I started to make these small pencil drawings during the fanzine week. I had a really good time drawing them and I found myself in a flow, completely in my own bubble. I just starting without a plan, except staying within a forest, nature -mystical kind of genre. I printet and bound two editions that I gave away for christmas.
PART 1: Illustrating a norwegian folk tale through photos
PART 2: Playing with the use of objects, staging of objects and a personal system of symbols. In many ways inspired by still life and surrealism. I am not sure if the pictures illustrate the poems, the poems illustrate the pictures, or that the pictures are a sort of continuation of the poems? Anyways the poems are written by me mainly through the method of automatic writing, as some surrealist sometimes used themselves.
I had two weeks at school where I could define a project I wanted to work on. I decided to continue on a comic-concept (Musmo) I’ve started earlier. What I wanted to do, was rethink how to solve the storytelling and the visual style.
I did a lot of research and writing. Some character and environment sketches. I also made a hypothetical panel from the introduction story where I tested digital colouring versus watercolour. The digital is not finished, but still I feel the watercolour is the one I want to go for. There still are a couple of things I want to test further, like linework, but at least I’m a step further.
This rethinking also means that the first drawn pages I’ve made earlier, will not be used. I won’t start drawing before I feel the essential ground work is finished. Also the project has become more manageable, because I decided to split the story up into smaller parts.
Well, recently I have sort of built up an “addiction” to the fictional character Varg Veum, from Gunnar Staalesens books, and the movies based on these. It all started when I was watching the norwegian series Dag. This Man (yes, with capital M), suddenly appeared before me! I had seen him before, but I had not really noticed how fantasticly handsome and sexy he is: Trond Espen Seim (the actor who plays the role of Varg Veum). So, I decided to try out a couple of Veum-movies, which hadn’t really interested me before, just to satisfy my…needs. Now I have seen all twelve of them, pluss started reading the books (four so far). Mind you, that does not mean the movies are great. Probably it’s more an expression of my loneliness.
Getting to the point! The image of the real living person Trond Espen Seim and the fictional Varg Veum has become mixed up a bit. I might have a dirty mind. Still I wanted to try to create my own interpretation of Varg Veum, based on the books I have read so far. So far I have the two sketches above. I’m not sure I have reached the final result yet, but I think I’m on to something.