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I am currently working on a few projects keeping me busy, in case you’re wondering:

Mini comic series: Piff and Gilly
These two are robbers sent to the future by accident by an angry genie.
The comic is set up as a intro-comic to something that looks like a series, wether it will be a ongoing thing or not im not sure of, however i love to draw it both because of the simplified style and the characters are fun to draw.
Theyre set in the same universe as my other comic, Extinct, having yurks and terrakins approaching them as well as Leodin from Septiocon (which isnt introduced in the main comic yet!). This is ALSO a colabration I am doing with my boyfriend for a tiny magazine.

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For a school entry assignment. This might just look odd now but this is just a draft.
Theres quite a few more too.

Comic: Extinct 

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Extinct is still ongoing, i am reaching the end of the first chapter!
And finally the mainstory arc can start…. yeah the “introduction” has last me a year now, its been put on tiny breaks quite a few times due alot of real life stress. However i look forward to concentrate on it during the summer again (:

Comic: Good morning, miss Winter.
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Is not dead, however i am to make less work for myself going for a black/white comic,
where i concentrate on backgrounds and details. Its slow to update but its probably going to speed up when i have more time in general for it.

Biased advices, the lesson of 2016

As a little summary:2016 has been the year where so many people around me has lost their close friends, family or the year where so many great historic people has died.
I remember talking to my mother after Alan Rickman passed how horrible it was, and discussing the events of death of David Bowie.
Then a few weeks later my mother dies (around 3am, 5th october), and then 2 months later we lose Carrie Fisher.
I know of family who’s been out and in of hospitals and one of my best friends lost his beloved dog a month ago who’s been with them for years.
I think year 2016 has been the most influenced year of them all (at least speaking from my own point of view). Its been the year of change.

The biggest lesson ever was the lesson to take in criticism and to be the one responsible for picking out which advices are biased and which arent.
– You choose which opinions that matters and which doesn’t, and the same goes for ‘useful advices’ from people.
People can spend years just doing what other people tells them to do and whats smart, which is a good way of avoiding to make mistakes. However you learn nadda by living after other peoples words.
I think choosing between which advices to take in and which is not going to make you grow is the hardest part in life.
Sometimes we need to look into ourselves and realise our mistakes, sometimes we NEED people to point out things.
But there’s also the times where people can point out things which remains biased.
Only you know how you work, you know when you need a break and you know your limits.
Being afraid of what others might think of you gets you nowhere.
Be open for self improvement, but remember there’s so many opinions out there and you’re OK to disagree with them too.
Your self value is not measured in other peoples views of things.
But be smart, and know when the opinions matters and when they dont!

My list of webcomics

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At some part of my life I used to have more time to read webcomics, however there’s a few I’ve stuck with for years and that’s still ongoing.
I’m a part of some english webcomic communities which is often artists grouped together where they share their love of making stories and reading others.
There’s difference from the communities but they’re often very helpful both as an artist and as a reader since you get so much to choose from.
Alot of great stories are on these pages, it is so open to just everyone to make comics so it makes the pool of diverse stories even bigger.

  • I got this list of favorites I usually go through every week-

    1. BloodStain by Sigeel
    This comic is so far as I know published on Sigeels DeviantART- A story of a girl trying to find a job, she finds one: At a nutty proffesors house in the middle of nowhere. Shenanigans occur. Love it!
    I think it updates random, but worth checking by! There’s about 3 chapters so far.
    Followed since 2015

    2. Sunstone by Shiniez /NSFW –LGTBQ+
    This story is actually done by Sigeels partner, also found on their DeviantArt
    -Sunstone is a S&M comic about two girls exploring their sexuality (among other things).
    Its written in a way where its not just porn, its a beautiful lovestory and the cute-factor is above average being a gay story about girls.
    Followed since 2015

    3. Tripping over you – By Suzanah and Owen – LGBTQ+
    Follows Liam through out his college years at a british dormschool where he meets the guy of his dreams- his best friend Milo. The story takes up everything from angsty teenage romance to how to deal with coming out to your parents. Cute art, fun characters!
    Followed it since 2012

    4. Simply Sarah – By SkyAngel /LGBTQ+
    Simply Sarah has alot of genre in one story- It follows Sarah through out her life from high school, college, university and so on and you basically live with the character and grow with her. She goes through every thing a normal person could (and some maybe not so normal) but its a very realistic done story and lovely art. There’s alot of tension and as the plot goes it gets more and more suspenseful. I think I’ve followed it since 2007.

    5. Bittersweet Candybowl – By Veronica/Soupy /LGBTQ+
    A dramastory about CATS. Its very dramatic. And there’s loads of cats. Ok I lied there’s dogs too. But there’s drama. I’m not sure how to describe it, but its a rollercoaster of emotions. It lays in the name. Cute art, it changes alot with the years but its fun to see how much an artist grows from start to finish (its not finished but you get my point).
    Followed since 2011.

    6. Whomp! – By Ronnie
    The best thing on the entire internet. Read it I dare you.
    Followed since 2013’ish.

    07. No End – By Erli and Kromi /LGBTQ+
    I found this story a year ago via SmackJeeves, its a beautiful post apocolyptic storyline about a bunch of people trying to survive the days after everyone has turned into zombies and whatnot. The story is suspenseful as hell and the art stays insanely accurate and stable through out the entire comic.

    08. Mindfold – By fallopiancrusader
    A sci fi comic about Darra trying to fight herway through the wastelands of a strange planet with catpeople and creepy animals. Beautiful art and the storyline too!

    More comics to come! 🙂

Oslo has so much weird stuff

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There is a curse in our capital city, Oslo, where as if you come to Norway and don’t bring along a sacrificial gift to the norwegians, preferably tacos, you’ll be stoned (literally).
There’s a odd place called Vigelandsparken/Frogner park featuring tons of stone-humans doing strange things to their kids.

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This is one of the big on the sightseeing list. I’ve only been there once (a year ago) and also that’s when I took these photos.
I spent alot of time taking shots for ideas, but ended up too facinated of the stone-dicks everywhere that I lost track of what I was doing(!) Anyway, let’s just take a look at these statues…
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I didn’t enter the entire place, I walked around, you start walking down a brigde of figurines. I can imagine this is a pretty cool place to get married, if you don’t mind naked people into the wedding.
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The top photo is the weirdest of everything you find in this park. It is a pile of NAKED HUMANS!
Like it wasn’t odd enough seeing the statues of people throwing their kids over their head, this is the cherry of the creamcake.
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Then there’s the most fameous statue of this park: Sinnataggen.
20150406_195505Its definately worth seeing, and i’m sure it looks alot more cool when its not during february or whenever these pictures were taken.

Inspiration

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I‘ve ment to do this post for a while so here it is:

So we all got different things that inspires us.
Inspiration is such a powerful tool we use to create, and we all get it from something.
It could be a pretty picture, a quote, movie, even a person could be inspiring.
Today Ill start by writing a bit about things that inspires me.
In my case since I was a little kid my main inspiration for everything I created was music.

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I am far from a musical genious.
I don’t play any instruments and nor do I have a super pretty singing voice, but music has some sort of affect on me that nothing else has.
Alot of people are affected this way, and for creating art is a very helpful tool to set the mood of something.
As far as I’m concerned music is possibly one of the most magnificent phenomenas in our world. Unlike art, music isnt setting a example of things. Art is visual and very direct in how it brings out its messages, though there is still certain art styles that makes you think and imagine the message yourself.
With music it can also be direct, but often the music can be visual.
Whenever I listen to music that inspires me, I get to a point where the music actually creates a very visual world and things that happens are often connected to the mood and settings the song has. For this I use all sorts of music, I love melodic electronica as well as classical pieces and old pop.
I always wanted to do a comic where music is one of the main influence of the story or art, and since Extinct was already a very strange concept based on a strange dream I decided to make it into a concept based on ideas I get as I move along.
I make playlists for everything I do, both for personal use and also for comics and arcs I am doing. If I am doing a romantic scene I put on a song which reflects what happens in the scene, or maybe which I can relate to what is going on.
My musical taste has not that much to do with it, when finding music for Extinct I just put together alot of different genres and songs which fit the settings, it was sort of a cool way to discover new music and not listen to the ‘song’ but the mood it can bring.
I discovered alot of indie music, as well as visually I use Electric Light Orchestra as a source for ideas because of the sleazy 80’s science fiction influenced albums and sound they got on alot of their songs.
Especially the album Time has a already storyline about a man being abducted by a strange creature which takes him into the future (2oth century!) where as all he wants to do is go back to his girlfriend. Very similiar with Laras situation just that she can’t really go back! As for the rest of the music they will all play a part through out the comic as Lara has a device with her which plays songs from our time period, which puts in some of our modern reality into the future reality of the comics settings!
As a unrelated note, music is also perfect when studying! I do better when I listen to movie soundtracks with no vocal than I do in silence.

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Inspirational movies for me is often the animated ones. I got a certain love for drawing and art and despite loving real-life set movies as well there’s something that appeals more to me with cartoons.
Despite this I do love genres which plays on the fantasy/science fiction aspect, like the Alien series which is one of the most science fiction movies I can think about.
Some of my favorite animation movies comes from Studio Ghibli, which im sure alot of other people can agree with!
The movies is so perfectly obscure and visually breathtaking and the stories are always a bit odd, which is what makes them so perfect. The blend with reality and fantasy is so tastefully put together and the art is out of this world.
As much as I absolutely adore Howl’s moving castle as well as Spirited away, my absolute favorite movie of all the things they’ve created is a movie which was considered the start of Studio Ghibli: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
It was made in the early 80’s as a post apocolyptic science fiction and while it doesn’t have the modern animation and the sounds are cheesy 80’s anime effects, it has some of the most interesting material i’ve seen in any of their other movies.
I absolutely love everything about it, there is so many awesome looking creatures, the scenery is like taken out of a dream and its just plain awesome!
I think the settings is actually more interesting than the storyline itself! It also features awesome looking alien bugs and giants in the dessert. I will admit Extinct is super influenced by it, but I try my best not to let it take over!
Princess Monoke is a movie i’m yet to see, but visually it looks amazing too!


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I will say that there is also some things from games that’s inspirational, especially in science fiction. Overwatch is new and I’ve not tried it but it has some pretty cool concept art, as well as I will say Borderlands has some influence on me.
And not to mention World of Warcraft.
I’m not a big gamer and I rather sit around watch people play than play myself.
Borderlands has a interesting setting and I love the art style which is sort of an animated mix which can at times look a bit like a comic!

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I know a few who get inspirational dreams.
Not everyone is capeable of remembering their dreams, i consider myself lucky to have a pretty good memory of them (while everything else just vanish in the matter of seconds. Unfair.).
Whenever I have a strange dream I write down the idea, because you never know when you might need it! Especially is this a cool thing for art. Seeing how one of my comics was based on a dream it is possible to create things with it.
I recently had a dream about some strange spectral shadowlike creatures which was caught walking among some ancient ruins. The fun part was that whenever you walked into it you got transported into another time.
Things like this is very cool ideas to use for later when creating stories which is supposed to be a bit obscure. I also wrote a story of a girl who entered a castle which literally ate people by sucking them into vents and through doors. Maybe Rose Red inspired me for that, I don’t know. I’m yet to find a place to put that in a comic, though!
Of course not everything is a good idea. I remember being chased by a giant goat cheese with legs when I was around 8. Depends of what you’re writing about I guess!

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A tip I got from watching a video once about concept art was to look through books. There is alot of great stuff you can find in books which is not put up on the internet!
This might fade a bit more into referance than inspiration, but one of his tips was to keep track of what’s a referance and what’s inspiration.
The library has so many interesting books you can use, if you’re creating a world for a comic, for art, or even writing,  you can use informative childrens books about things like the middle age or whatever you decide to have as a setting.
It shows in details what sort of weapons they used, what they wore, and the background details you can develope further into your story or use as a base.
I borrowed tons of books from the library when I started out doing a sci fi because I wanted to learn more about the universe, about space ships… Even weapons!
I also watched discovery channel while drawing as well as got alot of books on animals.
Its a highly underrated treasurechest. Going to markets where they sell old used books is also a great idea to create a exciting ref/inspo library!

As a last thing to add: Locations can inspire!
I work the best on the bus, ironically. Maybe because of the music i listen to!
What’s your main inspiration, and location? Do share!

Minor changes to dialogue in Extinct

Since Extinct started a bit shaky, like all first pages of my comics (…) I put down some time to re-do parts of it, that means the speechbubbles.
I made them round and moved them around a bit.
Some dialogue has been changed to fit better, nothing major.
Blaze is the only one who might have a more sassy tone since it works with the rest of the pages of him. The first ones he was a bit too serious.
Ill do the other ones too when I get the time for it and update them all.
The updates will be put up when I’ve finished doing all the pages…..
Here’s a preview:

I’ve thought of re-drawing the first page with Celia and Lara in the tree, because i wasnt so happy with it. Maybe stretch it over two pages. Too much text at one place.
I keep learning as I go and want this comic to be less of a cluster than GMMW was.
The next pages I think will be more stable, I am sticking to rectangle-formats from now on.

Quest: Do traditional-hand drawn comicpage.

So I started doing a comic page for Extinct even if i’m not supposed to.
BUT for the first time ever I actually did a page where I did NOT do the lineart nor the scetch digitally.
I did however do some changes and retouch after the scan, but else than that its drawn by hand with a very dry pen and pencil (Ï’m getting new pens when i get money).
I’ve become so inspired by doing handdrawn things i might just continue doing it.
There’s some issues with my scanner being pretty bad as well but i got another one waiting!
One of the main reasons I don’t like doing traditional comic pages is because i’m horrible at smudging and i have a horrible habbit of picking too soft pencils.
I changed the pencil in the middle of the drawing from a B. Yes i’m that bad at pencils…

BEHOLD: THE GLORIOUS ADVENTURES OF TRADITIONAL COMIC MAKING!

First: scetching.
Started using blue pencil to test out how it worked to remove them in photoshop. Didn’t work that well. Probably need to buy a special pen.

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SMUGDEMARKS ALL OVER THE PLACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ink:
And I started inking, did already about 3 mistakes and had to use my white corrector pen which Is supposed to be used for highlighting.
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Scan:
Oh god. The pencil marks.
First scan.

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Second scan:

Had to scan again because the pencil marks didnt go away. Managed to TEAR THE PAGE IN THE RIGHT CORNERRIGHT AFTER. I ereased the teared part.

Then coloring in glorious SAI.
I don’t like to use photoshop,

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Colors: 

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Then colors finished. YAY.
5/10 would do again.
Backgrounds are so much easier to do when you’re not doing it digital for some reason.

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Only issue was panel 3 where the drawing sort of stops. NO ONE NOTICES.

Oh shit i just said it loud.

QUEST: FINISHED.
You recived items:

20 f’ing coffees and a GOAT.
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YEAAAH.