Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year starts on February 12th this year, and we are celebrating the year of the ox! Whether you are a believer of zodiac signs and all the associated traits and symbolism, or not, we can all appreciate the legacy of this Chinese tradition. (Read more about it here: LINK). To get myself prepared for the holiday spirit (in the safety of my home), I made a quick doodle using Procreate and turned it into a wallpaper for my phone.

This year I also decided to (be basic and) make a vision board. Noted – the term “vision board” is loosely applied given the COVID-19 pandemic in its current rampage. Some of my hopes of 2021 include travelling to Japan, road trips, and simply having the luxury of reading in a cafe. Albeit, I will accept if none of these things manifest if it means maintaining the health and safety of our communities, country, and globe. In that case, I won’t mind changing the “2021” into “2022”!

My loosely envisioned “vision board” also features my ox!

I have more posts planned to come. In the meantime, how you are planning to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2021? ๐Ÿคฉ

I’m Board

Happy new year everyone! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰ What do you get during winter break in a house full of hungry and bored university students? Lots and lots of charcuterie & cheese boards. I made this graphic for a close friend of mine for their birthday to honour their unconditional love for charcuterie boards. I wanted to make a quick post to share this fun graphic I made!

The word “Charcuterie” stems from 15th century France (according to various blogs and Wikipedia) where a specific guild was responsible for the production of salted and dried meats – referred to as “charcuterie”. On the other hand, cheese boards are enjoyed by the French and British. The French often have a cheese board before dessert, while the British prefer cheese after dessert. It appears that charcuterie boards emerged between WWI and WWII as a dish enjoyed by the upper class (source). Nowadays, charcuterie cheese boards have been popularized and often include all kinds of ingredients, some perhaps unorthodox. I’ll bet the elite class enjoying charcuterie boards during the interwar periods won’t have predicted seeing vegan cheese and vegan meat on such a platter. The beauty of charcuterie boards is that you can make your own, tailored to your taste. Furthermore, the meticulous process of assembling your board is ultimately rewarding if you achieve an aesthetic product. Thus, if you are ever bored during the holidays, try making a charcuterie board!

‘Tis the season

Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! ‘Tis the season to light holiday candles, drink hot cocoa, and watch terrible Christmas movies on Netflix. 2020 has changed everyone’s life and what we determined to be “normal”. I wanted to document how we managed to regain some of this “normal” throughout this holiday season (while staying safe). I am so grateful for the wonderful people around me, who have inspired and motivated me to bring holiday cheer to others around me.

We sent out holiday postcards to community members! One of the clubs I am involved in volunteers and advocates for a local support group. In times of COVID, this support group has not been able to gather for the last year. I designed this postcard, which my club mailed out to all the members of this local group in hopes of bringing folks some holiday cheer! What makes this postcard extra sentimental is that it is a depiction of our local city hall (though not a super accurate one I’ll have to admit – I tried my best, haha!).

“A Jolly Time in Kingston”. Procreate. 2020.

Making holiday cards! During COVID, many of us have to rely on the post office to mail gifts to family and friends. Mailing out parcels can be extremely slow and costly. If you are on a budget but you still want to let your friends and family know that you are thinking of them this year, you can always mail them a handmade card! There is something so special about receiving a card that has been meticulously crafted and tailored just for that someone special ๐Ÿฅฐ

Cards I made for family and friends. (In hindsight, a collage is not the best presentation of these cards due to the clutter but you get the gist!)

Our core bubble made a holiday feast! As long as you uphold your local COVID precautions and rules, there’s nothing that holds you back from still enjoying all of the delicious foods associated with Christmas and the holiday season. My personal favourites have to be vegetarian stuffing and mashed potatoes ๐Ÿคค You can still feast, even if it’s just within your immediate household. If you wanted to share your feast with others outside of your core bubble, you can always coordinate with them to drop off/exchange dishes at a safe location and safe distance. Afterwards, you can enjoy the meal together over ZOOM, Facetime, or other modes of virtual communication.

Our holiday feastโค๏ธ (done within guidelines established by Ontario and Kingston). Peep the stuffing and mashed potatoes made by meee!

As an university student, I am ecstatic for this winter break. I can finally celebrate and rejoice in the wonderful things in life – big or small. For me, the small things include my morning coffees, painting my nails, and reading a good book before bed (I’m currently reading “When Breath Becomes Air”- very good so far!). The big things are finishing my second last semester of undergrad and applications to graduate schools! I am privileged to enjoy and experience all these things. And I have immense gratitude and appreciation for others in our community who make this holiday possible for the rest of us (e.g. store employees, frontline workers, etc.). I hope you can also rejoice and appreciate all the big and small things in life. ‘Tis the season to be grateful and to spread the jolly spirit! Happy holidays everyone ~ ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽโ˜•๏ธ

Giving Thanks

Give your thanks to the autumn season and all the thanksgiving dinners (in Canada). I made thanksgiving dinner not once, but TWICE! Perhaps I watched too much of The Chef Show on Netflix… But it was so great to reconnect with family and friends (while following COVID-19 precautions: limit your social bubble and keep indoor gatherings small) – and for this, I am extremely grateful.

Here are some of the recipes I “followed”. Peep the outcome in the photos above ๐Ÿ‘€

Stuffing: (10/10) I skipped the eggs but it still came out delicious!

Mashed potatoes: (8/10) I added parsley, dill, and parmesan for more flavour.

Zucchini, eggplant, tomato gratin: (9/10) I thought this dish would be quite bland – plain roasted vegetables – but it actually turned out great!

Italian roasted cauliflower: (11/10) Yummm…Don’t underestimate cauliflower ๐Ÿ‘…

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on most people’s mental health, mine included. If anything, thanksgiving has taught me the value of reconnecting with family and friends. If you are ever feeling down, reach out to a friend or family member, whether it is meeting them at a local park (safely) or scheduling a Facetime call. Give thanks to the people who mean the most to you, or make them a wholesome meal to express your gratitude. Just be sure to follow the COVID protocols specific to your location while doing so. Here are the BC guidelines for my BC peeps. Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! ๐Ÿฅณ

Sweet Tooth

Quarantine calls for extra time spent reminiscing. And specifically about childhood snacks. I have a raging sweet tooth, but I think this doodle will hold me over until I can get my hands on these goodies again ๐Ÿคฉ

(Procreate. 2020)

 

Happy Mother’s Day

I wouldn’t be who I am if it were not for my mom’s continuous support and love. Lots of loveย ๐Ÿ’• Don’t forget to send your mom a text, an email, a call, or a digital drawing (like me- feel free to use this!). Happy mother’s day!

Procreate. Digital drawing. 2020

what you love

This is something I whipped up for my mom’s birthday. Just a reminder to do what you love because she told me her new years wish is for me to be more happy. I thought I was already very happy ๐Ÿ˜‚ so maybe she meant for me to maintain this state of mind for 2020. And right back at her! She is always so selfless so I thought she needed a reminder to be mindful of her own happiness too. Love you Mom!

What’s your favourite edit? ๐Ÿค”

Procreate. iPad. Jan 2020.

Happy new years everyone. Enjoy your 2020 vision while it lasts ๐Ÿ˜Ž

There are no words…

I love drawing but I am NOT a doodler. With uni full-time, I find it more and more difficult to find the time to sit down and paint or sketch. Over the past few weeks, I found myself “doodling” words.

 

I have been using this as my Christmas card to family and friends! This is a great way to personalize your cards while keeping it simple. You just have to print one design and use it for multiple cards. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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I have been loving the Procreate app for drawing. The more you play with it, the more you realize that the $15 or so was worth every penny. If you are into digital art or graphic design, I highly recommend checking it out.

Cheers. Happy doodling. And happy holidays. ๐Ÿค 

Sunny Side Up

Yolky. SketchBook. 2019.

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I have drawn and painted my hands too many times to count. To make things more interesting, I decided to have my HowToBasic moment. My vision was a more detailed study of the reflective surfaces and layering of paints. The thin layer of yellow paint definitely helped to create the illusion of a broken egg yolk. I decided to leave the rest of the painting half-done. You can say I got lazy or alternatively that it helps to emphasize the intended subject, right? ๐Ÿ˜œ