In the last couple of years I have finally become a real tea-drinker. I used to love the idea of tea, but found the actual drinking kind of boring. Too quiet and kind, if you know what I mean? Not as dark and dangerous as coffee (yeah, I'm a wild child :). But I liked the ritual so much. I probably got the idea planted in my mind from watching movies (that is often the case with me). Drinking sweet tea on a porch in the American south (like in Georgia) surrounded by endless cornfields. Or drinking afternoon tea with ladies in stiff, fancy dresses i 19th century London. Or even slowly moving a slice of lemon with a silver spoon from one side to the other of a clear cup of tea, while watching the iceberg approach on the Titanic. Yes, it's a lot to expect from just one cup of tea, especially when you're still sitting at the same old kitchen table while drinking it. Anyhow. I've got the routine down now.
At the moment I only drink some kind of herbal mint-tea.
And since I sort of stopped drinking coffee at the beginning of this year (and can't do anything in moderation) I now drink about a dozen cups of it a day. I really hope there aren't any longterm side effects in the case of excessive intake, because then I might be in trouble.
Maybe it would be better if the serving sizes were a little bit smaller.
- Cup of tea, anyone?
A couple of weeks ago I made these illustrations for a magazine called Re:public. The article is about the REVA project. (The abbreviation REVA stands for Legal Certainty and Effective Enforcement, and seeks to boost the effectiveness of enforcement of deportations). The operation is carried out by the Swedish police together with the Swedish prison service and migration service.
These kind of stories/articles are usually illustrated with documentary type photographs, and of course in this case that was not possible since it is about people living in hiding, who need to remain anonymous. But I tried to create a couple of scenes, and photograph them from different angles in a way that would be similar to documentary news-photography. I really like how you can get so many photos and details from just one built illustration. In a way this technique is as time-efficient, as it is time consuming.
Here is a photo I snapped just now with the iphone camera (hence the poor quality). I'm building a mirror(ed) illustration! I haven't gotten very far yet, but... think of the possibilities?!
- Yes, I am a nerd.
Sometimes I forget why I love illustrating with paper. I get frustrated about where to put all the stuff when the illustrations are done, that it gathers dust and that I can't work just anywhere (like at a cafe for example), I need too much space, different tools and camera equipment. But then, when I'm in it, or nearly finished building, I always remember why:
Because not everything is decided beforehand! After the building is done, there is still the "furnishing", the lighting and the photographing left, and the end result can be something completely different than you expected. For example this illustration could be
or maybe, about her.
The light might be dim inside,
and super bright outside.
Everyhting is sort of put together at the last minute - that's what I love so much!
Happy Tuesday paper people!
Since I recently opened one of those Society6 shops I wanted to know how it works with the shipping and the overall quality of the products and packaging. So me and my sister ordered two Iphone cases from my shop, and about two weeks later they arrived!
She got the one called Pretzel,
and I got the one with the meadow illustration (from my Pinecone-book).
And I am so pleased with the quality of both cases! The colors are exactly the same as in the illustrations (a bit brighter here in the photograph than in reality) and the print is crisp and you can se all the small details. The plastic is hard and shiny and doesn't seem to scratch easily. The inside of the case is lined with a layer of silicone to protect the phone if you drop it (which I do much too often :)
The one "flaw" is that the pink color fades a bit to a lighter shade on the sides of the case, but it doesn't bother me really, maybe it's more noticeable on some colors/images than others (maybe darker colors?). My sister hadn't noticed it until I pointed it out. On the meadow-case you can hardly notice the fading, it looks natural since the illustration has a kind of watercolor-texture.
The right side looks like this,
and the bottom.
The packaging was properly made and gave good protection to the cases, and it took about two weeks for the products to arrive in the mail. We are two very satisfied costumers!
Happy Monday y'all!