Cartographica Imaginarium
kirbish:

Some birthday fanart for annalandin, how could I pass up drawing fanart of any character with white dreads??(Also you should check out her work it’s pretty great) 

Joy is knowing awesome people. Even greater joy is knowing awesome people who draw stuff for you. Check out kirbish’ webcomic, Freelancers, which is off to a great start. Also yes, today is my birthday. I made it to 26 with only a few dents and scratches! :D

kirbish:

Some birthday fanart for annalandin, how could I pass up drawing fanart of any character with white dreads??

(Also you should check out her work it’s pretty great) 

Joy is knowing awesome people. Even greater joy is knowing awesome people who draw stuff for you. Check out kirbish’ webcomic, Freelancers, which is off to a great start.

Also yes, today is my birthday. I made it to 26 with only a few dents and scratches! :D

Warm-up picture - atmosphere-shot for that shaman comic thing. Still working, still really busy. Will probably be really busy until about June, but on the upside, I’m getting a lot of stuff done.

Warm-up picture - atmosphere-shot for that shaman comic thing.

Still working, still really busy. Will probably be really busy until about June, but on the upside, I’m getting a lot of stuff done.

Hi guys. I know updates have been kind of infrequent around here, and that’s going to continue for a while - spring is one of the busiest times of year for me, and right now, I’m doing all the things. I’ve got an ongoing freelance-project where I’m illustrating a series of textbooks, I’m involved in two separate game-projects, I’m getting everything in order for the Stockholm International Comics Festival in May, I’m trying to paint traditionally more frequently than I have in the past couple of years, etc., etc. While it’s all a lot of fun, and I’m glad I’m as busy as I am, it does eat up my drawing-time. I am working on stuff - that shaman-comic I’ve been posting about, for example, is a work in progress (storyboards 99% done!), as well as all the other countless personal projects I’ve got spinning around in my head - but post-frequency here is going to remain low for the next while. I’m still around, checking in on asks and so on, and I’m going to do my best to at least post sketches like the above every so often, but yeah. I am a busy bee.

Hi guys.

I know updates have been kind of infrequent around here, and that’s going to continue for a while - spring is one of the busiest times of year for me, and right now, I’m doing all the things. I’ve got an ongoing freelance-project where I’m illustrating a series of textbooks, I’m involved in two separate game-projects, I’m getting everything in order for the Stockholm International Comics Festival in May, I’m trying to paint traditionally more frequently than I have in the past couple of years, etc., etc.

While it’s all a lot of fun, and I’m glad I’m as busy as I am, it does eat up my drawing-time. I am working on stuff - that shaman-comic I’ve been posting about, for example, is a work in progress (storyboards 99% done!), as well as all the other countless personal projects I’ve got spinning around in my head - but post-frequency here is going to remain low for the next while.

I’m still around, checking in on asks and so on, and I’m going to do my best to at least post sketches like the above every so often, but yeah. I am a busy bee.

Style-tests for that shaman-comic I’m working on (starting the storyboards now!). I want it to be kind of simple and clean, with sharp-edged shadows. Not only is that visually appealing, it is also a faster way to colour - and fast is kind of nice. Also, this lovely lady has a name now! It’s Asa Skullwalker, because apparently I have a soft spot for names that sound like they’re straight out of DnD.

Style-tests for that shaman-comic I’m working on (starting the storyboards now!). I want it to be kind of simple and clean, with sharp-edged shadows. Not only is that visually appealing, it is also a faster way to colour - and fast is kind of nice. 

Also, this lovely lady has a name now! It’s Asa Skullwalker, because apparently I have a soft spot for names that sound like they’re straight out of DnD.

Happy 20th birthday, Hellboy! I know I’m a few days late, but still. Felt I needed to do something for the 20th anniversary of one of my favourite comic characters. I can’t even properly articulate how much I love Hellboy - not only as a character, but all the universe and cast that comes with him. And Mignola’s mastery of shadows is something else, it really is. This whole picture is an homage to The Nature of the Beast (because I wanted to play with the imagery of flowers growing out of his blood and everything) but my favourite Hellboy-story is probably The Island.

Happy 20th birthday, Hellboy!

I know I’m a few days late, but still. Felt I needed to do something for the 20th anniversary of one of my favourite comic characters. I can’t even properly articulate how much I love Hellboy - not only as a character, but all the universe and cast that comes with him. And Mignola’s mastery of shadows is something else, it really is.

This whole picture is an homage to The Nature of the Beast (because I wanted to play with the imagery of flowers growing out of his blood and everything) but my favourite Hellboy-story is probably The Island.

Sketchbook things - still developing that comic idea I posted about. The animist/shaman again (I think her name will be Asa), and a secondary character.

Also still kind of doing all the things at once, so progress on my own things is a bit slow. Never fear, though - I’m still around!

Happy Pie Day! Talassa is eating the best of pies, which is raspberry crumble (with vanilla custard, of course). What’s your favourite pie?

Happy Pie Day! Talassa is eating the best of pies, which is raspberry crumble (with vanilla custard, of course).

What’s your favourite pie?

In-between all the other stuff I’m doing (and it is so much stuff), I’m working on a comic. Just laying the groundwork at the moment - character-designs, environment sketches, brainstorming a plot, etc., - but it’s going somewhere.

It’s basically about this scaredy-cat crybaby of a little boy who runs away from his problems and ends up running into the local animist (whom I’ve drawn before a few times) and then there’s some ghost-summonings and whatnot.

It’ll be a pretty short comic (I’m still finding my feet and looking at what longer-format comic I’ll work on next, now that I am definitely done with my 168-page meandering oddyssey Fathoms of the Sky - which shares a world with the comic in this post, in fact), so hopefully making the storyboards won’t be the angst-ridden everything-I-touch-turns-to-suckitude experience it usually is.

Today is International Women’s Day! To honour this, I thought I’d keep up my tradition from last year of drawing a totally rad fictional woman. Last year it was Yankumi from Gokusen, this year it’s Sister Peace the Solicitine from Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting (and Leeds the demon, because eating cookies alone is no fun).Speaking of Linda Medley and Castle Waiting - I recommend you check them out. Linda Medley’s inking is what my inking wants to be when it grows up, and Castle Waiting is beautifully drawn, wonderfully well told, and mixes equal parts humour and seriousness and is honestly one of my absolute favourite comics.

Today is International Women’s Day! To honour this, I thought I’d keep up my tradition from last year of drawing a totally rad fictional woman. Last year it was Yankumi from Gokusen, this year it’s Sister Peace the Solicitine from Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting (and Leeds the demon, because eating cookies alone is no fun).

Speaking of Linda Medley and Castle Waiting - I recommend you check them out. Linda Medley’s inking is what my inking wants to be when it grows up, and Castle Waiting is beautifully drawn, wonderfully well told, and mixes equal parts humour and seriousness and is honestly one of my absolute favourite comics.

1,8,11? :)

1.) My workspace!

This picture is quite old, but my setup is basically the same still - it’s just messier at the moment, and I’ve moved my comics to their own separate shelf. These days, the former comics-shelf houses markers and pencils and miscellanous bits and bobs.

8.) Do you listen to music while you draw?
Yes I do! I don’t mind the quiet, but I really like having something filling my ears while I work - it helps keep me focused.

What I listen to varies depending on what I’m doing. My taste in music is… all over the goddamn place, to be honest. Again, I need music that fits the mood of what I’m drawing. For example, if I’m doing something steampunk-y or generally gritty, Tom Waits is my go-to guy. All his stuff post-Raindogs is pretty much all awesome. But yeah, I’m all over the place. Video game OSTs, Disney soundtracks, Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Swedish punk like De Lyckliga Kompisarna, Coca Carola and Asta Kask, Flogging Molly, moody singer-songwriters, etc.

Lately I’ve been getting really into listening to podcasts - though I can only do that when I’m drawing. I can’t do it when I write/storyboard, because it distracts me from the plot. I’m into Welcome to Night Vale, the Nerdist Podcast, The British History Podcast*, etc.

(*I’m almost caught up on TBHP - and please, if anyone knows any similar podcasts about the history of other parts of the world, please, please, please recommend them. I am a history-nerd, and TBHP is an excellent way to learn while still getting work done.)

11. Self-portrait of what I look like right now:

100% factual representation of myself at this very moment, slouch, hat and lack of pants and all!

… I’m a freelancing illustrator. I can work pantsless if I want to. :P It’s one of the big advantages of the job.