• Per Ove Sleen

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    Studio45 is a one man outfit supplying art illustrations and design on a high and professional level. Besides publishing all sorts of art and graphics (print & web), I also write, perform and publish music. Studio45 Produces and publishes graphic novels and subsequent video productions of the same novels for web and the commercial print market. Podcast and vidcast are in the workings.
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Graphic Novel one step closer

I did my first page sketch yesterday, to see if I can come up with a look and a voice for my new idea.
First I did a whole lot of preliminary sketches to figure out how I wanted the side to look.
This here is a quick look in to my sketch process. I do not usualy do as many sketches pr page as this, but at this stage I am still searching.
Now here’s the sketches. They’re done on some real bad paper I got the other day, so bear with me.

The script page, and the first layout

The script page, and the first layout

 

First layout of the splash picture or overview picture.

First layout of the splash picture or overview picture.

 

Another pencil layout sketch of the page.

Another pencil layout sketch of the page.

First marker inked attempt at a composition.

First marker inked attempt at a composition.

Final page sketches, with a few  perspective changes

Final page sketches, with a few perspective changes

And here comes the result of my hard work.
The final page sketch was still just done in A4 format (I usually work on A3 format for a whole page), and it is not Bristolboard, but something I can work with on a sketch and design level.
The page was inked with a 0.2 mm ink pen and brush & ink.
 

The final layout sketch, done on an A4 paper of better quality.

The final layout sketch, done on an A4 paper of better quality.

Right! now I will keep on drawing, so please check me out now and then. See you all, and thanks for looking in on me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crime, Ink & Watercolours

So here we are, I’ve been at it again. I am still working the character design for my last tale.
And I feel I am getting somewhere.
The drawing gets easier and I am getting closer to what I am looking for.
I have one problem though, and that is I haven’t decided if I wanna us colours or go full tilt B&W.
It’s of course tempting to use colours, since the story takes place in a colourful place as La Palma with its stunning south sea sunsets and its breathtaking environment.
But the thing is, this is a tool for storytelling and not so much a question of nice or not. And this IS a crime noire story, AND a dystopian futuristic tale as well.
As such it lends itself towards a very limited palette, or even full on B&W.

But enough about that, I’ll do some tests on this, cos I realize as I am writing, that this is a very important question I have not addressed sincere enough. I’LL be back at you.

Here is some of my last doodles….

Bad guy with shades

Bad guy with shades

The main crook

The main crook

And a watercolour painting I did yesterday. I keep on honing my painting skills….I will get there eventually.

Viking-attack

Viking-attack

Now that was it for this time, take care ya’ll, and stay online….
 

Bad guys in production

So I am still working towards creating a science fiction story taking place here on La Palma, Canary islands in a not too distant future.
A future with more or less an anarchistic world, where everyone has to look out for himself.
In this future there is of course crime and then also bad guys. Crime noir really calls for a darker sort of bad guys.
This is my first attempts at getting an impression of the main bad guys of the tale. Here we go.

First the sketches…

Bad-guys-first-sketches

Bad-guys-first-sketches

 

Then here is the main crook…

Bad-guys-first-sketches

Pedro the main crook

 

And an attempt at a nice group picture of Pedro and his crew..

Bad-guys group photo

Bad-guys group photo

 

I’ve also started working on the script, and for now I think the story is nicely taking shape.
Now that’s it folks, wish you all a nice weekend and stay tuned….

Finally a full day of work done.

The last two month since I came here to La Palma, I have been a lot on holiday. And I have to admit, very little work has been done.
The situation also being, me still not having found a place for myself where I can work undisturbed, has led to a lot of moving about. Hence not a lot of art or music has been produced.
But I am lucky to have a friend resident here on the island, whom have lent me her computer, scanner and flat with an internet connection.
Thus today I’ve done heaps and even managed to knock out a few drawings and a painting.

Pond-in-marsh_Watercolour

Pond-in-marsh_Watercolour

The first one here, is a watercolour piece I did over three days.
Like I just did a few min each morning, and this morning I felt it was ok.

Then again I am also constantly working on the characters for the new graphic novella I try to stitch together (still have no name for it as of yet).
Her’s a couple….

Protagonist

Protagonist

 

Bad-Guy

Bad-Guy

Just to show I am still at it.
Stay cool and keep an eye on my blog, more cool news are on the way.

Sexy protagonist for new graphic novel

Just to show that I am not on a permanent vacation, here is a drawing I did of one of my new characters I am doing for my new graphic novel idea (it’s just an idea at the moment)….

The main female character in a new idea I am working on

The main female character in a new idea I am working on

The isla bonita are realy inspiering me.

This is my workspace at the time being.
I am at time of writing this, residing in Puerto Naos on La Palma in a flat with two friends.

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La Palma and its people has realy inspired me.
I have to admit that once again I am pregnant with a new story and already have started drawing characters to go with it.
Here are some examples…

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This guy I recon will end up being the main protagonist of the tail.
Here`s another sketch…

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The hero needs a sidekick or two, so I have of cours cooked up a sexy little bonita to run in to the story….

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And….

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And then as sort af a counterweight, we get the mascinist and allround tough guy

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Thees anti heros, does of cours need some sort of transport. La Palma being an island and all, a ship is not a bad thing to have.

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The story is set ca. 30 years in the future, here on La Palma the canary island furthest out to the west in the south atlantic ocean.
The world has gone in to total chaos and is not anything like what we know today.
La Palma has maged to keep a sort of anarchistic free state staus, and as such a trade center smack on the coast of Africa.
This is where I set the story (roughly).

I am also doing some different stuff as well, like a shoot a lot of photos thees days with my pad and my smartphone.
And I keep working on my watercolor painting.
Here`s a few postcards I did….

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Ok that`s it for now, but if I can get on with this wordpress app, I`ll keep you posted…
Take care out there…

Ink and watercolours

Here is a few sketches of various characters from various projects I am working on or contemplating.
As you can see I am once again trying to get in to water colours. I don’t have access to my drawing/painting gear at the time being. This makes things a little problematic. But I make use of what I can find or scrounge, and have bought a few cheap additions.

The paper is real crap, and of lowest price/quality. Same goes for the brushes. I have one acceptable one, but I use that for inking.
Pens for the line work is also a constant problem. I usually have three real good once I’ve bought over the years, and I keep refilling them (for this I need ink of high quality, real black and with as tiny pigments as possible in order to pass through the pens feeding system).

Watercolor practice

 

 

So now there!
I’ve been at it again.
Watercolor is something I have decided I wanna integrate in my comic art, thus I need to practice in order to bring my skills to a marketable level.

 

Batman doodles

At the time I am working on various projects. I keep pounding “The St. Pauli Blues” at the same time as I am writing on two different adventures.

I am also in the process of bringing back the band/CD project from this summer, since my son now is well and don’t need that much of my attention.

As some might have picked up, I am also working on a short little comic based on a poem a friend wrote. His name is Harris Moore , and we’re sort of collaborating on making this poem in to a cool little comic story. We use google docs as a platform for the collab.
But still I sketch a lot every day to hone my skills, and to test various ideas and stuff.

When you wanna be a comic artist, there is one guy you can NOT get around.
The other day I got some “Copic” markers and just went ahead and doodled a little to check’em out.

This is what came out. Even though I basically hate the whole concept of “the american comic hero” in tights and knickers. Something really wrong with that stuff….but this caped midnight rambler…he keeps popping up….damned him :)

 

Above was done with markers and a ball point.

 

In this last doodle, I’ve used a combination of markers, watercolor and a ball point

 

 

Space ships, Female naked killer, sketching and character design….FUN!

Hie! everybody, here’s a little to inspire and enjoy….

Due to sickness in my family and travelling, my access to internet has been sporadic, and I’d had no scanner in this time. But I’ve been sketching, drawing and going on as usual.

 

Now I have lots of stuff I can tempt you with over the next days, and I will start of with some neat space ships I tried to do for a series I am about to put together at some time in not too distant future.

 

It’s very early in the idea stage and I am just playing around a little to get some ideas and inspiration….

 

…..all these drawings was done with a black marker, Black ballpoint pen and a few colored markers
 

 

 

Now here you can have a peak in to what will be one of the key figures in the last part of “The St. Pauli Blues”, and whom we will also meet in the third part (witch just happen to be one of the two things I am drawing at the moment…are seven pages in to it already).

 

She is a murderer for hire, and she come from the most infamous of stocks….. OK that’s as much as you get …ALRIGHT THEN!!!   her real family(if one can call it that)name…. is Meinhoff Baader….. OK THAT’S IT!!!!

 

Here are some of the many sketches I’ve made to try to visualize this character …..all these drawings was done with a black marker, Black ballpoint pen, few brushes, ink and watercolor …..enjoy

 

 

Tough bitch eh? …. See y’all around

Mighty Moti

Hello all and sorry for my long absence. I haven’t had a PC or IA in a while thus not been able to upload stuff for you to enjoy.

To mend this lack of attention from my side I will now share something very special with ya’ll.

You see A good friend and helper in emptying of bottles of Bushmillls, Harris Moore  shared an excellent poem of his with me the other day.

It did in its turn inspire me to wanna draw the bloody thing. And needing a little diversion from the  task at hand (The st. Pauli blues) after three years, it seemed a good idea to me anyway…..

I used to busk and both Harris and Moti (The stories protagonist and hero) are friends from back then.

Last two days I’ve tried to visualize the characters and get a feel for the kind of look I need to give it.
These are just quick sketches done with the tools on the first pic, on scraps of paper and in my notebooks.

 

I will do more sketching before I write a script and make a panel plan.

Especially exterior and the weather we wanna have….


“The St.Pauli Blues” finally online

I have finally gotten myself around to do a online version of my graphic novel. You can read it here:  http://thestpauliblues.smackjeeves.com/comics/1296301/cover/

Ink on paper again…

Still playing with ink and paper. My brush strokes need to become more consequent in order to invoke the style and feeling I am looking for. The balance between black and white is very difficult to strike, and I seem to struggle between what is needed for the picture to emerge, and what is too much for the composition …

The St. Pauli Blues has finally gotten a cover we might be able to use

Anyone who has followed me and my struggle to create a graphic novel that I can look at and still be satisfied in 10 years, has realized it is a lot of over and over again.
And since I started learning to draw in a proper way at the same time, there was bound to be lots of it.
That goes for the cover as well.
But still it is only the third attempt, and I feel good about this one.
I would have sourced out that task if I could afford to, it being such an important marketing tool in this business and all.
But here it is, hope you like it as well….

 

And another one

 

And as I said yet another one. This time it’s that old American GI General G.A. Custer

 

 

 

 

Second Studio45 Gallery on Behance

This is the second gallery we open in just as many days on Behance .

This exhibition is a peek in to our new graphic novel “The St. Pauli Blues”

Custer in colores

I am also in the process of teaching myself to use watercolors.
I find that they just like ink done with a brush, brings a liveliness to the picture that you (at least not I) will not be able to copy digitally.
And I find it stupid to try. Digital drawing and inking has its own characteristics, and it stands well on it’s own legs.

But the style I am aiming for has a lot of the old dynamics seen in works by masters of inking like Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Jimmy Palmiotti and so on.
As fare as colors go, the stuff that really gets me going is old sci fi like Frazetta would color it.
With very clear colors, but very decent.

I am not sure how he and his likes did that, but another big influence as fare as colors go, is the old Blueberry comics from the 70’s done by Jean Giraud.
I know he mostly used water colors and ink wash to get the look he’s got.

As fare as choice of colors goes, there is a lot to draw from.
Watchmen is one of the best and most consistent color jobs I’ve seen in comics, and it is very well thought through.
I will study that among others.
In this picture I find the colors got too prominent, but it is only my third attempt at watercolors and I have lots to learn…..experience is a very good teacher, so here we go…

General Armstrong Custer

Played around with ink and brush today. Just for fun, no job. I was listening to a podcast about General Custer and Little Big Horn, thus got inspired to do my interpretation of the American war hero and slaughterer of native Americans….
Basically I was looking for a motive that aloud me to get some practice on rendering cloth, and I am satisfied to an extend, since I am still rather novice with the brush. I have strictly inked with pens and markers earlier, but this is a lot better. Both in terms of the lively quality of the shadows one draws, and the fact that it is a lot cheaper.

Out of here

You fill your flat up with stiffs……, it’s then rather obvious that slipping out the back door is one of the better choices.
A briefcase containing a gun, cash in appropriate amounts, a few selected identities in the form of passports and more money in plastic, would of course be another must have for this sort of undertaking.
Or in other words, this panel is in itself a short little tale of “slip out the back Jack”.

OK enough with the bull.
Here is my Panel Nr. 55 for “The St. Pauli Blues”, enjoy it my friends….

One more down

Horribly violent!
But there is no way around it telling a contemporary tale of crime, drugs, betrayal, dirty politicians, merciless assassins and such, without it I’m afraid.

So dear readers to be, you simply must bear with me.
And don’t forget to save up cash for the release.
You just have to have one of these.
Your comic collection will under no circumstances be even close to complete without this first, and then all the next episodes of  “The St. Pauli Blues” Graphic Novel ……get my drift punters… ?   :)

Until next time everybody…

More St Pauli Blues_Two new pages

Here are the two last panels I have drawn for my graphic novel “The St. Pauli Blues”. It will soon be time to put in the text. But we still have some violence and torture to endure before we go to New York and the last little clue for the next installment.

Brown Paper Samurai

Here is a quick ink sketch I did on Brown paper today. I bought a big roll of the stuff ( brown paper that is) and I plan to do some big pictures on it. I love that rough texture it produce. It goes very well with a loose ink brush stroke…
The bright parts was added in Photoshop. But I plan to try another picture where I use  acrylic for the white but ink for the black. There is no other white I have found that is opaque enough.

Training my inking and drawing skils

Howdy folks (Been listening to western novels audiobooks lately), It`s been a while since I last put out something here on My studios blog, but hey! what can I say….I`ve been busy in the real world (you know that tiresome rainy reality outside your door :).
For the last couple of weeks I have been exclusively practicing my inking skills. I do drawings of anything that comes to mind, only to ink them for practice sake.
Now  here are some of the best ones scanned out of my sketch pads ore bits of paper scraps where they started their life. They`re all done on cheap paper of all sorts (what ever was at hand at the given moment), and that has had quite an impact on the end result (bleeding lines and such).
They were all done in more or less the same fashion. First roughly sketched with pencil. Then I take an eraser and halfway erases the drawing `til I can just about see it. Then I outline it with an 0,1 ink pen before I go ahead with ink and brush to bring in dynamics and weight. Afterwards I go over it with the 0,1 again for a little hatching here and there to underline stuff.
Before I start a drawing (even these sketches) I nearly ALWAYS do a few thumbnails and a couple of studies to establish eventual composition and placement together with the play of light and shade. Also to get to grips with shapes and lines I haven`t done previously or have little practice with, just to get it in to my hands and eyes before I go ahead…..

I have done a little cleaning up of the scans in Photoshop, and then added some colored overlay and grading, but that`s it. Every sketch appear as it was drawn by hand on paper.

I realized during this session that inking with a big fat brush, really adds weight and dynamics to the mix. And it does so in a lot better way than any other medium or technique I have ever encountered or tried.
The big brush delivers little “accidents” on a regular basis that really adds huge amounts of nonchalant randomness to make the drawing alive and believable.  That huge sable brush is a regular drama hose. It really changes the whole impact and feel of the work.

The conclusions I draw from these sessions, are that I still have a long way to go before I have established a steady and easily recognizable drawing style. I also need to work more on my hatching in order to get it a little slicker and also need to experiment a little more on where to use hatching and not.

I realize that there is a lot of influence from people like Frank Miller, Will Eisener, Quesada, Mignola and such in the stuff I draw, but I also can see that as I keep drawing and rehearsing my skill set, the style slowly becomes my own unique one…..

Sketching, doodeling and having a great old time

For as long as I can remember I have been doodling.
Since I was a little baby I have been fascinated with the concept “pencil & paper”, and thus always had drawing tools handy.

One of the doodle collections.
Go see the 5 others here on my picture blog

But I was never serious about it. I never tried to make it in to something that could earn me money.
Main reason I think was that from an early stage in life I was able to make money playing rock music.
But one day I grew tired of touring, hotel rooms and never being able to settle down and take it easy. There was always something cooking, and I’ve had enough of it.
I was also aware of something new and exciting happening on the art front, and I was determined to try….the bait was Photoshop and computer graphics.
The blend of tech and art turned out to be irresistible.
This was in 1997, and the rest is history in the making.
But despite all the wonderful stuff that came with computers and graphics software, I am still sporting a fair attraction towards pencil and paper and drawing the old way.
Matter of fact, I start just about all my work on paper (except for written work).
So I keep paper and pencils handy and avilable all over the house, and I always carry a little sketch pad and pencil everywhere I go. I even have a set in my toilette.
Every day I make an endless row of doodles and sketches, and they are floating all over the place.
For the last 6 month I have been working exclusively on a graphic novel about Napoleon Bonaparte, but still I keep doodling all kind of stuff…just about anything going through my head.
So yesterday I scanned all the doodles I have been doing for the last two weeks (well almost all of them).
You can see them here on my picture blog….have fun

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Napoleonic times are slowly coming back to life


I am giving it all I’ve got to get this Napoleon video graphics novel up and running, and slowly I am getting there.
This is my very first attempt at drawing, inking and coloring a full comic story on my very own…
And I must admit that it is not a small and easy task.
But I will not complain, it is very much fun involved and for someone like me who loves to draw…well it’s actually nothing short of a dream come true to be honest.

If any of you are interested, I am posting the pencils and a lot of the sketches on our graphics blog
So just pop over and see if you like the way it is going…..

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