Imaginary Karin - Personal blog, art, and pixel art by Karin Persson

Blue hair highlights

Imaginary Karin - blue hair

Imaginary Karin - blue hair

blue hair 3

Looks like a Smurf threw up on me…

I’ve been dying my hair red for almost 2 years now, and I finally got tired of it. It’s a nice colour, and I think it suits me, but I wanted something new. My hairdresser suggested blue (she’s cool like that) and I was like YES PLEASE!

She couldn’t get all the red off in one sitting, so only the tips are blue for now, with some purple over the “reddest” parts. But it’s a beginning. In another couple of weeks I’ll go back and we’ll see how much more blue we can squeeze in.

How about you guys? Have you tried any unusual hair colours, or do you prefer a more natural look?

Double drawing – digital and traditional

This past Christmas Markus gifted me with a brand new Wacom tablet. I haven’t had one for years and now I’m trying to re-learn how to do digital drawings.
It’s fun, and a bit tricky. My hand knows what to do, as does my eyes, but looking up at the screen instead of down on a piece of paper somehow makes it weird. Like the eye-hand coordination gets muddled up.

Anyway, recently I made something decent enough to show people:

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf digital drawing

Hey, look! A green-eyed monster!

Used mostly watercolour brushes since I like the textured look. Don’t ask me what happened with the background, I just splashed some colours around and hoped for the best.

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf sketch

I started out with a regular pencil sketch on regular paper since I’m not confident enough to make lineart directly on the computer.

What’s funny is how I always start out with a regular human being, get super bored half-way through, and then end up adding pointy ears just so I can muster enough interest to be able to finish. Humans are boring, elves rock. Deal with it.

Since I already had the sketch done I, of course, had to bring out the coloured pencils and do a traditional version of her too:

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf traditional drawing

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf drawing

I think we can all agree which medium I’m more comfortable with. Couldn’t be arsed to do a background though…

Drawing on the computer is a lot of fun so I’ll continue to practice with it, and the tablet is working perfectly. A lot of the time I’m using it instead of the mouse, it’s quite comfortable to hold a pen instead of a mouse. It was a very good gift.

My Favourite Things: April 2015

my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!
Below are some of my favourite things right now:

Music: The Distillers

An old punk rock band that isn’t even making music any more, but still my current obsession. Their music is really great and I have developed a bit of a crush on singer Brody Dalle!

If there is one thing that ALWAYS works for me music-wise is dark, deep, gritty voices – especially female ones. I can’t resist the sound. I even listen to Cher sometimes just because of her voice. And now The Distillers have been added to my list of bands with interesting vocals.

Design: Dust Furniture

Imagine if Dr. Seuss decided to make furniture? It would probably look something like this. I don’t normally care that much about interior design, but these are the weirdest book cases and cabinets I’ve ever seen and I love every single one of them! The designs are wonderfully whimsy and truly unique.

If they were available in Europe I’d buy this piece in a heartbeat, but sadly it’s a North American company and I don’t even want to know how much shipping and customs would be for me.

Geekyness: Bilbo’s Contract

Imaginary Karin - Bilbo's contract

Imaginary Karin - Bilbo's contract unfolded

Imaginary Karin - bilbo's contract detail

It wasn’t just Zappo’s birthday last month, I had mine at the end of March too and my boyfriend presented me with this wonderfully nerdy gift: Bilbo’s Contract. It is exactly that: a copy of the contract he had to sign before joining the company of dwarves set out to reclaim The Lonely Mountain.

It’s really long and detailed, I haven’t even read the whole thing yet because it’s just so much text. It’s kinda hard to tell what it says in some parts too since it’s “hand-written” and the paper is “damaged” in some places. I’m going to try my best to decipher all of it though.

My dog is 10 years old

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

Mother Bertha and siblings. Zaphod is the pup to the far right.

On March 22, in the year 2005, a litter of puppies were born in a small town in north Sweden. They were all tiger-striped in brown and black, with white markings. One of them, the male with the white dot on the back of his neck, was destined to be mine.

I visited the breeder and saw the puppies for the first time when they were 5 weeks old, and made up my mind shortly after. They were a lovely couple (the humans I mean) and their dogs were healthy and happy. My puppy came home with me at the end of May 2005, when he was 8 weeks old.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

8 weeks old and just moved in with me.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

4 months old

Most puppies are round and fluffy, but not this one. Even that young whippets are tall and thin and bony. Zappo was all elbows and knees, and a head balancing on a lanky neck that seemed far too long for his body. It was the most beautiful little creature I had ever seen.

He was a nice puppy too, calm and gentle, and didn’t chew on anything other than his toys.
In hindsight, I got off very easy. The breeder warned me that whippet puppies can be really destructive, and that the “sight hound dignity” adult whippets possess usually doesn’t develop until they’re a few years old. Zappo was dignified from day one, I often joke that he was born an old man.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet

Almost 10 years old (taken in January 2015)

And now it’s been 10 years…
10 years of walking through the forest, climbing mountains, running across open fields… and slacking on the couch eating crisps.

He is the longest relationship I’ve ever had.
When I first met him I was 22, now I’m 32. I’ve moved towns, moved apartments, changed jobs and boyfriends, studied and graduated, and always he’s been with me. No matter what has happened in all other aspects of life, I’ve always had my dog.

It’s funny to think about.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo 10th birthday cake

We celebrated last Sunday with a “cake” made from his favourite treat: cat food. Wet and dry.
Thankfully he didn’t want to share it with me, haha!

Happy birthday, you scrawny old mutt! You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.

New tattoo! And it’s a big one.

As some of you might remember I got a tiny Smaug tattooed on my right arm about 1½ years ago. I was then warned that tattoos can be addictive and it was likely I would want more. Well, I’ve always loved tattoos so that turned out to be very true in my case…

I have gotten more ink. Way more ink. In fact, I’ve gotten a whole damn sleeve.

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Yes, as of Tuesday (i.e. two days ago) that is my arm. Of course it’s a witch.

I've always had a passion for fantasy, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales - and in my opinion there is no better representation for ALL those areas than the witch. I also happen to be madly in love with everything Halloween.

To me, the witch is a happy symbol, and Halloween is a happy holiday. They both represent something I love, and I wanted my tattoo to show that. It shouldn't be all dark and gloomy - I wanted it to be fun and colourful!

The actual inking was done by the talented Ed Perdomo, who specializes in cartoony colour tattoos. I saw his work on Instagram and immediately decided that he should be the one to do my witch.

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Ed has his own unique style and always design his tattoos from scratch. After giving his a rough idea what I wanted he presented me with this sketch. I didn’t hesitate for a second, she was just perfect! So very “me”!

Below are the first session (November 2014) when we only did the outlines, and the second (December 2014) when we did about half of the colouring. Two days ago was the third and final session.

It was painful, and right now my arm is all swollen and sore, but it was so worth it! I couldn’t be happier! I’ll probably post some more images once it’s healed.

Now I just have to figure out what to fill my right arm with…

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo
Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

All photos taken by Ed Perdomo.

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