Made a photo study a few days ago. Just felt like looking at something beautiful and painting using the blending brush. Gotta love the blending brush! < 3 I tried not to add too much detail in this, and to make the layers kinda organized. But mostly I just wanted to have some fun!
Some photo studies I’ve done, approximately two hours each. Added some elements of my own to them before finishing. It’s more fun that way : P I experimented a bit with adding some text to the bottom image, but scrapped the idea just before I called it done. Maybe next time. We’ll see!
Right now I’m approaching each image like a puzzle I want to solve, and it’s just so much fun! I browse around on Tumblr and pick something that looks like fun. The photos need to have something challenging in them, as well as appeal to my feels.
When doing the top image my goal was to find a way to paint the the amazing light rays, and with the bottom image I wanted to find a way to make the comets look good. I view making images more and more like cracking mysteries and solving problems : )
Skåne is the southern part of Sweden. My friends surprised me with a car, some food and a map, and then we went on a whole day of adventures! We basically drove from coast to coast, visited a lot of historic places, old forts, a creepy-cool lime stone cave and Nimis (an illegal built tree house that over the years has come to grow to this epic fort, hidden my the beach in a nature park).
We fooled around at all these places, eating way to expensive pizza, driving around and hiking in the woods. We actually got lost on our way to find Nimis towards the end of the day, and what should have been a one hour walk ended up taking almost three. After getting lost in the woods we decided to walk along the rocky beach, which slowed us down considerably. The way to Nimis isn’t marked on any routs since it has been built illegally, and our phones were dead or out of Internet.
We finally found Nimis and managed to get back to the car just in time for the sunset, hehe. But it was totally worth it! This treehouse is so cool, and I’ve already tried to find it one time before so I just didn’t want to give up again. I’m so happy my friends take me on adventures like this < 3 On out way back we stopped by a hamburger place along the highway, and had some food. I got to drive as well, which was nice! All these photos are by my dear friend Nina.
More photos from the hiking trip to Poland! As you can probably tell the nature is so beautiful! In average we walked for 8-9 hours a day, which left your feet a bit sore. I didn’t bring any hiking boots with me since I this was my first real hiking trip and I didn’t want to put a lot of money on something that I would potentially only use once. But now when I know I like this stuff I’ll probably invest in a nice pair of boots for the next time. Sneakers worked just fine, as long as you mind your steps and are being careful.
We climbed the peaks of Kozi Wierch and visited the Kościeliska Valley. The amazing little bright blue lake in the photos is the “Black Pond” above the equally beautiful lake Morskie Oko. Unfortunately you were not allowed to swim there, and the water is really freezing. It was amazing to see all the brown trout in the lake, swimming around like they were not afraid of humans at all! My pollen allergy made it too difficult to climb to the highest peak called Rysy, but at least I had a great time exploring the two lakes while the rest of the gang continued to the summit.
I’m back from a trip to Poland! It was sort of a mini vacation (or at least I did my best to only work a few hours every day, whenever I happened to have Wi-Fi). The last two weeks has been nothing but wonderful! I just feel so happy and lucky. I truly had the time of my life, together with an awesome bunch of old and new friends (mostly game devs from Paradox and Hazelight). Just before going I threw a housewarming party at my place, celebrating the fact that I finally managed to furnish the place after living here for more than 1,5 years LOL. The party was really nice, and I got a selfie-stick as an “ironic gift”, haha! Of course I made sure to bring the stick on my trip as well. The perfect gift, haha!
Going to Poland was very exciting, the only Eastern European country I visited before is Estonia, so I was very curious about Poland. The country is huge, with a very rich history and culture, but I knew almost nothing about it, besides from the very basics of its unfortunate fate during the World Wars. We flew from Copenhagen to Kraków, which only takes about one hour. My Polish friend Agnieszka was our guide for the trip. The average Polish citizen seems to be better at Russian or German than they are at English, so having her translating everything from menus to cab directions was very helpful. I managed to learn two words in Polish during my stay: Biedronka (Ladybug) and Herbata (tea) : P The language resembles Swedish in some way, but I find the pronunciation extremely difficult.
The architecture in Kraków’s Old Town, where our hostel for the first night was located, was so beautiful and inspiring! Kraków was not destroyed in the war bombings, so most of the city is still preserved. However a lot of the buildings were almost falling apart due to lack of maintenance, covered in ivy and wild flowers. Kraków is a city where many young artists come to live and create, like Kreuzberg in Berlin. Compared to Sweden the food in Poland is crazy cheep, and you almost always get more than you manage to eat, if you go to a restaurant. Beer is usually less expensive than water! I could feel the creative spirit in this city, and the majority of the people I saw on the streets were between 20-30. This place really got my imagination flowing. I could totally move here for a summer to do some sketching and writing < 3 It was like each old house had it’s own story to tell. Walking around in the city filled my brain with so many new ideas.
After sleeping in Kraków for a night we headed towards the mountain village Zakopane, located towards the Slovakian boarder, near the majestic High Tatra Mountains. Zakopane would be our main base for five days as we did hiking and followed different mountain trails. The architecture in Zakopane was also very cool, you could see these houses with pointy ceilings everywhere, looking a bit like the Stave curches in Norway. The houses in Zakopane looked like miniature versions of the mountains surrounding them, with all theirs pointy shapes, floors and balconies.
I got another batch of photos coming from the hike itself, I just need to sort out the best ones. But as you can tell from the bottom image the nature in the High Tatra Mountains is extremely beautiful. I had no idea this could be found in Europe!
Just a quick little photo dump of what I’ve been up to lately! At the top there’s a photo I shot when visiting the game development school of Ädelfors, together with some very nice teachers from The Game Assembly two weeks ago. It’s nice to be able to help the kidz studying there and to get the chance to feel their inspiration and drive for making games! I’m involved as part of the advisory board for the school’s game education.
The photo depicting nature is something I snapped while running one morning in Norway, two weeks ago. The nature just outside of Bergen is truly stunning, a lot of small springs flowing everywhere. It’s hard to believe you are no more than 30 minutes outside a big city when you see stuff like this. It was so beautiful I had to stop every few minutes just to take photos and enjoy all these amazing plants, flowers, birds and old pinewood trees. Easily the best setting for a run a I had in a long time!
After that there’s a photo from the indie game dev beer in Malmö, hosted by my former employer Tarsier Studios, together with Nordic Game (the company behind the much loved yearly Nordic Game Conference). I had a great time, drinking cola from old fashioned glass cans and playing some of the old arcade and pinball games at the club. It was nice to meet some new devs and just hang out with a gang of old friends.
Bottom two photos are from yesterday’s release party for Mediocre’s brand new game “Does not Commute”. The guys had made these cool bumper stickers based on stuff from the game. There was live music, food and plenty of drinks. I felt a little bit shy that night, so found myself a spot in a corner and just kinda watcher everything, but in the end some of my friends took a seat next to me and I had a great time. I’m so happy to see the game is featured in the App Store and Google Play right now! Read some of the reviews earlier today, and so far people seem to absolutely love DnC : )
I’m back after a well needed vacation. Here are some photos from my diving trip to Egypt. I don’t have a scuba license (yet), but planning on getting one as soon as I got some extra cash saved up. More photos to come later on, got a ton of them that needs sorting. Here are some photos from 2012 when I visited the very same hotel for the first time.
1. I didn’t see the car as a 3D object. I somehow saw the image as just a 2D exercise about color and how the sky reflects in highly reflective materials like the hood of a car. I wasn’t fully aware of what I was trying to accomplish or learn by painting it. My hand was like “hey this is a 2D image, let’s learn about the color reflections“, while my (unconscious) brain was like “woah, woah there’s a lot of perspective on this 3D form, how are you gonna handle this?“. And so it ended up in a car-wreck.
2. Perspective. This is like my blind spot when it comes to art. I have no idea of how it works. So I’ve purchased some videos from CTRL Paint and started to read the book called “Perspective! For Comic Book Artists” that my friend Karrey borrowed me a while ago. I can”t beat around the bush forever and deny the fact that I don’t have any clue about how this shit works. Let’s hope I can level up my skills. On another note, I’ve shot some photos from here and there just to remember special color and lights. This one above is from Lanzarote, from my vacation two weeks ago. The light when the sun was setting was absolutely amazing, but my iPhone is just a tiny bit too crappy to capture the light in it’s full glory. All the stuff and small particles of Saharan sand floating in the air made the sunsets truly amazing. The light then bounced on the water and reflected the blue right back at the white houses facing the beach. I’m sorry my camera can’t do this justice, tried to snap some reference for painting later. Here’s another one that maybe captures the gradients of the sky reflecting on the white houses:
Damn, I just love sunsets and sunrises! They are so beautiful and magical. Everyone of them are unique. Some colorful silent explosions in the sky, others barely noticeable at all, lasting only a few moments and gone forever. I’ve noticed that different parts of the world actually experience different light and different sunsets. When I was living in Finland, out in the Baltic Sea, on the Åland Islands, the light was truly different from the light I experience here in Southern Sweden. The light on Lanzarote was different from the light in Sweden. I guess it comes down to the angle of degree the sun tilts towards Earth, if you are surrounded my sea or earth, time of the year and other stuff. It sometimes seems like the sky is “big” or “small” depending on your own geographical location. When I was living in Skövde, Sweden, the sky seemed much broader and higher, and here in Malmö the sky seems a tiny bit closer. I have no idea why? As a kid I always believed it to pretentious bullshit when artists spoke of “the light in France” or wherever. I was stupid enough to believe the sun must give the same light to everywhere on Earth, the only difference would be how much of it.
Here are some skies I’ve collected over the years:
Sunset over Skövde, Sweden, spring. Skövde had some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. The sky was often clear of big clouds and the colors were often amazing. I love how a single star is visible, it’s such a nice contrast to the fuzzy pink clouds.
Sunset over Åland, Finland, late autumn. I like how it looks like the big, dark clouds are swallowing the last light. There’s plenty of green and yellow in this scene, almost no pink or clear blue. The water makes such a beautiful mirror. Sometimes when I’ve seen photos from Åland I have recognized them based on the light, before I knew it was shot on Åland.
Last one, a hot summer night here in Malmö, South of Sweden. Denmark is visible across the sea, the sky clear and the soft gradients absolutely beautiful!
Right now it’s early spring here in Malmö, and each night there’s an amazing light between 5 and 6 o’clock just when the sun sets. I have tried to capture it with my camera, but it’s very elusive and my IPhone just can’t keep up with the show. When the sun sets it’s this clear, perfect almost glowing blue, stars peeking trough and the air just feels so “clear”. Hard to describe, and it only lasts for a couple of minutes. Some nights I’ve run right up to the attic in my new house, just to have a chance to see the show. I found this small, small window in the roof in my storage space, big enough to offer a small, cropped view of the sunset. Haha, call me crazy, but it’s totally worth running up the stairs for : D