Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mot Målet 3 2014, Student or Disciple

Here is the third issue of Mot Målet for this year, and the first issue that we made after the editor is back from her one year off. As you can see, I´m on the cover of the magazine, and on the inside too. The costume we borrowed from someone who works with film and musicals on biblical themes.

Go here if you want to get a free subscription to our magazine (all in Norwegain)

Bible to All

We are now halfway int he bible-distribution effort in the north of Norway. Here is a videoblog from last week. All in english:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Taking bibles to far off places

A very nostalgic picture of people handing out bibles from wooden crates.
The reality of the «Bible to All», is even better.

The bible to all

While I´ve been down in my office working on design-projects, others from YWAM Norway have been traveling around the northernmost part of the country to knock on every door and offer a free bible. Every door.It sounds a lot like what you would think evangelism and missions would be like. Going from door to door, giving people bibles. And it is.

The reports that I have heard fro my friends out there up there have been very positive. People like to have a bible of their own if the get one offered. Here is one of the report video-blog that has an english bit in the middle:

My invisible visible support role

For about six years ago I worked in a team that was travelling around the north of Norway. We visited churches and schools in the small villages, and did spots or crafts combined with a bible story or an presentation of the gospel. When our work with he mobile team ended, and I moved to the south, I had a sense that I would continue the same work, in an supportive role instead, not knowing then that that would be through graphic design.

So, even though I´m not tromping around the north with many of the other YWAMers these weeks. I am regularly helping out with graphics: brochures, web-banners and newspaper-ads. And we pray for all the teams of course, and for the people that will get bibles.You can follow our bible-touring activities at the Website or the Facebook-page, or follow the hashtag #Bibelentilalle.

Newspaper ads for the «Bible to All»-tour.

Loren Cunningham, the founder of our missions movement, is also coming to Norway to speak in a number of churches, and call the rest of the country to organise a similar effort for their part of the country.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

66 Reindeer: Bibles to all of Finnmark

66 Reindeer

Last week, YWAM Norway has started her bible-distribution in Finnmark, Norway´s northernmost county. Teams will travel to all the small places to go door to door and offer a beautiful new bible to every household that wants one (or more). This marathon is called «Bibelen til Alle».
So, therefore a big picture with 66 Reindeer. Up in Finnmark there are a lot of reindeer, and reindeer-herders. The goal with this campaign is to get everyone excited about the bible again. We hope that  people will read not just some, but all the 66 books of the bible.

The last time that a group of people went door to door in all Finnmark was 70 years ago. It was the Nazi´s who told people to evacuate to the south because they were going to set the county on fire in «operation Norderlicht».

It has been six years ago that I was in a small team that would travel around the area of Finnmark, organising events and meetings for the youth.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

66 Black Grouse

66 Black Grouse.
This is the bird of Hamar´s Coat of Arms.

Yeah, sorry for not posting last week. I was pretty busy with the magazine. I needed to sleep and hang out with my friends too.
But now that the magazine is done, I can be making pictures again. This time I have drawn 66 Black Grouse. The number 66 is for all the books of the bible, and the bird for Hamar, the city where I go to church.
You might remember that I have draw a big page with 66 elephants before. Full pages of animals are a lot of fun to make, and the process is quite relaxing. It also gives me a good opportunity to practice drawing these specific animals. I think I´m going to be doing some more of them in the coming months.

 The magazine turned out pretty good. And as I hinted last time, I did end up on the cover page, I´ll let it be a surprise, what I will look like exactly. I have been on the cover of our Norwegain YWAM magazine before, but you would really have to look really well to see me.

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fiery Lion

Fiery Lion: An illustration for an article about anger management.

For the last issue of Mot Målet, we were going to have an article about anger-management, and I had already made the above illustration for it. But than the article had to make place for something else.
These last weeks, we have been working on another issue of Mot Målet again, and since the article is not going to appear in this next issue either, I thought I could safely show the picture here on my blog.

I was first going to draw the Hulk for this article, but someone remind me the character is copyrighted. I don´t know how bad it is to publish you´r own pictures of superheroes and cartoon-characters. But for the article I could get the message across just as well with an lion.

The next issue of our magazine is going to be about «Discipleship and Training», and there´s a big chance that I´m going to on the cover-page. Photo-shoot on friday.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gramsbergen, the city that I´ve taken along

We all take a part of our village with us,
wherever we go in this world.
(The story of the monkeys is the oldest of our city)

From there …

Gramsbergen, my hometown, has their weeklong town-festival this week, and I´m not there. And it´s now I have not been at the festival for almost ten years that I see what I am missing out on.
The week is simply called «party week», or «city of lights». Every single street of the whole city is creatively decorated. Every street chooses their own theme, and sets puppets, flags, stalls, and whole installations in the their front-gardens. All the decorations are lighted at night, and there is a route through the whole city that people can follow by car or bike to see all the decorations. See the pictures here.

Besides decorating our streets and gardens, we dress up ourselves and make the whackyest parade-wagons. Sure, it´s an honour to win the prize for the nicest decorated street, but that honour is forgotten as soon as the week is over. The most important thing is that everyone participates and has a good time together. It´s a party, and we´re not trying to change the world.

… to here

You can imagine that my hometown is a very creative community, with all the streets getting together to work on their craziest ideas. When I was thinking about that this week, I starte dot wonder how much of Gramsbergen I have taken with me to our communities I am a part of in Norway; to the YWAM base; to the youth café; and to church.
I think that I´ve mostly done that what my hometown has taught me to do: show up, participate and have a good time.

I´ve been super proud to see my dad making radio again with the old crew from our city´s former radio-station. I have taken after my dad in the way that I am someone who is happy to just help out with the technical and creative skills God has given me.

Café UNO, our youth café.

And right here

Back in Hamar, we got some good news from the major. He let us know that the city counsel had decided that they were going to financially support our youth-café. We are super happy, and the extra money is going to come in pretty good for when we have to move out of this old place and start renting a new place in the city-centre.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interview: Discovering the world by drawing it, right where I am

Before the summer, I got interviewed by about my work as an illustrator, and how I got into that work. Maria, who did the interview as a part of her studies at Westerdals, said it was okay that I show it to you on my blog. Her whole assignment is a lot bigger, This is just her interview with me. The whole interview is in Norwegian, though.

For those of you that don´t read Norwegian, I´ve translated three of the paragraphs:

How did you learn to draw the way you draw now?

When I was small, my mother would send us to all kinds of creative classes. I enjoyed those! Me and my brother were A LOT at the library as kids, they often had to kick us out as we would often just keep hanging out until closing time. I read and reread all the comics they had. Besides all the creative classes I would just draw, draw, draw. Lots of copying, and a few books about how to draw different things.
I´m self-taught, and that´s a nice way of saying that I don´t want to have to listen what others want to teach me. So then I ended up doing a lot of the learning by myself.
As an teenager, I didn´t want to take a formal education in visual arts. Because drawing would then turn into work, and work is boring. I imagined that I would have to draw lots of things that I did not enjoy drawing, and I was afraid it would kill the joy of it. How much this teen-rethoric would have matched up with reality is another thing.

What is it that keeps you going on?

I really enjoy making things myself. I really like it that I can write my own stories. I have not made my best drawing yet. There are a lot of nice things in the world that I would like to draw, especially people. I have very little need to travel to other countries. I know it´s not the same, but I discover the world by drawing it, where I am.

How do you keep yourself creative?

One thing is that I trey not to get over-saturated with visual impressions. I almost never watch movies, no gaming and very little TV. It stifles my own creativity. I can´t come up with my own ideas if I´m mostly looking other other´s. By limiting the visual impressions, I hope that I am more open to see the world that is around me.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketches: Out in the rain

Dancing in the rain

Running in the rain

Some sketches for the title of the TV-program I have been illustrating for. The recordings were this week, and I heard they went pretty well. The illustrations had been turned in already, and the TV-producer was very happy with them, it set a high standard for the rest of the program.
Since I´ve got this new sketchbook, I´ve been doing more sketches without ink-lines. I´ve seen a lot of really nice watercolour illustration without ink-lines that I really loved, and I wanted to see if I could make the same.

For YWAM´s communication department, we have started to work on the new issue again, but I am not yet doing the layout for it. These weeks, I´ll hope to finish most of the work for a bible-study magazine about Jonah.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Notes from GOfest14

The pictures on the lefts side are from a meeting that I didn´t think I needed to take written notes from.
When sitting in the back of the hall, you see everyone else in the neck.
The picture and the notes ont he right are form a seminar about story-telling,
I sat close enough to the speaker, so I could draw him. I didn´t draw his arms, because he was moving them a lot.
When I showed the drawing to the speaker, his wife commented that I got his hair right.

The left side is from the park, just a sketch.
The right side is from two meetings,
the guy standing is not taking a leak, he is standing up during worship the time.

 Another page, with a number of visual cues of what the talk was about.

I was at YWAM Norway´s annual summer-conference last week. We had meetings in the morning, afternoon and evening. And lots of time to hang out and build network.
My notes are both in words and pictures, as you can see.

I realised that didn´t take any notes of what the guys said that the church and christian life really is about, namely: The Gospel.
And I should have, because it´s the most important thing. So here´s a video of the same guy doing the same talk we got last week, while I was paying more attention to making drawings of the people in front of me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Shields that float

Shields float on paper, not on water.
There was a small viking boat in the harbour of Hamar,
so I sat down to draw it, then added the playing children afterwards.

I am in Stavern at the moment, on YWAM Norway´s annual summer-conference, meeting up with co-workers and the missionaries that have been back in Norway for their vacations.
Some time last week, I was in town and found this viking boat tied in the harbour.

Same vikingboat, but from a different angle,
the boat´s name is «Olavkvite».

Always make sure you take a lot of photos,
just in case you´re going to need it for reference later.

Sitting in the harbour, with my feet dipped in the water was the closest I got to swimming this summer. I am of the weird kind that has a lot more fun in imagining kids diving off a viking boat, trying to land on floating shields, than actually going for a swim myself.
The place we are with all of YWAM Norway is at the sea, so maybe I´ll take a dive from the skerries there.

After we are all good and well back from the GOfest, my work with YWAM´s magazine will pick up again. I am very very happy that the editor finally has come back from her one-year furlough. It´s good to be two again.