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.

Drawing every day in October

 headphones-boyBoy with headphones (Oct. 6th)

Well, almost. I heard about this Inktober thing (#inktober on Twitter and Instagram), and I figured that I would give it a go. I started on October 3rd, and have been making one inked drawing every day now for four days in a row. I also decided not to play catch up just to get drawings in for the 1st and 2nd of the month… but I hope to keep it up from here with one drawing per day for the rest of the month. The drawings go up on my Instagram-account, and I also share a link to the image of the day via Twitter.

PS: I’m skipping Top Three this week. Maybe I’ll bring it back next week…

 

Spotted at Raptus 2013

Raptus cosplay

I drew these guys inspired by the cosplayers I saw at the Raptus Comics Festival 2013. Take note that this isn’t an accurate depiction of the persons wearing costumes, but rather just some of the characters that you could run into at the festival. From left; Jack Frost, Deadpool and Hatsune Miku. The only real similarity is that the guy portraying Jack Frost was walking around barefoot. A sign of real dedication, as the floor was probably cold and wet from the rain. Also, Deadpool was in fact wearing sneakers (which is not true to character, according to my limited knowledge).

I intended to draw a larger group of oddly paired characters, but that didn’t happen. In hindsight, I should’ve made them as small scale sketches, instead of going large with an A3 sized paper (the original drawing is about 24×24 cm). I used thin Pigma Micron fineliners for inking and Promarkers for coloring.

Top Three – Week #39

With this ongoing series of “Top Three” blogposts, I want to share links to things on the internet that are either interesting, worth reading or just simply inspirational. This time, I’ve focused a lot on making-of stuff and process posts.

Happy Dog poster - illustration and design tutorial
As I might have mentioned, I work with graphic design as a part-time and freelance job. This nifty tutorial shows a very nice step-by-step progress of how to make a stylish poster. I got the link to this from the Adobe InDesign page on Facebook. By the way, the gomedia.com tutorial section is a handy tool to have if you work with design and illustration.

Simon & Marcy - making of a watercolor illustration/YouTube video
A very nice timelapsed video made by illustrator Jamie Kinosian. I found this through the interview with the artist herself, featured on the JetPens.com blog.

Ryan Andrews’s blog - just because of awesome
Yes, I’m a fan. I recently got ‘Nothing is forgotten’, the book he made through Kickstarter. I like Ryan Andrews’s expressive style, and his pixel art is pretty awesome. The gif animations, both pixel and “traditional”, are simple, yet beautiful. And I’m sure they took a long time to perfect. Sadly, there have been few updates lately. I’m hoping for a lot more cool stuff to come out soon… like this process post and this making-of post

Office characters

Three-characters

I pitched these little guys for a company that wanted me to create illustrations for them. This is three from a total of six characters that I drew for this project. In the end they wanted to go with something else, so I’m just going to post them here on my blog. They’re a nice addition to my growing portfolio. Which by the way, has got quite a few similar looking, big headed characters already.

Top Three – Week #38

With this ongoing series of “Top Three” blogposts, I want to share links to things on the internet that are either interesting, worth reading or just simply inspirational.

Kerby Rosanes’ Deviantart gallery - Deviantart artist
This Deviantart gallery belongs to Kerby Rosanes from the Philippines. His black and white pen drawings have a high level of detail, and obviously a lot of work behind them. What I think is very admirable and interesting is that he uses simple tools to make very impressive drawings and designs.

Heroes of Animation with Bing – Aardman - mini documentary
In this installment of the ‘Heroes of Animation’ series, YouTuber Christopher Bingham presents the Aardman Animations studio. Aardman Animations are the creators of many great stop motion films like the Wallace and Gromit movies, Chicken Run and Creature Comforts series. Through this documentary you’ll get an interesting glimpse behind the scenes at one of the world’s dearest animation studios.

Blogs by Raptus guests
As top thing number three, I’ll just leave a list of links to blogs written by some of the guests and commentators who visited the Raptus International Comics Festival last weekend. They’re all writing some pretty nice things about Bergen and the festival.

WOW. JUST WOW. - by writer Gail Simone
Raptus 2013 – by Nina Bunjevac
Bergen – by Lucie Lomová (in Czech)
Raptus and the growing comics scene in NorwayOutré Press