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.

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.