• 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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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.

Watercolours added to the page test

I printed the inked version I scanned on a proper watercolour paper, and dabbed some colours on.
Then I scanned that back in, and layered the inked version over in multiply mode.
This is the result.

coloured page test

coloured page test

All hand drawn and painted, but on respectively there for prepared paper, thanks to digital technique.

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….

Watercolours to go

I have for the last six month been heavy in to teaching myself watercolour techniques to an extend where I can ad colour to my illustrations/comic pages.

A view from the garden

A view from the garden


This is a view from the garden of the house I am residing in at the time in El Paso.
In the back one can see Los Llanos..
This is a motive I’ve already painted, drawn and photographed various times over and over.
Here’s another variation on the motive.

Garden view

Garden view

The first one is done on Bristol board, the second on on regular cheap watercolour paper.
They’re both done with a combination of watercolours and ink & brush/markers/ink pens.

The next one is a fantasy scribble I did on cheap sketch paper.
Just called it the Hag….:)
Apart from the paper, it’s done the same way as the two others.



The reason I mix the two techniques (ink & watercolours), is of course to use it for my graphic novels.
I was always inspired by people like Giraud, Hermann Huppen and similar stuff.
Lt. Blueberry was one of my biggest heroes back in the 70’s.
I grew up on the Norwegian west coast during the 60’s and 70’s, with no access to any cultural outputs. My mom saved my sanity by getting me weekly quality comics. Thanks mom…. :)


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…

Sexy swords woman and progression

Once again we’ll have a quick look at what I’m doing, and how my progress in mastering watercolours are developing.
As you can see at my desk below, I keep busy and are hard at practising.

My little workspace well littered with work and practice projects

On the computer, you can see a nearly finished poster job I do for a local band (below) called “HardAnger”.

On the smaller pad, you can see yet another study of the girl I call “the Baader twin”, whom will be featuring in my ongoing series The St. Pauli Blues next episode (there is already two finished albums in the series, I am trying to get published these days).

Another study of the Baader twin. Assassin, all over good looking and a psychopath of dimensions....

The big pad is a watercolour project I’ve been contemplating for some time, and witch I seam to go rather slowly about. Beneath you can see the first pencil draft, penned in with a 0.2 UNI P/N fine line, and I have started brushing in some colour.

Watercolour project long contemplated, slowly materializing....

Before I do something as detailed and elaborate as this, I will mostly do a few thumbnails and ink sketches.
This to see what I want to do, and how to get there. Beneath you can see the once I did for this Indian in his canoe. These led to the big one in work.

Thumbnails and ink sketches done as pre studies for the watercolour piece I'm working on at the moment.

The last shot (I have no scanner available to me at the moment, ending up having to shoot these pictures with my HTC smartphone) below, is the WC (watercolour) picture with some more ink. I will proceed with more black to the straws in the foreground. Down on the left side, then let it fade in to negative space as we move in to the light source coming in from the right above.

The watercolour picture with some weight in form of shadows added by my ink brush.

I will try to keep you posted on this one as I move along. I am aiming for something along the lines of early Jean Girard/Moeibus. Like the work he and his staff did in the Blueberry series….Gonna have to slave hard for that one I guess.
That’s it folks, stay tuned I’ll be back…..hopefully  :)

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



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.





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

Reference is the mantra

Norway16 03 2008

Whenever you want to draw something you haven’t drawn before ore not for a long time, you like to have reference at hand in one form ore another.

JensanesetWhen drawing a person ore many persons I find that I like to have both, many pictures and the real live model accessible at any time.
The same goes for landscapes, interiors and exteriors.
But this is of course the optimal scenario, and it rarely occurs. So one is obliged to make do with what is accessible at any given time.

There are a lot of things that can make life easier for a poor illustrator, and over the years the situation has really improved with the web making it’s entry on to the scene and all.
But despite the web, books will always come in very handy. And I can not stress it enough how valuable they are, those huge cafe table books with real big pictures in them, fashion magazines (I usually ask my dentist and doctor if I can have the old magazines they toss from the waiting room.
It’s all kind of womans magazines, science magazines and some weird stuff. It’s great), old news yearbooks with pix in them, old catalogs, old comics, toy catalogs, tool catalogs and so on in that direction is also fantastic reference tools.

You should collect stuff like this as much as you can store. My feeling on this matter is that you can never get enough.
But don’t burn all your cash on this, I have another great source for you namely videos.

Movies are great sources for reference. You can freeze your picture on anything your heart desires and make a screen grab (if watching on a computer of course).

It is especially great for coming up with cool angles and perspectives.
I struggle with a very difficult matter in a comic at the moment and my video collection is a invaluable help in this case.
So always be on the lookout for cheap videos (even if it is a bummer at the box office and boring as he*&%¤.. the references can still be great).

But the one I use the most these days are the internet.
There seams to be absolutely nothing you can’t find a picture ore a video capture of on the web.

So for you people I will reveal a few of my favorites ones.

At the Courtesy of a good web friend of mine that I met in the artist network redbubble.com Namely thickblackoutline I can present a great site for reference to you.
is something of a specialist in everything Japanese art, and here art mirrors that.

One of her favorite places for reference to all that is Japanese art is this site here:Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints
The next tip I have for you is from one of the most admirable initiatives on the entire web…..in the entire world come to think of it.
I am of course talking about the Project Guttenberg.
This place is overflowing with great reference material, and it is all for free (you also find a lot of other handy stuff in here, but that is for another post all together).
Here is a couple of the best ones:

The Brochure Series of Architectural Illustration.


Children’s Picture Books.


The list goes on. All you have to do is dig.You will not run in to the picture at once you hit these links, but just dig away and you soon hit gold….I guarantee it.

Architecture is a something most illustrators run in to sooner ore later, most likely sooner.
This next link I have for you is a great reference if you look for city landscapes from the turn of last two centuries (1800 – 1900).
I use this site a lot in a new comic/video production I am involved in at the moment. The story is in big parts taking place in Europe around 1800. The link is:


Like I said I am working on a project taking place in the early 1800 in France. So I don’t get around Napoleon and his Grand Armè, Thus I have three very good links about thees times.
It is about the army and the weaponry and uniforms…:

Napoleon Online

Die Uniformierung der französischen Armee

Napoleonic Guide images

And for a good round up I have one more really top one, but it is also the most obvious one.
Maybe that is the reason so many don’t think of it when they need reference for a project.

The one I am talking about is of course Flickr.com
There isn’t the thing you can’t find a whole heap of great images of on the flickr, so bookmark that one on top of your list. It is the best one.

OK we are closing in on the end of this post, but before I leave you for now, I have two more links, but these are not so much for reference, but rather as inspiration. The first one is a real strange flower with the name of Luigi Serafini and his book “the CODEX SERAPHINIANUS”
I won’t spoil your experience by yapping about it, you just check it out my friends, and remember to keep an open mind on this one….wide open.

The very last link for this time is is one of my favorite blogs. It is called “Today’s Inspiration” .
I have been following this blog for a year now and I just love it.
The guy running it has a very great nose for finding old classic illustrations from old magazines and analyzing them.
Check him out you won’t regret.

That is my contribution for now, but grab my RSS feed and keep an eye on this blog, cos there will be more…lots of more. until then my friends… POS