Reading interesting notes of history leads further

I really enjoy reading history.  Sometimes just small notes here and there. Those notes can be notes and links in a longer text.

For example I read the Turkish president Erdogan claim Muslims discovered the Americas before Columbus. Historians comment and say Erdogan miss understand the historic notes of eyewitnesses and that historians haven’t found any evidence of remains Erdogan claims.

In Sweden Olof Rudebeck, the man who founded the botanic garden that after being burned down and later became the famous Linné botanic garden in Uppsala, Sweden, also claimed Sweden to be the place for Atlantis. He claimed that during the 1600’s when Sweden was a mayor power.

Coincidentally Uppsala (& Gamla Uppsala ) is also the home of huge viking settlements in form of viking graves. Not far from Stockholm.  And the old place called Birka. The island at which many Vikings left and returned to and from on their voyages around Europe.  Even down to today’s turkey and Greece.

What Erdogan forgets though, or simply disregard is that Vikings discovered americas before the time Erdogan claims Muslims discovered it. Ghadaffi after all claimed Shakespear to be muslim. And took the name as “proof”: Shake-spear. Or maybe the horribly brutal dictator was just joking. But you never really know do you, when people in absolute power start to see their power as a god given right.

Now Erdogan have got himself a huge palace built.  Something that have been a scandal in Turkey.  Of course turkey is the former Ottoman empire. And leaders who see themselves as great, often start to claim things.  Right or wrong.

As I read about the viking Leif Eriksson who discovered the Americas and other Vikings after him, a German man, Adam of Bremen, wrote about Vinland (New Foundland, Canada) earlier than the year 1000. The other vikings after him, most probably met either eskimos or native american “indians”, which the viking tales call “Skrälingar”.  I personally wouldn’t be surpriced if Leif Erikson the viking and all other after him, whent even more south than the tales tell. After all why stop at New Foundland when the shores show more is down south, by the ever long-shore of the americas. After all that´s what the Swedish vikings did. They Brika and many other places and crossed sease, rivers and countries, and whent way south and had contact far far beyond their own home. There has been a finding of a buddist statue in the swedish ground, achelogical sites.

You can find many interesting notes and links for further reading by checking the text about Leif Eriksson. Link here:

Enjoy the read and discoveries


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist, graphic designer

Designing a telephone: the classic Cobra from Ericsson, Sweden

When I was a kid, the Swedish telecom company LM Ericsson had since way back designed and introduced maybe one of the best and most beautiful phones ever designed: the Kobra telephone. Or with english spelling “Cobra phone”. The original design had more rounded shapes, and the newer following design of the new Kobra Phone (Kobratelefonen in Swedish) had a slightly more edged corners. Still some round in it, but more square to it. That didnt fall well to my taste, design wise, as much as the original Cobra phone did. And still does. See pictures attached.

The Cobra telephone you lift and turn and dial underneath the bottom. It don´t way tons. It was and still is quite lightweight if you would find any still around. Well balanced. The red coloured one is still my personal favorite. At home we had the phone with the swirling calling system, and as is seen in the pictures it also came with push buttons.

Todays mobile feature phones and smartphones have their forte and strong sides, but just imagine that, despite you having to pay tons of money for a smartphone of today, the cobra if hooked up to the phone socket in the wall today, would still work just fine. While a smartphone would´nt necessarily have stand the tide of time at all. Todays phones brake down way too soon and too early in their life span. Quite ridiculous really. And one can not entirely blame the high tech involved. For example the Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 have a plastic shell that gets easily scratched and easily crack and shattered to pieces if dropped. The Apple iphones up until at least 5, have a glass that cracks for almost anything. The sturdiest smartphones when dropped are still the Nokia Lumia´s. The Cobra phone is´nt undestructable, but it does stay intact WAY longer than any of todays phones.

And when the Cobra Phone was designed, the technical illustrations and modules and what have you, where all hand drawn and painted. No computers involved. It was all hand crafted just up to the molding in the factories.

From a personal viewpoint and being Swedish, its a shame LM Ericsson does´nt manufacture, invent and sell phones anymore. When it sold its half of the mobile devision to Sony, it was the end of an increadible era. Ericsson as a company is still around, and into communication, but it just aint making phones anymore. To me it´s like half their soul was sold.

Life moves on, and its true that very seldom does a company even excist after 10 years, let alone 100 years.

Enjoy the great design of the old swedish Cobra telephone “Kobratelefonen”. Its a beauty to look at and its eqaully nice to hold in your hand and call and talk with. It´s perfect. Try it if you find one.


Stefan Lindblad
Technical illustrator and illustrator of all sorts of illustrations, and artist and graphic designer.


The perfect christmas gift: buy the book & kids will get to eat food in Venezuela!

I recommend the perfect christmas gift, buy the book “Criollo: A Taste of Venezuela” and kids will get to eat food in Venezuela!

I have bought the book myself.

The book is written & designed buy a great guy, human being I got to meet in Ottawa, Canada, when visiting Corel Corp, in Nov-Dec 2012. Corel is the company that creates CorelDRAW and Corel Painter. Among many other great computer programs.

You can either buy the book printed on paper, or donating and buy a PDF.

“All profits benefit Casa de Maria in Venezuela” as it states at the website made and managed by Fernado himself. Read the blog, check out pictures and the book.

When you buy the book, and pay with your card & paypal account, when logging in, you get to be able to write a not to the author. Great if you like the book signed by the designer-writer of the book.




Stefan Lindblad



New release of Corel CAD 2015

Corel have released the New version of Corel CAD 2015. Now with more possibilities to use files exchanged with CorelDRAW and Corel Designer (CorelDRAW technical Suite).  You get among things:

  • Industry-standard CAD features
  • Comprehensive 2D drafting and 3D design tools
  • High-performance CAD engine
  • Flexible options to customize and automate

Visit Corel´s website for more information. And look at the YouTube video attached below.


Industry-standard CAD tools and features
Get powerful and affordable CAD software with industry-standard features and 2D drafting and 3D design tools. Improve your design productivity and performance with the new drawing constraints functionality,..

Enjoy the benefits of CorelDRAW® graphics support and automation capabilities that deliver impressive speed and performance on both a PC and Mac platform.”

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist & graphic Designer

CorelDRAW X7 tutorial Align & Distribute on my Youtube Channel

I just uploaded to my Youtube Channel a new video tutorial on how to use Align & Distribute Docker on Objects, in CorelDRAW X7. This works the same in CorelDRAW X6 for anyone who uses CorelDRAW X6.

This is a very good feature when you work in any type of production and really need to align two or more objects perfectly aligned to each other. Meaning in my case in the video tutorial, to have the outlines of both objects to be placed exactly on top of each other.


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist & graphic designer
CorelDRAW Master


What confirms it´s World War III – in a way it´s Raging already

What is confirming if the World War III is raging in full flames. In a way it´s already a World War III raging in full flames.

If compared to the previous WW I and WW II, what constitutes might be if several countries fight against each other on a wider spectrum. For example the old war with Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Montenegro & Serbia, equal to old Yugoslavia Bosnia war, was not a WW III. It was a war that split Yugoslavia into new states and the rings on the water felt all over europe. And still does. Those born 1995 will probably live for ever as if the war was way back in history. They might live as if war would never happen again in Europe. It could too easily start again though. Just imagine if the current slightly fascist-coloured Hungarian regime would start to do very nasty things to minorities. Or the rise of groups of people who have been part of europe for over 500 and maybe 1000 or more years all over europe, and especially in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary would suddenly say: “Enough is enough” and their fight for their rights to be recognized as equals suddenly turned into a raging war, as the western european countries agree with them. Back in 1985 I remember feeling that Communist Europe, Eastern Europe, Warsaw pact, was´nt going to fall in my lifetime, or at least not in the near future. And how wrong I was. 1989 & 1990 things had been put so much into motion that the world we all knew five years earlier was no more. And who believed the Arab Spring would turn things around completely so suddenly and so quickly.

History could teach us something if we only allowed it.

Remember this back in 2003? The Anger European leaders felt at American Rumsfeld calling European opposition countries to join in waging war, such as France, Germany, Sweden etcetera as “Old Europe”. When Europe hoped to not start the Iraqi War. What if a “No War” had won instead, and USA & UK had let the inspections for Saddams so-called weapon of mass destruction had been taken into account instead. When Swede Hans Blix told there were NO findings of WOD in Iraq. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld didn’t like to listen – they instead started to slander all those who didn’t agree with them. They couldn’t accept that Iraq & Afghanistan wasnt the same thing at that time. I believe strongly that D. Cheney had his target on Iraq all along since Kuwaiti war ended in 1990, when they didn’t remove Saddam back then. The result of that decisions back in 2003 in part show us what we see and experience today. It wasnt the only reason and cause for today’s situation, but probably a strong ingredient. History already tell us something, and will tell us even more in 50 years from now, that the decisions made in 2003, was a strong ignition all for the horrible things we see today.

People really should read the great book “March of Folly ” by Barbara Tuchman from early age in schools. And politicians should have it as their default introductory literature before they are allowed to govern. But that is not how life work.

Here the interesting article in British The Guardian Newspaper back in 2003 when the Iraqi war wasnt raging. When USA Rumsfeld traveled to Europe trying to get them on board to invade Iraq. via 

Is World War III currently raging in full flame, and where?

The Middle East and the fact it affects the entire world in one way or the other, yes. It is my own private opinion saying it is.


Stefan Lindblad

CorelDRAW X7 tutorial: Create round corner Radius using the Fillet Docker

I made a new tutorial now available on my Youtube channel. In this tutorial I show how to create a round corner on an object using the Fillet, Scallop and Campher Docker in CorelDRAW X7. And in combination with the Guidelines tool and Smart Fill tool.

In any kind of business you might need to have exact measurement to a curved corner. And with a Radius of let say 40 mm. of the corner. And adding an angle of let say 15 degrees.


Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist, designer
CorelDRAW Master

CEO of Microsoft ask women trust the system

Wow… What a Male schmuck CEO of Microsoft.  Regardless he tried to refrased himself. “Women, ask for a raise.  Trust the system”

Read entire article here

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator,  Artist & graphic designer

Why PayPal’s Split From eBay Threatens 70 Million Americans & rest of the world

Read this if you use PayPal.  It might affect you.


PayPal’s coming split from eBay potentially threatens eBay, Apple Pay, and all the ungainly legacy tech companies whose investors are now pushing them to break into pieces.  But there’s also a large group of people for whom the PayPal-eBay breakup is bad news: anyone who hates banks, particularly the low-to-moderate income people the industry calls “underbanked.”

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Read Entire article on Slate, here:

Stefan Lindblad
Artist, illustrator & designer

Corel CEO Tom Berquist about Corel Painter at IDF14: Corel på YouTube

Check this video from Intel IDF14: Corel CEO Tom Berquist talks about the great new 2 in 1 technology supported by Corel Painter :

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator,  graphic designer & Artist
CorelRAW Master


Are you also annoyed by Wacom Touch? – Here the solution


Are you like me both annoyed and sometimes in tune with Touch feature on Wacom Intuos Pro? Well here is a solution that may eas the annoyance for you today. On the actual Tablet when buttons and ring is on your left hand side, go for the top button. Click and the Touch is Off. Click again and the Touch is back.

Touch can be as annoying to me as Windows 8 flying out sidebars or what they are more properly called. Very annoying.

Hope this helped.

Stefan LIndblad
Illustration, design & image editing

Me drawing a Helicopter Live in my sketchbook

In this video I recorded myself drawing on free hand a Helicopter. Using my marker pens. (Touch pen by ShinHan and Faber-Castell) I originally recorded the video for a video made by M. Adam creating the video for Corel Corporation. Made for the Video presentation they did about me for their Hero´s video after they had appointed me to CorelDRAW Master.

Mark A. who made the Hero´s video only used a second or so for his video, so now almost 2 years later I felt it was in order I put the full video out there. For the shear fun of it. Because we artists can be like nerds about our material, here goes: No, its not a Moleskin sketchbook. Its a Swedish brand sketchbook.

For the making of this video I first used a Canon digital camera on a tripod. My Sketchpad and pens. And I used Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 for editing and compiling this video. The music I use is by Courtesy of YouTube music/Audia library

You can read about the related articles by clicking Here> . And at Corles blog here>.  Corel´s Hero´s videos are made to present users using their great illustration software. In my case CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. 


Hope you enjoy the movie!

Stefan Lindblad
Artist & illustrator

My illustration & Cover Art Design for “Jack Stone” crime Novel

Stefan Lindblad illustration, cover art, graphic desing, book cover, Jack Stone Crime novel, Steven Savile and Steve Lockley

Stefan Lindblad illustration, cover art, graphic desing, book cover for the Jack Stone Crime novel 2014.

One of the book cover art & designs I made this summer was for the crime thriller novel “Jack Stone”, written by the two authors Steven Savile and Steve Lockley.

Jack Stone” is a thriller written by bestselling authors Steven Savile and Steve Lockley. Jack Stone” is about an English ex SAS soldier who is out of the Regiment. He doesn’t want to fight any more. All he wants to do is go home, but going home means facing his demons and he’s not ready to do that. Not yet. A hard-core Thriller, Crime story. You can read more about the book and even buy it at Amazon here >

You can view more sample cover art & designs on my website here


Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, book cover graphic design


Enjoy feeling paranoid? – Meteorite just passed undetected

Enjoy feeling paranoid? Here something for you. Nasa says according to CNN:  “9,672 near-Earth objects have been discovered as of February 5, 2013. Of these, 1,374 have been classified as Potentially Hazardous Asteroids”- only 1% discovered of possible meteorites according to some studies. (I have no clue myself). One is heading towards earth. 31 aug this year, 10 days ago, one til then undetected will pass and not hit us. Meaning scientists had not discovered it until 31 august – basically. Would it hit us on sunday, it would have the power of 30 Hiroshima boms. Feeling better now?

Read more here

Stefan Lindblad


Corel Photo-Paint Tutorial: Image Editing & creating a blue Sky

Corel Photo-Paint Image EDITING & CREATING A BLUE Sky.

Here a New tutorial in which you will learn to use Corel Photo-Paint for image editing. Create a blue sky and using non destructive Lens Object, And how to use a Grayscale Lens (Filter) effect to improve a colour photo.


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Perfect tutorial for anyone using Corel PHOTO-PAINT offering image editing services to clients. Or just about anyone working with image editing. Both on a professional level as well as hobby. This one will improve your skills and workflow.
You will for the price of a cup of coffee learn the tricks of the trade – and doing it professionally!
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Stefan Lindblad
Illustration, design & image editing