Tag Archives: Malmö



Visiting Karlshamn to interview some game companies and a video game development school. Beautiful view!


Awesome statue in Karlshamn, outside the business incubators. Some people stopped to check if the girl was for real!


Visiting Stockholm, snapping this on my way to Göteborg on Sunday morning. I was super tired after singing karaoke until midnight. Only got four hours of sleep that night, but seeing all my friends and visiting King’s developer gathering was worth it.


Summer weather in Malmö today, hanging in the harbor after the weekly sketch jam, talking game development with some nice peeps.


The sun setting over Malmö’s west harbor. This is not far from were Junebud used to have it’s offices!

This weekend I visited Stockholm to do some business and meet with old friends. We celebrated a birthday and sang karaoke for four hours which was super fun. I really don’t have a good voice for singing, so I was kinda nervous, but after two beers and everyone else in the gang singing like fools I totally liked it! Had some time to catch up with University friends for a cup of coffee as well while in Stockholm.

Tomorrow is the start of the 11th Nordic Game Conference. Just like last year I will be working there, attending some lectures if I got the time. Looking forward to the event, it really gets you inspired about game development and serves as a perfect chance to meet new interesting people! Hope to snap some cool photos to show you later!

Also, I almost forgot! Here’s some photos from Ludum Dare in Sony’s offices a few weeks back. I was invited to give a talk about working with metrics guided game design. I might be in some of the photos!

Shooting Reference Photos In Malmö!










Yesterday was the first real day of spring here in Malmö, kinda warm and you could hear the blackbird sing when the sun had set and the darkness fell at around 7 pm. Spring flowers are peaking trough the dirt and the air feels clear and breezy. I snatched my phone and run around in my new hoods, trying to shoot some photos of the awesome light. It’s this soft, clear light that makes everything seem so hopeful and bright, warm and filled with gradients. I know my crappy phone camera won’t do this justice, but above you have some of the photos I shot. The first one is shot around 5:30 am and the last one 6:45 when the sun was gone and the sky became filled with stars. Obviously this time of the day is called “the golden hours” for a reason. These lighting condition lasts for only a few minutes or half an hour, so I hope I can use these reference photos later on when I wanna add some magic to my own painted images!


On another note I feel utterly lost tackling one-point and two-point perspective, vanishing points and horizon lines. All these stiff rules (and rulers) just drain all the fun out of painting. So many rules and just one tiny mistake messes up the whole image. But I try to think that since my brain is able to grasp real world perspective without almost any effort I must be able to learn how to draw in on a 2D surface sooner or later. It’s just a question about reverse-engineering!


dfvAlright, I’ve analyzed some about why the quick sketch of the car failed so hard. From what I can come to understand here are the core fails that I made:

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. sdcfsd 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



Face study 1,5 hours. Felt really weird today, went home sometimes after lunch and rested a couple of hours. A friend of mine had the stomach flu last week, for four entire days, so I went home today just in case, hehe! This portrait was painted as an exercise to gain a better understanding of facial anatomy and the color of skin. I’ve been drawing a lot of skulls this weekend, trying to get a better grip of what makes up a human face, what lies beneath the skin and muscles.

unnamedSpeaking of weekends, I had a very pleasant one (if you don’t think about all that packing and cleaning since I’m moving soon)! On Friday we went for an after work and ended up sitting outside, at a bar for 2 hours, just drinking and talking. Had some very interesting conversations, and when I got home I couldn’t feel my feet due to the cold Swedish winter. Luckily the bar owner was kind enough to lit the infrared warm outdoor lamps so we did not freeze to death! I guess my feet were out of reach from the hot lamps LOL. On Saturday two of my friends called and asked if I wanted to bring some vodka and head over to their place. We spent the night talking, playing games, listening to Justice and taking shots. It was truly awesome and I fell asleep happy at 03 when I got home. Those were my old pals from game dev university, happy they ended up in Malmö of all places!

Clothes etc.

I don’t always take photos of my clothes, but when I do it’s because I really like the current fashion of mixing sporty wear with something more sophisticated.

Today is the first day of my summer vacation! This means I will have time to just chillax and do whatever I want to. I’m probably gonna meet my family in Finland and hang out with my friends. I long for windsurfing and diving. Watched the new trailer for the upcoming Bond movie “Skyfall” and the scene where Bond falls under water made me realize how much I want to zip my wet suit and get out there.

Nordic Game Conferance 2012 Part 2

This year I met with friends and dawgs from Southend, Coffee Satin Studios, Massive, King.com, Triolith and Mojang + others : ) There was just so many inspirational developers and I must say I feel very energized after attending the key note given by the Art Director Jonathan of new Deus Ex game, and dancing with the up and coming talents of Sweden’s game developers. Got bruises and soar muscles after all the dancing!

My boss Ola Holmdahl had plenty of meetings and I went to the lectures & took notes. After my metrics lecture at the Swedish Game Conference : South a couple of moths ago, several people have approached me on conferences and parties, asked me “are you Sara?”. This happened at NGC as well. It’s kinda fun and I get to meet so many nice people!

Nordic Game Conference is held in Malmö, my current home town!

Noric Game Conferance!

Dressed for a hot day in the conference rooms! It’s summer in Sweden <3

Guess what game…?

Post NGC beer at the Junebud office! Good times!

Nordic Game Conferance 2012 Part 1

I’m back from the Nordic Game Conference (NGC), that took place in Malmö, Sweden last week. I have not visited that many game developer conferences so far, but it’s absolutely my favorite! It’s a really friendly atmosphere, it’s always plenty of old friends there and the Nordic Party is super sweet. And the fact that I can go straight home and sleep when the conference is done is a huge + ; )

Wednesday: Nordic Indie Game Party!

Ready for the indie party! Met plenty of old friends and new faces :)

Friends from the Malmö based company Southend!


Malmö Street Art

Those of you who follow my blog a little bit more frequently knows that I like to snap pictures of creative/funny/cool/crazy street art I find all around the city of Malmö. So here’s some of my latest treasures!

A dino made of plastic pearls, glued onto the the walls of a night club!

Someone made clothes for the tree!

There seems to be a lot made by the same artist that made this wolf. Whoever it is, he is painting a lot of cars all around Malmö also.

This is one of my favourites. The artist that makes these slender girls regulary paints a lot of stuff in Malmö. I'll see if I can get hold of some other photos of his art work.


Bring The Party

Sometimes it feels like Malmö is full of game developers. Last weekend I hang out with the crew from the Malmö based game studio Southend at a nice party. Met with a bunch of interesting ppl from both Sweden, Brazil and New York!

This guy had a cool Link tattoo on his neck!

High heels to bring some party feeling. I was actually very tired after a long week at work. Our new game Tuff Tanks is finally in beta.