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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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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.

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Technologic finishing

The pre-study (not that I do pre-studies as a habit) for another drawing, that is now lost (believe me, a lot of things are lost), but I think this study has a lot more going for it. It is very phallic, but enigmatic in its functions, and I like the finish. It is a spacebar of a drawing, but the colours still make me want to draw. And that's a good thing. Executed in marker, crayons, pastel and bic - round 2004.

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Common Kingfisher

Just a bird, will continue to inspire me when thinking of watches. Strangely enough.

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Old favorite from  a project together with John Öhman, making a new packaging concept for seeds. So, an instant "growitti" effect, buy the seed together with some soil and fertilizer, just drop it anywhere and watch it grow. We envisioned a city sprawling not with skyscrapers and cool people in clean coffeeshops, but a city sprawling with plants and life. I don't know exactly why the Pillman was drawn, though, and there seems to be a bit of a discrepancy between his person and the concept itself. But I like him a lot, and I wish I was him.

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Monkey death’s head

Incredibly spur-of-the-moment drawing. Somewhere around 2003, I think. No further explanation available,  I'm afraid...

/ C

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Trial face upload

An old face I drew some years ago, never finalised in any media, though I think it might have a sketch twin in Photoshop on Wacom. At the time, me and art were no friends. Everything seemed like shit, and eventually turned into. Nowadays, I can appreciate this kind of childish sketch, though I don't know what good it can do me. I will have this as an example to be deleted when some more stuff is up.

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