March 2016 Favorites

March 2016 Favorite Things | Katya Orlovie

Hello spring! It’s time for March favorites! Let’s talk about (a) Vikings and Viking attire. I was inspired by this master post by Claire Hummel to start researching costumes a little bit more and now I’m obsessed. I really want to draw some Viking gods soon but I feel like the old Norse gods were really “people’s gods” so what they would wear what the locals wore. Now I have a hundred Pinterest links open and so far down the rabbit hole. In other words, recommendations welcome!

A couple art favorites made their way into my kit – (b) pencil and (c) sharpener. Now the pencil is just a simple pencil but I swear it’s magic. I picked it up at Taliesin West‘s gift shop. I love getting pencils from museum gift shops or art shops because later on when I’m drawing with it, I can remember that visit and that energy. I should have really picked up two because it’s ending and that makes me sad. If you have a chance to visit Taliesin, do! It’s such a unique structure and the tours do a great job of talking about Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy, the significance of the space, and how it relates to the environment. Pretty hilarious to hear about how he made his students carry stones. If you visit, please send me some pencils from the gift shop! The second art favorite is an alien-looking oval Prismacolor pencil sharpener. This little thing is something I never knew I needed. Why? Because it’s not bulky but it collects the shavings coming off the pencil and doesn’t clog or break the pencil (always a problem with softer pencils). It’s especially great if you’re on the go, sketching outside or on the bus, whatever. In other words, brilliant. To test these guys out, I’ve been drawing a lot of (e) peonies. Sorry roses, I’m obsessed with peony petals

Oh! I found the Tony Moly lip balm at Urban Outfitter’s. Tony Moly is a beauty/cosmetics brand from South Korea, and I bought all sorts of creams and masks from them when I went to Seoul but now it’s everywhere in the US. Obviously sucked in by the adorable packaging (it’s so freaking cute!!!) but this balm smells so good. Plus it reminds me of traveling and visiting S.Korea so that’s an awesome bonus.

Until next time! Thanks for reading!

Viking Books

January 2016 Favorites: Out and About

January Favorites Doodle | Katya Orlovie

Wow, January seems like it passed by way too fast, no? It’s already February, and we’re just a few weeks from that ending too. Let’s talk about favorites then! Ok, January was full of awesome people, their birthdays, celebrations, and all things social. We had a blast going to this great bowling place for our friends’ birthdays (in fact, I forgot the name but if you google “awesome bowling place in venice beach” you’ll find it) called Bowlero. They have a bunch of different locations, we went to Mar Vista and it was glorious. First, the drinks were on point (get the Souther Charm!) and second, they were playing 3 4 movies (Back to the Future, Nacho Libre, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Napoleon Dynamite) on a row of TVs. My bowling skills got me to third place in our set, not too bad. I also got to see my baby cousin perform in a play (for the second time at his school) and it was too cute! I mean, singing is hard and singing in front of a whole room of parents and teachers took guts. Way to go Alec! We’re also waiting on our friends Darla and Mike’s wee baby Athena to arrive. She could be being born as I type this! Squee!

Ok, focus.

To film the Portland vlogs, I’ve been using the Canon EOS M and it’s quickly becoming my favorite camera. It’s not super ideal for vlogging because there’s no fold out screen but it’s so light and shoots excellent video. When the Red Wings (ahem, BEST TEAM EVER) came to town, I took it along and I can’t wait to show you that vlog – it did really well in low light too. Just in case you’re wondering – yes, the Wings did win that game.

I finally went to see The Martian and afterwards mentally kicked myself – why did I wait so long! The Martian is amazing! It has space, and DRAMA, and rockets, and more space! My favorite movie of the year. Oh! If you’re looking for a good (are there bad?) documentary to watch on Netflix, try Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery. I mean, the title kind of gives it away but the documentary is about the artist (and famous art forger) Wolfgang Beltracchi. It’s a fascinating look into his character, and the relationships in the art world that allowed him to flourish. Give it a watch, let me know what you think!

Whew! What a month. To get through the craziness, and embrace quiet moments with nothing but a good book by my side, I’ve been going to Augie’s Coffee in Riverside. I’m sure everyone has that space or place they love to go, to just hang out or get some work done, but I bet you a morning scone that it’s almost always a local coffee shop. Here’s to stealing time for more quiet moments next month!

Augie's Coffee in Riverside | Katya Orlovie

Thanks for reading!

December 2015 Favorites: Nerdy Bits

December Favorite Doodle | Katya Orlovie

Haha, it’s been a while since my last favorites post, no? Well, I’m still addicted to Hearthstone but I managed to add a few more nerdy bits to my favorites. But first, my favorite thing about December is that my sister got to visit from D.C.! She’s super smart, ya’ll so follow her on Twitter if you want to know anything about everything – even 18th century wigs! So we got to spend Christmas together, and hopefully we’ll go to visit her in D.C. soon.

Over the holidays, we watched Dinosaur 13, an excellent and bittersweet documentary about “Sue”, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton discovery.  We also got a bunch of coloring books and went to town! And by went to town, I mean drank peppermint tea and filled in the colors. Ok, I also may have gone on a Santa Pub Crawl.

Of course, I watched the new Star Wars movie. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I only drew a little BB-8 but I did like the movie.  Also, can I just say how much I really want my own BB-8 droid? So much! Over the past couple months, I’ve also been loving Critical Role. I like it so much, I even drew fan art! If you don’t know about Critical Role, educate yourself.  I’ll see you in few weeks hours 🙂 Basically, it’s a group of voice actors who play Dungeons and Dragons. I already watch Geek and Sundry’s Table Top (an awesome YT show about board games hosted by Wil Wheaton) but their Twitch programming is so good. We now try to catch it live every Thursday, and I want more people to watch it so we can geek out about it. If you end up watching it next Thursday, follow along with fellow Critters (fans of the show) and use  the hashtag #CriticalRole.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you’ve been loving too – I’m currently hunting for art podcasts!

Keyleth from Critical Role | Katya Orlovie