Life drawing tutorial - October 2, 2009

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Here are a couple of quick paintings from a life study session in school. Also including a 4 minute study and a study which I didn’t finish. The unfinished one to the right in the image above shows some of my early steps when drawing a figure. Lets have some of these steps explained:


First off I measure some of the directional lines in the pose. By this I mean axis between the shoulders, legs and waist. If the model stands in a complicated pose, I often drag a vertical line over the canvas. This lets me compare the variations in the pose which deviates this line. This way I can also spot limbs or lines which lies tangent to the main vertical line. If you wonder why artists are suddenly fencing around with their pencils towards the model, they are probably measuring these lines and apply them to their drawing. However, you don’t have time to draw all these directional lines if you are to do a 1-2 minute pose – but do take notice of them!

The next step for me is to draw the two solid shapes which ties the torso together and create the variety and dynamics of the overall pose. These are the upper chest’s rib cage and the pelvis bone which connects the abdomen.

The pelvis bone can easily be abstracted to a square block. By blocking in shapes you get an easier hold on the proportions and directions at an early stage before carefully adding in all the muscles and bones.

I draw the rib cage immediately as a cone like cylinder shape. The reason for this is that you don’t really have time to draw a complete LEGO representation of the figure before moving on with more defined forms. By drawing the rib cage this way early on you realize that you have completed a large part of the torso already. The rib cage part is solid and is visible between some of the major muscles.

When you have sketched out the two main shapes of the torso, simply draw a curved line to connect the two parts. This will be the spine which holds the whole contruction together. From there you have a foundation which you can add the neck, shoulders, arms and legs.

However! When drawing a standing model, I often start drawing the legs before adding the rib cage and pelvis. This is simply because the pelvis kind of rest upon the leg construction and creates an angle which affects the rest of the torso. By drawing the legs first you also add the figure to a “room” early on because the feet are planted on some solid plane. So a couple of quick directional lines which represents the legs and feet before drawing the torso often help the overall construction and makes the pose more believable.

acquarello paper - April 17, 2008

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moleskine study

Bought a new drawing paper. The Artistico watercolour paper. It is 100% cotton, 300gr/m^2, archival, cold pressed and 30,5×45,5 cm big. It’s a bit more expensive comparing to others, but what aren’t we willing to pay these days to get the full HD experience..

I like the grainy texture, similar to what you can get for my prints. It has such a heavy feel that it stands up against the wall by itself. The paper works very well with inks, and the paper never warps even with a lot of wetness.

The heavy grain texture makes it harder to fill gradients and color blocks, but it sure can be used to create textures. I took some time to get familiar with the surface. Here with a study of my little Moleskine:

moleskine study closeup

Black and sepia ink with tiny little brushes.

Little Big Egil Planet - March 21, 2008

Kamicarus in plushiness

This painting is updated

Okay, I’ve been drawing a ten feet tall black and horrifying vagina during the last month for a movie script I wrote – a psychological horror art short film. I really needed a break to draw something cute and plushy :D

I love the idea and look of the upcoming game Little Big Planet, and I was actually inspired to turn one of my characters, Kamicarus, into those funny little whats-their-names. As I thought the plushy dolls looked awesome, I really got inspired to adapt their simple yet emotive look.

Marilyn Manson – speedpaint session3 - December 23, 2007

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I saw him live recently in Oslo. After a hard fight trough thousands of goths till I finally got in front of the pit, gave Manson a high five, and told him to keep up the great performance :) But really, it was a great show even though half of the band was gone. Marilyn Manson still knows how to be the man. I like his more theatrical effects on stage which inspired me to do a quick sketch in about 30-40 minutes. The soundtrack for this video is Astonishing Panorama Of the Endtimes. He didn’t perform this song, but I found it suitable for my rather quick speed of painting.

Obviously this video is speeded up a little. I originally used about 30-40 minutes from scratch. I had already decided my color palette. No particular reference – I was there in the pit, yo!

I paint in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos 3 drawing tablet (12×9″). The video is not intended to be educational, but shows the process from sketching to a rough coloring finish.

Speedpainting session2 – Ghost in the Shell - August 26, 2007

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Finished piece here:

Shows the process of a speedpainting of mine. I quadroubled the speed so that you won’t bore yourself to death.
Its heavily inspired by the movie Ghost in the Shell (1995). (tank fight scene)
You may also call this a tribute to the great band Tool with their song Rosetta Stoned.

I used photoshop and a wacom drawing tablet and standard hard brushes. The clip is not very educational by explaning tools, colours etc, but perhaps gives an idea how I approach an image :)
hope you likes!

Speedpainting session1 – Kamicarus sketch -

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a short ‘work in progress’ film I recorded during a sketch of mine.I speeded it up, so the original session was around 20-30 mins.
the final result is available at my site,

Soundtrack by Ludwig Van :D

Defining warm/cold light – (less than a minute!!1) - August 25, 2007

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How do you define cold light, and how does warm light behave? I’ve been doing some personal research and observation during my sketching for a new piece. And here are some experiences after some impressionism in da nature (:

I am going to throw down a few points such as – (more…)