Postcrossing card: Plato & Sophia

plato and sophia postcrossing card

I made this digital painting for my good friend Elise, who likes Postcrossing. For her birthday, I gave her a set of postcards with a painting of her two cats, Plato and Sophia. I tried to mimic the Asian paintings I like so much.

(And ta-dah, here is another entry for the 26 animals project… C is for Cat!)

Sumi-e animals: bear and weasel

Today I was reading the wikipedia pages about Chinese painting and sumi-e, or ink wash painting. As you all know I’m a big fan of traditional Asian art, so when I got home I felt inspired to fiddle around for a bit with Indian ink and my much-neglected watercolour pad.
After trying out some doodles, I ended up with two sketches in pencil and I decided to paint them. This is the result. I started with a sketch of a weasel/stoat/ermine for a friend of mine. Later I came up with the bear. I’m thinking of making sketches of other animals as well. Now I need to find a decent scanner…

bear in sumi-e style

hermine in sumi-e style

Since I don’t have one of those funky Chinese signature stamps, I drew the signature by hand with one of my beloved Letraset Promarkers.

I guess these count as the B and W for the 26 Animals project, right? ;)

Project: 26 animals challenge

I’m spending most of my days working on abstract things like type theory and category theory for my master in computer science. Since I wanted to start drawing again, I was looking for a one-drawing-a-day-challenge that wouldn’t take too much time, but would provide a nice distraction from my obligatory daily dose of mathematics.

I used Jill Wignall‘s project as inspiration. I’ve always liked her today I saw project. She had postcards made with the text “Today I saw…”. Once a day, she would draw something nice and noteworthy on the card and then send the card to family, friends or readers of her blog. This way she combined her snail mail hobby with the wish to draw regularly. For more information, check out Jill’s blog.

Today I saw… card by Jill Wignall

My project will consist of 26 drawings: every drawing features an animal whose name starts with a letter of the alphabet (I get my inspiration for animal-names here).


  • Traditional media only.
    Digital tools are not allowed — I will probably stick to pen and paper, since I have that in my bag everywhere I go.
  • Drawing shouldn’t take more than, say, 30 minutes. I want to make it easy to draw regularly.

Wish me luck. :)