So, there was a meme going on at twitter where you were supposed to compare your 2006 art with your 2016 art. I have been in a bit of a slump lately, thinking that I probably haven’t evolved much at all during the years, but let’s take a look!
The images above were made 2006. I was (or maybe had?) finishing my final year at the University of Skövde where I studied game graphics. I didn’t get my dream job after the education and I was very bitter and sad about that. I was working a lot with this fantasy group on my free time. I really wanted to make a story with them and I remember trying to write scripts which I scrapped after 30 or so pages. I really thought this was my artistic peak, I could probably never get better. I put a lot of detail on everyone’s faces, making them look a lot older than they were supposed to. Someone had just told me that blue shadows in a multiply layer made stuff look more realistic so I went all crazy with that =P
Fast-forward to 2016. During these 10 years, I moved from Skövde in the south to Kiruna in the far north and worked as an animator for 1,5 years. Then I moved to Stockholm to study Interaction Design, ended up being a frontend developer and am now coding web for a game company. Is it my dream job? Maybe not, but I’m enjoying my situation a LOT more than I did 10 years ago :)
These images were made this year and feature, in a way, the same characters as the previous pictures, they’ve just been changed around a lot. The green guy in black hair and the redhead are definitely super early versions of Gav and Ragna, only with switched personalities and in space ;) And the short haired girl is definitely an early version of Swagata, but very re-worked. And the thin guy was a thin guy in the early versions of SPEJS too until I decided a Morwen would be more fun (The lady in the middle of the last image is Astrid from Kim W Andersson’s space adventure comic, check it out!)
During the years, I think I have settled for a more simple style (three fingers, not as detailed faces), but with a better understanding of anatomy and color. I still have a long way to go and recently it feels like I want to get better at colors, but I’m happy I can see some progress in these 10 years at least :)
As I’ve told you earlier, I really like Hanna-Pirita’s comic Immortal Nerd, and was very honored when they asked me if I wanted to make a guest comic and a cover for one of the episodes. Of course I said yes! The cover is shown above and my guest comic can be read here.
Again, if you like queer-friendly, positive and funny stories, you should totally check out Immortal Nerd, it’s an awesome comic! <3
Hi there, this blog has been a bit empty lately, so I thought I could share some art I drew but haven’t posted yet. It’s a younger Gav and Swagata hanging out at school. I’m not 100% happy with it (even though I giggle a little when I see young Gav’s style with that cap), but it was a bit fun to experiment a bit with a more painty style. I still have a lot to learn though!
This was drawn during a live event at Picarto! If you want to see me draw live more, subscribe to my channel and you’ll get mail notifications whenever I go live! :) I haven’t used it much, but I feel I get more focused when I do live events, so it’d probably be good for me ;)
Hey, long time no see! I have been a bit busy trying to get the storyboard done for the next SPEJS chapter (and I still have one or two weeks before it’s considered done), and I’ve tried to read a bit more during my trips to work, so not much doodled! Here’s a little idea I’ve been having in my head for a while and doodled on a drink & draw event a while ago! I kinda like the idea, and I might make it a sticker later on :)
I’m really a sucker for trolls, and I really wanted to draw my friend Diana’s troll character Maja, she’s so adorable! <3
I was recommended to watch the anime Mob Psycho 100, and it immediately turned into a favourite with its looks and music! So of course I wanted to make an inktober piece of Mob. Unfortunately, I messed up a bit andhad to go for another style than I initially was aiming for, but I tink it turned ok in the end.
Hey, even though it’s November, I wanted to post some of the inktobers I did that I really liked! So here’s Discord, a villain turned (somewhat) good in the MLP:FIM series. I really like that he’s basically a My Little Pony version of Q (he even has the same actor), and his friendship with Fluttershy is so cute!
Hey, I saw some kind of meme going around twitter where you dressed up a kid version of your OCs for Halloween, going trick-or-treat:ing, so here’s the SPEJS crew being cute little monsters for Halloween :) Hope you’ll have a fun one!
Another kickass cat, this time a warrior (or maybe rouge?) sphynx ready to wreck some havoc :D I was initially planning to add some color to this, but as I worked with the black inkwash, I thought it’d look better without colors :)
It seems like I started the inktobers working a lot with steel nibs, but I suddenly went back to use brushes for everything. Seems I get work done a bit quicker, and I sort-of like the result as well. I will probably pick up steel nibs again though, but maybe for smaller paintings :)
Had a lot of fun with this inktober piece of a persian cat. I think she’s a kickass mage and is here to set things straight ;) Black ink, brushes and some blue inkwash.
Mei from Overwatch got to be my final Overwatch-themed piece this Inktober. She’s such a cutie, but as always all the details in her clothes’ design made me a bit nervous :D Done with black ink and a brush and some blue inkwash on top of that.
I’ve been drawing a few Pokémon during this inktober, and I thought I could showcase ’em all in one post, They all turned out a bit nightmarish, and I guess for Drowzee, it was pretty intentional XD
Snorlax and Drowzee were just black ink with blue and sepia washes while Meowth was done with green and red ink and a brush.
Years later, I still can’t stop thinking about Dragon Age: Inquisition, and especially Iron Bull! I wanted to make something silly since it was Saturday, so I let the dude strike a fabulous pose ;) Again, using sepia inkwash, it seemed to fit him best :)
Another Steven Universe-themed Inktober piece. Done at the studio. I forgot to bring my steel nibs, so I had to work with the brushed I had over there, but I think it worked out pretty okay anyways :)
Junkrat is probably my guilty pleasure in overwatch, haha XD had some fun with sepia inkwash on this piece :)
Here’s Tali from the Mass Effect game series! I had a lot of fun playing with this piece and went a bit crazy with the white ink splatter in the end, but I kinda really like the result on this one :) I’m also happy that every fan art I make of Tali only gets better, she deserves that!
Here’s a Steven Universe-fan art I made for this year’s Inktober. It’s probably my new favourite fusion, Smoky Quartz <3
A very pink Inktober piece, starring Agnes‘ character Nina! I love her design, she’s so elegant, and I really wanted to capture the elegant and shojo feeling Agnes is so good at…it was a fun challenge, and a really fun design to work with :)
For this piece, I used steel nibs, brushes, black and white ink and pink water colour.
Here’s another intober piece – Zarya from Overwatch! This is an all brushes piece, and I tried to experiment a bit with wet surfaces and ink blotches, I thought it turned out pretty neat for a first try :)
hey, it’s time for Inktober, and I’ll try to participate with at least 15 pieces this year :) Depending on the quality, I’ll post the pieces here, but if you want to see them all, you should check out my instagram :)
Here’s my take on Garrus, my first attempt on being bold with the ink and use lots of black! For Garrus’ face I used a steel nib and ink though, to get the small details.