Thursday, January 26, 2012

Steam loco 3

Last I added the darks and the details. I used gouache white for some glossy parts of the locomotive.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Steam loco 2

So I started out merging the steam and smoke with the background mist and the patches of blue sky, as well as the shadow of the steam cloud. When that layer had dried I added gradations of cobalt, ivory black and burnt sienna for the loco, the figures, and the station platform...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Steam loco 1

The Swedish train network was electrified after World War II and these beautiful machines secretly stored in sheds to be used in case of war. But the cold war ended and many steam locomotives and railway carriages are now owned by the Swedish Railway Museum. This is from a recent trip with the loco B 1316, built at Motala Verkstad in 1917 and in regular traffic up to 1966. I'll let you know about the painting process further on. To be continued...

Friday, January 6, 2012


This is a new illustration for the Kumba book, which is going to be published this year. Finishing a book job is always a thrilling experience.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sissa painting

This year starts with a break, which I use for spending time with friends and family. This is my daughter Sissa trying different kinds of brushstrokes like drybrush, wet-in-wet and calligraphy. I think children can be taught quite advanced techniques at an early age.