Improving through finishing

Back in November 2015 I applied to be part of Filthy Figments (who, as it happens, have submissions open right now) and was lucky enough to do a comic for them. A couple of weeks ago I finished up the fifth and final chapter of Belle, a fictional story about a real Swedish monarch who was raised as a king even though she was assigned female at birth. Kristina has become a  queer icon here in Sweden, especially in the last few years and writing her has made her into more of a hero for me. Getting into her head has taught me a lot about my own relationship with gender, and even more so about my place as a queer cartoonist. 

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Symbolism and Herring

The last couple of months I've been itching to get started on actually drawing Herring Taco, but I also really want to finish it this time so I've kept it to sketchbook doodles (that I should scan some day and post here) and daydreaming about all the art I can make once I've gotten further on the story. Maybe that's silly, but it also drives me forward more than just going straight to art ever did. I have plans to start a concept bible soon as I have the time for it, which will hopefully be soon. 

In the meantime, here's a couple of quick tarot designs I did a couple of months back as a warm-up. Maybe I'll revisit these some time - tarot would be very on-brand for Herring Taco. 

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Pam from Shaderunners

Hey, you want to read a good comic about Prohibition era bootleggers who live in a world faded to grey and spend their days plotting heists to steal the colour back from the wealthy folks? You should go read Shaderunners, a really cool comic drawn by my pal Capp and written by Lin - it was brought into the Hiveworks fold not too long ago, so you know it's quality. 

Here's a fanart of Pam that I made sometime last year. Hopefully I'll find some time to do more Shaderunners fanart in the not too distant future. 

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Some old Patreon commissions

My Patreon is currently on hiatus, awaiting a revival as soon as I get the webcomic up and running. Back when it was active I had a reward tier where I'd draw whatever my supporter wanted that month - it was a lot of fun, and I hope I get to do it again sometime soon!

Here are a couple of the drawings I made from 2016. More to come in the future.

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Finishing up Belle

Last night, at around 7 pm, I put the final finishing touches on the final page of the final chapter of Belle, a historic erotic comic I've been making for Filthy Figments since about December 2015. I've loved working on it and I'll probably make a celebratory illustration sometime next week, but for right now here's a promo pic I made right around when the comic first launched. 

First to spot all three historical references gets a free sketch!

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Drawing faces

One of the commissions I've taken on the most in the past six or seven years is headshots - for social media, for roleplaying or for some other purpose. Because of this I've gotten pretty good at drawing faces (or so I'd like to think) but most of these commissions never see the light of day.

Here's a couple I made in 2016 and 2017. I got hundreds more in my storage folders, so maybe I'll make another post some day in the future. 

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Beyond 2 environment concept art

Last year I was lucky enough to get picked to do a story in the second volume of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology, this time with the theme of supernatural and urban fantasy. I wrote a story about memory and loss called Entropy, which heavily featured some of my favourite sites in Stockholm. Here are some of the concept art sketches I did in preparation for the comic!

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Making faces

I think my favourite thing to draw is expressions and people. I do it a lot - most of my freelance commission work is drawing a character doing a multitude of expressions, so I'd like to think I'm pretty decent at it. Here's a couple of Grumps that I did in January 2016, and a bonus Arin for December 2016. I think I solidified my cartoonist style over the course of last year, at least judging by these portraits.

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Finding the look

I've been taking time out of my day to write on Herring Taco, the webcomic that I've launched and relaunched a couple of times now - third time's the charm, I hope. It kept falling into a hole where it wasn't really about anything, just sort of unfunny gags that had some sort of plot lurking under the surface but now I think I'm on to something good. I guess we'll see. 

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On evolving self image

I'm a sucker for Witchsona Week, partially because it's fun to get together and draw something on theme for a week, but also because it gives me such a good excuse to examine how I see myself. 2015 was cliché and fantastical, 2016 is the most accurate drawing I've ever done of myself and this year, 2017, was anger and symbols and queerness, the only thing persistent through all three being tattoos and shaved heads. That probably says something, huh? 

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Herring Taco, past attempts

Way back when, I had a webcomic called Black Jack Switch that later turned into Herring Taco and then turned into nothing. Don't bother looking for either of them, they've been long since deleted from the internet, but I am working on rebooting it into the final (hah!) version of Herring Taco. I've been working on this on and off for a couple of years now, basically since the moment I took the old version down and now I'm finally getting somewhere with the script. 

In the meantime, here are some character ref sheets from 2015. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then. 

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