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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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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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The rest

Here is another load of pictures from the project I am currently working on. The abbreviation NS is for Northern Standard - working title for the project. I picture a line-up of three series of watches, the Z, the D, and the C.

The Z's are tool watches in all the aspects of the word. The D's are Dress watches. And the C are dressy sports watches. As simple as that.

Pictured here is an early Blancpain ripoff, now mostly used as a study to see how different lugs meet different expressions and take part in creating them. If this one sees the light of day, it will be heavily altered and it wil be in the far future. It fits no category either. My watches have to look like they couldn't have been shaped in any other way. This one doesn't fit the bill.

Also an early thought. This was before I settled on a sub-USD1000 retail price limit. The big crown, Mudman-style and the knurled bezel grip, these I like, but they are transferred into other models instead.

A very different animal, thought to shape the "D" line. Needs a lot of work, since it is so simple. Would love to refine this little beauty though.

When the Tudor Heritage Chrono was released, I realized that a motor chrono doesn't have to be a juvenile creation. Of course there was the Daytona to prove me wrong, but most of the time I don't listen to Rolex. This motorsports chrono is very down-to-earth and simple, but the lugs will be something a little different. Also, the relationship between indices and hands are important. I aim on giving them a very refined edge.

The combat/trek watch, which I ache to continue with as soon as possible. This is a very muscular watch, and the drawings here don't reflect the thickness I aim to give this one. Great thickness is needed to reflect its durability. As in the AD watch, the importance of hard cuts and sharp lines cannot be overestimated. At night, I secretly plan how this one will look. It is derived from another watch...

...namely the skippers chrono. Here you can't really distinguish between the two, that's right, but they are of different species nowadays. The AD is also from the same curvature. I save this one for the future, though, but keep stealing ideas from it.

Pictured here is a reworking of the Seiko Prospex "Tuna Can Diver". It is currently second in line after the AD, but now with a vertical and wholly cylindrical case cut. I want to rework the Tuna Can for it being the perfect divers watch, but I want to make this my own design, skipping the "shroud" construction and keeping it simple regarding water rating specs. I still want it to land somewhere around USD700 in retail. I will add an illustration with different slopes of case to show you the relationship between these models (except the dressy one) should the drawings not suffice.

Not shown here is the various incarnations of cross-breeds I have produced lately, and the Albatros aviators watch. I am ready to skip that kind of category. It will however leak into the others. I have a vague idea of how to cut costs when constructing cases, which if it works will allow me to use parts of the same case for very different watches. The pressing matter to solve is the magic size if every watch is going to be compatible with its siblings (and Seiko SKX...).

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