Monday, July 28, 2008

Reconstructing the past

I am fortunate enough to illustrate Prehistory from time to time, which is quite a heavy responsability because people always beleive in what they have seen. That is why it is so important not to reproduce the established views that might have become “truths” by being mentioned and depicted over and over again. So how should we reconstruct the past? In my opinion:

- Define your task and target group.
- Define the fields necessary, like Archaeology, Geology, and Osteology.
- Find the real experts and ignore the crowds of forged ones.
- Read only relevant articles by those authors.
- Ask them questions if their texts do not give you all the answers.
- Do not listen if they answer different questions than the ones you asked them.
- Make a synthesis of the facts you extracted.
- Present it in a way that your target group can apprehend easily.
- Find someone who is willing to pay you for all this!

Well, above is one attempt: Harp seal hunters in the Baltic Sea 2000 BC. Like all reconstructions it is merely a suggestion. I am open for your thoughts about it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! Here I will show you some of my paintings and drawings and provide the world with the latest news about my life as an illustrator. Right now I am working on a series of watercolour paintings to be printed and sold commercially. My jaw really dropped when I saw the first test print. I could tell it from the original painting only because it was enhanced by 300 percent! Modern technique never fails to amaze me. I will tell you more about this project as it is released in september. Now it is time for me to sit back and evaluate my birth as a blogger. If you can’t wait for my next entry, please have a look at www.manssjoberg.se.
Bye for now,

/Måns