It’s hard to draw straight lines on a moving train. Sketched a bunch of faces today in my mini sketchbook. I’m actually having so much fun doing these faces at the moment. Feel like I’m learning so much, but even more important, it makes me feel so happy to draw! I won’t say where I’m heading at the moment, but if you want to figure it out I’m going to the same island as George R.R Martin ; )
It’s my birthday today! Spent it on the beach, eating strawberries and drinking white wine, in a town I had never been to before, so awezume! I was lucky enough to get some sun on my big day as well, and an extensive book about how to run aquariums. I’m preparing on making my long term dream come true and get my own fish tank after the summer!
I totally like my small note book for making sketches. Doing face studies of handsome dues, what a great way to relax after a long day! If you like to view more work in progress and all the stuff that I make but don’t post here, feel free to bookmark or follow my Instagram: @saxen8.
Visited the famous Candy Crush maker King’s office here in Malmö last week! They got a pretty impressing space, filled with free snacks for their employees, breakfast, smoothies and a big gaming corner. There was also a pool table, colorful paintings on almost each wall and so many creatively decorated meeting rooms! We played some Super Smash and got a couple of beers, fun times!
Some faces from imagination, to relax and have fun! I play around with constructing heads and faces at the moment. Usually I draw a very rough sketch at first, using some colored pencils, then work on top of that with a black ball point. It’s very nice to see the drawing take form when I get to the ball point step, that’s where all the magic happens! It’s 100 times easier to do anything if you start out with a rough sketch or framework at first, and then build on top of that. This applies to a lot of stuff in life. Get your basics right before you add the frosting, even if the frosting is the part you enjoy the most.
This image of a small Kingfisher is something I painted the day before my painting of the Eagle-Owl this week, and it too was first a very rough sketch. I was testing out some stuff, just doing whatever felt nice. The real fun part was to play around with the mixer brush to create the huge flakes around the bird, after I was done painting the animal. I think it was fun because I got to harvest all the hard work I invested in the foundation, it’s like you set the stage and finally get to perform! It’s the part when you don’t have 100% control, you just play around and explore happy accidents < 3 Do you include a phase for happy accidents when you do creative work, or do you mostly follow a formula or a pattern? If yes, then why/why not? I know some people plan almost all of their work, while others plan almost nothing of it, just the very basics.
Here’s an owl I painted tonight in Photoshop, from the ground an up. I looked at some refs to get the pattern right, but it’s made totally by me. I use the mixer brush to get the shattering effect. This is an Eurasian eagle-owl, one of the biggest owls in the world. I really, really love birds, always have. I think they are super fascinating. As a kid I used to draw tons of them an literally fill the walls of my bedroom with them. I collected feathers and sewed them onto clothes to create the best bird costume ever!
Right now I only want to paint fun stuff, no studies. If you feel like hanging this guardian on your wall and support my art career, feel free to check out my premium prints here.
I’ve been helping Mediocre with some community management for the past year. Last night they won an Apple Design Award for their latest game Does not Commute, over at The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco! Huge congrats! You guys absolutely deserve this! The game is truly unique, fun and super polished. If you’re curious to try it out, just head over to the App Store and download it for free : ) It features cars, adultery, time travel and you are literally your won worst enemy. The lovely story is written by Simon from Simogo (the company behind hits such as Device6 and Year Walk). The full list of winners and some nice photos of Dennis and Henrik from Mediocre can be found over here.
It’s June! This means two things. First off: 1) it’s supposed to be summer here in Sweden (hint: it’s not), and 2) my company Casen Crowd has turned 1 years old! In other words: I managed to survive for one year as self-employed/freelance. I’m very happy about this, and so thankful I’ve got to be part of so many awesome, cool projects, met so many nice people and had my friends and family sometimes advising me or gave me a high-fives when I needed it the most. Thank you all who believe in me, gave me a chance or provided feedback so far.
I’ve learned so much, more than I believed to be possible in one year. The past 12 months have been quite the roller-coaster. Some months have been fun, smooth sailing, while others…not so much. I remember giving most of my family home made gifts for Christmas since I could not afford buying them stuff. There has been way more lunchboxes than I would like to think of (when you eat the same fucking lentil soup for three weeks in a row you start to question your life choices…). But there has also been a lot of hard work, confusion and small victories. The best part of doing my own thing is without a doubt that I meet a lot of people, and that I get to work from almost anywhere. I can work from home, at my office, while traveling or at a train. I can take a break whenever I want to, go out for a walk or sleep in one day if I need to. The flexibility is very nice, but it does test your self-discipline. However, after this summer I might start looking for joining a team of some sorts. In the end I’m a bit too extrovert to be working on my own. I perform best if I have a team working with me.
Last week I visited Stockholm and got to see both the DICE and Spotify offices (top image), which was nice! Spotify got free snacks for all their employees…! It’s like literally eight fridges packed with nuts, wraps, protein bars, soft drinks, mineral water, salads etc etc for the people who work there. That alone makes me want to work at Spotify! Speaking of nice things, I rewarded myself with some new gym clothes a few weeks ago. I’ve now managed to go to the gym for more than one year, and I really feel stronger and healthier. The image in the middle is from December last year, and the last one from this week, it’s good to see some progress!
Anyways, that’s enough talk for one post. I’ll get back to the art posts eventually, don’t worry! I’m drawing, I just don’t want to show it to anybody at the moment.