I did some illustrations to this short film about Alfred Nobel’s life. The editor made some cool animations with them. I drew the pictures in layers so that they could do the parallax-effect on them. Turned out pretty sweet!
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I was a guest teacher at the Comic Arts School in Malmö a few weeks ago. I’ve made quite a reputation of being a strict teacher, giving out lots of homework every day. I don’t mind that, I only have a week to teach them so much so I have to keep a fast pace.
On friday they gave me this though, everyone in the class did a self portrait for me. It says “Thanks like hell!” (roughly translated) and “We love you!”, you better believe my eyes teared up!
Thank you guys! You’re all super talented and you’ll make awesome comic book artists!
Me and brilliant artist Sofia Falkenhem at Rabéns autumn party!
Yo! I’m guest teacher at Comic Arts School in Malmö this week. Doing a workshop on inking. Super fun and super exciting! (Edit: I was gonna write exhausting)
Nathan Fox, brilliant comic creator, was visiting today and we went out for a drink afterwards. He’s very talented and very nice. We had a great time talking about comics and the hardships of creating them. Thanks for all the great advice, Nathan!
He touring Europe visiting schools to make international connections to The MFA Visual Narrative Program at School of Visual Arts in NYC, www.sva.edu
Check his shit out at www.foxnathan.com
Okay, it’s out and things will never be the same again! Not in Engelsfors or in this world. If you live in Sweden you’ll see this cover everywhere you look the following months. Remember that I drew the cover illustration! Yay!
I’ve been along for the ride with this trilogy since before the first book came out. It’s been awesome! First I did the illustrations and last year we did a comic book collecting a bunch of short stories taking place in the world of Engelsfors, “Berättelser från Engelsfors”(Stories from Engelsfors).
I’m really happy that I’ve become so close friends with Sara and Mats, they are some of the loveliest and most talented people I know. Good luck in your future endeavors! I love you guys!
Lou Reed by Jamie Hewlett (from Some Kind of Nature - Gorillaz)
I have this on the inside of my front door, to remind me everyday leaving the flat that what I do for a living is ridiculous. Or at least a privilege.
Lately I’ve actually started to draw in all these sketchbooks I’m carrying around! Not just to look arty and brooding anymore.
Cutie good girl, chair of the student council… Don’t worry, she’ll be a ruling princess of a alien race on weird desert planet and everything cute about her will be turned into ruthlessness and exploiting of her position. Like taking all the hottest servants to bed! I like making comics.
I’m having a hard time getting out of bed today! Fortunately I can surf around tumblr for inspiration and reference for my comics and pretty much call it work.
This pic is for the alien desert tribe in the new sci if graphic novel I’m writing. It’s from a really good tumblr, check out the Indian fashion on it. Really cool.
I did the cover for the latest issue of Swedish comic magazine UTOPI. Love Hurts 31 is in it, if you haven’t read it you might have seen pics from it here on my blog. It takes place in space and features a Space Mermaid, the true recipe for an epic adventure! So I wanted to show some of that on the cover. I also wanted to have a big face on it and not spoil to much of the Space Mermaid-idea. So this is what I came up with…
I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do so I almost skipped the thumbnail part of the process and started drawing a once. One should never do this, thumbnailing is the best! But you live and you learn, and it worked out this time anyways. I sketch it in different colors and layers. Starting really rough and going more and more into detail.
Sketched and inked in Manga Studio. I’ve switched to Manga Studio 5 now. I can’t really say if it’s better, I just wanna have the latest stuff! I do my inks in different layers and colors to separate them from the start. I bought Frendens brush-set and used the brush called “Lando Calbrusshian”, it’s really nice and has an awesome name.
I put a yellowish “paper” so that I can do white ink to, the highlights. I like how I did stars in her eyes in the highlights. The background is very inspired by Kirby of course. No one makes a more exciting space than he did. I want to take it to the next level though, not just copy his. We’ll see what I’ll do in the coloring with it.
The idea of the pic is a bit complicated with the Space Mermaid being reflected in our heroines glass bowl helmet. I knew this was a challenge so I tried to keep it as simple as possible. Again I use a different color with this ink to separate it. I cheated a bit here and used a picture of the Mermaid from the comic and warped it a bit in photoshop to make it wrap around the spherical helmet, before I traced it.
Now I’ve brought the whole thing over to Photoshop. The new Manga Studio is supposed to have a really good coloring part, but I’m still so much more at home coloring in Photoshop. I chose very clear colors because I knew I was going to have a lot of gradients and stuff on it later. So blue background and red foreground, with yellow hair and blue eyes to stand out.
As you can see all the gradients and light effects really makes the picture less clear. I want the feeling of her being in space and surrounded by it, but it’s also important to let the eyes and her hand be clear so we can see what she’s doing.
I actually did these two steps at the same time, switching on and of the Space Mermaid-reflection, to make sure they didn’t blend into each other. I wanted to make a distance between her face and the reflection in the helmet. The first thing we see is her eyes, so they have to be super clear. Then we follow her gaze and find the Space Mermaid.
Here I’ve also made the background a bit more organic with some smudges. Trying to take the Kirby-space to the next level.
I was actually supposed to be done now. It looks nice and I was happy with it. I made the deadline! But then the publisher said the printing had been postponed and I suddenly had one more week. So I let it rest a couple of days before I looked at it again.
What I wanted to try when I came back to it was making another level of depth inside the helmet. I had just watched the new Neon Genesis Evangelion and seen this cool thing where they project graphics on the inside of the glass helmet. So drew some random sci fi-graphics in Illustrator…
… and exported it to photoshop. Warped it to the shape of the round gold fish bowl she has on her head. I’m super happy how it turned out! I was a good idea with some straight graphics in this picture that is very organic and flowing. I gave it a feeling the future and sci fi.
Here you can read the whole comic (in swedish) as a teaser for the magazine and get a subscription!
Originally made as a pinup for http://kimwandersson.com/ - recycling is good, yes?
A couple of years ago when I got my first book published, Love Hurts (Kartago 2009), I asked a bunch of comic book artist to draw something on the theme of romantic horror. I got loads of wonderful pictures and I posted them on my blog as a countdown for the book coming out. I’ll see if I can find them and blog them again.
This pic is from my genius mentor Peter Snejbjerg! It might be the one I’m most happy about. It just blows my mind every time I see it. It tells such a weird story and it’s obviously super romantic in that way I love, the unconventional way. The way that it has to be tragic to be true romance.