SPEJS kommer till Närcon!

(This will be a Swedish post, but basically, I’ll be at Närcon, find me in the middle of Artist Alley with Anima see you there! <3)

Hörni! Den 26-29 Juli är det dags för Närcon Sommar i Linköping! Jag har aldrig varit där förut, så nu är det hög tid för mig och SPEJS att komma dit! Jag kommer hänga i Artist Alley tillsammans med Stef Gaines och Jesper Nordqvist som tillsammans jobbat på senaste Anima, som jag tror kommer bli så jäkla bra!

Ni hittar oss vid bord 47-48, nära Key1! Jag kommer ha en stor SPEJS-rollup, så ni borde se oss relativt bra :) Kom gärna förbi och bläddra i vad vi har med oss, det är riktigt bra grejjer!

Som om inte det vore nog så kommer jag och Stef ha en föreläsning på Torsdag kl 16 i Key-huset (KY-25) som heter “Planera ditt universum, eller rita bara den jämrans serien“!

Metoden att bli bättre på att teckna serier genom att teckna en massa serier stämmer för Jenny Hannula och Stef Gaines. Deras vänskap började för 20 år sedan när de som tonåringar gjorde sina första skräpserier på internet. Nu med finslipade nya verk kommer de prata om vad de lärt sig om research, att vidga sina vyer, och att faktiskt få serien tecknad.

Tomas Antila modererar.

Det kommer bli ett sjukt nice och trevligt samtal, och jag hoppas DU kommer dit och tittar om du ändå är på Närcon! <3

Previews of SPEJS #4, 4

As I’m eagerly waiting for my printed books, I thought it could be fun to share some images between chapters in the latest SPEJS book and maybe talk a bit about the characters :)

Calder is the grumpy director of the Aeros Military’s digital division! He doesn’t seem too keen about Swagata though, what is their deal? That will be revealed in the upcoming SPEJS book! :)

Previews of SPEJS #4, 2

As I’m eagerly waiting for my printed books, I thought it could be fun to share some images between chapters in the latest SPEJS book and maybe talk a bit about the characters :)

Destiny is a new character that will be introduced in the longer SPEJS story! She’s an old friend of Swagata and one hell of a computer genious! She works for the military on Aeros and is very confident in her capabilities :)

SPEJS på Malmö Seriefest!

(This post will be in Swedish, but basically I’ll be at Malmö Seriefest this weekend at Malmö City Library! Come over and say hi if you’re in town!)

Den här helgen smäller det, jag kommer ta det tidiga lördagståget till Malmö för att besöka sta’n för första gången, hänga med coola seriemänniskor och sälja min serie SPEJSMalmö Seriefest!

För er som inte känner till SPEJS så är det en lattjolajban-sci-fi-serie, men den innehåller allt jag tycker är viktigt: representation av queera karaktärer och olika kroppstyper, avsaknad av sexism eller andra sunkigheter, men så klart även en massa humor, roliga karaktärer (för jösses vad detta är en karaktärsdriven serie!) och lite allmänt raj-raj i rymden!

Förutom böckerna kommer jag ta med mig lite stickers, halsband och några bokmärken. Allt fint som får plats på ett halv bord med andra ord!

Seriefesten håller till på Malmö Stadsbibliotek, från 11-17 på Lördag och 11-16 på Söndag! Jag sitter vid bord 41,  längst bort från scenen, typ ;) Leta efter en bordshalva med turkos duk och du är hemma ;) Jag ser fram emot att träffas i helgen <3

SPEJS #4 is happening

The first half of the year has come to be a “work around the clock to make the next SPEJS book ready” period for me. Except for this year, I had actually made twenty pages worth of comics in October-December. Which is great, because Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival is almost a month earlier than last year, meaning I’m having one month less to finish the book. I’m actually more or less done with inking and coloring all the comic pages, but I’ll use some of my time to look over the art and dialogue a bit more, making sure the next book will look as fab as it can :) I’m also taking a short two weeks pause from SPEJS making to prepare for Malmö seriefest, and meet a deadline for a comic anthology’s open call. Hopefully the pause will give me some new perspective on SPEJS, and maybe I can fiddle a bit with layouts, the cover, etc during my stay in Malmö (or at least the train rides…if I’m not sleeping during that time) :)

Happy Valentine’s day

Another Procreate experiment! I had the intention of drawing all the SPEJS characters, but I ran out of time ^^; But here’s Ragna!

I’m still so slow and awkwkard (I finished this during two episodes of Star Trek: DS9!) when it comes to painting in Procreate, but it feels I’m still learning something new every time I try :) I’m also still extremely amused by the time lapse function in Procreate, so here’s a video of that, enjoy:

Fantastic Makeover #1

I’m part of this art project called Fantastic Makeover, where a bunch of awesome artists make their own images based on a theme every month! This is my first piece, which as supposed to be a self portrait in a fantastic world of your choice. This is my contribution, I drew myself as a character in my own comic, hehe :D

I really wanted to try and make more paintings this year, so this project is a really good fit for me! This weekend, I’ll try to finish the next piece :3

Critterdeck

I saw that Critterdeck was a thing on twitter, and decided to jump the bandwagon! Here’s me as a grumpy half-orc ranger, enjoy!

I drew the portrait in Procreate on my iPad. I still have a bit of a hard time working with it, but some brushes are really neat and I really like the time lapse you can create of your work :) I guess I have to practise my drawing on iPad-skills a bit more, practise makes perfect, right? ;)

Seisa, Ragna and Gav

Got a bit bored with the design of SPEJS’ webpage, so I decided to give it some new colors and background images. Drew these three chibies of Seisa, Ragna and Gav and thought they turned out cute enough to be displayed here :3 I really like how Gav looks like a scared t-rex behind Ragna lol XD

if you want to know how I used thee in the new web design, check out the web page!

My characters meme (& sketch dump)

I took part of a meme thing on twitter in December, where I presented one of my OC:s for each like I got. I thought it would be fun to showcase it here as well since I doodled my characters as I went :3

Naturally, I started with team SPEJS!

First off, Swagata Yadav! Founder of SPEJS, hacker and self-proclaimed genius! She likes tech, sweet drinks and getting spoilt in a spa!

Morwen of Gilios! The muscle of team SPEJS! She loves art, fashion, fine wines and beating people up in a game of boxing!

Ragna Korppi! SPEJS’ sniper! Likes strong liquor, romance novels and complaining about stuff!

Gav Moroz! He’s the newly recruited pilot of team SPEJS! He likes sweets, cars and cuddles (as long as there’s consent!)!

Continuing with supporting characters that have appeared in SPEJS chapters this far!

Artis! She’s Morwen’s ex and part of the military on planet Pangee. She likes sour drinks, pretty ladies and a good massage.

Seisa! She’s a criminal and has a past with Ragna. She likes strong liquor, big guns and luxury!

Then I added Ragna’s parents since I have a pretty good idea of them!

Atla Korppi (here drawn younger than she’d be in the current timeline)! She’s Ragna’s mother and is known in Aeros as a hero for her peace keeping work in the military. She likes white wine, adventures and her family.

Pavlu Korppi (here drawn younger than he’d be in the current timeline)! He’s Ragna’s father and one of the best doctors in Aeros military force! He likes a good meal, nursing people back to health and his family.

And then there’s Gav’s parents which haven’t been introduced yet, but I do have a pretty good idea about them too :)

Yegor Moroz (here drawn younger than he’d be in the current timeline)! He’s one of Gav’s dads and born on planet Seri. He likes beer, felines and gardening.

Karsen Moroz (here drawn younger than he’d be in the current timeline)! He’s one of Gav’s dads and born on planet Pangee! He likes beer, working on vehicles and being left alone.

After that, I ran out of SPEJS characters, so i drew some of my old sins ;)

Vlad! He’s an old RP character of mine that’s kind of a werewolf? He only changes in shape though, so he keeps his happy nerdy personality even as a werewolf. I really thought this guy was cute and would love to use him again :3

Motte! He was part of an old comic I drew. He’s an incubus and only attract ladies…which is a personal problem for him since he’s attracted to dudes. He’s also part moth and grows wings and an extra pair of arms when he’s threatened or excited!

Funh! She’s a 20 year old oc of mine, used in my fantasy webcomic I drew between 1998-2000! Princess and healer, and probably a little Usagi in her XD I just had to adjust her outfit a bit now ‘cuz I didn’t want to draw her in only a bikini XD

Zimis! She’s from the same webcomic as Funh, a swordslady and tomboy! I really liked her but since I was 14-15 when making this comic, my writing sucked XD I have to do better with my current characters :3

Zomis! Also from the same webcomic as Funh and Zimis and my name giving skills were really awesome XD He was my very first grumpy bish and he was a heckin’ brat I tell you! But I blame my 14 yo writing skills yet again ;)

And that’s it! It can be quite a good challenge to somethimes just take a look at your characters and try to get the essence of them to fit in a tweet :3

 

My art summary of 2017!

I really enjoy doing year summaries (this was 2016!), and this year is no exception!

January – I spent my holidays playing Witcher 3, and in-between working with SPEJS #3, I drew some light hearted fan art in my sketchbook.

February – this was a romantic month! I did a Valentine’s day image for SPEJS, participated in an art trade over at Tapastic, and continued working on SPEJS #3.

March – I made some charms and stickers designs while still working on SPEJS #3!

April – this month was dedicated to finish SPEJS #3 and moving to a new apartment!

May – I finally printed SPEJS #3 and brought it to Stockholm’s International Comics Festival! A week later, me and Memokkeen went to Confuzzled in birmingham! It was my first time in England AND at a furry convention, and both were awesome experiences! Even though sales were pretty bad I got to do some awesome commissions and met a lot of cool people <3

June – just resting after a VERY intense spring, drew some pride-themed SPEJS stuff :3

July – still resting, but tried my hand on a more painterly style again. This dude was a character from a rpg that never happened.

August – Had my actual vacation! Needed new business cards though, so made a little design for that.

September – Went to Thought Bubble! It was VERY big and overwhelming, but also quite awesome! Sales were really bad though, but at least I sold out my Swedish Comic Sin books, yeah! I also created another character for a rpg that happened a few times, but now is canceled.

October – felt a bit down, and drew some passive agressive stickers that got very popular XD Tabled at a “feminist fair” and I thought it’d be a total flop for me, but I actually sold very good!

November – Went to Örebro Seriefestival, which was a bit of a flop for me sales-wise, but I had pretty fun! Drew my christmas card.

December – Tabled at another feminist fair which went just as good as the last one in October. I’ve been finishing up some short SPEJS stories that I plan to release next year!

I guess it could be summarized with: “worked my ass off to finish SPEJS #3 in 4 months (with a move that took a LOT of my spare time), got a bit burnt out and had a 4 month pause, drew some comics in October-December. Also tabled at a few places and went to England.”

Last year, I produced 76 finished comic pages. This year I’ve finished:

SPEJS #3 – 57 pages

SPEJS web Q&A – 5 pages

SPEJS short story #1 – 10 pages

SPEJS short story #2 – 11 pages

So in total 83 pages! I honestly thought I had made fewer pages, so this feels pretty good, even though all my comic making powers were dedicated to SPEJS this year :3

Last year, I wanted to do this:

  • Finish off SPEJS #3 – it’s a monster, but I want to release the beast!
    • Finished it off!
  • Table at least 3 conventions
    • Tabled at 6 events!
  • Go to Thought Bubble!
    • Went there!
  • Feel more confident with my colors
    • Eeeeh, I’m starting to get there, but I’ll bring this to next year!
  • Feel more confident with backgrounds
    • Same here, I’ll bring this to next year as well!
  • Have fun!
    • I had pretty fun? I’m starting to get the hang of what types of events that I enjoy, what people I like to surround myself with and where I want to go with my table, so I think I’m having fun on the road by learning stuff :)

So what do I want to do, art-wise 2018?

  • Get a new SPEJS book out! I’m not 100% confident that I’ll finish off everything I’ve planned for, but if I can get a 40-50 pages book, that’d be awesome!
  • Table at at least 4 conventions/events!
    • I’d also like to do more events in Sweden (and maybe Scandinavia) this year!
  • Feel confident with my backgrounds and color themes in SPEJS
    • I’d love to feel more confident with the looks of the backgrounds (even though they might be simple) and choice of color schemes for each SPEJS story I make.
  • Do more paintings/one-shot art
    • I’d like to have 1-2 projects to draw for each month, like re-do an old drawing or just a study of a painting I like.
  • Not get burnt out after May/plan my time better
  • Blog more!
    • I noticed when I was about to post this that half of the images I added to this summary I hadn’t even posted here on the blog! Shame! I’ll try to do better next year :)
  • Have fun!

My list is a little longer this year, let’s see if I manage to check any of these. I’m both excited and nervous for 2018!

Do you have any goals and hopes for 2018, art-wise? Please tell me in the comments :)