Category: Life

New Quest!

You know what my problem is?

I want to become a great storyteller, but I’m not reading enough. Major issue. My other problem is that I have this manic behaviour of always wanting to put my time into something that looks productive to others. Like: I draw, in 6-7 hours I will have a comic page to show. I rig, in 4 hours I must have a functional character to animate. I  cook, in 1 hour I will have food to share. Everything is a race!

It’s obvious that researching is part of production. It’s painfully obvious when you can’t tell a good story. However, I always grow restless when I know that “this hour could’ve been spent inking a panel”. All of this is about me being afraid of people thinking that I am a lazy pretender; that I’m doing nothing with my time. I want to show people how much I work.

A couple of good friends of mine told me that I need to accept that research is part of producing. I am dedicated, I know how to set up routines that work and I am diciplined about my work – I should not give a damn about what people think!

“Telling you that you are lazy is like telling an anorectic you’re fat!”

And that’s when it really hit me. I have an issue to work on. If I want to be able to tell a good story, I need to study more good stories. It’s a fact!

You know what I’m good at? Routines! I’m gonna use that skill in my quest to read more. Every Sunday is my reading day for now on. We’ll see how long it lasts because I usually travel on weekends but it’s been good this far! 🙂 I’m mainly gonna read comics to begin with, since that’s my medium of choice right now. The book I read yesterday, my first Sunday of reading, was Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa. I’ll write a review and analysis of it later! 🙂

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ENG card

The English christmas card that I sent out this year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year SWE card

The Swedish christmas card that I sent out this year!

Hej Domstol!

This saturday they are running re-runs on Humorhimlen P3
of some of the sketches of Hej Domstol! My one favorite
radio show from 2003 – 2006. 🙂 I was devestated
when they quit airing the show – but right now I am
following these commedians
(Except for Dick, but he is awesome anyway)
on their separate careers. Fuuun!

Jesper Rönndahl, Valle Westesson, Ola Norén, Kalle Lind and Dick Harrisson drawn for the 365-project – – a project where I drew 1 character a day for a year.

(This is indeed a pre-post of future characters
of the 365-project. I just got so excited about the rerun  – –
I will repost these when it’s time. ;))

The books of the 365 project

I present to you – the books I drew all those 365 characters in.

A Moleskine Large (almost in the size of an a5) and an a6 pocket sized book with black airplanes on it. 😀

365 project books photo 01The books!

365 project books photo 02An other angle!

365 project books photo 03

And inside! 🙂 I mostly drew one character a
page in the small one (only 1 side) because
the paper was a bit thin.

In the Moleskine I drew 2-10
characters a page (counting on both sides a page)!

I drew 73 characters in the pocket sized airplane-book (book no 1 in the project) and 292 characters were drawn in the Moleskine (book no 2 in the project).

I will continue posting all of the characters here at my blog. I am aiming to post 1 theme each 4th or 5th day. Stay tuned! 🙂

During the year I drew the 365 project I:

  • turned 24
  • became a board member
  • went on a lovely road trip with Robert and his parents
  • went to Copenhagen’s christmas fair with mom and Robert
  • went to a japanese spa with mom
  • went to visit dad a couple of times
  • went to visit my brothers a couple of times
  • celebrated new years eve in Gothenburg
  • went to spx10 in Stockholm and slept over at Diana and Andreas place
  • participated in 2 reunions with friends from university and upper secondary school
  • visited a co-worker in Helsingborg, played football and looked at a beautiful garden
  • watched my step brother graduate
  • saw one of my comedian idols
  • had my first bed bug invasion (super unpleasant)
  • went to the gym three times a week
  • worked 8-11 hours a day (duh!)
  • finished drawing chapter 3 of Forsupen LMS
  • took part of several art trade rounds over at PE
  • colored two covers for Jeff
  • got my Ballerina Mario artwork exhibited in Madrid on Super Mario’s 25th birthday
  • somehow got my tinitus worsened
  • got successful neck-treatments to soothe my worsened tinitus
  • celebrated midsummer’s eve with good friends
  • successfully took two distance courses in Flash Animation and Concept Art in the evenings
  • started participating in a tegakie TF2 rp (fun times!)
  • started playing TF2

Happy Cinnamon Bun Day

Happy Cinnamon Bun Day from me and Aggi!
Here’s a tribute made by us!

Sherlock Buns!

Ballerina Mario went to Madrid

I have totally forgot to share something incredibly awesome with you all.

One of my fan arts of Super Mario got exhibited in Madrid as a part of the celebration of Mario’s 25:th anniversary! The exhibition is called ONCE UPON A TIME SUPER MARIO and will last until the 3:rd of October.

The original piece. The exhibited piece is in the end of this post.

Here’s the story!

A year ago I was contacted by two persons from e-mails. I was asked to exhibit a drawing I did of Super Mario back in 2005 since it was “so hilarious!”. I was really flattered and eagerly looked for the original piece on my back-up discs, only to find out that the original piece wasn’t high in resolution at all! It was only a digital sketch after all – a gift for my friend Aggi. I quickly re-sized it into the required resolution and refined it a bit and sent it in along with a note about what Mario has meant to me during the years.

“This is a drawing I painted for a good friend of mine.
She and her sister had a song about Mario and his cake
when they were kids – which was one of the inspirations
behind this piece.

Mario has been part of my life as long as I can remember.
My family always got the new Mario games and one of my
earliest Mario memories is from when me and my big
brother played together. I used to hide under his bed when
things got scary or too difficult for me to play. I think I
share similar memories with a lot of people around the
globe! Mario truly has been part of so many people’s lives.
He is truly a loved character!”

I had some mailing conversations with these guys for some time and then they suddenly went silent for a looong time. Until they contacted me again recently, back in august where they said the date for the exhibition was set – on Mario’s 25:th anniversary! Of course! It’s brilliant!

I can’t express enough how happy and honored I am to have been selected to participate in something big like this. 🙂 This Mario piece was drawn for Aggi back in 2005 – so I guess it’s thanks to her and in honor of her! One of her pieces was really close on getting exhibited too, but sadly it didn’t make it. Her Mario pieces are, in my opinion, some of the best there are!

My Ballerina Mario has gotten listed on tons of “Mario in Different Styles” design blogs a few years ago, which I guess is how they ran into my piece in first place. It’s pretty awesome!

Here’s the 35 pieces that got selected for the exhibition
Here’s a Spanish video of the exhibition
(0:37 seconds = Ballerina Mario)
A snapshot of a short interview by Nintendo World Brazil interview

“I was very excited about getting an invitation to participate in the
event as I am a game developer myself. Nintendo and Mario are huge
inspirations to me. I have many beautiful memories of playing Mario with
my big brother when growing up – and I still enjoy playing the Mario
games! Mario Kart Wii is my current favorite! You can tell
I’m honored to be part of such an exhibition!

When I recreated Mario I felt playful! I know my drawing
maybe is a bit out of character – who’d
think Mario would jump
around in a ballerina suit carrying a delicious cake? – but yet we get
to see Mario in funny and playful situations in the games – like
carrying a bee suit. That’s why I created Mario in ballerina suit.
It truly inspires me that there are no boundaries on what Mario
can do – both game play wise and as the character we know.”

Thanks to José Arcas, Cristina Perez, Igor Andrade and everyone else who worked on making this exhibition happen!

And finally – here’s the exhibited piece in its final version.
If you want it in full resolution for print or just personal use, feel free to contact me!

Soaking wet!

Today the weather started to get really bad around 17:00 (super dark clouds and thunder!).
I started biking home around 18:30 and halfway home the rain started pouring down like crazy
and around me there were lots of thunder and lightning! Cozy! Reminds me of summers back
home a bit. The rain was less cozy though. :S

(I rock at drawing bikes…)

My body feels all sore. Yesterday evening/night me and Robert helped our friends moving. Since the trains are going at irregular basis we had to take a bus and ended up on the wrong side of where we live (there were no other bus-stops!). We got back home at 01:30. He slept like a log but I could hardly sleep because of all the activity. XD Went back up 06:30 and jumped onto my bike on new adventures! Have been sleepy all day, though.

Today’s highlight: got messages and mails from lots of awesome people. Gotta reply asap! 🙂

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