How to Say I Love You

Valentine’s is a tricky road of cliches and panic.  And love.  Yes, there’s some of that too.

If you’re looking for a slightly more creative way of showing some adoration, here’s a tip that I like to work with:

Do you have a favourite hobby/food/place/activity?  It’s a little unconventional for sure, but telling someone that you love/like/fancy them more than a particularly prized object or activity gives a tangible comparison.

For example, I LOVE granola.  So much so that I took to eating it for breakfast every morning.  Then I started lovingly baking my own.  Sometimes I’ll even eat it for not-breakfast.  Now and then, for a treat I’ll keep a shot glass of granola to hand so I can nibble on it whilst I’m working…

Anyway, if I’m to tell my partner that I love him more than I love granola, then BOOM: that’s a mighty comparison right there.

I also like this technique from other perspectives too.  This was the line of thought behind these pictures:

If I Was…

Something I like about the words ‘I love you’, is that they are so universal in concept that there are lots of ways of expressing them.  My personal iterations tend to be quite off-beat, which helps me come up with some incredibly quirky ways of saying ‘I love you’.  I like to think that I’m not the only person in this world that has a quirky interpretation of love, and that my professions of affection are romantic and not… Just plain ol’ weird.  I’ll let you decide for yourself…pen and watercolour painting of people running from a dinosaur

pen sketch illustration of a Tuojiangosaurus

Tuojiangosaurus Gets Some Publicity

So why is it that the T-rex gets all the popular media coverage?  I think we should be talking about Tuojiangosaurus more, if only because it’s pronounced ‘Two-wang-oh-sore-us’.  I love the way it rolls off the tongue.

pen sketch of the dinosaur skeleton of Tuojiangosaurus

 

This sketch was drawn at the Natural History Museum in London.

Greetings Card Confession

It’s been about 8 months since that whole ‘redundancy’ incident at the greetings card studio.  It felt a little ouch at the time but now I have a new job of awesomeness (working at a dance school) and running away to eastern Europe helped.  I also feel that enough time has elapsed for me to finally confess something…

Shh…

I doctored the greetings cards I was designing.

Of course, I didn’t ever send them to print, it’s not like I wanted to lose my job! (cue wry grin of irony).  Besides, the amendments weren’t exactly subtle but it helped get it out of my system.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the work I did, but those of you that know me should appreciate it was neccessary – that there are only so many uber cute bears and woodland creatures a girl like me can take.  Not to mention the dry traditional scenes of tractors, sleepy villages and flowers.

So, for the first time, I’m going to share these with you, the people that weren’t my colleagues.

(Click on an image to see it larger)

dinosaur in sleepy village

bears at a romantic night at the cinema about to be eaten by evil giant bear

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