Fortelle

/| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| +

/| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| + /| +

Remember to visit the post office in time this christmas

ferdigtegning

Created while working for ASKO reklame, this illustration illustrated the fact that you should get your packages sent early for the holidays. Meny Sletten is a grocery store that also handles mail, and for various reasons, they didn’t have as much space as they’d have liked this christmas, so they needed a poster. I was given the copy (along the lines of “in latin, ‘post’ means ‘later’, but during this christmas season, we reccommend you get your post sooner, rather than later” – it works better in Norwegian) and started sketching.

fortegning

My first ideas centred around the romans, seeing as they spoke latin and all. There’s a lazy Cæsar dismissing the postal servant, the legionary who’s to busy fighting barbarians to handle the post right now. I’m also quite happy with the one where Jesus Christ recieves his christmas gifts too late, but we concluded that they were a bit too indirect – so I went for an idea partially inspired by Gaston Lagaffe’s chaotic mail room.

I started out with pencils (the writing says “next!”):forTusj

..inking and shading was done on paper as well

forData

Then the image was scanned, I pulled the blue shading onto a separate layer, tweaked the hue and saturation, and set to multiply, along with the layer with the lineart. Underneath, I painted flat colors with a plain photoshop brush tool.

Self-promotion

It’s been a while, but I’ve been busy. Mostly with some economic troubles, but also with preparing to go on the big job hunt.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Here’s my portfolio:

portefolje (mer…)

Exquisite corpses

hossdt

Last week at a roleplaying session, we started doing what I’ve now found out are called exquisite corpses. Armed with the knowledge that what we did was, in fact, not silly children’s games, but subversive surrealist art, I decided to ink up the plain pencil drawings we made, and make some proper pieces out of them.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

We started off pretty straightforwardly with this two-parter: (mer…)

The Zoo in Bergen

drinking_culture_thumb2

Yet another illustration for an op-ed in Studvest. More restrictive rules are being considered for bars and clubs in Bergen, due to the noise and violence that’s associated with Norwegian drinking culture.

Testing Onone photo tools

I recently bought my upgrade to CS5, just before a promotional giveaway, where I could choose between 30 days of tutorials, a font that’s sort of like Minion but with a bigger x-height — and a Photoshop plugin.

I picked the Photoshop plugin, and I can now choose whether to make my photos look like they’re hipsterriffically vintage or part of a bland European advertising campaign. Thanks Onone!

Jokes aside, the plugin contains a range of preset actions with effects that are commonly used among professional photographers, including ones that simulate analogue effects such as cross processing. The interface seems kind of unfinished, but it’s fairly intuitive.

I didn’t see a single effect that couldn’t be achieved by using what’s already in Photoshop, but it’s a lot faster to combine several complex effects using this. Some of the effects do have that good «workhorse» feel to them, but many of them feel more or less like tired clichés. Even tired clichés can be useful, though.

I went for a more subtle effect on the image below.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Original photo:

 

vindu

After 16 different effects, mostly with low levels of opacity: (mer…)

Guess which film I just watched

fortellotron_thumb

Say what you want about the plot of Tron Legacy, the visual style and the music is some of the most inspirational and striking stuff I’ve got from a movie for quite a while.

Knocked the above out in an hour or so after watching it while listening to the soundtrack. Drew up the basic composition in Illustrator, exported to Photoshop to add some grit, and just had a grand old time.

A simple guide to finding images for print

ppress
Here’s my humble attempt at creating a guide for clients on how they can select image material that’ll keep their designers both happy and effective. It should also be useful for illustrators and photographers and other people who like printing things. It’s supposed to be educational, so if you have questions, comments or corrections, please post them below.

The two most important rules to remember when finding images are:

  • you need to be legally allowed to use the images
  • you need enough pixels to print them the right size (unless they’re vector images)

Let’s take them in order:

(mer…)

On buying an apartment as a student in Bergen

studentleilighetweb

Another illustration for the local student newspaper. With the standard student loan and stipend provided to students in Norway, you can lend enough money to buy an apartment that’s six square meters in downtown Bergen. This is a suggestion for how to do the interior.

Some of my older posts only have small images. This is one of those posts, sorry about that.

Getting started with my finals project: Democracy in Bergen

Power depends on knowledge, and Democracy means power belongs to the people – so whether or not a regime is democratic depends on the knowledge of the people. That’s the basis for my finals project in Visual Communication at the Bergen National Academy of Art.

In my home town of Bergen, newspapers are, for most people, the main source of information about politics. The local newspapers provide excellent day-by-day coverage of local politics, but it’s the wrong place to go for the basics, or for getting an overview over an issue you haven’t been paying attention to. My idea is basically to make a website that compliments the role of the newspapers, by providing wider information and analysis, and definitions and explanations of terms often used in the politics of Bergen.

(mer…)