadlines to set up the new programme we are designing. The coordinators and programme managers have been working very hard but also very efficiently. I feel really proud of the results and of all we have learned in the process.
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!