Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wolffish

Do I love this one because it makes a delicious fish & chips or because I would beat it in a beauty contest? Would I still love it if I didn't beat it? To be on the safe side it resides on the bottom of the Atlantic, where it feeds on crabs, clams, welks, cockle, starfish and sea urchins. It is also known by the names Seawolf and Catfish. This is an illustration for the health magazine Prosana, now renamed Vitalt Vetande.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Forest grazing

This is a rare view nowadays. Farmers used to let their cattle browse in the forests - cheap but risky because wolves and lynxes had little else to hunt as their natural prey was outcompeted by these efficient grazers. I drew these cows and calves from photos taken before World War II, after which everything was modernized. I think these oldfashioned breeds are more beautiful than the high-producing ones.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tea time

I love tea but I never thought it was so fun to paint it! All sorts of tea have their own appearance, identity, air, character... and those can only be painted by means of illusions. I used a big brush and a rough paper for these tea portaits: chai, darjeeling, oolong, pu-erh, and green tea.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Old World Swallowtail

I painted this Old World Swallowtail from a photo by Maria Kvarnbäck. This species of butterfly usually feeds on Wild Angelica and Milk Parsley but this specimen chose a thistle to sit on.