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

Long Time No Seen

Well, at the moment there are not much to tell. Lately I have just been sketching and doing some simple fan art. The reason? I am, as I have mentioned before, too busy with my day job and family, as always. Especially now since I recently got a new placement at work. But, I am just busy, not gone. As you might know I got a deal with the guys behind Svärd & Svartkonst; they keep me busy whenever they need my style for adventures and stuff. And recently I got an offer that seems very interesting, but depending on how the game designer would like to form the project details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best regards,
Andreas

Rembrandt Is The Shit

If you, like me, are into popular culture, your favourite artists are most often famous comic book artists, conceptual designers, game illustrators and such. And sure, those guys and gals can all be put into different styles and eras, but no matter if we are talking about Frank Frazetta or Becky Cloonan it is pop culture; modern styles of art and narration.

But what about traditional art, can we get any useful inspiration from such?

I would say we can, and it is not as far fetched as we might think. First of all, art is art and new styles evolves from old ones, obviously. But, more remarkably, we might identify common denominators between, for instance, Rembrandt and … Mike Mignola. Yes, I am a big fan of Mignola and I love work built on catchy shadows. Well, to make this (not at all scientific) theory a bit more comprehensible, please let me show and tell. As you might have guessed by know, I am talking about Rembrandt Lighting:

»[…] is a lighting technique that is used in studio portrait photography. […] Rembrandt lighting is characterized by an illuminated triangle under the eye of the subject on the less illuminated side of the face. It is named for the Dutch painter Rembrandt, who often used this type of lighting.»¹

 

Mignola’s HP Lovecraft and ”Self portrait sketch” by Rembrandt.

Obviously, it is not only Mignola. I mean, I do not think that Mike Mignola sat down one day and thought to himself: ”Hey, I’m really into shadows, why don’t I use that kind of lighting they evolved during the Dutch golden age!” It is more likely that other historical artists found interest in this way of lighting and carried it on from there, then others picked it up and then comics came along and …

… Today you will find that this way of lighting is not so popular among painters but photographers. I can not say exactly how it found it’s way into comics, but I guess it has to do with comics being about simplifying. In short, if you want to keep things simple but striking you will approach simple but striking techniques; and there we got Rembrandt as a model.

What can I or we learn from this?

Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.

I believe that to enrich our inspiration at a wider range we can not only study our immediate models but allow us to move back and forth through history and look at both the originators and the evolvers, both distant and close to the styles we would like to approach. As well as learning from  Andy Warhol, John Howe or  Jim Steranko we should also look back at Leonardo da Vinci, Anthony van Dyck, Artemisia Gentileschi or Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.

¹ Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Rembrandt lighting. 2016. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt_lighting, (accessed 10 April, 2017).

Best regards,
Andreas