Haydn


these 2 illustrations are from the latest issue of "klassisk", a danish magazine about classical music and the people how play it. my drawings were for an article about Joseph Haydn, his life and extrem productivity. the first one was a low spread showing the first half of Haydns life, until he travels to London, which is covered in the full page illustration.


a little more room to breathe here. the bear, the chicken and big ben are references to music composed by Haydn.

Unpublished cover

this cover illustration ended up not getting used due to an editorial decision, and even though this sometimes stings, it's part of the game.

i did the sketch in ball-point pen at 50% of the reproduction size. getting the composition down (very Frazetta inspired), working out the stance of the soldier and the shadows.


i then drew the soldier in brush, giving him a rugged and unspecific look. he was suppose to represent soldiers as a whole, not any specific soldier.

the snake,the rifle and the danish flag were done in illustrator on top of the original sketch.



the brush soldier and the vector snake, rifle and flag... were put together in photoshop. i added a little halftone to make the light areas pop out a little more.
and this is how it would have printed.

Section cover for Kristeligt Dagblad


this printed really nice. though i would have liked the drawing better without the fake vernier (should have used reference, but spent to much time with the characters).

close up of my favorite part of the image.

3 times djoef




3 illustrations from the latest issue of "djoef". i'm a bit under the weather so no poetic talking about the illustrations today.. sorry.

Unfinished birthday card


time has a tendency to be scarce whenever i would like to make a birthday card for a member of the family (or maybe i just postpone it till the very last minute, leaving me with only a minute to do the card??). well, i never did finish this one. maybe next year. my intention was to do a small booklet with 8 spreads, and i only completed this one. ball-point pen and my sons markers.

Big bird

19k3


i just uploaded this little doodle to 19k3.blogspot.com which is a new project my friend Lene and i are just starting out at... it'll be fun to see where this is headed.

Going nowhere really fast


after a few days off from work (how come small vacations feel even smaller when they are over?), i'm glad to get back in the studio, and starting to warm up to the pile that seemed to grow while i was gone...
the doodle was done with a black ball-point pen, and i bet this guys ass would have been numb when he arrived at his destination, had i not been considerate enough to draw him a cushioned seat. well that’s just the kind a guy i am.

Spin control


a little illustration for thursdays edition of kristeligt dagblad, article by Jon Gehlert, about a new software appliance able to detect when politician use spin. this was a fun rush job. the computer and the coloring was done in illustrator and photoshop, and the rest was brushed with a swift hand. it printed really nice. see for yourself below.

Simplify simplify simplify


friends and family might recognize this special lady... my crude lines do her no justice at all.

Did I get it?


cover illustration for the recent issue of "socialpædagogen".


this is how it looked with type, logo and all. the layouter Bodil Hesselbo did a brilliant job as usual.


and a full page from inside the magazine.

Major religions


i did this drawing a couple of weeks ago, and it was printed as a half page in kristeligt dagblad this past week. the illustration was for the first article of a series of article about ethics and religion.

Some doodles

this first one is from a shopping note.


and this is... well just on a piece of scrap paper. both doodles were helped by the magical bic ball-point pen

Rain on Mars


this illustration was for saturdays edition of kristeligt dagblad. it ran on the back with an article by Lars Henriksen. new research show that it has rained on Mars... not yesterday, but at some time.
the more attentive follower of my work will recognize the alien character (here playing the role of the martian) from many previous doodles. it felt real good to finally see him make to the printed page.

Boredom


an illustration i did for a section cover for todays kristeligt dagblad.

Financial crisis

yesterday, around noon, Jeppe Duvaa, editor at kristeligt dagblad, called to hear if i was up for doing a cover for the paper? i already had my hands full with other assignments. luckily for him and me, one of them was for the paper, and since he is the editor-in-chief he just bumped the deadline for the other assignment. (feels good to know you are needed).
the assignment was for the cover, for several articles about the now world wide financial crisis. it would be okay to take a very negative angle on the illustration, but since one of the articles conveyed hope and possibilities for better times in some areas due to the crisis, that had to be worked in also. now under a tight deadline (a few hours) i started making small sketches in my sketchbook. quickly i settled for a dollar sign and some vultures picking away at it. for a brief moment i thought about having the dollar sign taking a polygraph test, but not being sure what the hell that would mean, i scrapped the thought and proceeded with the original idea.

i was still trying to find a way to show something good coming from all this... and then i thought about what the dollar sign would look like if the vultures kept picking away... maybe a skeleton beneath the black graphic shape? hmmm... maybe small birds could make a nest in the naked bones?


after drawing the vultures and small birds with a brush,(no sketches for these, i prefer the raw, flawed and alive lines) i scanned them, made a rough file in photoshop with a grayscale dollar sign, slightly slanted to give the impression of weight having shifted, giving more imbalance. the file was then opened in illustrator were i drew the skeleton and made.. my only regret... the birds nest, which of course should have been drawn with the brush. but being tight for time it slipped my mind when i was drawing the vultures... so i took a short cut... now i wish i had not.


the vector file was exported and all the pieces were put together in photoshop, were i also added some halftone. and this is how the final looked.

Aeldre sagen


a full page in the latest issue of "aeldre sagen". actually they want me to do a full page in every issue, my idea+my drawing, just something to make people smile. nice gig.


this is how it was printed in the magazine.

Play-by-play


a doodle from last night, draw with a black ballpoint pen on the front of an envelope from a client.
to give you all some idea of how my train of thought worked on this doodle, i have added a play-by-play illustration below. i started at the area marked with 1 and moved on to 2 and so fort... the first lines end up having nothing to do with the rest. i hope you can work your way around my scribbles.

Living in Israel


this ran as a section cover in kristeligt dagblad saturday, for a great article by Michael Bach Henriksen called "israel, between disney europe and nuclear iran". it was a real kick to do, and luckily he liked it. click here to read the article in danish.

Climate bubble


this illustrator drawing was on the cover of the danish newspaper kristeligt dagblad yesterday. it accompanied an article about the climate bubble, (all the talk about the climate) and how it is likely to burst real soon... leaving us with no interest in hearing more about the environment... for now.

Heads up!


yesterday my son was complaining that i had not added enough funny characters to my recent assignments... and i had promised him that i would. i tried the adult approach and explained to him that not all the subjects that daddy draws illustrations for, are suited for small funny characters. he was nonetheless very disappointed. after tucking him in, i starting writing a shopping list, but all the time i could not shake off his disappointment, and this is where these two weird aliens appeared, i showed him the doodle this morning and he loved it... and forgave my misdoing.