Bed Time Work (… And Doodle #5)

New commissions keep coming and last night I took the opportunity to put some ideas to print. The result is these two sketches in which I have experimented with the concept features.

 

And of course I made a little doodle; yet another dragon.

Best regards,
Andreas

Bedtime Doodle #4

Yet some doodles made by bedtime though not in bed. Tonight I sat by the kitchen table by the soft under cabinet light. Such lighting is pretty bad for drawing, I know, but cosy.

I tend to like to doodle and sketch in bad but cosy lighting which sort of inspires me; it makes me relaxed and that gloom gives me mystical vibes. Since I often work in the genres of weird fantasy, science fiction and horror it fits me like a glove. Sure, it does not do for finished products but as I said, it is while sketching and fooling around.

And nowadays everything is more cosy then ever here in Sweden; it is late autumn and winter is approaching. The sun falls in the afternoon and by 6 pm it is dark as Indian ink. Sure it is also very depressing, but when you, like me, live in the countryside and dwell inside in the warmth that melancholy easily transform into coziness … Thick darkness, cold winds, whirling leaves and/or heavy rain or sprinkling snow. I mean, imagine what guys like Ray Bradbury or Stephen King could make of such things.

Yes, I definitely drew this sailor because of this. Old school sailors are awesome and thankful spin-offs; maybe I should try to make a finished drawing of a fishy sailor sometime.

Best regards,
Andreas

Bedtime Doodle #3

Tonight I finished a very nice novel, Huset vid vägens slut (The House at the End of the Road), by the Swedish author Magnus Nordin. It is a crime and horror story about a bunch of teenage boys who discovers that this haunted house they think is only a ghost story is much more real than they imagined.

In this novel there is a character called Buddha; a bald, obese and demented fellow, dressed in nothing but a bathrobe and slippers. So, when I doodled this evening I ended up with some sort of sketch of this guy. … I guess I should have made him much fatter, but a doodle is a doodle.

Best regards,
Andreas

Drawings From Work

As I might have mentioned before I am not a fultime illustrator; I have a fultime job as an after school recreation instructor. That means that I do a lot of developing spare time activities with the children, and not rarely we draw together.

Today I made a couple of tattoo inspired drawings and was suddenly struck by the realisation that I have never shared any of these drawings on my website. … Better late than never.

 

Best regards,
Andreas

Bedtime Doodle #2

‘Evening!

I did just finish another one; a quick doodle of dear old Tom Bombadill. A bit weird in some parts, but a doodles is a doodle and to keep the pencil going is more important then the specific result. As I have mentioned it is about drawing for the sake of drawing; you do not always have to be at your best but have future results in mind.

Good night!
Andreas

Bedtime Doodle Examples

As I promised in my previous post I will now show you a few examples of my bedtime doodling. As I said, it only takes a relaxed mind, pencil and paper to get a few minutes of daily drawing for the sake of drawing. Excuse the bad lighting but it sure is work by bedtime.

  

Best regards,
Andreas

 

Bedtime Doodling

Inktober; everyone becomes an artist sharing their masterpieces on social media; inked pieces are jetted on a daily basis. But not in my case, no, since I have a real struggle finding time to do so. The time I can spare for my art are fully dedicated to commissions, a shame really, since Inktober is a great chance to drill oneself. Yet I am not alone trying to find time; time is the poverty of our society, but I suggest doodling. I myself am trying to do some bedtime doodling, grabbing my sketchpad, pencil and eraser when I tuck in.

Actually I find it very effective since I both practice and relax while doing so. And I find this moment of quite, relaxing drawing as something extraordinary, since the mind and pencil then are allowed to travel in ways they wouldn’t when I sit down to make a specific piece for a specific creation. Sure, sometimes I just go for stereotypical practices like faces or hand and so on, but I don’t mind since it is practice and I aim for a relaxed mind; to let me draw for drawing itself, not to perform the best I can.

So, if you like me find inktober a bit … forced, or if you like me make art that is 90+% ink already, then doodle. Grab a piece of paper or whatever and something to draw with a take your time when there is time; on the bus, on the train, in the car, in the bed, in the bath, whatever.

Keep up and I will give you another post soon, showing my bedtime doodling.

Best regards,
Andreas

Short Adventure From SagaGames

I am still working on that game project I told you about. But now I have also heard from Tomas Arfert, at SagaGames, who has asked me to do some maps and illustrations for a short adventure. Of course, I am glad to do so; Tomas is a nice guy and SagaGames is an awesome gaming company with several cool role-playing games to which I have contributed on several occasions. I will keep you tuned on this as well. For now I can say that this will be an old school adventure on an interesting theme.

Best regards,
Andreas

Another Swedish OSR Game

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been made yet another offer for a game project. It turned out well and I am now assigned to make both the cover and insert art. The cover piece will not be a specifically made one, though, but an older piece from my shop which the game author chose to buy out.

The inserts on the other hand will be freshly made art on commission. Stay tuned to hear more about this game which is another Swedish OSR role-playing game. It will be released through print on demand during spring 2018.

Best regards,
Andreas