• Per Ove Sleen

  • STUDIO45

    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.
  • STUDIO45 on Flickr

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.



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

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.


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…


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


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




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


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.


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….


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…

Blue Nude and Steam Punk

I do not easily give up, and hope one day to master this wonderful way of expressing oneself visually. Watercolours, just like ink, start living its entire independent and chaotic life as soon as it hit paper. That’s when marvellous stuff starts happening. Big part of this skill set, is mastering the art of using these welcome little accidents to the max in a creative and engaging way.

I know I still got a long way to go, but I can also both see and feel that I am moving in the right direction…..if fast enough?…well you be the judge  :)

As you might have gathered by now, we’re talking watercolours, ink, brushes, water and a Pilot ballpoint 0,5



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.


HipHop Troll


Another watercolor sketch. This is what I draw from the lable HipHop Troll   :)


Hey you! Come here!

This is actually the guy my granny claimed was watching over me and my deeds (no kidding).

As you can see I have been dabbling in watercolors again. This was just gonna be a sketch. I am in the process of designing something to market my band “The Plague” and it won’t be this guy (too nice), so that I have done this on crappy shit paper that comes apart when introduced to water (can’t afford to use bristol boards for sketching :). Not a good thing when working in watercolors. But there you go….



I have been dabbling in watercolors lately. Obviously I have an awful lot left to learn, but as with everything else I just trot along and figure I’ll get there at some point in time if I stay at it, and get to keep my health and life ;)

This is still early in the process ( done six little attempts, and some was shown here on the blog), but I have already learned a few things.

Composition, color choice  and the various dynamic tools one has at hand, are all things one needs to figure out before penciling in the sketch on the final board/paper.
The first attempts I did all suffered from a serious lack of planning. This time around I made six full sketches where I tried out various stances (attitudes), clothes, Positions and shading. I also did a number of thumbnails to get the right balance and light.

I am not too well versed in these above mentioned disciplines either, and a trained eye will see that. But I am working on it all, and I hope one day to be able to manage these tools of the trade. Hang in there with me, and you might pick up a thing or two.





Black Panther

Looks like I am in to black fauna these days. Maybe because it is something one can do full tilt without colors, and I am very much in to Ink and brush work. Practicing my skills for my next comic. Have something very special in mind for the finish this time around.
Did this one with Black India Ink, a Windsor & Newton Cotman brush No14. and a POSCA white out pen, on real cheap scrap paper Thus it won’t be for sale, but I will do one on canvas in Acrylic later. That one will be for sale. It will be for sale on the red bubble t-shirt and poster store I have, as posters and printed on canvas as well as on t-shirts.



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…

Drawing and reference on the road and at home

Like I promised I am here again. And this time there was no long waiting period (not THAT long anyway).
And I will try to keep that up for a while. In my nearest future there are a lot of traveling on my calendar and I plan to buy a laptop to stay online and updated as we crisscross Norway and Europe.
Another thing I plan to do with those long traveling hours (we’re going on a tour with my band, to promote our new CD due for recording this summer/fall), is to bring drawing equipment and spend my time wisely.
Like always there are many things I need to polish, and then we’re back to reference again.
At the moment drawing figures and anatomy are high on the list, and I am also involved in a project that is going to really put my figure drawing skills to the test.
It is comic related work, and in the more realistic corner, like a Graphic novel.
But like I said, time is on my side, I’ll have a Wii fi compatible laptop and just the right tools for the job.
The tools I would bring along are the simplest and easiest you can use.
For drawing on the road, I simply get ore make myself a clipboard slightly bigger than A4,

My clipboard made out of an old file holder.
I simply cut of the front (the part without the
hardware attached to it) and use an old clipboard
…eeeh whatever you call it in English :-) on top to
hold the paper.

two technical pens o,5 and 0,7 both HB. three black ink pens (0.5 0.2 and a thick black marker for filling in ). This and a rubber goes in my pocket, and the clipboard is outfitted with printer paper straight out of my printer, and fits nicely in to my laptop bag.

This is actually all I need to do my comics and just
about anything else destined for the computer and
digital distribution (witch is about 100% of my
visual work thees days)

I also carry a small notebook for the lighter ocations.

This is my little notebook. I take this when
circumstances are a bit rough ore I just wanna
jot down a few ideas. The front cover was
decorated by the hack himself..:-)

So there i am all set to go, only one thing missing…reference.
You see being on the road might make it dificultdt to be online any given time, and I really don’t wanna start filling up my hard drive with tons of pictures I might never use.
As I was reasearcing this post, trying to find a solution I came over what I should have thought about at once (cos I new this, just new links).
If you are an American, and even an artist as well, chances are you have heard about Andrew Loomies.
Me I discovered him about ten years ago.
His books are so old they where one of the first authors to be put up for free download at the time when internet started to be a common thing around here.
His books are still here, and they are still some of the absolute best instructions you will ever come across. This I guarantee you.
The first time I downloaded some of his books it was some really crude scans in over compressed PDF format.
But that was thousand web years ago, today all his books are available for download in top notch condition PDF’s
This is the best I could ever offer you. And rest asure I will download every single one myself too, and print them out bind them and take them on the road.
So let’s get to the links
First we’ll do Mr. Loomies, then there will be a few other great books for reference and tutorials you can download for free. and in the end there will be a few links to online facilities where you can study Loomies and thousands of other recourses for drawing and painting.
I highly recommend you check every single one of them, they are gold worth if you wanna improve your drawing skills.

Andrew Loomies:
Drawing Heads
Figure Draw
Successful drawing
Creative Illustration
Fun with a pencil
Eye of the painter

George Bridgman
Construction. Masses and movements of the body
The human machine
The next one is a bit of a pain to get to, but just be patient and wait out all the bullshit, you won’t regret it. The conection is great as soon as it starts downloading.
I had 460 KB/sec all the time so I had the 80 Mb down in no time at all.
Here you are:
Bridgeman’s comlete guid to drawing life

The next link I have for you
is a great link for tutorials, videos and free book downloads.
The place is called gekos

And at last I have a place
for you that is sporting
PDF’s and other documents full of drawing tutorials. And it is called Scribd I recommend this one warmly