18 December 2013

Calendars & mittens



Top photo, this years calendar - november illustration. 
Bottom photo: traditional patterns for Latvian mittens. 

Do you also get this annoying hole in your mittens thumb from biking? I hold the handle in a way that rubs the inner thumb. Whaaat? All my beautiful latvian mittens have holes in their thumbs.
And then I'm just to lazy to patch them so I stop using them. Or sometimes I use them with an inner glove. These are grand problems.

I've been at my new job for 2,5 weeks now. It's strange changing environment like that, with just a few days between my new and old job. It felt really weird at first. But now I'm getting used to the new environment and things feel better. Today I was in the forest all day for a photoshoot, it's pretty there now. The birch trees are so purple when you see them all together. And the green mossy glades don't disappear during the winter months :) 

08 December 2013

First snow







Yesterday we woke up to the first snow this winter. As always it went from being grey to being VERY PRETTY. Today it's all wet though and utterly icky outside. But we had one day at least :)

05 December 2013

Posters by Lotta Olsson




Lottas Träd by Lotta Olsson

I saw these picture some time go and I immediately though "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS??".
I just think they're so perfect. If I'd buy a poster I'd definitely get one of these :) 

03 December 2013

November isn't grey in Haväng




Last weekend me and Robert made a road trip to the east side of Skåne. First we visited this little waterfall but later we drove to Haväng. It was such a beautiful afternoon. No wind and the beach was almost empty. We went into the pineforest that's alongside the beach... and everything was still so green and you couldn't feel that it was november. Then two girls came riding through the forest on pretty brown horses and the hooves mades these calming muffled sounds when galloping on the moss.
Every time I've visited Haväng it's been so magical. 

01 December 2013

Silhouette illustrations for M.A.T.


Since City Cross new food store M.A.T. has opened this wednesday I thought it might be ok that I show the parts were I've been involved. My former workplace was in charge of most of the creative shaping of this store. I got kicked into the project almost at the end and was asked to make the illustrations for fruits and veggies, meats, family- and dog parking etc. They wanted a rough sprayed silhouette style. Might not be much from my personal style but it's still cool to see it in the actual store.


It's called M.A.T. and this is what it looks like from the outside. That my little chicken on the big sign :)

The copper lamps are such a great detail in the store.

 The little piggy for "Köttmästeriet" is mine, also there's a cow on the other side.

There was a paper printed for the bread boxes were they had combined some of my illustrations (and some of their own).


My photograph of Kärnan in Helsingborg, color reduced and then pampered a bit by another illustrator.

This illustration isn't entirely mine but also another illustrators. It always gets a little messy in an ad agency. You do a sketch, then an illustrator continoues, and then suddenly when you have the finished work the client wants it to look more like the sketch. So I change the original. Then it's hard to say who's done what in the end. 

30 November 2013

Visiting rabbits






After that horrible angora rabbit clip from PETA showing everywhere, I thought visiting and cuddling some rabbits would be in order to get back my happy thoughts back. Luckily my friends sister works at a 4H-gård (like a "city-farm" for kids) so me and my pal said hi to all the fussy ones.
That's me holding the baby bunny... oh my gosh, we nearly died, we just wanted to take him with us! He could fit in our pockets. 

28 November 2013

Society6 baby clothes & free shipping


Hey guys, it's so funny, Society6 announced that they now have kids t-shirts and onesies and then on one of the photos I thought.... wait a minute...who's pillow is that?? And it was mine! I thought that was pretty cool....since there are soooo many artists on Society6. The Fox on fishing boat pillow really is one of the best I think. I gave one to my mum and my mum gave another one to her friend with a boat. He really liked it too.

Also they have free shipping this week. I don't know if they'll have it again before christmas. Just a heads up. I hate nagging about my shop, but I know that some do use the free shipping moments. It's not like my earnings are high, but I love that it's a way for my work to be spread and seen by more people. That itself is worth a lot :)

I have some photographer friends that have opened a society6 shop... but photos are almost impossible to sell. I think I've sold 5 photos or something on my photography shop. Illustrations really attract more people.
And as goes for art on products, I definitely think that the pillows is the best one for my pictures. The least suiting are t-shirts. Also t-shirts give me the lowest profit, about 1,80 dollars... which would be 12SEK. For artists on the sites, we can't choose our profit on products, we always get 10%. Only on prints can we choose the earnings - so I usually add something between a 6 and 10 dollar profit.
But one of the most stupid things are that they don't ship to Latvia. What's that about? They ship to Lithuania and Estonia... I'll have to email then about this... again :P



26 November 2013

Status update



Lollo looks so proud and arrogant in this photo. Not like today when he simply looked confused :)

I thought I'd update my status, I feel I write so little of my life on the blog that it was time to make up for it. I personally don't like when personal blogs somehow stop being personal.
I'll start at the beginning of the year. In february I went to Lofoten to teach, as I have the past years, and in march I began to work as a graphic designer at an ad agency.  At first the job was really fun. It was my first real employment ever so I was very new to the environment. I had been unemployed for 8 months before that (after graduating university).

During the summer me and Robert made a roadtrip to Norway and later I went to visit my sister in Italy (I still haven't showed pictures from that, but I will :). After the vacation the job situation changed. I was involved in a really stressful project that left me with a strong migraine (one afternoon I couldn't walk straight, couldn't talk right, was numb in the left part of my body and had blurry eyesight). It wasn't a big deal in reality, I just had never experienced a strong migraine before, but it left me a little worried - that a working environment could effect your body that much (especially since an ambulance came to get me because they thought I was having a stroke).

Well, the migraine hasn't come back after that so all is well. But yes, after summer work wasn't as much fun and I could feel that we were loosing clients. In the end of september this was confirmed and we were told that 7 people had to leave the office. I was the newbie so of course I had to go. During my last month I looked for work almost every day and our creative director was very kind and did his best to recommend me to other places. Luckily I was offered a new spot at a smaller agency a few days ago. I start next week so this week I am free to do what I please.

It feels good to continue to a new place. I don't think that the agency I left was bad, but the economical situation effected the mood a lot and made it a difficult environment to be in. I know many people have experienced this in a working place, so I'm sure some of you know the feeling.

People ask me what my current personal art projects are... but I haven't got any yet. I want to force myself... and also I don't. Maybe I've been looking to much at other peoples work - and sometimes I just get the feeling that I don't know what I can contribute with anymore. I feel like everything's been done and that we're all just copying each other nowadays. Before ideas for illustrations and photographs used to pop up in my head, just like that, but now it's been blank for a while. If you have any words of wisdom concerning this creative stillness, please feel free to share :)
For an artist it's completely terrifying when the creative spark is gone. Because the creativity is so much in your personality. 

15 November 2013

Autumn




Forest images from Skäralid (Kopparhatten) before the leaves went yellow.
If you want free shipping from my society6 shop you'll get it by going through THIS link. It's active until/through sunday (US time).

11 November 2013

Monday inspiration





Good morning!
Photos from my pinterestboards illustrations and landscapes.

09 November 2013

Introducing mugs


Society6 has added mugs as a new product. 

05 November 2013

The sea side





Simrishamn and Haväng during the last day of August.

26 October 2013

The 2014 calendar is here!!



I'm very happy to announce that next years calendar is up for sale!
It will be my last calendar... so it's now or never :)

It's definitely my favorite one so far.
I've only gone for the bigger format this year. 21x21 cm.
It's printed on 140 gram uncoated paper, produced from 100% post-consumer recycled fibers.

The price is 30 Euro (≈ 250 SEK) and shipping within Sweden is cheapest.
You don't have to pay with paypal, just choose that you don't have an account and you can proceed paying with your regular credit card.

Go to shop

25 October 2013

Fox & squirrel



It's very rare to see foxes where I live... so when me and mum passed this little one on our way home it was a superbig moment for me :) He was living in a paddock with a lot of white cows.

It's been a rough couple of days, I've been informed that I'll have to leave my job in one month, so that plus some other things has made the future look really wobbly. I guess I just have to find a new path and keep going. 

22 October 2013

Apples & Pumpkins





My shops have free shipping until next week. Remember, if you want to give away a pillowcase or tote bag for christmas, it takes a few weeks before Society6 prints and sews them. When they ship to me in Sweden it has often taken about 4 weeks.
Links to Illustration-shop and Photography-shop.

Images above are from late august in the south-east of Sweden (österlen).