December 27, 2009
December 22, 2009
December 9, 2009
November 30, 2009
So december is just around the corner, and christmas is getting even closer.
Last week I finished up the new poster for Brrrap!! Brrrap!!
This time we decided on a underwater theme, and I love drawing underwater
creatures. I will do some decorations as well, later on for the event itself,
will post some photos of that when it's done.
Here are a few books I really love and they have been hugely inspiring.
The black one is "the art of finding Nemo", and the grey one is
"Book design of graphic designers in Japan" and last but not least
"the sweetly diabolic art of Jim Flora"
Inside the sweetly diabolic art of Jim Flora
Posted by Kenny at 03:06
October 25, 2009
October 7, 2009
September 11, 2009
Finished a new Picnic with panic print this week, will be sent to the printers soon, I'm just
going to work out what color tshirt I'm gonna use, I'm also thinking about sweatshirts :)
Below are a few pictures from the work process.
Maybe I should make this type treatment into a font to, might be cool.
But I will leave that thought for another day.
Posted by Kenny at 03:47
September 5, 2009
September 4, 2009
September 3, 2009
Finally got hold of "the Line King" a few weeks ago, been waiting to watch this documentary for some time now.
The Line King is the a documentary about Al Hirschfeld, one of my favorite illustrators of all time, he truly was "the line king" :)
if you're not familiar with his work you should check it out.
And if you get a chance do watch the documentary I found it extremely inspiring.
Here is a clip from the documentary, where Al tries it the new technology; computers and a wacom tablet :)
Posted by Kenny at 22:58
August 22, 2009
Made this record cover for Moloken's debut album this summer, it will be released early september over
at discouraged records. The visual concept revolved around the titel of the album "our astral circle",
that everything comes in circles repeating itself. In the booklet I used semi abstract photos of details
in the forest, the photos can be seen below:
Posted by Kenny at 14:12
August 11, 2009
I just remembered this illustration I did for the Swedish Save the children youth branch, this spring, I think I forgot
to post it here then, but here it is. It was used as a cover for a book (will post a photo of the book later).
I got the brief it should symbolize the two youth organizations Allan and Ellen's struggle and energy.
And I came up with this idea of using paint in a lot of a different vibrant colors dripping and floating
around and that they form a fist in the middle between the two youth organization logos.
Posted by Kenny at 07:54
July 28, 2009
2 Months ago I made this illustration for Norrlands Operan, the opera house in Umeå. It's the poster for
a new opera version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie that they are setting up this fall.
You can read more about the event at their homepage here.
Above is the final version of the illustration.
This is the next to last version which is my favourite, it's a bit darker and less saturated.
I thought I would write a few words about the process and share some images.
The brief was to create a illustration that would work as a poster for the opera. This would be a new interpretation of
August Strindbergs classic Miss Julie, that would now be set in the 1930s colonial Africa on a rubber platage in the jungle.
They where looking for a creppy feeling with big insects and thick jungel that in a way kept miss Julie from leaving.
I started going throu old photographs of hairstyles and clothes from the 30s along with pictures of jungle, plants,
rubber trees and alot of insects to find the right style and inspiration.
Here's my first rough sketch, I think I had some thumbnail sketches in a sketchbook to but can't seem to find them right now.
I then continued on to a pencil sketch of Julie leaving the background for now.
After that I started inking. I found this really nice box of nibs for crow quills on a auction site, great find.
So this is what I use for the inking along with Black indian ink.
Every once in awhile Lego comes along looking for attation :)
This happends from time to time it's verry annoying but I guess I'm not that used to inking with a quill yet.
If you can't see what I mean it's the black spot that is suppose to be a white pearl in a neackless.
Almost done with the inking.
Details...details...details it's hard to stop when you work on a highly detailed drawing you can always add more and more.
The trick is know when it's enough.
So this is the final inked drawing, now time for some clean up work on the computer and coloring.
I scanned the drawing in 2 sections, because it was drawn on a A3 sized paper and I don't have that big a scanner.
So 2 sections then pieced it together in photoshop and cleaned up the lines.
Laying out some "flats".
And setting up some different layer masks.
So now we are moving on to the coloring.
Adding details to Julie's face, some eyelashes and freckles.
Trying out an idea I had from the beginning with black liquid rubber running down Julie's face and arms.
But I felt it would have been a to dark and scary look for this project so I decided to leave that out.
Adding some more highlight to Julie's skin and some other parts of the illustration like the birds and hair.
The character collects birds in the opera so that's why the are incorporated and the hair starts to form bird,
giving it a more surrealistic feeling and suggesting that her situation is also a struggle for her in her mind.
Adding some final details to the veins entangling Julie's arms.
And some final touches on Julie's face, some extra highlights here and there and so on.
Scroll to the top to see the final version again.
This was a very fun project and I've been looking forward to doing a project in this style for a long time.
So I finally got a great subject to try it out, and the end result is really nice I think.
Illustrating 1930s fashion and hairstyles, and thick wild jungle is really fun so I will probably return
to that in one way or another in future illustrations.
Anyway I really like the way this turned out, I hope you do to :)
Posted by Kenny at 12:31