About Den & Nadia

Hello and welcome to Dear Optimists, which is all about sharing smiles and optimism from the everyday life.

We are Den and Nadia. You always see Den wearing blue (but the real-life Den is making me say he usually wears plaid), whereas Nadia is always seen in orange (even though real-life Nadia doesn’t have anything orange in her closet). Sometimes they’re just in white. That only happens when Nadia is too lazy to colour.


Den has very black hair and a very black beard. That’s because he’s of Italian descent living in the US (but not to be confused with Jersey Shore).
Nadia only has three curls, but real-life Nadia has a lot more. She’s your typical Dane trying her best to sound British.


Actually, Den and Nadia don’t know each other in real life. But someday they will.

58 responses to “About Den & Nadia

  1. Oh how I wish you would tell me more about your delightfully illustrated selves… πŸ™‚

  2. I really loved your blog. I hope you’ll keep up posting. Mine is a disaster at this point. I need sth as you have, an eye to see things differently.

    • Thank you, Cihangir, we really appreciate it πŸ™‚ I see you’ve only just started, so don’t worry – you’ll get there! Just keep posting! Make a goal to post once a week, every other day, every day and stick to it πŸ™‚

  3. “Nadia. Photographer. Has a lot more hair than her illustrations” Now that is funny.

  4. Oh my hat! I really enjoy your blog – the whimsy, the illustrations, the optimism. It’s all good! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you very much, dear Lorna. Seems like our mission’s accomplished – sharing optimism!
      I’m gonna check out your illustrations tomorrow (since it’s late here in Denmark), I love your avatar!

  5. “Nadia. Photographer. Has a lot more hair than her illustrations” ~ I can’t stop laughing at that!!! Oh, that’s just hilarious!!

  6. I love your intro! It totally made me smile!

    Cheers,
    Louise

    P.S. I love the Italian comment too. My husband is Italian and not the Jersey Shore kind too.

    • Thank you!

      P.S. Honestly, I’m not completely sure whether Den has very greasy hair in real-life and if he fist pump every now and then. But I like for people not to think so πŸ™‚

  7. waw..the characters in that picture are so cutee πŸ™‚

  8. I’m suprised you don’t know each other in real life! Love the blog!

  9. I’m surprised you don’t know each other in real life! Love the blog!

  10. well thats v nice sharing daily’s optimistic things with others…….i think its a point of view that some1 looks happy all the time n able to find positivity n happiness in everything…..me too trying to live cool n regularly pushing myself away from getting into trauma coz there r too many unhuman things all around n i think i gets touched by them too quickly n too easily n sometimes i feel v lonely in a group of people………so i want to change the bad things around me without my trauma…m working on my way of thinking n my personality
    so “dear optimists” it was nice meeting u

    • Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

      Positivity and negativity goes hand in hand. We here on DO are not positive 24/7, nor do we walk around with a goofy smile across our faces all day long. When lying in bed at night thinking about how your day went, people tend to think about all the things that went wrong. But I bet that you can find at least one little thing that was positive and fun. Focus on that instead. That’s what we’re trying to do with this blog, focus on the good things in life. Even the small silly ones that don’t seem to matter – thing is, they do.

      (And remember, it’s okay to be sad sometimes. We’re only human)

      • no no i get u obviously u dont carry goofy smile on ur face all day i mean i knw that we should knw our limitations but focus only on strenghts, jus like know ur bad things or times or circumstances but focus on ur gud times n gud things only……i know i know bt the problems is how to change …..a change is v difficult
        m working on it n i’ll change my attitude no matter what the conditions m living in
        thanx v much πŸ™‚

        see, i m smiling

  11. You guys can make anybody’s day! Keep up the fantastic work!

  12. I want to award you, Dear Optimists, with a Liebster. Please read this fantastic blog I just found today for details. Have a great weekend!

    http://rosiesays.com/2011/08/16/liebster/

  13. hey!! i don’t know how i reached ur blog but i’m really happy that i found it! reading ur blog is so refreshing! i love it! and its really interesting to know that u don’t know each other in real life! peace.

  14. What? Den doesn’t know Nadia ….

    How did you coem up with this idea…

    Love this blog

  15. Collaboration at its best ! Kudos πŸ™‚

  16. I love your blog!! It’s a really great read =)

  17. Thanks for the daily smile πŸ™‚

  18. Just came across your blog and absolutely loving it! It brings such a smile to my face. It’s nice to come across illustrations that are simple, but clearly shows everything at its best.

    Looking forward to seeing loads more of your optimistic illustrations ^_^

  19. Hi Den and Nadia,
    I didn’t see a contact email, so I am sending a message this way, though I don’t expect you to approve it for publishing….
    I came upon your blog today, and I the simplicity and dynamics of your characters. I just set up a blog yesterday to try to illustrate my novel. I would like to find illustrators who are willing to send in a drawing or two (preferably in black and white) for various paragraph long prompts that I post. In this way, I hope to create a community of drawings and a forum for illustrators to see each others’ work. There could be links to other blogs and some cross-fertilization of ideas. Please take a look at what I have got. (it is just a beginning… I set it up last night!) I hope you will be interested in sending something in, or at least having your blog listed in the blog roll.
    Thanks,
    Dominic Ambrose

    • Hello Dominic,
      Oh wow. Cheers for the positive feedback. I’m very interested! Please email me at nadialavard [at] gmail.com.
      Look forward to hear more from you!
      /Nadia.

  20. Den and Nadia, both of you are really cute! I love the characters!
    Start to enjoy your blog.

    Yulia
    http://www.mylifeismyrainbow.wordpress.com

  21. not your average blogger

    i love reading your blog!!! it always makes me smile. πŸ™‚
    you guys are awesome !! πŸ™‚

  22. Naww, I love your cartoons, so cute and cuddly!

    I’ve only just stumbled upon your blog, so I’m looking forward to looking through more of your posts. πŸ˜€

  23. hey guys! i love your blog! and the images! great stuff. nice to meet both of you nadia and den!

    • Hey Eva, thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you too! Feel free to share a fun and optimistic story with us, that would be absolutely fantastic πŸ™‚

  24. Scriptor Obscura

    I love your blog!

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  26. I love your blog and your drawings, so I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can see it here: http://cartoondramas.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/awards/
    Please continue being awesome! πŸ™‚
    ~ Elana.

  27. Just came across your blog!!
    It feels so bright, glowing and warming! It is wow! πŸ™‚

  28. just went through some of your posts..loved it.. πŸ™‚

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