Some sketches…

I was going to reblog a story today, but the reblog button doesn’t seem to work anywhere, so instead I’ll publish some of this week’s sketches in case someone would be interested in seeing them.

I usually start out with some fast sketches once the idea is written down.

Fast sketches.jpg

Fast sketches well

Then I make a pencil version which I later trace over to the watercolour paper.

Sketch octopus bay

Sketches well Aak fictionspawn

This is a couple of try outs for the ink…

Sketches ink Aak fictionspawn

…before the final ink illustration is made. This is what it looks like before i retouch it with Gimp. Please excuse the photo quality.

Octopus Monster Aak fictionspawn

Well aak fictionspawn.

The finished illustrations can be seen on this weeks posts. Just press the previous button.

Thank you.


  1. I am always impressed to watch creativity develop, nice stuff. It reminds me of the piece I did on a Wishing Well. It is on my page under other writings – Pantoum. ‘The Wishing Well’ (a Pantoum is structured piece of poetry).
    Perhaps you could illustrate the story – just an idea.

    Fun post.

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    1. Thanks! I could illustrate your story, but I would have to charge you… πŸ˜‰ On the other hand, if any of the illustrations already made fit your story, you can use the ones with written on them ( my featured images), but send me an e-mail (you find my direction on my Gallery-page). Other arrangements can be done, too πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks, I was not asking for illustrations, but just pointing out how your recent work fitted my poetry.
        However I will look at you gallery page – I find it all interesting.
        Regards, James.

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        1. Thanks! Hope you’ll like them πŸ™‚ I checked out your story, it’s a good one. I’ve been quite hooked on wells myself lately. I find them intriguing πŸ˜‰


      1. You know, my process is just to start painting or drawing. I don’t prepare or sketch. Well, when I paint on reclaimed wood I clean and gesso…but otherwise I just dive off the cliff. I enjoy it that way because I can’t tell You how many times I think I am going to paint a particular thing and then no, no NO! It wants to be something else. And it’s always something I like better than my original plan!!! My sister is a wonderful artist, and she has a system similar to Yours. It’s very fun seeing the way people work/play. Cheers!!! πŸ™‚

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  2. Nice! Sort of a “behind the scenes” look.

    Oh, btw. The guy standing at the well is unnerving to me. I don’t know what it is, but he’s a little frightening.

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    1. Wow, thanks! I tried to give him a look of ignorance and fanatism, mixed with a good lack of empathy. Just the kind of person that scares me the most, especially when they’re in control. Maybe it’s my fear shining through πŸ˜€ The character in the story turned out a bit more empathic, really, but in the final touch. The illustration was already done. He’s just as fanatic, though….

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    1. Thank you. I believe I’m born with more talent for writing than drawing, but I have more experience with visual stuff than texts, so I guess it kind of equals out. It’s a lot easier for me to write in Norwegian than English, though πŸ™‚

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