Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

#Inktober over – Final gallery

In fun, illustration, personal, work on 02/11/2014 at 14:38

A very fun thing to be part of, it put some of the playfulness back into what I´m doing.
These are all for sale. Price: You name it. Just be sure you can look me in the eye when you do.
Drop me a line if you see something you like.

I put some rules for myself:
1. No sketching. Ink is ink is ink.
2. Only black ink (except one exception to confirm the rule)
3. Don´t spend more than 10 minutes on it.
-It was fun to see how the drawing turned out when you couldn´t sketch. It´s like doing surgery with a hand behind your back. The ones using photo reference turned weird and warped, because it was tricky to put in markers to keep the proportions in check, therefore some areas grew and others shrank, giving a kinda melted look. As well as how your eye gets used to mistakes, so things get skewed when your usual helplines aren´t present.

50 stealth sketches

In illustration, musings, personal, work on 30/06/2014 at 13:50

Things are progressing nicely. A bigger picture is emerging, even.

Check em out at the Stealth Sketch-tumblr.

See anyone you know?

Stealth Sketch -Surrounded by strangers

In blog, illustration, musings, personal, work on 16/05/2014 at 11:06

I started a while ago to sketch strangers on the Helsinki metro.

I´ve uploaded my favourites to a Tumblr here:

Some reasons to do this:
-It´s a great exercise, I think I could one day become totally ok at drawing. Who knows. You have to draw a lot to become good at it.
-It´s exciting to draw strangers without them knowing.
-I´m from a small place and now live in a capital city. I´m ambivalent about the amount of people I ignore on a daily basis. This is a nice reminder. Strangers are apparently people too. This is a nice way to remember them.
-It´s an interesting and problematic activity: We all own our own image, how much can a person take without asking? Is this voyeurism, drawing exercise or documentation? How much is yours, how much is mine? I interpret what I see, which is your face, which you own. I draw it and it becomes mine. Am I Cartier-Bresson or just a creep on the tube?

Ink pen straight in. No sketching or prep work allowed.
Be aware of facial form, proportions and unique characteristics. You are given minimal chance to observe and revise details. The object may leave or or change position at any time.
Selection of object is completely random and usually chosen from whether object is adjacent. You are usually not given the luxury of choice.
If the object stares back, stare at someone else for a while. Usually the object loses interest or thinks he or she has become completely paranoid. Or that you are a nutter best left alone.
You are allowed to touch up the drawing afterwards, using contour lines or hatching. No tipp-ex allowed. All your mistakes are visible. Accept that.

I don´t consider myself satisfied with any of the sketches here. I am hesitant to show these, but that is my own challenge. It is obvious that I am not exposing the strangers I am portraying, but myself in raw form as a draftsman. I´m not comfortable with that. It´s extremely important to feel some discomfort. The comfort zone can be slow death.

Some new graphics on Flickr!

In design, illustration, politics, work on 07/10/2013 at 11:37

Here´s a brochure I designed for Greenpeace back in May. Pretty happy with the result.
Script: Raisa Heinämäki/Virpi Oinonen
Click the pic to read the whole thing (in swedish)

Cover – The Deciders – We travel the airwaves

In design, illustration, music, Uncategorized, work on 10/12/2012 at 17:00

One of a kind improv/freejazz quintet The Deciders asked me to design the cover for their debut CD. I very happily complied.

This gig review might give you an idea what they´re up to:
‘…This type of anarchy seems par for the course for this band. A big, blowsy outfit with plenty of chops and energy in spades, they built a rollicking set in the boozy atmosphere of the Sardinia bar on Friday evening. If one player made a mistake, the rest would dissolve into fits of laughter before picking it up and blasting along with the song, their three-brass-pronged attack making the room rattle and roll, while Ole Morten Vagan tore around the low end with some gloriosuly savage bass playing.’

Here´s a video to sate your cravings for Deciders:

Taipale – Cities for sale – back cover

In design, illustration, politics, work on 04/10/2012 at 14:43

Artwork for new Into pamphlet. Click through to see the front.
More info:

NFF cover – grants

In illustration, work on 27/09/2012 at 14:23
NFF cover - fond by Karstein Volle
NFF cover – fond, a photo by Karstein Volle on Flickr.

Cover illustration for NFF-Bulletin
Subject:Writing grants.

Illustrator freehand drawing excercise

In illustration, work on 03/08/2012 at 10:03

I would never ask my students to do something I wouldn´t do myself.
Here´s a self portrait, sketched pen on paper, using an iMac as a mirror. Then scanned, imported into Illustrator and drawn out. Then coloured, edited and mutated to show the flexibility of vector graphics.

Click the pic to see the whole workshop series on Flickr.

How it´s done

In comics, illustration, personal, work on 27/06/2012 at 09:56

I wanted to give a little peek behind the curtain and show the workflow of one of the pages in my most recent book.

Click on the pic to go to my Flickr page and see how I built a page.

Skjebnebok – expanded edition

In comics, design, illustration, work on 05/06/2012 at 12:16

…om noen lurer på hva som befinner seg utenfor kanten av bokforsiden, fins svaret her.