These are some of the photos I took when I visited the Natural History Museum in Oslo, the same weekend as I attended Grilldagene. I immediately wanted to sit down and draw as I walked in, I’m fascinated by the details, patterns and textures of each animal. Of course I prefer animals alive, but still it is a great opportunity to study them closely. Luckily I had my camera with me, and I almost took a picture for every step I walked in there:) Which gives me a good new addition to my animal reference library! I work a lot from photos, and when photographing I approach the object from every angle possible, up close and far away, looking for exciting compositions for me to draw. Next time I’ll bring my sketcbook too!
Oh, and they also had a fun (and possibly scary for some..) exhibition with sculptures based on a children’s book by Jo Nesbø, called D.D.S.Ø.I.F; Animals you wish didn’t exist. And yes, I’m definately happy they’re not to be found in our world (yet;).
This illustration was made by a good friend
More of her inky and evocative work can be found here!
Anette Heiberg, Svein Nyhus & Åshild Irgens
I’ve just started to settle again after a great weekend in Oslo, where I attended Grilldagene last Saturday. This is a yearly arrangement set up by Grafill’s Illustration group, and luckily I managed to come along. It was an inspiring and fulfilling day, thanks to the girls who put the seminar together, and of course the speakers. Fig Taylor, Illustrator agent from the AOI started off with good advice on how to approach the Illustration market and the importance of presenting yourself and putting together a clear and consistent portfolio. The follow up was Gorm Kunøe who gave us a quick course on sale; how to get rich as an Illustrator... Just to find out there are no quick tricks, but it’s important to CALL OUT and say HERE I AM! And find those clients (wherever you’re hiding, I’ll find you;)..
Katja by Petra Börner
Last, but not least, London based Illustrator Petra Börner shared her experiences in the field, showed us sketches, working progresses and different ways of using Illustration. All in all these speakers represented various parts of the Illustration world, and the result was a seminar well worth visiting!
To sum up I learned that you can go far with a strong and consistent style, look for clients constantly and in forgotten corners, see illustration elsewhere than just in books and magazines- plus I found out that I have great Illustrator colleagues! :)
Sunday I met up with blogger and Illustrator Gunvor Rasmussen and we had a nice chat and lunch at the cool café Ryes in Grünerløkka. Check out her cool monsters and "pretty ladies" on her blog, plus more pics from Grilldagene here:)
She also adviced me to visit the Natural History Museum, where I took so many photos it needs its own entry (will post soon).
Oh, and I almost forgot- I’m moving into a new studio in April! Me and Kathrine Kristiansen are going to share the space, and we just started painting. More on this too later!
Puh, I think I need a cup of tea now.. Maybe you’ll join me?