• 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.
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Watercolour painting of clouds in the mountains

I did a little watercolour painting again today, and as my motive I chose to try to do some clouds I saw the other day. Or in other words, it is a exercise in depth.

Clouds in the mountains

Clouds in the mountains

It was done on watercolour paper, and with watercolour with ink marker and pen added.

Character design rehash

I have made a few changes to my protagonist “the Govnor”. I decided to remove his elvis beard.
And I also thought I see how it works making him a little slimmer and about 15 years younger.
Something like this…(the torso anyway).

The protagonist

The protagonist

The first one here is a B&W , and the one underneath is the same ink sketch, but with a little watercolour:
Like I’ve tolt earlier, I am still in doubt whether colour or not. Hence the two different versions….

Gun-Colour

Protagonist

Ok that was it, stay online and we’ll meet again….

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…

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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.

South Atlantic groove party in Bar Central El Paso

Last night I went out to have some fun with a friend, and we decided to go to Bar central and watch VRANDÁN play African inspired salsa and Latin.
A good Idea I must admit. That band was cooking and burning hot. In other words, we loved it.

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Vrandan-in-Bar-Central_El-Paso_La-Palma

Another reason I went to see the band, is that the guitarplayer Jonny Acosta is a guy I already have met and heard.
I like his playing and hes real good.

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

 

They did a real good concert and it was obvious that people was having a good time.
My man Benno did a brilliant job on the sound. He hit it right off without a minute of sound check……I mean that’s extreme sport.
Go benno Go Go!

Benno Knauer doing sound for Vrandan

Benno Knauer doing sound for Vrandan

 

It was well worth the 5 eoro they charged at the door.
Thank you guys and gals for a brilliant night.
The only thing on the minus side was nobody in Bar Central knew how to serve tequila, but then again they were only two girls running the whole bar alone with only the cook to help, and he was even more stressed out with everybody ordering food.
The food in Bar Central is an experience to itself.
If you ever find yourself in El Paso La Palma, you should treat yourself to a snack or two here. Prices are very nice and the food and the service is major good.
Now that’s it folks, I’ll be back tomorrow…..see’ya

A sexy place to live and getting inspired

Playa-Nuevo

Playa-Nuevo

 

This time around I will use the chance I have to work on a computer with Photoshop and an internet connection.
So let me show you around La Palma.
One of the smallest of the canary islands, and the one furthest west out in to the south Atlantic ocean.
All the pictures are done with my HTC smart phone.

 

El-Paso

El-Paso

El-Paso

El-Paso

This was two shots of a small mountain town called El Paso.

 

Harries-and-Me

Harries-and-Me

An old friend Harries More was nice and came to visit. Unfortunately we both got real sick and had to stay in bed for his whole stay.
This is one of the few times we managed to get out of the apartment in Tezacorte.

 

Lali in Bucaneros Bar in Puerto Naos

Lali in Bucaneros Bar in Puerto Naos

One of many good friends I have made down here.
Her name is Lali, and she runs the coolest bar with live music in Puerto Naos, The Bucaneros Bar.

 

Manou and his folk band in Bucaneros Bar, Puerto Naos

Manou and his folk band in Bucaneros Bar, Puerto Naos

And these guys are rocking up The Bucaneros Bar with some real hot local folk music. The bass player is the main man, and the brother of Lali the bar owner.

 

Stempunk-Hair-dryer at the local market in Los Llianos

Stempunk-Hair-dryer at the local market in Los Llianos

Sunday mornings we often shoot of down to Los Llianos, where they put on a real cool market.
Everybody is welcome to sell or buy all they want, and they do.
I love it, one can find just about anything and bargaining is a part of the deal.

 

Playa-Nuevo

Playa-Nuevo

the rock of Puerto-Naos

the rock of Puerto-Naos

Two shots of the waves created by a storm way out in the Atlantic.

Now that was it for now, but I’ll be around, stay tuned.

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…

A flight … and the world changed

 

This is where I am sitting and trying to scratch down a few impressions before I am going to hit the bar scene in El Paso La Palma . The place to be tonight I’m told, is Bar Centrale. A real hot flamenco nuevo artist is gonna hit the strings and make town swing…..

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Last night I was just doing the strtees of Puerto Naos, as I ran in to this guy in the picture below. He’s a double bass player, and he was having a good time with a few friends stomping some rockabilly. I couldn’t help myself as usual, and asked to join for a few songs. Man that guy could pull a mean bass. It turned out he was one of the main guys in the most famous act from La Palma. We’ve already made appointments fore a session, see what happens. Check out his band here in La Palma  http://www.myspace.com/tihuyacats

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Our friends Maria and Ollie in La Bodega in the picture below. It is the bar right around the corner from our apartment. They’ve been very nice to us, and Ollie has turned out to something of a soul brother….

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OK and then of course there we have Bones at ten thirty in the morning after a bottle of vodka with some real good grass…..ai ai ai

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But all’n all, I’m having a real good and inspiring time……

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).

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

 

 

Manhunters

 

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.

 

 

 

RON…..

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

Ink play

A little ink play. Little time for art these days, I’m on the move…

Woodcock in pencil

Another sketch for a customer whom want to have a tattoo designed especially for herself.
She has a special relation to the great Norwegian poet Terje Vesaas and his poem “The Birds” (Fuglane).
The poem is about this looser guy who gets his kicks talking with the birds (guess that’s what you’d call Ko Koo).
The bird he seams to communicate the best with, is the woodcock, hence that bird in particular.
The customer is a poet herself.

This is my first draft after we had a little meeting and discussed how she wanted it to be…

 

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….

 

Studio45 opens its first Behance Network Exebition

Today I opened up my new account on Behance Networks,
and to celebrate I put up an exhibition of pictures from over
the last 5 years of learning to draw

Coming at'ya

Tattoo design sketches

An old friend has asked me to make her a crow inspired tattoo design. So then I promised to make a few sketches and mock ups first.
This is the first sketches I did, there’ll be more in a day or so.

Testing a new font

The font I had wasn’t all that nice, so here is another try with one I found online.

Cover with digital colore

OK I have played around in Photoshop a little and have put some color in their cheeks….(lame joke I know, but it’s Sunday and very late :), I am not satisfied though, I will keep trying

The St Pauli Blues last panel is ready

So then finally I am at the end of this epic quest. It has taken me about two years to draw this album, but I am positive that with everything I’ve learned the next one will be done in about four to five month…. I hope

Now all that is left to do is do redraw a few pictures and some panels, just to get it all up to the level I staked out as I started out.
Then I will put in the text.
I am also contemplating translations in to Norwegian (my own mother tongue), German, Spanish and French. I will need help for the French and the Spanish translations.



Sex brand new panels

I have not been updating lately, but there is a perfectly good reason for it.
Once again I ended up working on many panels at the same time (for diversion, as I am now ready to be ready if you get my drift), and it does aloud for a lot better imagery, cos I give my self a lot more time to contemplate every and each pic since I have more to work on as I let time pass a little, then go back to another one again and so on….

Here are the last six panels I’ve drawn…….

The meanest pig in town

Back in the 80’s I was living in Hamburg, and busking the Spitalerstrasse on a more or less daily basis. It was not aloud but tolerated as a peaceful and harmless activity committed by basically harmless people…us.BUT! there was a very committed asshole working the beat on that street, and his name was Colterman.I used to play together with a great guy called Michael Knubbe, and he’d been owning that street for ages, but was HATED by Colterman. Colterman used to run every trick in the book to fuck Mike over. He compounded at least 14 of Mikes guitars, and fined him a lifetime of wages, but Mike would be back on the pitch minutes after release and making Coltermans life miserable.  So much in fact, that one time after 30 years of this, the pig begged for mercy and invited Mike for a cup of coffee. There he confessed that Mike had been a pain in his arse constantly for all those years.There is only one thing to say about this story…….GO Mike GO GO!!!!
Oh and the point of that story is that I have based this Police officer in this story on Colterman (you see I also got to make this characters acquaintance while busking that street in Hamburg). And this is my payback…he he Fuck you Colterman we get the last laugh ha ha ha

 

Hot Hamburg “Polizei” Broad

This one took some more time then anticipated.
I had to do a little character design for the little biker babe here.

She was not in the original script, but stuck in at a very late point.
So late as that the character design was already done.

Thus it was left up until the last moment to flesh out the girl both visual and texture vise.

 

The Streets of Hamburg

OK here we’re back on the dirty streets of Hamburg….The bike is supposed to be some fantasy inspired Triumph….. Bear with me here, it was a hellish task to draw a person on a moving bike in the perspectives I wanted. But I am happy with the result