Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015


Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm Sweden. Once again I headed to the fair. I was invited together with my Mia by Artist friend Deborah House. I took the bicycle across town to Magasin 9 down in the Docks. Harbor were the art fair is being held. Next year rumours has it , it will be moved across the harbor canal to Nacka Strand. 

Weather was perfect and the trip through town to experience the art couldn’t have started better. Great weather and lots of happy people enjoying the town. Such a contrast to a world strike by war, famine and refugee and immigrant crisis. I wish all who arrive to safety in Stockholm, could get shelter and enjoy their life with art and happiness.

First gallery exhibitor a German gallery, coming from the heart, the middle of Germany. It felt good to say thank you Germany and Go go Merkel. Red Corridor Gallery from Fulda, Germany exhibit wonderful paintings by artist Leszek Skurski. His white and black greyscale paintings have a wonderful painterly drawing combined style. Can highly recommend discovering that art.

And then of course the gorgeous paintings by Deborah House. American artist in Sweden whom I got to know when we worked in the same studio, back in 2004-2005 when I painted my own paintings for my snapshot stories.

Like always she has a very fluid style with a great sense of the nature she paint in something that can be seen as both figurative or abstract style, all depending on ones own impression. Thank you Deborah for making great art and being a great person.

I also bumped into an old friend and college from my time working at theatres 20 years ago, Tom K. Having an interesting conversation about art and today current events in the world. with his mate.

Later met up with my former galleria Urban from Lorentzon Gallery. Like always showing good art. And easy to joke with and catching up.

I also bumped into not her old artist friend from 20 years ago and gallerist; Åsa Eriksson the artist and galleri Coloure. Åsa was there showing some of her paintings with the galleri. Gave me a wonderful book with her art, paintings. Signed it and gave me a vernissage invitation for her coming exhibition.  It was great fun to talk with with then about old times and today’s times. Flashbacks of joy.

As I was strolling through the various gallery stands, I came to stay and talk and look at photographic art. And got to talk about my old friend Kary Lasch. The gallery Linkin age Art Edition has get photos of great photographers from today and from the 70’s.  I enjoyed the meeting with the gallery owner Mia, talking about photography in general and Kary Lasch.

After several hours of taking in art, it was time to head back home. Bicycling through the town. As the sun goes down and the late night comes closer.

Thank you all I whom met. Some I didn’t know and some friends.


Stefan Lindblad 




How to draw and use Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7 to Flip image

Here a tip again, where i show a great useaful and simple workflow for artists and illustrators drawing digitally. “Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7, Flip image”. Great for artists and illustrators who like to view an image they are drawing and working on,  from various viewpoints. And the Customizing and Options feature in Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer

Official SDK for CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint plugin developers

You are trying to find the official Corel SDK for documentation, for CorelDRAW  and Corel PHOTO-PAINT Plugin devoloping. Look no  further than to this link taking you there: You also have a developer community forum here: . Have fun developing!


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer

Dawid Bowie the great inspiration

Illustration, digital drawing by Stefan Lindblad, 2015. for the Corel webinar on how to create a drawing using Corel Photo-Paint and a Wacom pen tablet.

Dawid Bowies fantastic New album from 2013. A swedish reviewer wrote it sounded like “before”, but heck, do i care? No. We are talking about one bloody cool influential and artistic musical artist very few of todays acts can compare with, and who all sound the same. I just love the album. And he is a huge inspiration to me anyway. Thank you Dawid Bowie!

Your music Dawid, free my mind. Make me think new thoughts while I let my traditional and digital pen dance over the palettes and surfaces. Ever since I was a kid in my boyroom in the stockholm suburbian million housing projects. i have enjoyed your music. I remember having heard your music early because my older brothers were discjockeys in the 70´s. I bougth your LP record “Heroes”. I was amazed and perplexed. I remember I loved it, and still I sold it to my cousin. And then later felt stupid doing it. I have loved like everyone else of any sanity, the Heroes music. And everything before and after – and heck, it isnt always the easiest music to listen to for a young pre-teen boy. I was only 12 at the time back then.

It was the same year I became a heavy coffee drinker, age 12, on a plane ride down to Magaluf, Mallorca with my older sisters kids and husband. I ordered a cup of coffee 12-13 times during the trip. The stewardesses thought I was cute. I thought and ordered it because she was gorgeous. Same year I discovered Mozart and stopped listening to KISS. Took down all their posters from the walls. And one year later I learned to joggle with oranges and decided to become an artist. Which is my work today.

And now, two years ago, you released a brilliant record once again. Thank you!

Stefan Lindblad
Artist, illustrator & graphic designer

Maybe I demand too much from Pop & Rock Music Stars of today

Illustration drawing by Stefan Lindblad, copyright 2015

I opened the news papers this morning at a café, and reading online while watching photos from the MTV VMA Music Awards 2015. Maybe I ask too much from the younger Pop & Rock Music Stars of today. Maybe todays stars should try to be more quality oriented musicians, and great entertaining performers in studios and on stage or screen, first and foremost. Many of them are, but many still focus too much on the exterior than the interior, meaning their art.

While sipping my brew cup of coffee and taking a bite of my danish with vanilla cream, watching the pics, so many stars were looking so much for attention at the VMA Music Awards, trying harder to be outrageous and scandalous. And I kind of don´t blame them. Its part of their job. But they seem to do it more or less desperately. Competing on who could dress up in less than anyone else. Only to, a few days later say they are being haunted by Paparazzis. And that their private life have been violated. Which it might have. Unfortunatley that´s what the young pop & rock stars are concentrating on today – attention first and music after. It should be the other way around. If they tell me I am wrong, then why come to an award dressed in just about nothing. Just barely to cover a nipple or two.

I know, it´s about making money. And its for the kids, teenagers, their own generation. And the young will claim I dont get it. But seriously we have all been the same age. And it´s part of being young to love attention and think attention equals recognition. Which it doesnt.

Dawid Bowie´s Classic “Life on Mars”. He got a lot attention in the media through the decades. He created classics and was part of reshaping music styles as we know of it today. David Bowie sure new how to show the exterior of himself as it was part of his theatrical persona in the 70´s. But what we remember first is his tracks and artistic persona. Not a sole attention seeker. The attention seeking infront of paparazzis and tv cameras of today is often more in tune with a Like button on Facebook, than to get attanetion of ones art. Now, if people wanna be nude, thats okey. Madoona made a nude book. But if that becomes the first and foremost ptiority, for a pop & rock star at the MTV VMA music awards, something must have got lost on the way. I believe it has.

Maybe I ask too much. But when I listened to contemporary music of today, I get distracted by the attention seeking. And the music and lyrics and the quality of performance that might be there, is hurt.

Stefan Lindblad

Illustration Graphic design art

Millenium book “The girl in the Spiders web”, the fourth by David Lagercrantz

David Lagercrantz Portrait, illustration, drawing by Stefan Lindblad 2015

David Lagercrantz Portrait, illustration, drawing by Stefan Lindblad 2015

Today I read about David Lagercrantz and the Millenium book, and started to draw a portrait of him, as seen here. And came to ponder of how different the reactions over the book release is, depending on which country, and the context in which it is discussed.

Outside Sweden and sweden´s cultural elite and media frenzy, with back stabbing and mayhem type of comments and critique, the new Millenium book “The Girl in the Spiders Web”, written by Lagercrantz and not Stieg Larrsson, have hit the world scene. The original trilogy that Stieg Larsson himself sadly never got to see in print, have sold about 80 million copies worldwide. Staggering numbers really. I know, I know, we are closing in to 7 billion people living on this planet Tellus. But all the same, 80 millions is a very respectful digit to look at. So what does the world media and cultural and enterainment, style news say about this new Millenium book? Well the british respectful news paper The Guardian put it this way, and I quote;/

“Without ever becoming pastiche, the book is a respectful and affectionate homage to the originals. Two of the new characters deliberately nod to the Pippi Longstocking books, which were one of Larsson’s inspirations for Salander; and the Swedish title, Men Who Hate Women, of the first Millennium book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is alluded to in a number of references to misogny and maltreatment of women. There may still be arguments about whether continuation novels should be written at all, but Lagercrantz could not have fulfilled the commission any more efficiently.”

I hope it goes well for the book. I understand and respect fans of the book who may feel it odd to read this book by another author, writer, but its a very good writer and journalist, just like Stieg Larsson himself. You really couldnt ask for anyone better equipped, or in the type of leageu. Who understands the life and work both as an author as well as a journalist. I can also understand the fight between Stieg Larssons girlfriend who should have a chunk of the rigths to the book, considering the father and brother of Stieg Larsson didnt live with Mr Larsson those many years, basically as a married couple. With suspicions that the girlfriend may have contributed as well, somehow, to the story. But going on attack in the swedish media at David Lagercrantz the way its happening, that is stretching the moral behaviour. If any, go criticizing the publisher if you like. Lagercrantz is a person who cant be blamed, really.

Who is Lagercrantz then. Well he wrote the Zlatan Ibrahimovic book “I am Zlatan”, together with Mr. Ibrahimovic as the story goes. Which is the best sellling book about and by an athlete – ever! And brilliantly reached so many young kids as well as grown ups. And made an affect on the will of reading books.

And more importantly, he is a quality writer indeed in his own right, who just happened to get two offers he simply couldnt refuse; the book about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Millenium book. Now, would you had said no? I don´t think so.



Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, drawing, design


Formex Trade Fair, Fall 2015 – rapport from the front

Stockholmsmässan, Älvsjö, formex 2015, Stefan Lindblad illustration och Design

Every third or fourth year I pull my legs in motion, my mind and heart and head over to Formex the trade fair. Fair for commerce, entrepreneurs, buyers and the occasional lectures. It’s exciting every time to look around at what is happening, and what will try to get itself out on the market to consumers in stores. Also to meet other designers and talk with possible new clients. Making meetings on the fly.

And it is always fun to meet my old colleague and friend Helena. She comes up from Gothenburg, and we get the opportunity to talk outside of Facebook. This time, she helped the company Pluto products. While previous years she still had her own successfull company she recently sold, to pursue something new and different in life.


Pluto Produkters produkter på Formex mässan, Älsjö, Stockholmsmässan 2015. Foto copyright Stefan Lindblad

Pluto Produkters produkter på Formex mässan, Älsjö, Stockholmsmässan 2015. Foto copyright Stefan Lindblad

But it is also a trade fair as I mentioned, and I take the opportunity to meet small and medium-sized businesses who have their founders and others on site, while Large corps more have others on site. People who need and want, and are interested in my illustration and design services, being on the edge themselves to grow and meet creators. This year I managed again to make quick meetings “on the fly“. It aint obvious that I can meet possible clinets to buy my services, when they go there to sell their own products. But once again I managed it. The companies were interesting in my work, and the people seemed really nice.

Rita Assor, möter, Stefan Lindblad, Formex 2015, Stockholm

Stefan Lindblad möter Litauiska designern och grundaren Rita Assor på Formex mässan 2015

A meeting that stood out was the meeting I had with the designer from Estonia, Rita Assor who exhibited her own products with her own design. Being the founder of her own company. Exciting and always fun to meet other designers and illustrators like oneself, and from other countries as well. It was extra fun that Rita works in Corel Painter creating her designs, which I do as well together with CorelDRAW and Corel Photo-Paint. It is always fun to talk CorelDRAW. Rita mentioned how Corel Painter dont do vector, and I git to mentioned my favorite vector graphics program CorelDRAW – of course! Rita Assor was an interesting and energetic designer, who makes really nice designs and products. And hand-sewn products as well.

Miurio decor, Rita Assor design, illustration

Miurio decor, Rita Assor design, illustration

After the meeting with Rita Assor in Hall “B”, I went ahead, ended up in Hall “C”. Where I came to Åre bakery. I got a taste of their chocolate biscotti, and their perfect made espresso with coffee beans from Swedish coffee favorite Arvid Nordquist. Just what I needed right there and then. Impressive also, the one who made the coffee to me, don´t even drink coffee herself.

Åre Bakeries packaging and logo is fine, however, would be nice and inspiring to have the opportunity to illustrate and design to this sort of products of coffee and cakes myself. as I both like art & design, and coffee and cakes. Sounds like the perfect match, right!


Åre bageri

Åre Bageri, Formex 2015

Åre Bageri, Formex 2015, foto Stefan Lindblad

It was time to start thinking about heading back to town and work. And bycycling the nice refreshing ride along with Huddingvägen Street. Seeing the edge of Årstafältet and Enskede Gård lovely area with Enskede Bakery & Café in the park. it was a long and intense morning at Formex. It was also nice to start to unwind, and to wind up, and working with the Infographic illustration for my magazine client Elinstallatören.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, graphic design, art







Hockey Legend Forsberg bring shoes to swedes

Peter Forsberg the Hockey Legend extraordinaire, have brought Crocs to the Swedish people  Now it’s time for flip flops Ipanema.

Crocs or as called in Sweden: “Foppa tofflor” was a massive success, which against better knowing, brought people together at work places, and using the same footwear all over the country. Regardless of status. Well yours truly never bought or wear any, but proof in the pudding or not, it was an instant success.

Peter Forsberg claim in this video extraordinaire how you can’t run wearing Ipanema flip flops.

With the help of other sports stars and another legend, you’ll understand why


Stefan Lindblad

Composer Allan Petterson from Sweden who uplift you with depression

One of Swedens most prolific and great classical music composers, in the 20th century, is Allan Petterson. Very dramatic, heavy music, almost depressing compositions sometimes. So tough it make you happy listening to them.

I remember visiting a friend who was an opera singer, in downtown Stockholm, Sweden. Close to Clara Kyrka (Clara Church). He was playing an LP record, back in 1995-ish. We talked about art and other opera singers. And I remember telling him: “But you have to press them to pay the invoice. You were there and sang the opera songs at the Church concert, and did your part. And you havent got payed for three months. Outrageous. Call them up and put you feet down. Send them a reminder. Or better, send them the debt collector if they dont pay. After all its 60 days AFTER you sang at the concert, right?”

He didnt. He waited until the Church people payed the invoice, when they decided they wanted to. 90 days after.

Allan Petterson symphony nr 7 was playing in the background. Maybe it was the  music that got me going extra furioso about the injustice my friend the opera singer was experiencing. The injustice, as he claimed, was that he and other Opera Singers did not dare to be trouble in the eyes of the church adminstration people, because, according to him, he feared it could mean they would´nt get any more concerts at the church, being seen as problematic to work with – a.k.a getting payed on time like everyone else.

I would´nt buy that situation myself, although I fully understood the situation and respected his worries.

As the tension increased while we talked over the injustice, we noticed it came in tandem with what was being played in the background. We smiled and my friend said: “Some say they get depressed when they listen to his music”. And I answered and he agreed: “- depressed? No, its great dramatic music. I feel uplifted by this depressing music”.

I know, it sounds so odd, but at that time and that situation, it was uplifting. It was like a force of nature coming from the notes/composition score written down by Allan Pettersson, and played so brilliantly by the orchestra. I can´t vouch for wether my friend actually started to practise sending the debt collector on various churches for not paying his invoice in time. But he seemed stronger and more aware of the injustice. And uplifted. Encouraged to someday change the situation. And I hope he was. We never talked about it again. Although I talked with other createives about it afterwards, about not being payed on time. Just like many other creatives, business owners. And sadly, its a constant discussion still.

It might be a surprice to many, but very big international swedish corporations, companies made several small businesses, suppliers, go bust, bankrupt. Simply because they practised to not pay on time. But rather wait 90 days after invoce had been sent their way. Keep in mind that for over 90 days, the small businesses still had to pay taxes for their invoices to the tax man, with money they didnt have basically, while waiting for their own invoices to get payed. People lost their jobs. Companies drowned.

And that all while the beautiful music of Allan Petterson was playing.

Who was Allan Petterson? Born 1911 in very dire situations, poor, at Södermalm, today a very hip area in Stockholm. And passed away 1980. He recieved a very large international following of fans who loved his music. He is today one of the most important swedish composers lived. For more reading about Allan Pettersson the composer, Wikipedia.


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, graphic design and art

Americans get itchy about non-americans comments on Trump

I just read a comment on a public FB page about dogs, from an american who was sick of celebrities who were non-citizens of the US, basically foreigners, who have their say, having opinions, on how america is, and how they try to influence how americans should vote. So he asked the public person, Victoria Stillwell: “Are you a citizen of the USA?”. And when she responded yes, then he said it was okey for her to comment, and rant his statement. Victoria Stilwell had just put a comment on her FB page, saying Donald Trump was out of line. That is very scary, sketchy stuff for conservatives to say – apparently 😉

Now,it seems especially those who are very conservative (I know, not all, just some few odd balls), seem to strongly dislike people from other countries having an opinion on their country and politics, presidential election. The United States of America is a country which constantly affect other countries with strong intent to do just that – for their own benefit. Both politically and economically and culturally. Just like Russia. The so called super power countries (aka owners of atom b´s). USA intentionally so much, that actually we non-american citizens should most definitely have our say about their country. Maybe we should even be allowed to vote as well. And the same should apply with Russia.

Now, no country is an island even with water around it 360 degrees. It is still connected to this planet.

Stefan Lindblad
A Swede living in Sweden, and who has no problems with americans, or russians, on any other for that matter, for having a say about Sweden, for being americans, or others.

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I don’t normally get political on my page but this is going too far. This man for president? It would make this great…

How Mac users install Windows 10 on their Mac´s

So you are a Mac user, and you just need Windows 10 installed on your Mac computer, to run Windows only programs. Such as your favorite illustration, design, image editing and layout program CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7.  Here is a great informative video from CNET, on how to install windows 10 on your Mac computer. Highly recomended. Have fun and hope this helps

Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, art, design

New “How to create editorial illustration” tutorial of mine

“How to create editorial illustration”, my latest written tutorial for Corel. Hope any of my own experiences can be of joy and help to other illustrators and clients alike. You find the article, turorial here


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, design, art


Is SEG – Sven-Göran Eriksson heading back to European football

SEG Sven-Goran Eriksson, anyone? I think he is in the market again, marketing himself for a hopefull return to european football, in Italy and Europe. He has said he would like to come back to Europe. Right now he coach/manage a team in China. However, he is certainly still a brilliant coach. Certainly not relevant for EPL longer, but in the rest of Europe, he would still be up to date. Would be fun to see him in Italy again.

Sven-Goran Eriksson helped build Manchester City football club to what it is today. He discovered, brought John Guidetti from Sweden to Manchester City football Club. He is still the best coach/manager that English national team have had, and made terrific up until he went to Mexico. Chinese football has certainly done him good. Now is the time he comes back to Europe again.

Here an article todays Swedish daily Sports supplement in Aftonbladet (Swedish). You can also read the story and his thoughts on Ibrahimovic and AC Milan link, the Swedish daily refers to, in Solo Calcio.(Swedish)  Which refers to a a long interview in Italian Gazzetta Dello Sport.

 Here more additional read, in english;

Guardian 1

Guardian 2


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, art, design

A spontaneus meeting on a bridge this morning

Photo by Stefan Lindblad, August 2015

Got a spontaneous meeting with an artist this morning, Kenneth Pils, on the Skanstullsbron bridge, over the channel into to Södermal Stockholm (Sweden), coming from the South suburbs. 9-ish in the morning. A person I’d never met before. There he stood and drew in his sketchbook. Where I planned to have been yesterday drawing, but instead went to the Globe and Hovet arena´s area, and drew instead, in my sketchbook. A place I pass so frequently into town on my bicycle. Stoped with my bike and started to chat. Exchanging thoughts about his subject, what Kenneth Pils was drawing. The Monster of a building they are building, and which so massively will kill everything that was a grand canal view (in swedish). The monster building is grotesque. Fortunatley one can view the canal further on. Who ever gave the go ahead of this among the politicians and city planners, must be a moron. Really.

A fun spontaneous meeting in the morning. I continued on my bike. Bought a bicycle tube. And later drawing urban citizens and areas around Medborgarplatsen in my sketchbook. And took photo references for later. See more of the art made by Kenneth Pils on his website. Thank you for the meeting and chat! Always nice and inspiring to meet a stranger when it gets like this morning.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer