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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dozing away the summer days

These have been hot summer days,
where you just want to lay ont he grass and snooze.

Watercolour paintings without ink-lines,
they can look really dreamy.

Here are both pictures look really neat on each their facing page of the book.

It´s been that kind of summer, where it´s almost too hot to be at work. At least if I don´t have an ice-cream every day. In one week the normal office life will pick up again, and I´m looking forward to that. But first there is going to be our annual GOfest again, in the south of Norway.

I´ve always wanted to try and make watercolour paintings without ink-lines. I´ve seen other people´s work that looked really nice. So, I hope you like it. Down here is a drawing with ink-lines, I made that one when it was late and I should have gone to bed.

I had to cut some onions,
what happened next brough tears to my eyes.

Well, I actually didn´t have to cut any onions. I drew this picture to because I was tired of the so-many-est video with a headline ending with "… what happened next brought tears to my eyes".
It´s cucumber-season on the internet too, I suppose.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Girl on swing

Girl on swing. A picture I have been working on this week.
I´ve changed the colour of her dress for the "real" picture.

It has been summery hot here in Norway in the last week. But I am not complaining. I´ve mostly been busy working on pictures for the program about Norwegian folksongs. Working later and later each day. The pictures for the songs are turning up very different from each other, but that´s only fun. Three of them are finished already, but I´m not going to show them to you right now.

While bent over my drawing desk, I´ve been listening to many episodes of a podcast called "Make it then tell everybody", where cartoonists, comic artists and illustrators talk about their work.

A picture for a lullaby. Since the pictures are for folksongs,
they are all in a traditional Norwegian setting.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy new sketchbook

This drawing is of my four year old nephew, driving a lawnmower.
We dropped by the Tracktor-pulling event a few weeks ago.
There was a little Lawnmower-pulling track for the kids, not sure if the machine was amped.

Sketchbook sentiment

I like finishing things. And a few weeks ago i´ve drawn the last picture (finished) in the old sketchbook that I´ve had for two years. The above picture is the first drawing I made in the new one. You can see that the paper is not so watercolour-friendly.
The weird but understandable thing is that I get very attached to a sketchbook, and as I was getting closer to the last page, I had to mentally say goodbye to it, and started to think about what the last drawing in that book would be. It´s like the end of a movie, or a book. Almost like a friendship.

Old brown book, new grey book. With corresponding cases.
They need the cases, because I take my sketchbook with me everywhere.

Breaking into a new book can be a very daunting idea, as you feel that your first page will set the standard for the rest of the book. A new sketchbooks is also like a new years, I try to make resolutions (or rules) for the whole book. Two of the rules for the book are that I will finish all the drawings, and fill all the pages. I don´t like unfinished things.
Another rule I was thinking about was that I would not draw from photographs any more. But I guess I broke that rule already on the first page. The reason for that rule is that you don´t become a good draftsman from copying pictures.

Illustrating folksongs

There is little to do for YWAM this time of the year, as mostly everyone is on vacation. This means that I´ve got a lots of time to work on other projects. Currently on my desk are five illustrations for a program about traditional Norwegian folksongs. I´m really excited about this project, and hope to get them finished by next week.

The linework of two of the five folksong illustrations,
 It´ll be in the fall that the final production will be finished.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mot Målet #2 2014: Missions

I´m back from my vacation time in the Netherlands. and the magazine that we´ve been working on in May and June has long arrived in the Norwegian mailboxes. So, now I can post it on my blog.

There are many things that we can and want to say something about, but since since we are a large international missions-organisation, but we wrote about missions this time. That is what we do.
We do missions to all places, and we train and equip young people to go on the mission that they feel called to. Go here to find out about training opportunities with YWAM in Norway.

Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Back home in the east 2014

For Norwegian standards, I've been out on an bicycle a lot in these last weeks.
The weather has been pretty good here, but not as good as Norway when I left.

Another week in the Netherlands, and I have not been doing much at all, just sleeping in and playing computer games on the GameCube that my little brother had left here. In the weekend we met up with the family from my mother's side. I took walks in the forest with my uncles and cousins, and played floor-curling with my nephews and niece.
I'll be visiting som more people later this week, and do some fun-foreign-uncle-stuff when my two little nephew will come for a visit. On sunday, I'll fly back to Norway, to start sketching for a project that I am pretty excited about.

Enjoy your summer!

Last weekend we had a family-reunion in the small place called Echten,
It was close to the national park I used to work ten years ago.

Another photo from national park Dwingelerveld.
The part of the park, I have never been,
as it is managed by another organization.

Since I'm showing off beautiful things on this side of the country,
here is our local windmill, all the way from 1860 (or later).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Travel-time doodles

Doodles from the delayed train-ride that make miss my fight on sunday.

People at the airport.

More people at the airport.

I'm back in the Netherlands now for a few weeks of summer-vacation. I meant to fly down on sunday, but the 45 minute trainn-ride got delayed with an extra 30 minutes. So, when I did finally got to the airport,the only thing I could do was to rebook my ticket to the next day, and stay in Norway for one more night.
On monday, I made sure I was at the airport in good time, and most of that timeI spent drawing the people walking and standing around. The best of these drawings I kept, the others got erased.

Next weekend we will celebrate my parent's wedding anniversary with all the uncles, aunts and cousins. Some of them, I have not seen in a very long time.
Otherwise, I spend my time cycling around the area, stocking up on art-supplies, visiting the dentist and playing video-games.

I'm back in Gramsbergen for a weeks,
This is the house where I was born.