• 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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Dystopia, futuristic SciFi and a Hoover 742 fountain pen

Once again I have committed a watercolour painting in the steadfast belief that it will improve my skill set.
Again I have used the usual suspects of tools, Ink, watercolour, brushes and a few Copic and Touch markers.

A friend gave me a very neat little gift the other day.
He was helping to clean out a villa after someone died, and as he was going on he found an old messed up pen on the floor in the cellar. Took it home and later gave it to me. All I had to do was clean it in water and refill it (got a plunger patent).

T’was a Hoover 742 fountain pen the best tool I’ve had for fine lining so far.
One can keep filling it up (ink is cheap in big bottles), and it has the most amazing dynamic line quality.
After getting used to it ( handles a little harder then the average fine line pen like Pilot V-Ball or Faber-Castell Vision 1476 micro and their likes), it is by fare the best tool for this kind of stuff (inking the fine lines in my comic drawings) I’ve had so fare. It handles a lot easier than for instance the regular nibs used a lot in comic inking, but leaves a dynamic line that can compete.

 

 

Sexy bitch with a “katanga”, Blunt violence and down right posing

Here’s a few quick sketches I’ve cut out of my day to day production of such. The two first ones, are the start of a character design for “The St. Pauli Blues” , and the rest are just studies. I do’em small (about hight of a pen), and concentrate on getting down the movement and pose….

They’re all drafted up with a ballpoint (Pilot), and the two first was rendered using a real lousy brush with india ink…the rest was done with a marker……

 

 

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

 

 

Osamma Bin Ladens grandadd

 

Once again I’ve been sketching and playing around with ink and brushes…
To be honest I don’t even know if the guy had a granddad (recon he did though, most of us do) . Being a man of fantasy (delusional my mom says), this is how I imagine him.
The next drawing is just some violent hero guy, with a gun. Also done with ink and a brush.

 

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   :)

 

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….

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

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/

My band

Back on a drawing board again. first real drawing I did in a long time. It is done with black Indian ink and brush on a Bristol board A3. The yellow color has been added digitally..
It shows two of my band members and myself in the middle.

Ink play

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

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 …

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…

 

My workspace

This is how my creative workspace look like the 1. of  July 2011

The picture was spliced together from 13 different shots in Photoshop..

Inked Skull on Bristol board

Some time ago I ordered a pad of Bristol Illustration board from Artifolk.co.uk . At the same time I ordered a new bristle brush (soble) No. 5 .
This is the result of my first attempt at working with these materials.

The one to the left is the original done on the Bristol board, while the right one has been enhanced in Photoshop…

 

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….

 

Google Analytics look like a very good solution

Stord 19 July 2011
If you have any sort of web presence, there will always come a time when you would like to know stuff like where your visitors come from, who they are, how did they find you and other things.
Most websites/blog sites providers today offers some sort of statistics and oversight on these numbers. But if you have more than one, and that would be a big yes if one does business online,
A “one for all off them” tool, is what you want for this task….
Couple days back I hooked some of my online presences up to Google Anlytics (not this blog though, cos I have a free (.com) address means I can not use this service (the once with their own domain can, and so can any site or blog where you have access to the HTML/CSS), but sites like my Studio45 Behance gallery and my presence on Redbubble and Zazzle does very well hook up (also free).
Today I had a look, and man did I get happy. Anything relevant to my business and my art can obviously be read off her. And it gives you a real good idea of what part of the world you reach, and what not. There should be no problem to tailor the marketing of my new graphic novel “The St. Pauli Blues”, and the music being released in connection.
This makes marketing a lot less like watching a painting through a straw. It actually invokes some long wanted for excitement in to the boring stuff…
I recommend everybody to try this together with most of the services Google has. I use them a lot as well. The web search, Google docs,  Google maps,  Google pictures (Picasa),  Google translate, bookmarks, Gmail and a whole bunch more. They work, they’re for free and always up and running. Running an online enterprise makes this last concern very important.

Per Ove Sleen

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”

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

Black Panther Design from Zazzle.com


OK now here we go. I am in the process of building my merchandising system. And I have decided to use Zazzle as my backbone. Here are the first design   Black Panther Design from Zazzle.com.

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.

Black-Panther

Black-Panther