• 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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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….
 

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.

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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

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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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

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……

This is my life

 

I have little time for my work these days, witch in it’s turn makes for very little worth posting here on my blog.
There is also no way for me to surf the net in order to dig up juicy stuff for you guys, thus it has been a very skinny last nine month.

But as I have said I will be back, and I do have some stuff produced during the last nine month, being compulsive n’all.
I’ll be back before x-mas hopefully, with some new scans.

Meanwhile I’ll try to bridge some of the waiting time with a few impressions from where I live at the moment….
ENJOY!

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My workspace at the moment.

 

 

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The buss stop outside main station in Bergen Norway about two month ago aprox. 15 sept. 2012

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The view from the back of a car ferry going from Sandvikevåg on Stord, to Halljem south of Bergen on the mainland.

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The street through Nestun. Nestun is a small suburb to Bergen.

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Back seat driving with my mom at the wheel. 06 dec on the damned cold and desolate Stord where we live at the time being……brrrrrrrr

Now that’s it for this time, but stay tuned…..we’ll be back of course.

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

 

 

HipHop Troll

 

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

 

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…

 

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”

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

 

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

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…..

Excited about too many things at the same time

One thing keeps me grounded and grinding these days, and that`s my graphic novel “The St Pauli Blues”.
I am like a horse pulling a wagon. Bent neck, and focused mind, no stop until I am there.

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The St Pauli Blues_2010


I am not just a little bit proud. First I spent a year and a few month doing a graphic novel about Europe under Napoleon, then I scratched it (will pick it up again at a later stage) due to low quality art and script.
But one learn as one goes along (hopefully), so then I did a spell of 10 month where I only drew.
I went on for at least 12 hours each day.
Doodles and sketches I did during the training and experiment period

Doodles and sketches I did during the training and experiment period


For this period I played around with techniques, materials and tools.
I did just abut anything I could come up with in order to achieve the look and feel I was aiming for.
In the first 9 month I worked strictly with paper, pencils, ink pens, ink and brushes on everything from the finest drawing paper to scraps and bits I`ve found all over the place. I must have gone through every ink pen brand ever imported to Norway. I ended up a little different though. Because I couldn`t figure out how to get it scanned in to Photoshop without a loss of ink line quality.
So after scratching my head for a while, I went back to trying a tiny wacom tablet (A6) with only pressure sensitivity and nothing else. I am positive this tool was mostly meant for retouching photos, and not for drawing and painting

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Wacom Graphire4 A6

But as you can see, It has actually served me well so fare, but I am getting trouble with my arm and elbow.
So I am bound for a new and bigger one…

One of the first pictures I redrew, before I went ahead and inked everything over again for the 4th or 5th time. But it payed off, Now I am finally getting somewhere

One of the first pictures I redrew, before I went ahead and inked everything over again for the 4th or 5th time. But it payed off, Now I am finally getting somewhere

One very cool thing is that now I paint whole panels in one go, as opposed to before where I did single pictures (pencil first and then inked over on a new better paper with help of a light table…home made one) and composited them in Adobe InDesign. I save a lot of time like this.
I still do the sketches and pencils on paper one by one, then I stick together a muckup of all the ones on one panel and this becomes the sketch layer that I ink over in Photoshop.
Here is an example, It`s actually the first one I did as one whole page/panel.
It is without text and speech bubbles yet

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Panel 27

These days it is rather hot, and I have slowed down a lot. But I also think this is due to the fact that I keep going back and improving stuff all the time, and it is only getting more stuff to improve on all the time.
Also my son And I are doing some travelling these days. Just scooting around in the car to get some change of environment. Staying in little hotels and such.
Last weekend we went to Oslo and saw my old busking friends and that bunch, it was a gas.

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An old friend and busker Lawrence Glaister & My son Ivan to the right

The photo above was shot during last weekend in Oslo.
Same goes for the six pictures I used to stick together the Photoshop manipulation beneath.
I turned them in to a Oslo post card.

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A Photoshop picture made out of six single shots

Now that was it for today, but I promise not to update as seldom as I have lately.
I am contemplating getting myself some server space and a real web name for my little outfit, so keep your eyes peeled and come along as I move, don`t miss out on all the fun here in Studio45.

Per Ove Sleen

Busy times at the studio

There is an awful lot going on here at the studio these days. I don’t know my head from my ass for all the different stuff going down.
I’m trying to get the first episode of the Napoleon project out the doors, setting up my blogs here at WordPress since abandoning Blogspot after three weeks of nightmare, getting a sound track recorded for the Napoleon video, getting together two different great and big blogposts I’ve been working on for some time now (one on web comics and another one is a interview I want to do with a graphics artist I know from redbubble.com) and I have started up a new product line.

Zazzle has started to offer up skateboards as a new product one can sell with ones design on it.
I find this a great idea and I always wanted to design boards.
This being a opportunity I just can’t pass up, I’m already at it sketching and drawing cool skateboard motives.

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As you can see I have also made a logo. I think I’ll market both board designs and some chosen t-shirt designs under this logo.

I am also working on another new line where I’ll offer up a set of tattoos I have been working on for a while.
There is a podcast with drawing and Photoshop tips still in production. I hope I can get it rolling before x-mas.


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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I DON’T BELIEVE IT….WE MADE IT AGAIN!

Once again within the same week, I have a picture on the home page of redbubble.com
For those who don’t know, this is a huge honor. One are chosen between literary millions of pictures mad by 50.000 fantastically talented and skilled artists ….


Go go go redbubble……you rock

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We made home page on redbubble.com AGAIN!

My Code Zebra T-shirt made it to the front page of redbubble.com.
That is a big deal.
You are chosen among literary millions of pictures, and it is a real feather in your hat considering all the fantastic artists participating on the bub.

This is just to great!, go and check it out folks.
There is an endless amounts of top notch imagery to look at ore to purchase if you want to…..
Redbubble is your chance to buy top Illustrations, paintings, photos, prints and t shirts directly from the artist, without going through arty farty galleries that adds huge amounts to the price….

Here you can find a lot more pictures, photos and t-shirts from Studio45