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cosmonaut - January 10, 2011

Filed under: Sketches

Photoshop sketch, 2-3 hours. Inspired by a beautiful film; Bumazhniy Soldat

Panzerakt II - January 6, 2011

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It’s a new year! My blogging last half of 2010 went pretty silent as I was quite the busy guy. I held lectures in Universal Design within ICT at Oslo University College, which was a great and intense experience. Universal design is an important subject which is easy to forget by ‘most people’ in the sense that ‘most people’ doesn’t suffer from serious disabilities. Accessible design however opens up for untraditional thinking and tends to give design solutions an overall better usability as well. My lectures included subjects such as color- and light perception, prototyping, user testing, interview techniques, analytic methods for user-centered design and accessible web based on WAI’s WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0.

And for todays post; more from my photo shoot involving nudes withouth arms (or with, if you get the clever pun..)

Panzerakt - October 7, 2010

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From a photo shoot I did earlier this spring. Strange I know. I was experimenting with aesthetics from both glamour fashion and army weaponry -photos were shot by on location and in a studio.

Fever Ray sketch - September 21, 2010

Filed under: Sketches,Tundra,Uncategorized

More Shaman characters! This one is obviously a Fever Ray homage. Have definitely landed on similar visuality! Photoshop, Wacom, 2-3 hours.

Shaman character - September 20, 2010

Filed under: Sketches,Tundra,Uncategorized

Character sketch. I enjoy exploring visuals and rituals from Siberia and the regions of Sakha Republic, Russia. The historical background or motivation for the characters however is for a personal project. I also do these mainly to experiment with color palettes and brush strokes. Painted in Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 3 drawing tablet.

I ♥ Black Milk - July 26, 2010

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It’s been over two years since I was approached by a director who had heard about a project of mine called Black Milk. It was a story set in a highly stylized and minimalistic world – a world seemingly impossible to imagine when told. I had a screenplay without words and dialogue.

Luckily I’ve been a visionary with trained abilities to visualize… I had a series of paintings – surreal and symbolically laden landscapes inviting to a trip of subtle nightmares that did not need to be explained. I witnessed great enthusiasm around my paintings. Though everyone seemed to understand the potential of these visuals, no one could really point out what they were about. One of the biggest enthusiasts was of course the soon to become director for the project, Skjalg Molvær.

Together with the director, we started developing this project into a film format. It was decided to become a short film. I got deeply into storytelling, read myself up on screen writing, and together we started enhancing and pull together the story while preserving the original vision and look from the original paintings.

And what a look this film was going to have! My concepts for the film meant a lot of difficulties. It soon turned out that this project would become huge! The project involves special effects, computer animation, green screens, and last but not least, a giant set piece.

After a series of technical tests, research and even a great deal of pioneering, we were finally ready for production. It turned out to be a huge budget for such a small film. The artistic value of the project and the line-up of a great and talented crew involved turned out to be quite convincing. We received financial support from Filmkraft Rogaland, Vestnorsk Filmsenter og Norsk Filminstitutt. The film has now a budget of over one million nok, and is being produced by Genesis Film and Vidvinkel Film. This is by far my biggest project, and I’ve learned so much from the process of being involved with just about everything during pre-production.

The film is being shot in a grandeur warehouse/office building in Haugesund, west coast of Norway. The building houses the living quarters for the film crew and the studio itself. Currently we live there as a great art collective building sets, eat good food and enjoying the most exciting and productive summer ever! I plan share some interesting and resourceful stories from the many challenges we met during our work with this film trough this blog.

Read more about the project at www.sortmelk.no (see also english version).
Follow production photos, behind the scenes and news trough Facebook.

Blanket sculptures - June 8, 2010

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Last year I made a couple of blanket sculptures in school based on some of my thoughts around biography. Through life we are covered in various blankets. From bright cuddly baby blankets to fashionable interior decorations – and in the end some old dusty rags.

The blankets are nested around each other like a spiral. Nesting the blankets gives a logical layered structure repeating itself as it grows – like an onion or the russian matryoshka dolls. The inner layers are rolled in soft baby blankets followed by a chronological order of later used rags.

The blanket rolls has a straight cut edge revealing all the different layers – just like growth rings of a tree. Not only by counting the number of growth rings can determine the age of a tree, but interpreting the spacing of growth rings can tell us much about it’s life.

In a way, the variation of qualities and appearances of the blankets can tell a story of a lived life. The size and width of the sculptures are therefore given a human size, so that the viewer can relate and activate the concept by being in the same room.

When I look back at these sculptures I find them very painterly, and I find likenesses in the colors and compositions from abstract painters like Wassily Kandinsky and Kenneth Noland

Another quality I noticed was the viewers’ desire to touch and cuddle the sculptures, most likely because of the great appeal warm and comfortable blankets have. I even had to wake up fellow students who took a nap on top of one of them :D

Drawing project - April 12, 2010

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This is my pencil. It is sharp.

A rather occupational piece.. It occurred somewhere between preparing myself for drawing and actually drawing.

Actually I got the idea partly from people pointing me how sharp my pencil was (long tip). From there I just wanted to make an extreme version, just to see how far it can go…

This is actually a crucial piece for my current artist statement: My ideas spring from the possibilities in what I do, in which actions, thoughts and situations can be associated with something existential, philosophical or just some phenomena. Like in this example; how much can you sharpen a pencil before it turns out .. peculiar.

Room in room -

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1. Framed photo of wall in corner.
2. Framed photo of a corner on wall.

A rather conceptual piece where I am exploring the borderline between image and installation. Is one more corner than the other?

Comic Egil feature on TV - March 17, 2010

Filed under: Comics

NRK, the Norwegian government-owned radio and television company,  made a story about the comic community here in Oslo. Along with the comic strips I’ve been working on lately, I was attending the comic drawing sessions at Serieteket in Oslo. Excerpts from the montage can be translated into such as:

“… around the tables everything from computer nerds to art students show up to share and develop their ideas … ” I guess I was a good representative for both of the mentioned parties… This is what I had to say about the comics I am working on:

“I draw myself as the artist and art teacher in a couple of years from now. I see myself as a bitter art teacher who correcting little girls,  uhm.. I mean, young art students about how they keep on painting ONLY PRETTY THINGS! (…)”

See the whole clip at NRK’s websites here:

Egil Paulsen at Serieteket, Oslo, 16-03-2010