Mural fun

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Oooh I feel like I've only just warmed up after this job! It was cooold standing in that archway with the wind wooshing through. From my nice warm office on a sunny day, I thought it would be fun to share some of my process for this and the previous mural job at the Thai cafe. Being the sort of person I am, I feel the need to read all about a new technique before embarking on it, just to be sure I'm doing it right. And I'm not saying that's a good thing - I'd love to be more impulsive and brave when it comes to this sort of thing, but something about making permanent marks on other people's shiny white walls for money made me think I'd better prepare myself as well as humanly possible. The finished mural at Familiecafeen Thai Takeaway in Viborg. I spent a long time investigating what paints to use. For the Thai cafe I needed many colours and they had to be extra vibrant, and I didn't dare try mix them myself in case I ran out and couldn't mix the same colour again. I also knew I would need to be able to use markers for linework and outlines as well as brushes for large areas of flat colours. The internet helped me find this product called One4All by Molotow. I bought little refill bottles of 30ml in all sorts of delicious colours and a few empty markers of different sizes (that's...

Comics for Gooooood!

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Last weekend I had the privilege to take part in the first ever Comics For Good jam here at Arsenalet in Viborg. The aim was to spend a weekend making a compilation of collaborative comics to help and comfort refugee children and their carers when they arrive in Denmark and start school. All round good guy Fabio Cujino went above and beyond to organise this awesomely good event, finding amazing sponsors, doing PR, running around keeping us in good spirits, reminding us to drink water, staying up all night to keep the night owls company, and still managed to make his own contribution for the book. The weekend started on Friday with a quick introduction to the basics of making comics by Tom Kaczynkski followed by a skype call with Kirsten Petersen, a teacher at a school for refugees, who gave us a run down of some of the issues kids are faced with when starting school in Denmark. The forty or so participants then teamed up and started brainstorming ideas based on her suggestions. By the end of the night we had filled a wall with post-its and sketched out storyboards, and lots of awesome feedback was given and taken. Lovely Ditte Lundsgaard Nielsen and I wanted to make a little story about seeing the fantastical in everything - a little colourful fantasy world, and something about making friends. After sleeping on it, we met up early Saturday and went for it, drawing non-stop, with a deadline for a test...

Mural in the papers

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A couple of weeks ago I painted a mural in the new Thai Take-Away at Familiecafeen on Vestervangsvej here in Viborg. It was quite an experience, a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. The local papers came and talked to us about it, and here's a picture of me and the owner, Sansinee, next to the giant colourful monstrosity (picture from ViborgNyt's website). If you're hungry for yummy Thai food, pop by and have a gander. It's just opposite the Fish Man! (Fiskemanden) You can read the article here (in Danish). Lots more lovely pictures in my...

Ekko shortlist

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I got some exciting news this crispy morning while having a really good getting-things-done morning at the office… that my short film from 2013 - Verdens Lykkeligste By / The Happiest Town in the World (based on a poem by Mathias Bundgaard) has been chosen for the Ekko film magazine shortlist. What a nice way to start the week, followed by hot soup with a good friend, and a call about a job. And tonight I’m having a late-night fried-cheese sandwich and we just put up a new, turquoise lamp. Things are happening! It’s a kind of voting thing, where if my film gets into the top 10 within the next 3 weeks, it will stay up there a bit longer, or something. Cool! Have a look here, and if you like, give it a star or two, and help it on its way up the charts,...

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

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I’ve been working on a series of illustrations of the nursery rhyme “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” and having a lot of fun with it! It’s still very much a work in progress. After a year off on maternity leave my printer was a little bit sad and tired, providing some surprisingly fun striped effects. A little dab of water and a wipe, and it’s good to go again! I was trying out a concertina type folding book. Here’s the version I’m illustrating: One, two, buckle my shoe Three, four, knock on the door Five, six, pick up sticks Seven, eight, lay them straight Nine, ten, big fat hen Eleven, twelve, dig and delve Thirteen, fourteen, maids a’ courting Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen Seventeen, eighteen, maids a waiting Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty The more I pondered this lovely little gem the clearer I could see a lovely story running throughout, and soon a little girl and her friend emerged as the heroes. Off they go on a little adventure, collecting firewood, eggs and potatoes, bringing them home for the maids to prepare in the kitchen. You can have a look at three of the panels in my...