Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weekend visitors from Arnhem

A sketch for the «save the date» card for two friends of mine.
They are on vacation in Scandinavia this week,
and visited me this weekend.

The final artwork for my friends save-the-date card

This weekend I had my friends Gerben and Anna visiting me from the Netherlands. I used to study together with Gerben in Arnhem for already a decade ago. We both started out studying forestry, but now Gerben is an archeologist and I am an illustrator and designer. He was on vacation in Scandinavia with his fiancé Anna (sorry, no photos of us three, neither me nor Gerben like to be taken photos of).
They will get married in November this year, and had asked me to do an illustration for a «save the date» card for them.

These are some of the drawings I did while in the city last week. It was sunny weather, so practically everyone was wearing sunglasses. The little children on the pages were playing by the fountains at the big square.

The pages above have some anatomy studies on them, notes from last Sunday and a few sketches/drawings I did for a missions-school we are going to have here at Grimerud next year.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer in the city

Hey, it´s still summer. And that means that the weather is nice, most times. So instead of sitting in my office and making drawings there, I´ve been out in the sun on a bench in the city to sit and make drawings there instead. It´s a bit of an experiment, in which I hope to strike up good conversations with the other people that happen to be in town that day. We used to do this a lot when I was in London this spring, so I want to try to do the same here.
This summer, most people are doing really okay, but some of them don´t. They can really use some extra encouragement, someone who sees them and listens to them. It´s super important to slow down and take time the time for each other.

Oh, and all the drawings that I´ve made while in town are going to be posted at other times, so I´ve drawn some horsepower instead, I like drawing horses. Enjoy your summer!

I did draw some hot rod cars in Løten this weekend,
cars are not what I like to draw best.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

55 Grey Seals

I´m continuing the series of 66 animals for a bit, even though they are a lot of work. This time I drew Grey Seals, but only 55 of them.
More than a month ago, me and some friends here at Grimerud had a 31 day drawing challenge, where we drew one picture every day. On one of the days, I drew this seal-creature below. I liked the drawing so much that I drew some more yesterday.

In the meantime, at Grimerud, we have had another Mission Adventures training-camp. It´s a program that takes whole youth groups on short mission trips. This year, the teams are going to and Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.
In the meantime, I´m taking time to read books and practices drawing.

A page of sketches from the skatepark in Hamar.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Peeewit, a hand drawn animated gif.

I turned yesterday´s big detailed drawing into a cute little animation.
You are welcome, enjoy your summer!

66 Lapwings, and what I am reading this summer

66 Lapwings

Honestly, yes, I do miss the Netherlands sometimes. Especially when there is not so much happening and my mind gets to wander other places than project-work. What made me think of my hometown especially much this week was a lone Lapwing that I saw (and heard) flying over the fields last week. I don´t see them too much here in Norway, but we have a lot of them in the Netherlands.

It happens every summer that I get slack with things when the regular weekly program is not running for a few months. And especially my personal bible-reading and quiet-time and things. It happens every summer, that it should´t even surprise me anymore. But still …

I don´t want to take vacation from Jesus, even though it´s so easy to just let the bible stay in my bag, use these nice days on so many other things. But not this time, not much I hope.
So, instead of working on some important project, I´m taking time in the bible and some other books.

The second books I am reading is about small-groups in church, and the third is a biography in German. I´ve never been big on reading, I´d rather draw things. Since the picture-side of my brain is the most developed, I almost have to do my note-taking in through drawings (see above), and that takes a lot of time. But it´s good, because then I really get to digest what I´m reading.

A book in German,
a biography of one of my favourite children´s book illustrators.
Hope you guys are doing good this summer!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Second issue of Mot Målet for 2015

A few weeks ago, the second issue of Mot Målet for this year came in the mail. The big news is that YWAM Norway is starting up in another city, in Bergen.
The work there is going to focus mostly on the christian students in the city, in a similar way that YWAM Olso already is doing. They will be a community of christian students that share life and follow Jesus together.
The city of Bergen has a great history of sending missionaries, and we want to relive that heritage in our time. YWAM is well known in the city, and the big majority of the churches is very happy that we have com to town.

This is the last time I´m writing the editorial,
on the next issue, we will have a new editor.

It´s summer time, and many of us at Grimerud have left for summer-vacation. We won´t make another issue of Mot Målet until after the summer, so I´ve got to find a good and fun project to work on in those weeks.

The main building is still being painted white,
we had some trouble at the front and paint had to be taken off again.
But this side is looking really fine in the evening sun.

 The moment when nearly everyone who was in the office that day
decided to sit and work in our «Design and IT-office/cave».

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grimerud is turning white

We´ve been painting the main building at Grimerud, white as snow.

The back-side is all done.

Still working on the font of the building.


While I have been away in the north of Norway, the others at Grimerud have started to paint our main building. It needed a new coat, and the decision has fallen on the colour white. I was a bit sceptic about the new colour at first, but now that I can see it and walk around it, I think it actually looks quite nice.


The work that I have been doing for YWAM Borgen is almost done. Up in the north I was able to do a lot of the preparation work, and now that I´m back in my studio, I was able to do a lot of Below are some of the results:

The invitation card for YWAM Borgen.

Some extra scribbly graphics for the Powerpoint-presentation.
This is a buss-full of 60 confirmants that come to have camps at Borgen.
At the moment there is only space for 25 people at a time,
the expansion of the building will give room for 90.

Staying pink

For some time ago, I made a painting with 66 elephants. But sadly, the colours had faded quite quickly. So, I got some new light-fast paint, and made a new painting that´s gonna stay pink.

Sixty-six pink elephants again.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Back at Borgen

Almost ten years ago, I came to YWAM Borgen in the north of Norway for a DTS. Taking this school , I was presented with multitudes of opportunities to be involved in missions around the world.
After the school, I took the opportunity to go back there and work from this place for one and half years. With our mobile tema, we travelled a big part of northern Scandinavia and visited churches and schools. This week I am back at Borgen, to help them with a communication-plan for the expansion of their buildings.

Borgen´s main-building, is getting more space (towards the right)
to facilitate camps, schools and seminars.

At the moment, the place has a convenient space to host a group of forty people. But youth-groups and confirmant-groups as big as seventy or eighty have spent a weekend here. So, high time to expand to the need. When the new building is done, more people will have opportunities to go to camps and seminars here. And more young people can be trained to be missionaries, either through DTS´es or other kinds of courses.

Visualising the new building: The pencil sketch of how the new classrooms that are going to be built.
This drawing are going to be use for the fundraising needed for this building project.

The «Lavvo».

The view from my room this week, at nine in the evening.

At quarter past midnight.

It´s super good to be back in the north, I have missed seeing the high mountians rise up on all around.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grafitti-workshop at Stoppestad Verden

This is what it looks like when kids
try to handle spray cans that are too big for them.
They hold the can with both hands
and push the button with both thumbs.

On Saturday and Sunday of last weekend I was helping out with a graffiti-workshop at a local festival called Stoppested Verden. The festival is for children, and the idea behind it is to build bridges through cultural exchange. Like the Eurovision Song contest. At the festival, there were many  countries represented, and the children could see or try out different things that were specific to the cultures of that country. I was doing graffiti-workshops for the USA-area.

Two other canvasses of our graffiti-workshop,
It was only during my breaks that I had a little time to take pictures.

 Two other canvasses,
you can see the Breakdance-floor in the back.

Our workshop was swarming with kids from the moment we started. Even between he three of us, we had our hands full on trying to manage the spray-cans between the 25-30 kids at a time. We figured out pretty quickly that spray cans are not designed for the little hands of children.

A little way off from where we were doing the graffiti, the regional recycle-station had their five garbage-containers set out (the ones that I´ve painted for tem). They were really happy with the results.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Painting five containers

Hey, I want to show you a fun painting-project I did this weekend. These are five waste-containers that I painted for Stoppested Verden – an international festival that is going to be held in Hamar this weekend.
They are going to have a thing about recycling. The hundreds of kids that are going to come to the festival are (supposed) to bring toys and things to recycle. To show the kids what is going to happen with their toys, I´ve been asked to paint pictures of that:

The plastic we throw away gets turned into new plastic things.

The electronic things we throw away get turned into new electronic things.

Paper that get´s recycled will become new paper, like books, magazines, newspapers and drawing pads.
Recycling paper also keeps the lumberjacks from working in the forest.

General waste will all get burned and the heat will be used for heating houses and the hot water.

The wood that we recycle is also going to burn, and used for heating.
It was a really fun project to work on, because I have never painted so big before. I was a bit unsure about how much paint I would need, and how long it would take me to do all the five containers. I´m most used to work with pencil, ink and watercolours. But in the end it worked out quite well. Also because I found a pack of really nice paint-markers (see pictures below).

Photo: Erik Wuesthoff

Photo: Erik Wuesthoff

I´ll be at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday to check the containers and to do graffiti. I hope I can show you some pictures of that in a later post.

Meanwhile, I´m working hard on another issue of Mot Målet, and I´m still making cool and surprising drawings for the 31 Day Drawing Challenge that we are doing with some people here at Grimerud. we have one more week to go.