As I am typing this post, a few maintenance workers are doing repair work in the house
I wonder what their first impression was of our living space.
From crime books I have learned that the police would consider a house without pictures or any other personal belongings as suspicious.
So, maybe I am psychopath after all 😉 *evil laughter*
I dislike “stuff” and love tidiness.
The rather large living room consists only of the bare minimum.
There is no separate cabinet where I line up my 150 books I have read in 2020 or a collection of souvenirs.
Christmas decoration, other than 3 nutcrackers who have been there since last summer, have not made it into the house.
But the workers might have wondered how the house is so tidy.
After all, there must be children with all these stuffed animals laying around and all these doodle drawings on the wall.
Nope! Just a couple in their 30’s 😉
When someone asks me what my inspiration is behind my doodles and my recently published Children’s book, the stuffed animals would be my first answer!
A few years ago we started visiting a lot of aquariums and zoos.
And you know what the most fun part is?
The giftshop of course!
By now we have collected about 20 of these stuffed creature and have given each of them a different character:
I like to use these characteristics and their standard phrases as inspiration for my Doodles.
My second inspiration would be the fish .
Why are people still sleeping fish as pets?!
They are beautiful, intelligent and have very interesting behaviors.
The first thing you notice are the colors.
I have never been good at color matching, but fish have really taught me which colors fit together.
Another inspirational feature are the face expression of fish.
Some have the most adorable little grumpy face and others look more shocked, curious or happy.
BUT the most amazing thing about fish are their behavior.
Some fish are active and territorial, others are peaceful or protective.
It is especially interesting to witness a symbiotic relationship between fish.
An example is the Watchman Goby (the yellow grumpy looking fish) and his shrimp buddy.
Since shrimp has very limited eyesight, Goby will protect him from predators.
In the meantime, shrimp will dig a cave for him and Goby.
This is the absolute most adorable thing you can witness!
And that’s it for my main inspiration.
What are some of your inspirations for blogging / drawing?