Stefan Lindblad – My top book recommendations for freelancers

Books are a great, not only to look at their fabulous covers, but to actually read. For a visual creative person, reading is very much part of who I am as a person and creative freelancer – illustrator, artist and graphic designer.

But what to read?

My take on this is to read a variation of books. For instance, from a creative perspective, we need not only books on accounting, and how to get a great deal with a client. We also need books for inspiration. Many times I have landed great illustration work by first reading, seeing, experiencing – and then creating drawings for my own enjoyment. And placed them on my website, and then contacting both new and old clients. Especially new. The trick is to make work you love doing, your own way. And then present them. It will be your style. Your main portfolio. And the old work will be your backlog. Your experience. Sort of. So go read a variation of books.

You can read more great tips to get your freelance work feel better and inspiring, by visiting the “Blog Carnival” at Freelancermap https://www.freelancermap.com/freelancer-tips/11536-blog-carnival–book-recommendations-for-freelancers

  1. Actually a website: creativebloq.com
    Great source to start your day. It give inspirational as well as great tips for freelancing creatives like myself. On a daily basis. They also publish the creative magazines Computer Arts and Imagine FX
  2. A picture book: Business Cards, The Art of Saying Hello
    An absolute great book packed with visual inspiration. And it gives you a perfect broad view what a business card is and can be. It broadens your perspective. And make it easier to think outside the box. ISBN-13: 978-1856693868

  3. A Swedish book, you will have to find your book in your language or english on Amazon, that basically teach you the same: “Typografisk Handbok”, by Christer Hellmark.

    If you use Fonts, Type fonts in your design, you really must learn the craft. Dont dabble and hope for the best too long. We all work on the fly. But to deliver great results and give your clients something they are willing to pay for – big corporate clients especially, or if you get a freelance on-site temporary work.
  4. Bring It Home with CorelDRAW, by Roger Wambolt“. First, dont get stuck on it mentioning a Graphic Software program. If you do, that’s the first mistake you do. So, okay, you’re a user of software from Corel like myself, or Adobe, Autodesk or user of free open source programs, doesn’t matter. This book is great for anyone who work In-House or freelance. You need to get quick help and reference, and learn how to accomplish graphic design work. Great book, by a great guy I have the privilege to have met and know personally.
  5. And of course, “How to be an Illustrator, by Darrel Rees”. It give you an idea on how it is to work as an illustrator in a broader view. It share real life stories to learn from. Great book. And it is beautifully made as well

This blog article was made after being asked by Freelancermap in Germany, to participating in the initiative from said freelancermap.com: A blog carnival, packed with book tips for freelancers. You really can´t say no to that, can you!

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist & graphic designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

Pen and Touch pressure problems

If you´r an artist and illustrator like myself, who works digitally, then your probably familiar with off and on experiencing oddities in your favorite digital program, those crazy things we just don´t understand.

Meaning, “why does it have to be so hard!”
One of those things, is a pressure sensitive thing when working with a Wacom Pen tablet or any other digital pen tablet brand. 99% of the time it works great. No issue at all, but other times that last 1%, is often what bugs me the most.

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I work with several illustration and graphic design software, for instance CorelDRAW, Corel Photo-Paint and Corel PAINTER. I love them all. I use them all the time, and have done since the stone age.

Drawing with Wacom pen tablet, any simple brush stroke can sometimes make the brush, Paint tool nib looking and feeling as if it stumble on something, while painting and drawing. You´r about to draw and paint a round outline. But for some reason it stumble on something at the start of the outline, and creates a straight line. Making the round outline to have a straight line, followed by the round outline you were drawing and painting. Or when you have a Wacom pen making it unnecessarily annoying to simply press a toolbar tool icon to open an additional tool in a fly out.

Sounds odd? I know. But if you have experienced it, you know what I am talking about.

For example in Corel Photo-Paint, sometimes, and especially if Windows operating system have made a setting to got lost, or if I have had to reinstall my program, this can happen. Settings are lost and it bugs big time.

Example, see screen picture above: Create a New Image. Select Paint Tool and the Quick doodler brush. A classic paint tool and nib to use if you intend to make an ink drawing style drawing. From scratch or inking digitally a pencil drawing for a comic illustration. Draw a circle. I am not surpriced if you off and on, get the same odd straight line result as you can see in the above screen picture. See the red mark I made. Now if you experienced this, how to solve it?

What you should try to do, is to look for “Pen and Touch” and “Press and Hold Settings” in Windows. Look at the image posted. You can find these settings for Pen Touch and pressure in Windows here: Go to Control Panel /Hardware and Devices /Pen and Touch (look for a Pen symbol, not the Wacom pen though) / Pen and Touch (Settings for Touch and flicks) / and edit the “click and hold timing” in the Pen options as seen in the screen pictures below. Double click the selected “Press and hold & Right-Click” as seen in the picture below. This open the second dialog, as seen in the picture below “Press and Hold Settings”. Where it says: “Speed” the slider is by default placed on the third mark seen from the right, on the slider “ruler”. Drag the slider all the way to “Long”. Or make the adjustments you seem to fit, to hopefully resolve the issue.

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Hope this helps you, as it have helped me.

I know, it’s very annoying, you install a program, and then you still have to go to the Windows operating system settings. But that’s how it is sometimes. Windows can make things more hard than needed. Reason for this Windows Settings is that the initial lag when painting probably is caused by a pause in Windows, to see if you want a “press and hold = right-click” or if you are clicking and moving. And things like that. It bugs me every time. Not only do we have to create art, we need to be computer geeks as well to figure these things up. Fortunately though, great community forums such as www.community.coreldraw.com excists (Official CorelDRAW forum). And there often is some guy or girl in the world who have figured it out. Or some great Corel employee chipping in at the Official CorelDRAW forum.

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer
(CorelDRAW Master)

www.stefanlindblad.com

 

Time and life travels fast 

Drawing and photo Copyright Stefan Lindblad. Having coffee, cookie and drawing at a coffee shop

Have a coffee while pondering this.

Feel 65 millions or 2000 years was long ago? A day have 24 hours. A week 7 days. A month 30 days and a year 365 days. When you past age 25, you usealy feel how time fly away. Count those numbers again. Ponder them. Now ask yourself if 2000 years ago or 65 million years ago is so long ago. Life travels in relative speed on an imaginable pace.

Now enjoy your coffee, Art and life. Enjoy life. It’s precious.

Stefan Lindblad 

Illustrator and graphic designer 

www.stefanlindblad.com 

The Real Planet of the Apes (Documentary)

The Real Planet of the Apes, it says. It is a rather interesting story about apes part of a science lab in Liberia, and the people who run it through two civil wars – and the land, the Island the apes were somewhat rescued to. When the money funding the lab ended.

Motherboard an online magazine originally started by magazine VICE, have made this 15 minute long documentary.

View video review and learn how to make a coloring book with Stefan Lindblad, CorelDRAW Master

Hi guys,

I just like to take the opportunity to post two videos, and they are both related very strongly, with CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Corel PAINTER. One is a review that came out yesterday on various channels on the internet.

Reason i like to post it, is because both these videos are related. It is my book, and my illustrations, yes. One Video is the video Webinar on How to create a Coloring Book, or just about any type of illustration, comic book really.

 
These videos basically show you how my final book looks like. and the other video how i created it.
If you happen to like my book, and is interested to let say buy the book, you can do so on AMAZON. Simply go here: Buy Stockholm Urban Mix, Colouring Book for Adults, by Stefan Lindblad, on Amazon
 
 

And here below, is the slightly over one hour long video webinar I made for Corel, on how to create a Coloring book using these three computer programs, together with my pen and marker pen drawings from my sketchbooks on paper.

This show very well actually how to accomplish something like this. And if you take the time to actually view both videos, you will have learned tons.

So, its really up to you 🙂

Enjoy the learning journey in how to create a comic book or a coloring book.

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, cover artist, graphic designer
Official appointed CorelDRAW Master
www.stefanlindblad.com

My colouring book Stockholm Urban Mix, got a review, by Jennifer Rose Shaffer

Hello people, my colouring book Stockholm Urban Mix, got a review, by Jennifer Rose Shaffer, who runs one of the major Facebook groups for Coloring group lovers in America.

I am very glad for this review. Hope you like it too!

With videos becoming ever so more popular reviewing books, and coloring books as well, I am very pleased to see this video coming alive. I have to say I feel very happy and pleased with this very kind review Jennifer Rose Shaffer have done about my self published/Indie published Coloring Book For Adults: Stockholm Urban Mix. I feel very much for this book.

You can read the dedication and description on Amazon, and in the book itself of course, in which I explain the history behind the book. Click link here: Stockholm Urban Mix on Amazon

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, graphic Designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

Sushi Oi a Premium Sushi Restaurant in Stockholm 

Sushi Oi restaurant, Premium Sushi Tokyo Style. Karlavägen 36 Stockholm Sweden
Sushi Oi restaurant, Premium Sushi Tokyo Style. Karlavägen 36 Stockholm Sweden

Today went for lunch with an old friend. And later coffee and a cardamom bun at a cafe around the corner. Fortunately for me the restaurant Sushi Oi serve vegetarian versions as well. I eat most things like veggies, chicken and basically regular meat. But not raw fish or meat. No fish at all really. Okay, okay, once every sixth year! 

So what brings me to Sushi Oi restaurant today then, a sushi restaurant of all places. Simple, Sushi Oi is a Premium Sushi Restaurant in Stockholm Sweden. At Karlavägen 36 to be exact. It’s a brand new place well worth the visit.

Mr Jon, top Premium Sushi Chef at Sushi Oi

Sushi Oi is a really nice place. A whole in the wall size. Chef John is a top Sushi Chef, previously working at legendary Seikoen Japanese Restaurant close to the Sheraton hotel in Stockholm Sweden. In other words he knows plenty about Sushi and Japanese Tokyo style food.

Photo of Sushi Bento borrowed from Sushi Oi Facebook page.

Seikoen closed recently after being at the same spot probably since the 1960’s or so. Stockholm have changed its layout around Seikoen and Sheraton. A bus stop and a sort of round-about layout of the traffic did not make it entirely natural to go there. So as the story goes, or I presume, the owners closed Seikoen and simply concentrated on their other restaurant Roppongi instead. Making it an easy decision for the two top chef´s John and Per to join forces to open their own establishment Sushi Oi.

And already sushi lovers how found their new favorite home away from home.

A great new place have arrived. Here is a selection of links on where you find Sushi Oi, Karlavägen 36, Stockholm, Sweden:

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator and graphic designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

No, Urban Sketchers is not a new movement

The urge to invent new movements on a almost daily basis, is somewhat… well, misleading, when it often really is far from new. And instead is something that should be labeled as reinventing the wheel. 
No offense, but this quote from Wikipedia on the so called movement Urban Sketchers, is just wrong, in some respect:

The Urban Sketchers movement was started on Flickr in 2007 by journalist Gabriel Campanario”.

No, it was not something new, only the labelling of it. That is, the movement that started 2007. It’s wrong if you acknowledge the fact that artists and alike have been drawing on site where they live or travel to, for hundreds and maybe 1000 of years before year 2007.

If I just go to myself. I have done urban sketching and landscape and rural sketching since at least age 16, when we moved into town. And I was 16 years old way before 2007.

So, although I like the concept and exercise it daily myself- drawing – it is far from new. Yes, if you dress it in new clothing and present it as something unique and new, people of today with an Internet of constant search for being part of something, I guess you could label it as new. But it just ain’t. 
What it is, is a great way for people to have inspiring fun together.  Sharing experiences and artistic life. But just not a new thing started 2007.

Stefan Lindblad

Illustrator and graphic designer and artist

www.stefanlindblad.com


Coloring book clubs and then my own Stockholm Urban Mix

When I started making my colouring book for adults, grown-ups, I made it for my own amusement. After five years thinking about it, I finally got myself to create the drawings and planning the book. A lot of work. joy and

About Jenny

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/05/meet-the-adults-who-love-to-color.html

Adult Colouring Book Review

 

 

Art begins with something

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Art always begins with something, like coffee. And pen, marker pens and sketchbooks. But of course above all, the urge and lust to express something. To experience art, similar desires. Sometimes an active decision. Many times it just comes over you like he sun suddenly shine through the clouds.

Right now I am sitting where I drew one of my drawings for my colouring book for adults : Stockholm Urban Mix.  Difference now is that the tomatoes plants have grown. And green tomatoes have started to grow with it.

I’ll sit and enjoy my coffee, triple espresso from fresh grinder beans. Read a book and maybe draw some.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator and graphic designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

My colouring book for adults now in Stockholm Bookstore

What a nice day, with surprices. Bicycling on Götgatan Street in Stockholm. Pass by and by chance and impromptu moment, go back and enter the local Book Store. The kind of book store you see in feel good movies; “Söderbokhandeln, Hansson & Bruce”. When i leave the store, for a visit to my accountant in Old Town “Gamla Stan”, Stockholm, who i was to deliver my colouring book to as aswell, I have suddenly sold a test order of my coloring book for adults; Stockholm Urban Mix, to the book store. Yay! After that, i headed home and back into town again, and delivered some books to the store. This means that you can now buy my book at Amazon online, and if you visit Stockholm Sweden, you can now buy the book locally at Söderbokhandeln (South island bookstore) at Götgatan Street, Cafe & Store Snickarbacken7 and Supermarket/Grocery store ICA Bea in the south suburb of Svedmyra/Enskede.

Now I’m sitting at café Starbucks at Götgatsbacken, Götgatan street having a fika, coffee. While they play great Jazz music in the background. 

That’s also how life can be an ordinary Wednesday!

If you like to read a bit about my colouring book for adults “Stockholm Urban Mix”, just click this Amazon link, or visit my portfolio website; www.amazon.com/author/stefanlindblad

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Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator and graphic designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

Coachloads Japanese / Asian tourists keep visiting Kidlington, UK

 Kidlington? Ever heard about it? No? – Figures, not the most famous place on earth, but wait, that just changed. It just has to be the gardens, and their “perfect” layout. It does look a wee bit surreal, if you start to think about it. And use a lot of imagination. A bit like places in a possible computer game, or an Anime animated movie. Or Midsomer Murders or Morse.
 
I remember when my mom was at our country/all around house in Sirmishamn, south Sweden. She was enjoying her coffee in the garden reading a book, when a few German tourists opened the closed garden door, and walked in and took pictures. Hilarious and very odd. They didn’t even ask, if i am not mistaken.
 
But complain as if the tourists from asia are disrespectful. In some parts maybe, but Swedes,. English, british and all type of western tourists do this as well – all the time. They just can’t understand how their intrusion, photo taking of locals in a foreign country, could ever be – intrusion.
Anyway, quite hilarious
 

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator, graphic designer, artist

Brexit: French Ligue 1 could suddenly be a bigger league than EPL…

Brexit: Seems those english will leave us. They will survive. I had voted to remain if I could. Now 5:54 in the morning it say 52% leave. So how will that affect the English Premier league. Will they allow so many foreign players. Maybe they all take the train and he’d for france.

Ligue 1 could suddenly be a bigger league than EPL…

And Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is heading for England, will he get thrown out. Or stopped at the border.

Maybe EPL goes back to Kick and run type of football. Decisions, decisions.

Honestly I had voted remain. And all jokes aside. This could ignite a domino effect. And with more risk for more right wings calling the agenda, what are we heading back to then? Let’s hope all of this goes well. Who believed we would get concentration camps in a european war, after WWII. And then came the Balcan war. Don’t claim a war will erupt in Europe. But EU started as a peace project after the said WWII. The possible Brexit could have been avoided even with this election, if the EU politicians in all EU countries had been more listening in to what their decisions could affect. And set alive. We have all seen how divided EU is between the main part of old western and old eastern Europe. What will the Scots do now. Leave the UK and apply for EU membership? Actually not an impossible thought.

Ps. I met a Serbian guy working here in Sweden. He told me it was very little needed to start a war in the Balcans again. Tention in Bosnia, and Albanians in the area of Serbia, kicking out Serbs. Who outside the Balcans talk about that today.

This can all come out very wrong. Sometimes it takes generations. Sometimes it goes scarily fast.

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator artist and graphic designer
www.stefanlindblad.com

Travel to Sweden and Color your memories

Stockholm Urban Mix is a colouring book for Adults. And all about Stockholm, capital of SWEDEN.

If you visited Stockholm previously, or on your way to do that, on your vacation or through work, a different and nice memory could be the new coloring book. All drawings are images made in Stockholm.

Stockholm Urban Mix on the table
Stockholm Urban Mix on the table

Stockholm Urban Mix theme and concept focused on making a book with many different subjects. To show the life in the town. Instead of only famous attractions. Instead, those attractions that are in the book, are made with a locals perspective and viewpoint. Book Available at Amazon http://hyperurl.co/avyibe

 

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My hope is that anyone who color the drawings,  will enjoy it as much as I did who drew them.

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Book Available at Amazon http://hyperurl.co/avyibe

For more information about the Coloring book for grown-Ups, Stockholm urban Mix, here are a selection of links to my website and Amazon.

Amazon Author Page

www.amazon.com/author/stefanlindblad

My website.

Pictures of my book cover, info and a image map, with selection of drawings included in the book.

http://canvas.nu/english/?page_id=380

Amazon, buy the book

https://www.amazon.com/Stockholm-Urban-Colouring-Book-Adults

My blog, text on the release day, June 1, 2016

http://canvas.nu/stefanlindblad-blog/?p=3613

And Instagram

www.instagram.com/stefanlindblad

Twitter

www.twitter.com/stefanlindblad

 

Stefan Lindblad
Illustrator drawing and creating the book.

Coloring books for adults, canvas illustration press imprint, Createspace, Amazon. Stockholm Urban Mix, illustrations by Stefan Lindblad

Discover Colouring Stockholm Urban Mix, the New Book

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Just came out with the new colouring book for adults, grownups: “Stockholm Urban mix: An Adventure with Inks to Colour“, with drawings, illustrations by Stefan Lindblad. 116 pages.

Now available at Amazon, under the Imprint “Canvas Illustration Press”. Indie Published by illustrator, artist Stefan Lindblad.

Discover Colouring Stockholm Urban Mix, the New Book on the block.

A coloring book for adults, with drawings of places in and around the beautiful city of Stockholm

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Stefan Lindblad
illustrator, graphic designer & artist
Stockholm, Sweden