Neighbor and cats

Ok, so I have time for a small one.
I realized after last post that I definitely need more practice drawing people, and especially animals, from behind. So here’s a sketch I made on the bus. It’s inspired by my neighbor, always seen carrying something, and followed by a bunch of cats.
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Have a nice sunday!

More experiments

Hi again! I’ve been doing a lot of tryouts on my new papers, and I thought I should show you the ones that didn’t turn out too horrible.
This new paper does not handle the paint the same way my old papers did. It is actually a lot better in many ways, but it still means that I need to get used to it. So I cut out a few long pieces, and my challenge to myself was to make something completely different on each one. This is the result:

Long3.jpgThis was a lot of fun to make. Even though it’s a little creepy and depressing. I had to force myself to let go of that ink-pen and let it do whatever it wanted. I think it turned out pretty good. Especially with the color “flowering” like that, up in the right corner. My old paper couldn’t do that. Now I just have to learn how to control it.

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Here I wanted to see how the paper would handle my masking fluid(it’s like a floating rubber, which dries when painted on the paper, and then you can paint over it, peel it off and it leaves a blank space) Many papers can’t handle it, and the masking fluid just rips up the paper, but this one does a great job! In case you’re unsure, it’s the white in the water and the trees that were “masked”. Again, that flowering-thing the color does in the sky, I love it!

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And another creepy one. My first attempt ever to paint fog. It didn’t go just as great as I had hoped, but still better than I expected.

I hope you like them :)

Embla

Cold

Living in a camping wagon really isn’t so bad. You get used to it pretty quickly. The crowded space where only one person at a time can be up walking around, and climbing over each other to get into the sofa. The way of cooking a meal on a tiny space with only one hotplate and a tiny, tiny oven. The heavy chore of fetching water in a big can… Even emptying the toilet every third day doesn’t seem that gross after a while.
There’s just one thing that you don’t really get used to. The cold.
This is my second wagon. The first one I lived in was up in Sweden, where it’s a lot colder than it is here in Denmark. Up there I used to wake up to find my water frozen, so I couldn’t get my morning coffee. BUT, the one I lived in in Sweden was pretty ok when it came to insulation. If I heated it up, it stayed warm. This one, however, has wind running through every window, no matter how much tape we’ve tried fixing them with. This means that no matter how long the radiator is on, it never really gets warm, as the heat blows right out the windows.
So here I sit, struggling to paint because of cold fingers and big (obviously useless) mittens. Luckily I’ve got both a dog and a dude to keep me warm in the nights, so I think I’ll survive this winter too. Just a few more months to go!
Here’s my cold self portrait in ink and watercolor:cold.jpg

Have a great day!

Embla

Oh, and this is now submitted to the february #ccbchallenge
Join it and see what happens :D

My first website

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Hello! Welcome to my first website ever!
My name is Embla. I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator for a couple of years now, and this website is my first attempt of getting out of the freelance-pages ,which has had the power over my career so far, and finally become completely self-reliant as an artist.
It is a big and scary step to take, and so far I’m only halfway across the treshold. I still work mostly via fiverr.com. But the plan is to make this website my base, from where I will do commissioned work, but also display my own projects and artworks. Now, I’m really not a technical person. I don’t know anything about running a website, and I’m still a bit lost when it comes to the internet in general. Heck, I can’t even use a smartphone! But I’m excited to learn! While I’m a very old fashioned person, and have always been suspicious of this new world we live in, it seems like a necessity to get more involved in the big world of websites and social media to make it as an artist today, and it’s finally time for me to join the game.
I know the site looks just awful at the moment. There is no order, and nothing really makes sense. But hang around while I’m getting it all together, and pretty soon this place will be overfilled with art and updates about upcoming projects!
Meanwhile, you can check out my flickr-page to find out what kind of work it is I do.

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If you’re looking to have a custom illustration made, I work with those on fiverr :)
https://www.fiverr.com/emblaester
Have a great day!

Embla