Check out my friend John Johnson´s brand new Science Fiction novel: “Lenders”. It´s now available as a Kindle version, and a print version will come later on. I simply love the cover,by designer Adrian Juman. And the book story sounds great! And I like to read the entire story.
This is John Johnson´s first Science Fiction book. And I have been fortunate to know about this book project since almost the start, when he mentioned it was going to be written. This is a great journey, and my biggest congratulations to Johns accomplishment.
I think you all should click the Amazon link “LENDERS by John Johnson“, read the first teasing part of the book, and who knows, you might even love it and buy it. I think you will enjoy the adventure!
Here comes the Steampunk Woman coloured. Straight out of “The Eclectic Colouring Book”. When I started drawing the illustrations for my Indie published Colouring Book, this was one of the very first I made. She has the same steampunk machinery on her back, like she who made it to the book cover.
If you too like to colour this drawing, head over to Amazon, or check at your favorite store. Amazon.com will ship worldwide, and quickly. One reason I chose Amazon/ Createspace Publishing Plattform. Simply click on the image or the Amazon buttons attached.
The book is single sided, with each illustration on one page at the time. Paper works for most type of colouring known to man. I personally used Touch Twin Marker pens from Shin Han art to color this one.
Here one more of my illustrations coloured from my book: The Eclectic Colouring Book. For colouring I used Touch – Twin Markers.The illustration itself I drew in Corel Painter. And a wacom drawing tablet. Drawn from beginning to finish.
Here is my own illustration & colouring from my book: The Eclectic Colouring Book. PS. Sorry for the meme text effect on the text, but it’s the only app I found. For colouring I used Touch – Twin Markers, and Faber Castellated Pitt Artist Pen.
I´ve always been a mobile “nomad” grabbing a coffee and working at cafés, hotel lounges and outdoor places. Computers, wi-fi and wall sockets, have made it so much more efficient.
15 years ago, I was still like an all alone island among people who just looked at me, where I sat with my sketchbooks and pencils, markers – and my paper calendar. Today I still have those, part from the paper calendar. Together with my laptop, graphics programs from Corel for illustration and design, accounting & invoice program and office suite – and wacom digital pen. It all comes natural, and always has.
These days this is all very normal. As if it always been like this: tons of younger and seasoned professionals from all sorts of life and careers. Just hanging around and working like mobile islands.
My inspiration for my second colouring book The Eclectic Colouring Book, available on Amazon, was plenty. I really felt it inspirational to come up with ideas, mixing references, sources by starting to draw two eyes, a tilt of a head position, and then go with it.
A lot of my references for each drawing, illustrations, was from all over the worlds continents. Including my own country history Sweden. For two and half months I searched inspiration from Hopi native american tribes in Arizona, US. To Africa’s tribes. As well as both popular and old culture, from Asia for example. Bringing them into various world’s. Such as a steampunk world. A fantasy world. A science fiction world. I tried my best to not draw the usual viking stuff, now when it’s so popular in TV and movies, games and what have you. And me being a swede living in an area were the vikings lived, fought and trade. But then, summer of 2016, my Mia and I walked with our dog Bella, on the old viking/ pre – historic viking graves, tall and wide like hills in a row in Old Uppsala, an hours drive from my town Stockholm. It influenced me enough to make a drawing inspired from those hills. And a woman walking that land. It suddenly felt so appropriate to include some viking reference, because they had contacts with the world. They were fighters yes, but they also made trade. They got influences from the world. They saw the world. They didn’t run away from the world, and wasn’t afraid of it. I don´t like to romanticise them. So to make a book including drawings of women with references from the world, it was correct to make one.
I’ve always loved everything about the universe and space travels. And what would be better than a woman in a sort of space suite with jet engines on her back. And dreads, hair style inspired by African tribe women, who colour their hair and body in read. like the sand of Mars.
As a kid I just loved watching Akira Kurosawa’s samurai movies. Great movies. So intricate and stylish – and full of action when the story needed it. And the TV show Shogun with actor Richard Chamberlain. So I just had to subconsciously draw a Japanese, Korean, Chinese woman with a sword – and headphones.
I really enjoyed deeply to draw each drawing for my self published coloring book The Eclectic Colouring Book. It was pure joy. A journey in itself.
I also wanted very strongly to draw strong and independent women. No male manga fantasies of Pin Ups with huge – chests. I wanted to draw only women. And cool, interesting women. And make it beautifully told. I hope I managed it. I am proud of the book.
I know, we have all waited, which one will it be; the Colour of the Year 2017. It’s Greenary by Pantone. Sorry for the sarcastic tone. I am far from sarcastic really. It could work as an inspiration, and probably do for many.
It is a bit like walking in to a café and look for a tasty cake to go with ones coffee or tea. To relax and get re-energized.
With that said, let me present the Colour of the Year 2017 in Pantone colour system code: FASHION + HOME PANTONE 15-0343 TCX. And PANTONE 376 C (Closest Match).
Read this without being angry. Just read and then think about this fact.
FACT: 6 million americans are said to gain from NAFTA. That´s a whole lot of potential american, US, workers and businesses who will lose their income, when and if NAFTA is shut down.
When NAFTA is shut down, it might take a year to come into effect, in the average american consumers pockets, salaries, income. So Trump voters loving Trump, wont hear or see much until a year, basically. So they can cheer on like crazy for a year without hurting anyone. And then shit hits the fan when they, or people in their surrounded network of people, like friends and families, are affected. 20% increase in costs will hurt. Especially those who don’t have much money. To quote: “6 million, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — currently depend on free trade with Mexico.”
Fact: if Trump put a 20% tax on Mexican trade, goods and services, to pay for the Wall, it will still be the US citizens paying for the wall, when they buy Mexican goods and services. Companies will increase prices with 20%. If americans decide to not buy Mexican, it will still be americans, US, paying for the wall. Wake up people: Mexico won’t pay for the damn wall.
If US leave NAFTA, taxes will anyway be reinstated, thats what is implemented when a Free Trade agreement is ended. So however this is done, americans in US will pay for the wall. There is no going around this.
Forget about the wall. Build a bridge instead. Help yourself by helping and respecting each others. Countries and societies grow through interaction with each others, free speach, education and trade. Not through isolation and war. Everyone knows this. Even those who refuse to even think the thought. Just make it more locally related when explaining it.
It’s a very special feeling to see colorings of illustrations I´ve made for my two self published coloring books. “The Eclectic Colouring Book” and “Stockholm Urban Mix”. As a professional illustrator I colour my drawings, illustrations, to various clients such as newspapers, advertising agencies and companies in general. It is my job. It is normal, so to speak.
By creating my own indie published colouring books from scratch and the whole process to final product, it is like watching your own off spring being loved and cared for when watching them coloured.
To watch other peoples coloring of my drawings, the feeling is warm, joyfull and almost a bit unreal. It hit an emotional nerve, a little every time. The second and the professional part is that I do these books to hopefully give joy to others, individuals who love to color. These books are like one’s own children or something of the sort.
Working a bit. Corel PHOTO-PAINT in action. Brew Coffee, and a Safron bun at Espresso house Coffee Shop at Globen Shopping Mall, Stockholm, Sweden for those who are from out of town. Looking from inside coffeeshop to the public area.
Life is good this way. Illustration on the computer screen and in Photo-Paint, is a panel for the upcoming GraphiC Novel “Ashes”. The novel Ashes is written by, and comic fully based upon named “Ashes”. I draw and design it entirely in Corel Photo-Paint, after quick rough drafts in my sketchbook of course. A lot is also made from scratch directly in Photopaint. And a Wacom pen. Have been working on this comic for quite some time now. So much other illustration and design work is worked on parallell.