Coloring collaboration

Sophiechan recently published a piece of lineart on her Facebook fan page, asking people to color it the way they liked. I decided to go for it, and tried to make a full out “anime illustration”. I made use of a few reference images that I like for style guidance, and the result can be seen below.

Sophiechan-coloring-competitionToday, Sophiechan uploaded a gallery containing 30 of the best pictures to her Facebook fan page, mentioning at the same time that she had recieved 200 entries. I was lucky enough to be among the 30! It’s interesting to see how different the various artists colored the same girl, so I recommend taking a look. I was also amazed to see such variety and skill among the entries.

Sophiechan is an up-and-coming manga artist. Her website can be found at www.myanimediary.com. She’s also got a YouTube channel and her Twitter handle is @Sophiechan90.

Prospective house buyers

Oh, hi there! About time I updated this blog… I’ve been working a lot lately, mostly with freelance graphic design and layout, but also with comics and illustration!

Prospective house buyers

I made a few caricatures for a real estate business-themed magazine (which, incidentally, I did the graphic design and layout work for as well). The one above was one of a few caricatures I was commissioned to do; a family of prospective house buyers looking through an apartment/house. I know the latter is very much implied because of the lack of background… so maybe next time I should try to show where the people or characters actually are, by drawing them in an actual environment. Yeah, that’d be a good idea!

Prospective house buyer

This character  is from the same set of caricatures. He’s the neighbor who just pops by an open house viewing while walking his dog. Notice the dirty paws leaving stains on the implied floor…

So yeah, that’s one thing that I’ve been up to. I’ve also worked on and finished a four page comic for a children’s magazine. I’m pretty happy with the result, and I’ll be showing some character designs and maybe a panel or two in the next update.

The main characters from “Ciphers”

I had the pleasure of being the first featured artist in a series called “The Uprising”. It includes an interview where I talk about my influences and my favorite artists. Please check it out if you’re interested!

I’ve been working on a few character designs based on “Ciphers”, which is a sci-fi novel by Mary, the author of the very same blog I mentioned. Now, I could say that Mary is an aspiring writer, but that would be wrong, as she’s clearly way beyond the “aspiring” stage. “Ciphers” is a novel aimed at an audience in the 18-30 age bracket (New Adult), and the story revolves around Brid and Siph, a tomboyish linguist and half-alien guy with a considerable temper, respectively.

Brid and Siph

Mary is not only a proficient writer, she’s also worked as an English teaching assistant in Naju, South Korea, and is currently working and living in Osaka, Japan. There are several honest and vivid anecdotes from her experiences as an American abroad on her blog. She also blogs about everyday life, writing and her passion for language.

Big dog

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I might have exaggerated the size of the dog a little bit. I drew it like this because the sheer size of the Malamute breed fascinates me. For the record, I’ve used reference from here to draw my “new” friend. This is purely fictional by the way… However it would be cool to meet a huge dog like this.

I used to be pretty reluctant when it comes to greeting dogs, especially the big ones, but lately I’ve become more fascinated by dogs in general.

A contemporary Ivar Aasen

Halfway through March this year, I did a front-page illustration that looked like this. The person in front is supposed to look like Ivar Aasen, the man who constructed Nynorsk, one of Norway’s two official languages. Before starting on the real cover, I drew a handful of preparatory sketches to study and simplify his facial features. The image below is based on the sketch that I liked the most. I used a Pentel brush pen for the lines, a pen that I haven’t really started to learn how to use yet, even though I’ve had it for weeks. The colors and the background are a bit haphazardly added in Photoshop, but I think the result looks OK. I found the watercolor texture for the background for free at lostandtaken.com.

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In short, this is my interpretation of Ivar Aasen as a hipster-type person whose hobby is yo-yoing. Which also, incidentally, is one of my many hobbies (albeit a ‘sleeping’ hobby, which means I don’t spend a lot of time on it anymore).

A bunch of caricatures

As promised, here are all of the caricatures/characters that I made last weekend. It’s the first time I’ve drawn this many different characters in one go, so I think it will be easy to spot where I’ve made mistakes and rushed the coloring process. Even so, I’m pretty happy with most of them, and I think they were mostly well recieved.

The caricatures were based on a short description of their personality. They’re basically vastly different Christian stereotypes, portrayed in a fun and humorous way. I’ve translated their descriptive names from Norwegian based on my subjective interpretation of them, so keep in mind that some people might want to interpret them differently (Norwegian names are included in the parenthesis).

As always, I’m open for comments and art related criticism. I’m constantly trying to improve my art skills, so feel free to leave your comment below.

RaddisWEB

The ex-political activist (Liksomraddisen)

ArtsyWEB

The cultured guy (Kulturisten)

OpenmindedWEB

The tolerant (Den tolerante kristne)

SpiritualWEB

The spiritually inclined (Den åndelig åpne kristne)

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The includer (Den inkluderende kristne)

HandymanWEB

The handyman (Praktikeren)

ChronicallyPessimisticWEB

The chronic pessimist (Kristen-pessimisten)

CulturallyAwareWEB

The modern missionary (Den kulturelt bevisste menighetsplanter)

TheOptimistWEB

The chronic optimist (Kristen-optimisten)

CloseButNotQuiteCatholicWEB

The close-but-not-quite Catholic (Halv-katolikken)

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The eager Israel-fan (Israel-fanatikeren)