Monday, 15 August 2016

ADDING A BIT OF TEXTURE

I often get asked how I manage to create that hand drawn look in my illustrations, even though they´re always painted in Photoshop.

One of the reasons is that the original drawing is always done by hand - you just can´t beat pencil on paper. The other reason is that I use a library of watercolour textures when I paint. These were made by splashing, dabbing, spattering and just generally messing about with earthy watercolours on standard watercolour paper, leaving them to dry and then scanning them. By combining these in different layer styles (favourites being multiply and overlay) and opacities in Photoshop one can achieve quite interesting results.

Here´s a few of these textures for your perusal. I´ll be back shortly with a more in-depth tutorial on my work process, but until then feel free to download these and try them out yourselves. Of course they´re all clickable for larger versions.




















Friday, 29 July 2016

NORDISKA GUDAR

Äntligen är den här! I förrgår damp "Nordiska gudar" ner rykande färsk från tryckeriet. 





Den finns nu i en bokhandel nära dig, eller online här:

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789132164118/nordiska-gudar/

Eller här:

http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/nordiska-gudar-9789132164118





Tuesday, 21 June 2016

NORSE GODS ARE GO!

Done!!

Last week "Nordiska gudar" (Norse Gods) was sent off to the printers, after three years of hard work. 

The book will be out in stores in late July - you can preorder it here:

And, how better to celebrate this momentous occasion than with my take on Ragnarok - the last painting made for the book. Apparently I needed a looming deadline and my heavy metal playlist in Spotify to finish this sucker...



Speaking of heavy metal here´s Loki in his aspect of Lord of the Endtimes
This may arguably be the most "metal" painting I´ve ever done...





Saturday, 28 May 2016

THE OLD GODS ARE COMING




The deadline for my upcoming book Nordiska Gudar (Norse Gods) is closing in fast and - in just a few weeks it´ll be off to the printers. It should be out in stores in late juli/early august. A few days ago the test cover arrived from the printers. We might change a few things for the final product but this is more or less what it´s going to look like. Not too shabby methinks.

I published an obviously Mignola-inspired painting from the book  on my facebookpage recently, depicting Njord the god of the sea. Mike himself gave me thumbs up it so that´s gotta count for something...









Friday, 29 April 2016

DoD DONE!

I´m now officially finished with Drakar och Demoner: Retro!

Now it´s a race towards the finish with Nordiska Gudar - my upcoming book about Norse mythology. Deadline in late may...

Here´s the pics of the official player races for DoD - humans, elves, halflings, ducks, dwarfs and wolf-folk. Some you´ve seen before, some of these are new.
















Tuesday, 15 March 2016

FIGHTING FANTASY

Work on the retro edition of Drakar och Demoner continues - I´m having a ball drawing daring adventurers, vile sorcerers and heinous monsters. This game is where it all started for me - without it I probably would never have become an illustrator - so getting this right means a lot to me.

Riotminds are hard at work putting the box together and have also have been sneak previewing some of my illustrations on their facebook page - partly for promotional purposes but also for feedback.

The input from the community is key as this project isn´t just close to our hearts, but to thousands of people who grew up playing the game. Getting comments and constructive critisism from the gamers themselves is therefore really important. As it´s the internet there will always be some not-very-concstructive critisism as well, but that is the way of things...

I thought I´d collect what´s been presented so far in a post here for your merriment. Enjoy.


- MINOTAUR -


- ORCH -

- THIEF -

- WIZARD -

Thursday, 4 February 2016

iPAD PRO TEST

A while ago I caved in and bought the new iPad Pro. 

Much to my chagrin I realised that the iPencil - which was sort of the main point of investing in the expensive tablet to begin with - had a four week delivery period. Yesterday, however, that long wait came to an end and the much anticipated pencil was finally in my clammy mitts. 


Here´s my first test sketch on the Pro. It´s made in Procreate which turned out to be a pretty nifty, as well as cheap, program - pretty similar to Photoshop which I normally use. The pencil brushes have a nice feel to them and it´s all pretty intuitive.






Apparently there's also a pretty darn slick automatic recording function. I think this might turn out to be my favourite feature...





Friday, 11 December 2015

AN APPLE A DAY


Some lineart for an illustration depicting the goddess Idun. I obviously opted for a very jugend/art noveau inspired style for this one.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

DECEMBER DEMONS

Today´s the first of december - and how better to celebrate the approaching festive season than with pictures of demons?

As I´m just now starting work on the third book in the Demon Detectives (Demondeckarna) series, where our intrepid adolescent investigators descend into Hell itself,  I thought this would be the perfect time to revisit some denizens of the underworld from the previous books.



HUTHUROT

EZERIEL


DEMONLINGS

DEMON GUARD

APEP




Tuesday, 3 November 2015

CENOZOIC DOODLES

At the moment a lot of my time is spent on the two big projects "Drakar och Demoner" (the classic swedish roleplaying game) and "Nordiska Gudar" (my book about the norse gods). However,  sometimes one feels the need to take a break from drawing burly gods and daring adventurers and do something completely different...

Enter "Första Urtidsboken" (My first Book of Prehistoric Creatures). This will be my fourth picture book and a sort of companion volume to the one about dinosaurs that came out this spring. Instead of everyones favourite giant reptiles this book will focus on the the amazing creatures that superseded them. 

For someone like me, with a life-long passion for paleontology, getting the chance to draw saber-toothed cats, mammoths and other forms of Cenozoic megafauna is simply a dream come true. 

Here´s some of the finished pices. The book itself will be out this spring.

SMILODON

TERROR BIRD

WOOLY RHINO


While the illustrations in these books are rather stylised I still try to keep them as anatomically and scientifically correct as possible. I´ve taken a lot of inspiration from classic paleo-art masters like Charles R. Knight and Zdenêk Burian as well modern illustrators like Peter de Séve who did the wonderful designs for the Ice Age movies (though I´ve made a conscious effort to distance myself from that look).
This research results in lots of preliminary sketches of the various extinct critters as I try to get a feel for them. As there´s only room for nine different animals, not all of them can make it into the final book. Fortunately this blog has no such restrictions so at least I can show off the sketches here:

AMPHICYON

ANDREWSARCHUS

ENTELODONT

HYENADON

MACHRAUCHENIA