Monday, February 28, 2011

ghost

A quick background coloring for one of the sketches from yesterday. Don't really know why I call it ghost. She looks more hung over than dead.

Sketches




Inspired by the amazing books I got to borrow yesterday I produced a bunch of sketches. I want to make more, and I really want to draw as much as I can right now. The energy isn't always there, but putting a freshly sharpened pencil against a white sheet of paper in a sketchbook is one of the best things I know.

Today I've been sleeping for hours with Chessy beside me. I need the sleep right now, my body demands it and my mind seems to like it too. I have to learn not to beat myself up if a day disappears through a sleepy haze where I don't manage to create anything though. I'm not a machine but sometimes I need to recharge my batteries.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sweet Artist: Claire Wendling

Today I got to borrow two gorgeous art books by Claire Wendling from a friend. I'm going to have my nose stuck in these books all night and all day tomorrow for sure. I have to buy one of them for myself because Wendlings style is spot on my taste. She's a french artist like so many others of my favorites, and she's been working within animation and comic books which shows in her dynamic lines and the amazing movement in her drawings. I'll study her style for a while and try to learn as much as I can. I can't believe I didn't know about her until earlier this afternoon. It makes me happy but kind of desperate too, knowing that there must be loads and loads of amazing artists out there yet to be discovered!



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Listening to french

I'm home alone tonight and I'm filling the silence with a french documentary in the background while I look around at pretty pictures. Chessy sleeps next to me and we´re both warm and safe under our wooly sweet blanket. It's a nice evening, but I feel a sort of sad, sleepy moodiness creeping up on me now and then. I'd prefer to be without that.

Candles lit, cinnamon tea in a huge cup and a snoozing bulldog next to me I should be content and happy right? When I put it into words it actually sounds like a perfect evening. Perhaps all that is needed is a deep breath and a smile on my face. It's not always this calm and amazingly cozy so I should appreciate it properly!

Weekend Wishes!


This weekend is all about fairy tales and mysteries. I fell in love with 'the hapless prince' picture by meluseena as soon as I saw it. It sparks my imagination and inspiration like crazy. There is something truly magical about carousel horses and fae-royalty.

I'm also in love with the key pendant by Kica Bijoux. Keys are so mysterious in themselves since they lead somewhere. They can lock and they can open up. I imagine this key leads to some ancient, mysterious treasure.

Finally the delicate necklace by Christy Beck captured my heart. It looks so fragile and light! Feathers and leaves.. I long for spring to bring the leaves back to the trees now. Soon, very soon I hope.

Check out the rest of these shops. Their items are all magical.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Speedy Creativity



Three drawings in 1.5 hours! I want to get drawing again as much as possible. Just quick little doodles that don't have to turn into masterpieces. I want to keep my hand going.

I also realized that music is not meant to be listened to through crappy laptop speakers but through my awesome retro headphones! It makes everything much more enjoyable. I listened to Tegan and Sara really loud while drawing these three. Now I'm heading out for a walk!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I love Monki!




Photography: Anja Frers
Styling: Christine Bierhals
Model: Zuzana J

I adore this photoshoot for Monki! My little sister showed me their store in Gothenburg maybe a year ago and I adore their concept and unique style! My mother-in-law always buy me a tee from their shop each time she finds one when she is out traveling. So cute!

Fashion is a huge interest of mine and I can't get enough looking at fun and cute outfits and all the awesome concepts for photoshoots out there. Sadly though I rarely take the time to actually dress up nicely myself. I just find that I need a proper reason for it, and most days I spend inside drawing with my dog, haha! Perhaps I should try to dress up nicely at least one day a week, take a picture and make it into a blog feature? Then I would have a reason!

Healthy dog, good dog!

My dear little baked potato-dog Chessy is finally declared healthy enough for insurance! Finally! Ever since I got this dog in November there has been trouble. First her inflamed uterus and dramatic surgery and then complications with infection, but today the vet examined her all over and said the magical words: "There is nothing wrong with her.." Sweeeet!

It's such a relief to be able to look at my snoozing, snoring little frenchie and know that she is well and without pain. Today we both fell asleep again after our morning walk and I woke up realizing she had been sleeping on my face, resulting in big red spots all over my cheek and nose. Not very cute, but it was totally worth it. I love having my dog real close to cuddle, luckily she seems to love it too! We make a great team her and I.

The Illusionist



This weekend was spent with some friends from the past, one of which is the biggest fan of animation I know. He always knows about the best movies and clips out there and he sure knows what kind of stuff that I like too!

So we watched The Illusionist and I just couldn't keep quiet. I kept going: "Oooh!" and "That is soooo beautiful" and "This is the prettiest movie I've ever seen!".

It's about a french illusionist who finds himself struggling with finding work, so he travels from place to place to try to find an audience who will appreciate his work. In a small village he meets a young girl who ends up following him on his journey. This movie is seriously one of the most beautiful pieces of art I've ever seen. The animation and character design is so perfect I can't imagine how it could ever be better. The story is really heartfelt and made me both laugh and cry. Seriously, you have to see this movie.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lomography Loves!


Dusty, faded and warm shades of brown. I can't get enough! I also can't get enough of putting lomographic collections of awesome photos together. I thought these four pics really fit each other well. I think it's pretty sweet how four different photographers can make such beautifully matching images. Check out the rest of their galleries by clicking their names below their photos!

Sister Housework


My sweet little sister came to visit me today from Gothenburg. I haven't seen her since before christmas and I've missed her so much!

Oddly enough we spent the day cleaning my apartment due to a conversation about interior design and how much we both love to redecorate our homes but hate to clean. She is way better at it than me though, and my livingroom as been looking awful for ages with wires running everywhere and old envelopes and empty cardboard boxes littering the shelves. We cleared all that out and now I feel ready to actually start decorating the place! I have so much inspiration. All I need now is the stuff, haha!

After cleaning we made scones and ate them with raspberry marmelade. Very sweet indeed!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Relaxing or working?

Why choose? I work by relaxing. I can't function under stress, I am not flexible and I can't handle pressure. That is why I have chosen this little path of my own where I am my own boss. All I need is to be able to create, and that I can handle. Freelance is the way to go!

Today I realized that I have been slacking on the boss-part lately and I should just try to get myself going again. I have to spread the word and share my art all over the world if I want to make this work! I checked google-analytics which always makes me smile. I realized I have readers in Japan, in Russia and all over America! It feels surreal to know that you guys sit there at home and look at my stuff, and I appreciate it loads! It keeps me going on those cold days when I just feel like hiding in bed.

To make it a little easier for you to follow me I've just recently joined in on Bloglovin' so: Follow me sweethearts!

I already have a new painting in progress and some ideas of what to do with all the pretty bunches of fabric I have lying around! Until I have pictures of that, feast your eyes on my husband and my dog, haha!

Let Go





I'm drinking a big cup of cinnamon coffee to celebrate my newly finished painting "Let Go". I used a new technique with this one and it felt much better with my style. I had so much fun while painting this and I smile when I look at it because I know each step of the process and how different paints and brushes were used to create it. It's a whole other feeling of accomplishment than with my digital images, even though I don't think there is a big difference in digital and traditional art except the method of creation.

This piece is 22x16cm big and It is up for sale in my Etsy-shop. I love holding the image I made with my own hands and fingers, but I would much rather know that it hangs on some other persons wall. Art is meant to be shared!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spontaneous Portrait

Ever since her surgery, Chessy has gone though a personality change. She is finally behaving like a real dog! She's happy about food, she loves chasing after toys and she keeps jumping around in the couch to get attention. Today after such an episode of jumping around she fell flat down on her tummy and stared at me. I had to draw her, so here you go, a spontaneous doodle-portrait of my dog.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekend Wishes!


The sun is shining today and the day begun with a walk along with J and the bulldog. Yesterday was so sweet. The deadline for the first step in my thesis project was met, and I think it wend well. Me and G and her husband spent the day baking, playing Rock Band 3 and just relaxing.

Today I wish for sugary sweet stuff again. The print of carousel horses makes me swoon. I can't get enough of this theme. Then there is bath-salt for my feet after long walks! I love soaking my feet in really hot water and just breathe. You should try it, it's a super easy way of relaxing and giving yourself a treat. Finally there are the cute tea-party-gloves! Gosh, I have a pot of tea brewing right now but I bet it would tase twice as sweet with these gloves. Nom-nom-nom!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What we deserve

I'm working like mad on my thesis . The deadline is tomorrow and I have everything finished except a few little problems with page numbers and such crap. Whenever I get some time over I paint and I think I'll be able to show you the results and some progress pictures very soon. Until then however I dug up some photos from this late summer and it made me think back.




We deserve all the good things in life. We might feel like shit sometimes, or maybe most of the time even, but it's not true. None of us are shit and we deserve to take our time to be friendlier towards ourselves. I'm thinking about this because of my own thoughts and concerns I have about friends. We are all creative amazing people in one way or another and we need to remember that a bit more often. Talk to yourself the same way you would talk to your best friend. You deserve that!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sweet Artist: Emmanuel Malin



The vivid colors and stunning imagination of Illustrator and Concept Artist Emmanuel Malin makes me stare my eyes out. I want a whole book with amazing stories to go with these pictures, but I'm not sure if it would be needed. I think the pictures tell so many stories themselves. I get so much inspiration from this artist and I wish I had the same courage to use colors as he does. It's like they live a life of their own.. He has a ton of concepts and illustrations on his website so make sure to browse through them for more sweetness!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Faded pink

A little preview of the painting I'm working on at the moment. I made a few mistakes with my last painting and I realized my technique needed to change. Now I'm avoiding heavy layers of paint and use faded washes instead to build up gradients and keep my drawing intact. I hope this will turn out better, it feels better at least.

I feel nervous and kind of messed up today. I received a very nice job-offer yesterday but it goes against everything I've been working for this past year. I'm currently in the middle of a very confused internal debate wether to choose a wise career-move or my own personal dreams. I already kind of know what my choice will be though..