Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gandi quote

Be the change you want to see in the world - my favorite Gandhi words....

This is one of the images I did as part of an assignment to design desktop backgrounds for computers and/or phones. I tried to think of something I would like to look at myself the whole day :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

PS/Watercolor collage

I have been playing around trying to learn Photoshop in order to be able to do something about the ugly photos/scans of my drawings and paintings - and I decided to also try to learn to do collages and other fun stuff. This is not the most beautiful work of mine, exactly, but a fun experiment. I have simply taken a little drawing my 5-year-old forced me to do ("draw a baby mermaid for me pleasepleaseplease"), cut it out in PS and placed it on top of a mix of two different watercolor backgrounds. Not so pretty, but a fun technique to learn, which hopefully could come in handy some day....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Second assignment

The second assignment in my course was to illustrate a text that described how the Swedish like to run away from the cold, darkness and depression in winter and how many people have settled down in Thailand, either for short periods or for good... This is my result, I had trouble with scanning, or rather taking a photo this time and trying to fix any mistakes in white balance, exposure etc in Camera Raw (a Photoshop program). This is my favorite method so far, but it is far from perfect... 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Illustration assignment

I am currently taking an online course in illustration, which is very exciting. It is based on assignments that are turned in first to the othter students for commenting and then to the teacher for comments and grades after changes have been made. The first assignment was to illustrate the month of April for a fictive calender printed by the city Malmö, Sweden. As I have been there only once, I had to rely on Google to provide me some inspiration. After trying some different subjects and styles I settled for the above watercolor/ink motive of the bridge between Sweden and Denmark along with some spring flowers and birds. In the background, hardly visible, is the wind farm Lillgrund. I wanted it to be a bigger part of the composition first, but I could not really fit it in. Below are some other ideas I was working on, in a very different style.
This is a famous building in Malmö (Turning Torso) along with some typical spring attributes. It was a quick sketch on paper, which I added some color to and then added the background in Photoshop. I don´t think it turned out so good though - I would have wanted to do something funny with the backhround working with textures, but I am still struggeling to learn the basics of PS. I realised it would have been easier to work with if I hadn´t added the color so I did an experiment....

...with the above linedrawing which I scanned and colored in Photoshop. I think one could do something more interesting to background and colors here as well with a bit more PS-skill... For comparison, below is the same drawing, but hand colored. It´s the same one in two versions, to demonstrate another problem that I constantly have: the first one is a photo, which makes it too grey and ugly. The second one is scanned, which makes all the light colors dissapear. Any tips as how to solve either of these problems would make me insanely happy....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


One of my favourite lunch places in Stockholm - Café Hängmatta! They have the greatest vegan sallads and soups. It takes forever to get the food, but on the other hand you have a lot of interesting non-matching furniture do draw while waiting...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chambres en Ville

Just a quick sketch from the room at the little gorgeous B&B I stayed at when I last visited Brussels for a meeting. I really don´t enjoy doing interious, but something about this view just caught my attention. I think it was the glimps of the old fashioned bath tub that was really inviting... I didn´t have any time to try it out though. Next time?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dr Sketchys Anti Art School

I have been to two life drawing sessions at Dr Sketchy´s Anti Art School at Tureteatern in Stockholm. This has really been a lot of fun, and very difficult too. There are different themes each time, the first I went to was "Manga and Anime" and the second one "History of Music". There are models dressing up as someone and posing in 5-6 minute poses. The poses are usually quite challenging (for the models at least!) with funny facial expressions (which I am never able to catch, unfortunately).  I have had real problems with my scanner lately and I have tried to scan and post but given up after half of the colors disappeared in the scanner - especially the light areas just go blank. Any ideas of what I am doing wrong? Maybe I should go back to just taking photos with my Iphone or I will never get anything out here.... Anyway, here are some of the sketches that ended up ok from the scanner.... I just dropped the rest for now!

 From "History of Music"

 From Manga and Anime