12 November 2008

Lino cut, autumn, fall

It is finished and has been finished for a while. I have made a small edition of 20. Two main colors, brown and black. Size 21 x 30 cm or 8 x 12 in. I am happy with the result.
Available through DaWanda

15 October 2008

Lino cut

I saw an exhibition in Helsinki, Finland about Hokusai and Hiroshige. Two Japanese artists during the 19 century. Their prints made with woodcut was amazing and very inspiring.
When I got home I had an urge to try that too. A good way is to try lino cut. This is my first lino cut. I had a black and white copy of a photo I had taken as model. I made a drawing on the linoleum and cut around it. It is time consuming if you want to make a detailed image but also quite contemplative. I am going to print in two colors so I made also a roughly cut plate for the background color. The main color will be black.

30 July 2008

Can of surströmming, drawing

Theme this week is Canned on Illustrationfriday.com . My first thought was a can of surströmming or fermented Baltic herring. This is an exotic speciality of Sweden. Some love it and some detest it. This is an old type of food with an infamous smell. It is produced along the northern coastline of Sweden. The herring is fermented and then tinned where the fermentation process continues. The process only require a small amount of salt and therefor was it a common way to preserve fish  where salt was scars.
You can find surströmming in almost every supermarket in Sweden now and is considered a delicacy. In old time it was a everyday dish along the north Baltic coastline. 
You can find more information about surströmming in Wikipedia.
I have tasted it. It was edible but none of my favorites. And the smell? Well, you survive.

Original artwork. Color pen drawing on paper.  Style: realistic. Size : 19 x 27 cm or 7 x 10,5 in. Available for purchase.

24 June 2008

Hoard, paper collage

Illustrationfriday.com and theme of the week is Hoard. I thought I should use all my paper clip and make a collage. My inspiration was paintings done in the 15 century. Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry, an amazing  book there several artists participated. Read more on Wikipedia.
Collage on paper. Size 25 x 33 cm or 10 x 13 in.

17 June 2008

Punchline, ink drawing

Punchline is the theme on Illustrationfriday.com this week.

Sometimes it hurts to hit the punchline!

Ink drawing on paper. Size: 20 x 14 cm or 8 x 5,5 in. Comic cartoon style.

11 June 2008

Forgotten flowers, oil pastel artwork

Illustrationfriday.com and the theme is Forgotten. There is lots of things that is easily forgotten and one of them is watering the plants and filling water in the vase with the nice bouquet of flowers. I often forget those things. Two twigs of lilac. How beautiful when fresh!
Original artwork. Oil pastel painting on paper. Size: 20 x 28 cm or 8 x 11 in. 

The artwork is available for sale on http://en.dawanda.com/shop/gamasujo

13 May 2008

Static electricity,drawing

Illustrationfriday.com : Electricity
A topic that can give a lot of thoughts. I remembered when I was a child and played with balloons. I you rubbed the balloon against your hair it would raise! So I made a quick drawing with wax crayons I had almost forgotten I had.

07 May 2008

Walnut seed,oil pastel painting

Theme on Illustrationfriday.com this week is Seed. A walnut, a big and beautiful seed.
Oil pastel painting, original artwork. Size 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 in.

15 April 2008

Fail, comic drawing

Illustrationfriday.com has this topic of the week: Fail. We all fail all the time but sometimes it is difficult to illustrate. At first I thought of failing in making a cake. But i did not have a good photo to use as inspiration. Then this came up! A man with difficult in lighting a fire. He totally fails at doing that.
Original drawing on paper with graphite and color pen. Size: 15 x 20 cm or 6 x 8 in.

10 April 2008

Save a bit of summer, drawing

Topic of the week on Illustrationfriday.com is Save. This is my interpretation of the theme. An artist can  save a bit of summer on paper by drawing it. It is a short period of summer flowers.
Drawing on paper. Size: 20 x 28 cm or 8 x 11 in.
Like it? You can purchase the artwork.

18 March 2008

Jumping cat, ink,color pen

Heavy is the theme on Illustrationfriday.com this week. So I came up with this. A big cat jumping on a small music-stand and not realising it is too heavy!
Original drawing. Ink and color pen on paper.

09 March 2008

Winter garden, color pen and ink drawing

Theme on Illustrationfriday.com this week is Garden. Usually you think of lots of green and flowers. But there is also winter gardens that are just lovely! This place exist, almost. I have made changes that suits my imagination. It was a very beautiful winter day a year ago. We had two months of winter from the middle of january to the middle of mars in Stockholm. But this last winter season has never been so warm, since the start of messuring temperature 250 years ago. No snow and no cold! But I heard they had snow in Greece!

Original drawing, artwork. Water soluble color pen and ink on paper. Size: 28 x 40 cm or 11 x 16 in.
Price: 120 $

02 March 2008

Leap, cats in ink

Black cats leaping. Leap is the theme on Illustrationfriday.com this week. A simple and fast  sketch. Ink on thin rice paper. Size: 25 x 21 cm or 11 x 8 in.

27 February 2008

Pelargonium, Geranium, flowerpainting with pastel

I like these flowers. Easy to take care of and beautiful with many colors and features. I made this artwork two months ago from an old photo I had taken. The best is to draw or paint from real life but it is not always possible. Second best is to use a photo that you have taken yourself. Why? Because when  you see the photo you can usually remember the light and mood. You have also made the composition. It is your photo. Of course you can use other photos and pictures as inspiration and reference. But your own is the best in my opinion.

Oil Pastel original artwork on pink tinted paper. Size: 31 x 23 cm or 12 x 9 in.
Price: 110 $

26 February 2008

Multiple, abstract oil pastel artwork

My submission to Illustrationfriday.com this week. Theme: Multiple. I had difficulties with this one. I liked to make something abstract. I got the main idea pretty soon but how would I compose the pastel painting? At first I did a very simple sketch of floating cubes but it did´t work. But squares could work and by putting two cubes inside two squares the illusion of three dimensions would appear. Well it is up to you to decide if it is good! I feel quite content with the colors.
Original artwork. Oil Pastel on paper. Size 20 x 28 cm or 8 x 11 in.
Price: 110 $

17 February 2008

Color theory, oil pastel original artwork

My submission to Illustrationfriday.com this week. The theme is Theory. I thought of the color theory and how to mix colors. In theory you only need blue, red, yellow and white. From that you can mix all colors. But there is one problem. Because of not enough pureness of the pigment you need at least five or six more colors. As seen I have used   colors displayed on the right side of the artwork.
Abstract original artwork, oil pastel on special oil pastel paper. Size 28 x 20 cm or 11 x 8 in.
E-mail me if you are interested in purchasing the artwork.

13 February 2008

Choose, original drawing, ink, color

Choose. To call or not to call! A paraphrase of Shakespeare! Illustration theme: Choose on Illustrationfriday.com I like the twenties, the hairstyle, the clothes and design. So I thought I should do a drawing with all those things.
The trouble with ink is you have to draw all lines with an ordinary pencil, put on the ink and then erase all pencil marks.
Unfortunate my eraser was not the best one. It had an tendency to smudge. Not good.
I must find another one. After all this was finished I could put the color on paper.
Original artwork. Ink and color pencil. Size 28 x 28 cm or 11 x 11 in. Price: 110 $

03 February 2008

Patchwork Blanket, oil pastel artwork

A patchwork blanket made of water. Theme of the week on Illustrationfriday.com : Blanket. I thought of a blanket of snow at first. But then I changed my mind. I looked at some satellite pictures and was inspired when I saw all long ponds near the sea of Thailand. I thought it looked like a patchwork blanket you would like to put on your bed!

Size: 31 x 23 cm or 12 x 9 in. Oil pastel on blue tinted paper. Original artwork.
Price: 100 $

27 January 2008

Snow-Whites Mother, Color pen Drawing

For Illustrationfriday.com Theme for this week: Tales and legends.
I thought of the fairy tale Snow-White. The becoming mother sheds some drops of blood in the snow when she is sewing by a open window. The castle is surrounded by hills and mountains. Some snowflakes is falling and she is dreaming of a child white as snow, black as ebenholts and with lips red as blood...

Original Color pen drawing on paper. Size 27 x 20 cm or 10,5 x 8 in.

21 January 2008

Plain meal, oil pastel on paper

Topic of the week on Illustrationfriday.com is Plain. I thought of a plain meal with fried eggs. Plain can be so many things. Good and bad. But even plain food can be tasty.
Size: 31 x 24 cm or 12 x 9,5 in. Oil pastel on green tinted paper.
E-mail me if you like to purchase the artwork. Price: 90 $ with passepartout.

08 January 2008

100 % Full, original artwork graphit and paper drawing

An entry for illustrationfriday.com . Topic of the week is 100 %. I had several ideas of covering the whole paper with books and other things but then I thought of a full glass. If it is 100 % filled there is no possibility to pour more. 

Graphite and color pen drawing on paper. Size: 20 x 28 cm or 8 x 11 in. Price 80 $

Email me if you like to purchase the artwork.