Christian Gustafsson Portfolio and news


Sky workshop

Basic skills improvement, trying to find the way the skies work, and how they influence … everything. This is the first in a series of studies I will make in the nearest future. I hope for a violent progress of the skills used.

When not painting skies, my days pass by with a little dragons, knights and a lot of refugees. Stay tuned — a few updates are on the way.

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Will be available for work – soon

Hello dear viewer!

I am currently employed full time by this and this firm, but in a short while I will be able to

take on work again - as a consultant from Makarna Karlsson AB. Please don't hesitate to

contact me for work you want done.

All the very best /// C

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Ad billboard for tv show

Just before christmas I did a very small commission for a production company here in Stockholm. It is a sponsor billboard for a tv show. My client was happy with the result - and so was I.

Thank you for looking /// C


NS Storyboard

Hello reader!

With me today I have this storyboard for an introductory short film on the topic of Northern Standard mindset. See for yourself.

There you are.

/// C


Character design sketch

I give you the Dulcinard: an overly muscular being, conveyed around 2004-5 and a pretty good glimpse of what I can do when it comes to anatomy, and to the use of mixed media.

All the best /// C


Borderland illustrations

Last autumn I did a small illustration project together with The Story Lab. They're creating a live role-playing festival, meant to take place in August 2011, and in the start-up phase, they needed a few illustrations and a lot of explanatory sketches for the online part of the project (not shown here). The illustrations were pretty straightforward:

After this project, I have felt a little as though I am resurfacing in the way of drawing. A lot of little nuances of drawing have come back to me, and things can just get better. Right?

/ C

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First watch design -08

The Congo was my first. It will probably be my last and my everything, at least if Barry has his will. Well, back in late 2008, early 2009, i created this very watch (on paper, on paper, on paper, I am still amazed that people sometimes ask me if I have made the real thing - do you know how much time and effort and foremost, money that goes into creating a watch???).

It was meant for my portfolio for applying Konstfack "Form Giving Intelligence" - which is their industrial design branch. The Congo is made from only local Congo-basin materials. It is a back-and-forth-reasoning with what is goodness, and what is pure exploitation, and what is just tasteless?

The Congo is made from steel (recycled probably) and it is dirty. It has cuts at 60-15-30-45 minutes made by machete. The strap is from natural caouthouc, the dial is hardwood. Other details include a ruby. The rotor for the automatic movement is made from human bone.

It has been a while since this was conceived, and a lot has happened with my thoughts regarding what stories a watch can carry. But this one piece of timekeeping equipment keeps occupying my thoughts.

/ C

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I tried to be a little more soft with the pencil, letting my arm move more freely than usual, that week back in the early 2000's. Sketches made for further work with the Wacom, but forgotten until 2008 when my portfolio was almost empty and the end result was nowhere to be found. Some day I might give them some more love, but I really think that they are soft and alive themselves, with no need for further decoration. I might regret that.

Oh, and the Prince on his mighty steed has gone Missing in Action...

/ C

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Illustration from around 2004 ( I may be wrong, but it was HDK), course in illustrating text. Background is an article on the growing and expanding burial ceremony industry. Not subtle, but grim. Graphite.

/ C

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Up next is a study of how to turn animals into heraldic ones. Tricky. And after that there is the naming issue being looked into. Lots of work now. Just to evade the calling Försakringskassan...

/// C

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