Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A new year, a renewed magazine

First of all, I thought I´d show you the last issue of Mot Målet, this time the issue was about «loneliness». The other digital edition (the one witht he extra content) is over here.
We are planning to write about «a recipe for a good life» in the next issue. It´s going to be a very exciting number for us to work on, since we are also going to make with a whole new design for our YWAM Magazine.
Because we are starting this new design, me and Jo Yngve took a day-flight to Stavanger on Tuesday to visit the printer where Mot Målet is being printed.

Together with Jo Yngve, editor of our Norwegian YWAM magazine (the the right),
I visited the printer in Stavanger where our magazine is printed.

The big modern printing-machines that make our magazines.

… and the irreplaceable old-flanged printing machines.

From Tuesday to Wednesday I stayed over with two of my friends in Oslo, both of them have worked at Grimerud for a few years ago, but are not working and studying in the big city. It was so good to catch up with them and their families. Then at Wednesday, we had the editorial meeting for our next magazine. The meeting ended at three, and one hour and a half later, Marina and Ana arrived back in Norway after their one and a half moth long holiday-break.

Our Ana, she is so precious to me.
I drew this in the last week that the girls still were in Brazil.

And here we are finally reunited, in the train,
and  on our way back to Grimerud.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas and New Years 2015

Happy new year everyone, I hope you´ve had a really great time where ever you were.
Sorry that I didn´t get to post a blog here in the last weeks, much of my free time I now spend on Marina and Ana.


The time of advent is a big thing in Norwegian culture, for most it is a time to prepare for the big christmas celebration with the family. For me and Marina, we took this time of advent to do a bible-devotional together. Every day advent we read about something that had to do with expecting Jesus coming, or about making room for him in our hearts. In addition to many notes, I made a drawing for each of the days of advent.
Since we had such a good time with doing our advent time like this, we decided to turn this into a yearly advent devotional for our family.

Here is a slideshow of all our advent-drawings that we are going to use every year from now on.
You can also see them at my blog overhere.


Right after I was done with last year´s last issue of Mot Målet, I went to the netherlands to spend the holidays with my family. It was great too to see many of the people in my church, and to meet other friends.
Being on furlough as a missionary you don´t only have the time to relax, and catch up with people, it is also the time when different errands have to be done. Like visiting the dentist, getting a new camera, getting my satchel fixed and stocking up on the necessary art-supplies. With so many different things to do, you often feel guilty for not having done enough.

The christmas tree at my parents house,
this year my mom but three wooden tags  in the tree,
one for each their grandchildren.

I´m helping my Nephew Ties to build a airplane.

After me and Ties built the airplane, we made drawings of it,
which I turned into to a little animation. Ties was really happy!

New year´s eve

Before coming back to Norway Saturday, I spent newyear´s eve with my brother and his family in Amsterdam.

On the first day of the year the big middag-brothers,
took the little middag-brothers for a bike-ride.

When we returned, it was time for thaw our frozen fingers,
and watch a few episodes of Masha and the bear.

A new year, a new season together

In exactly one week, both Marina and Ana will be back from their six-week stay in Brazil. All three of us are very much looking forward to be together again.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A visit in Skien + Language studies

I´m back in Skien for another two weeks, to work on our last issue of Mot Målet for this year. This theme for this issue is going to be «loneliness».
I mentioned last time that we have been making new digital editions of our magazine, and now we also got a website going for the magazine, it´s over at
New editions and info will be available on this new site.

On Monday Marina and Ana have left Norway to spend the holidays with their family in Brasil. Their flight left from the airport closest to the Skien base, so it was very convenient for them to come visit me here in Skien this weekend. It was so good to have the weekend for just us three, away from the regular happenings at Grimerud.

I was super happy that Marina and Ana could visit me in Skien this last weekend.
 There was a small two room apartment for them in the corner of the old prison-building.

I´ll be done with my work in Skien on the fourth, and travel back to the Grimerud the day after. Then on the fourteenth it will be my turn to fly out for the holidays. In the last years I´ve always been around Grimerud during christmas and new years, but this time I will be with family and friends in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, since I can´t spend my time together with Marina and Ana anymore, I´ve started to learn Portuguese. The two websites that I´m using for this are Duolingo and Memrise. Doulingo is very helpful to get a grasp on Portuguese grammar, while Memrise is better at pronunciation and memorising words and sentences.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Two publication: Inktober drawings and the new Mot Målet

The first thing I want to show you in this blog-post is the collect all the drawings I made for this year´s Inktober.
It was real fun to do this illustration-project for Inktober this year, This monthlong project feels very free, the drawings are not commissions, so I get to experiment as much as I want.
It´s the first time that I´ve drawn a whole story. So, I got learn a lot about consistency, figure-drawing, and drawing clothes.

I hope you enjoy the drawings

The little drawing under here, I made in the weeks after the Inktober-thing was done. I was able to draw it quite quickly, and that felt as a bit of proof to me of how much progress I´ve made because the Inktober-project.

And another publication I want to show you is our new online version of Mot Målet. We are using a new service, which allows us to add slideshows, video and all kinds of links to the magazine.

Go here to see the new online version of our magazine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blog hiatus: new life priorities

Sorry for not posting last week, lots of things have been going on, and I just could not make it.
But I am very happy to say that it´s been very for very good reasons that I could not post. It´s this Brazilian girl.

Me and my new-found dream.

Her name is Marina, and she works at the same place that I do. I´ve known her and her four year-old daughter Ana for two years. So, now that I have not just one but two beautiful people that I get to spend time with, the blog might not appear as punctual as before.
I was almost finished with this year´s Inktober drawings, when all the craziness started. I´ll make a  nice digital booklet with all the drawings in the next weeks, and post that one on the blog here.

Ana got to make a little brush and ink-drawing too,
when she and Marina came by my office this evening to say goodnight.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inktober week three

Pfoei, another week of Inktober drawings. Making these has «stolen» most of my time in the evenings. At the end of the month I will collect all the drawings into a booklet, and put the whole project online.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inktober week two

Hey, I´m back at Grimerud. We´ve finished another magazine for YWAM Norway. It was a good process, despite it being Jo Yngve´s first time as the editor, and me being out of my regular office surroundings. I´m very satisfied with this issue, it´s looking really good. I´ll show you some more in a couple of weeks.

For a few weeks ago, we had a small film team visiting, and they helped us (Grimerud) to make a short promo-video for the work that we do. I´m in the video too, just for one second.

Inktober is still going on, and despite the deadlines and late hour we had with the production of our magazine, I was able to keep up with the schedule of making one drawing per day. 
The drawing that I´m making for Inktober this year follow C.S. Lewis´ book «The Silver Chair» from the Narnia Chronicles. If you´ve read the book, you might recognise some of the scenes, If you haven´t, I hope you still like the pictures.
I´m posting my drawing over at my Tumblr-page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Drawing Narina in Ibsen´s city

Mister Ibsen I presume.

Hey, I´ve been with YWAM Skien this whole week to work with the YWAM Norway-magazine. While I´m there I´m staying in a really old prison building. I have a cell all for myself. I have to say it´s not the first time that I´ve been in prison. Because, fifteen years ago, I have very briefly worked as a prison-guard. But it is the first time that I´ve slept in prison (being asleep on the job was one of the worst things you could do as a guard).

The YWAM place I´m staying these two weeks is in this old prison.
All the thick doors and everything are still there.


The work on the magazine is going quite well, it seems that we are pretty well on schedule. In the meantime, I´ve started a series of ink-drawings, because of «Inktober». Inktober is an online event  where artists all around the world make a drawing with ink for the whole month of October. Everyone who participates will then post their ink-art on their blogs and social media. The goal of this event is to improve our inking skills. Because we commit to posting something every day, are accountable to each other for making good art. It´s always a really inspiring event.

My project for this year, is to draw pictures to C.S. Lewis´s book «The Silver Chair». I bought the whole Chronicles of Narnia series in London this spring, and towards the end of last month, I had just finished reading the sixth book in the series, which is «The Silver Chair».

Here are the drawings that I´ve been making this far:

You can see my daily pictures here on my Tumblr-site.
I´ll keep posting more pictures during the month.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The white pheasant, and 65 other

More than half a year ago, when our main building at Grimerud had not been painted, I saw a pheasant run around that was totally white. I had seen it twice, and other people had seen it too.
I mentioned the sighting it to a birding-friend, and she had never heard of white pheasants in this area. Never seen the unnatural phenomena again since actually. I also did not stay up to watch he red moon this weekend.

Anyways, seeing a white pheasant is a good enough reason to make this page of pheasants, I hope you like them. I also made two little animations from a dozen of the pheasant on the page.

Speaking of moons, it is once in a blue moon that I get to cut trees. Something I really like doing, and actually went to school for. One of the guys that does the outside-things here at Grimerud got stung by a wasp this thursday-morning and to let of some energy he decided to cut one of the biggest trees on the farm. It´s one and a half meters at it´s widest. After he realised that this tree was too big for him to cut on his own( and with a small chainsaw), he let me do the felling instead.

For my office-work I´ll be going to Skien this evening, and be there for two weeks. The new editor for our YWAM magazine lives and works there. A large part of the next issue is going to be about the churches role in Europe in the future. Jeff Fountain, The former leader of YWAM in the Netherlands is now working with The Shumann Centre, which has this as it´s main focus. Jeff had a long talk about Europe´s past, presents and future at our YWAM summer conference this year.
The school and offices that YWAM has in Skien are in a very old prison-building, I´ll try and show you some pictures of that next week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

66 Draft Horses

Woop, another one in the series of 66 Animals. I had to make one with these big horses too since I really like them. Actually, when I was in London this spring, the girls int he team let me know they though that the draft horse was my «spirit animal». Whatever that means.

Meanwhile at Grimerud, the two DTSes for this year have started, with fifteen students in each school. This coming weekend, another school will start too, and that school will have another twenty students. So, our who place is going to be packed with people for the next three months.

Preparing a whole board full of toasties.
And meanwhile at Café UNO, we are running are regular schedule again. And the a new school-season means new school-youth that come to hang out at the café.
In the weekends in some cities in Norway, the parents of school-going youth have to do vigilante-patrol duty. This group is called «Natteravner» (Nightravens), and before and after their nightly city-walks, they meet up at our café. Last saturday, the group was really big, and there the picture above has some of the toasties we made for the break-time.