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.

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.