New illustration

General / 09 August 2022

Oh well, finally something new, eh? I had less time than I would like for my project, but finally I got a new piece done. In the bottom of this blog post you will find the rough sketch, the line art and then the final image. The high resolution version is already up in my portfolio!
I did several approache on coloring this until it finally went into the right direction. I had this vision of how I wanted the light and atmosphere to be but not really a reference for it, that made it a little more complicated. But I managed and I am happy with the outcome. The only thing I am not happy with as of now is how many layers I used for this 😱 I don´t like working with many layers, so confusing (even when I name them properly)!



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General / 02 June 2022

Currently I am trying to get back into posting to my social media accounts more often. By that I mean my blog and apart from that I am using Instagram and Twitter too, a little bit. So, I just posted the image that I wrote yesterday´s blog post about to Instagram and in the process I noticed, that you can hide the likes/views for a particular post. I really don´t get much attention out of Instagram anyway, but just out of curiosity I am trying that now. I wonder, if it´s gonna make any difference... 🤔

I wish there was an art community where artists actually interact with each other more, like back in the day when CGHub existed. Instagram is definitely not that platform, I wish ArtStation was but it´s also not quite - at least for me it hasn´t turned out to be, but I love many other things about it. Well and you know Twitter...how about Reddit? 🤔 Deviant Art??? 🧐


The painting above is another one that I made in Clip Studio Paint. Blocky brushes! ❤️🙌

Uuuuh, pastels!

Making Of / 01 June 2022

So, lately I am doing some art experiments (yet) again 🧐 This particular piece (see below) was quite fun and what I liked most about it was the approach of the underpainting/sketch in pastel tones. Somehow this made me pick (to me) interesting and vivid colours and well - as usual - I have also been enjoying square brushes. More precisely my favourite one is a rectangle.
Now in retrospect I am also thinking about the use of lines. This one didn´t start with try-hard precise outlines that I would fill but instead I added some lines on top in the painting process. I kind of like how that tuned out. Maybe I should try that more often... Lines are fun too, though. The experiments never end, I guess!
I also guess I just like trying different things way too much 😜
Anybody who reads this, I´d be delighted to hear about your own art process and if you like experimenting too or if you are rather settled on a certain kind of style or approach. Feel free to let me know in the comments 💬



More Flint & Mortimer

General / 21 March 2022

I am kind of looking forward to the coloring stage now that I am still in the inking process. But I think actually I like inking better and when I am done I'll probably wish I could just ink more instead of coloring. Sigh. The struggle is real 😳
But really, I enjoy the process.
Now I am almost half way through with the linework and I cropped th latest page I've been working on today and colored it fast to share it on Instagram. Just so that it looks better there.
This looks more cartoonish than what I am planning for my own story but I am learning a lot from this!


Psychedelic

Making Of / 16 March 2022

Not sure who is causing who a psychedelic trip in this one. I drew it on the weekend using Procreate on my iPad and I was really just playing around, drawing what came to mind and when I picked a random brush for the background color, it mixed in the colors of the above layers into the green. That, I really liked, it really was a happy accident to me and gave it this extra psychedelic touch I guess. When I started drawing the hand that was supposed to hold the "frog" my initial thoughts were: "Is he cat-like playing with that frog to eventually eat it?" but well, this came out. Might still eat it though, who knows...
I've recorded a timelapse video again, too!


Back To Flint & Mortimer

Making Of / 15 March 2022
I‘m back! Well, slowly getting back into a working schedule. It’s been a while that I made a blog post. My private life needed lots of attention lately, big changes happened, an important personal goal was reached, I am happy.
As of now, I picked up the comic project of Flint & Mortimer again, which I put aside when it was put on hold for about a year by the team.
Currently I’m in the inking process. I’m enjoying it and it gives me ideas and inspiration for my own comic project. More about both another time… to be continued.
This is Jack, he´s a little mad, a little insane too. He hates pumpkins.


Environment concept sketches

Making Of / 20 January 2022

Well, I already had a pretty clear idea of what the place is gonna look like, based on various little sketches I did before. So it's more about trying out different shots in here. There's a second part in which I'm chosing one of the three scenes and taking it further. Which one do you like the best?


Caught by surprise (+video)

Making Of / 12 January 2022

The iPad is really nice when I feel lazy and don't want to go to my desk and connect the drawing tablet. Or when it's just super cold and I want to be in bed. This is a drawing I made in bed. I like this one because I think it captures Hilda's personality and also because it has a lizard.
I think what happened here is that Yngvild and Hilda had to land to refuel somewhere and one moment that Yngvild didn't pay attebtion, Hilda was gone. She had to look for her everywhere and became grumpy. That's when she found her. So... can we keep it?


Taking it slow (art timelapse)

Making Of / 11 January 2022

...for now. Well, I want to become a Zen master after all. I am going to try to take my time with the art that I'm doing, when there's no deadline- I don't need to pressure myself to be fast just for the sake of it, right? Sometimes it's hard, though. I don't know why. And I bet I am not the only one.

Anyways, I am also trying to do more recordings of my drawing process. In Procreate on the iPad I like that I have to check video recording just once and then it will automatically remember to record my drawing. Because I am forgetful and don't always think of actively clicking "record". Not in time, that is. Sometimes I do remember when I am already half way done 😛 The finished illustration is already up in my portfolio.



Art Diary pages in early stage

General / 04 January 2022

I'm trying to do something - anything - in my art diary everyday. Sometimes it's just very little but I keep adding and adding until I feel like the spread is finished. Here are two examples of early stages. In both of these spreads I just glued in paper as a first step. Wrapping paper left overs from the holidays. You see, I like recycling 😉
Then the second thing I did was draw my original character. I felt inspired to draw her in a realistic style. In this photo she has some fixes in the face because black from the other page bled through. I didn't expect it would! Fortunately I uploaded the clean version previously to Instagram, so feel free to check it out.
In the second spread I painted randomly black on some... wax and stuff. I messed up the paper in some spots when trying to scratch it off again so I glued another layer of paper which is slightly transparent. The rest? No idea!