• 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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Character Design & Brush testing

I am still developing the cast for my new scifi plot.
And I am at the moment working on one or maybe two, three guys/gals living in the mountains and the woods.
Like most of the cast, they’re neither good nor bad, but somewhere in between.
The idea, and their role in the plot, just came to me a couple of days ago.
I did these two first ones more or less in between other stuff, or while talking on the phone.
The paper is rather descent, half rough sketch paper, and I first pencilled a little, then went over with a 0.2 Artline ink pen and the black spots I think was done with a thick Sharpie.

forest-guy

forest-guy done with ink pen and marker.

 

forest-guys marker and pen

forest-guys marker and pen

Yesterday I was doing a few errands down in Los LLanos, and I decided to try to find a good brush for inking.
The ones I brought from Norway, are all warn out, and I’ve had a hell of a time finding something even close to a good inking brush. Let alone soble or something in that ballpark. I knew I’d have to settle for synthetic.
I got lucky in Papelia Vera. I found one close to decent, and two half way there. That was all they had, and it even set me back 9,80 Euros!.
The result…

forest-guys

forest-guys done with ink and brush. Then lightly touched up by an Artline 0.2 mm

But I will keep searching, or I will have to shop on-line.
I am slowly getting to a point where I give up finding a store that can supply me here out in the south Atlantic.

Now that was it for now, but I’ll be back soon. Stay tuned….. :)

 

 

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.

Graphic Novel one step closer

I did my first page sketch yesterday, to see if I can come up with a look and a voice for my new idea.
First I did a whole lot of preliminary sketches to figure out how I wanted the side to look.
This here is a quick look in to my sketch process. I do not usualy do as many sketches pr page as this, but at this stage I am still searching.
Now here’s the sketches. They’re done on some real bad paper I got the other day, so bear with me.

The script page, and the first layout

The script page, and the first layout

 

First layout of the splash picture or overview picture.

First layout of the splash picture or overview picture.

 

Another pencil layout sketch of the page.

Another pencil layout sketch of the page.

First marker inked attempt at a composition.

First marker inked attempt at a composition.

Final page sketches, with a few  perspective changes

Final page sketches, with a few perspective changes

And here comes the result of my hard work.
The final page sketch was still just done in A4 format (I usually work on A3 format for a whole page), and it is not Bristolboard, but something I can work with on a sketch and design level.
The page was inked with a 0.2 mm ink pen and brush & ink.
 

The final layout sketch, done on an A4 paper of better quality.

The final layout sketch, done on an A4 paper of better quality.

Right! now I will keep on drawing, so please check me out now and then. See you all, and thanks for looking in on me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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….
 

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.

Hag

Hag

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…. :)

 

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.

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  :)