My Experimental Night

I just baked something very experimental - an overly healthy pear & oatmeal cake with no sugar, fat or gluten. I know... it sounds so strange and I take full credit for inventing it: lots of chopped pears, whole oatmeal, oat flour, ground almonds, skim milk, plain 2% yogurt, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, baking soda & baking powder.

My mom had the first slice and she approved (I passed the big test!). My boyfriend had the second slice and he approved also (but of course he has to! ;P ). I had the third slice and I am so proud of myself tonight.

One other thing I am proud of! Here is a small illustration for this week. As you might know, my primary and most favourite tool to draw with is a fine black pen. I am trying to expand my horizons and learn some new techniques, so I bought a really educational art book called "Creating Textures in Pen & Ink With Watercolor" by Claudia Nice.

I am far from mastering the textures yet, but here is a start. Sketched with a black pen, coloured with my beloved Corel Painter 11 and Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet.

I hope you tried doing something new lately too?




Inconsistent Blogger and a Mauve Dress

I am feeling very guilty right now for being a bum and putting Stylish Goose on hold for all those months. But after many nags from friends (especially Nelly and Anna), lots of inspiration from my new fashion magazines (which arrive at an unbelievable rate thanks to Erica and Monika) and reading all your kind comments and emails, this long hiatus came to an end.

I drew this mauve princess some time ago, and got to colour it just now while watching the Oscars (...Colin Firth is Wow!...). For a change, this illustration is a no-ones design - it is completely Stylish Goose original.

till next time,