Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Toronto Life Magazine

I made these portraits for Toronto Life Magazine. They are for an editorial about the mayor of the city, Rob Ford, and his family. Perhaps you recognize the happy strawberry blonde in the middle?
Yes - he is the guy that ran over a fellow councilor, smokes crack and talks dirty to young females at bars!
Finally he has checked himself into rehab...

I always have so much fun doing these portraits as I love depicting the different unique facial features and make them really stand out - not like caricatures - but more like an accentuation of their personality, which make them who they are. If that makes any sense...!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring in Paris

...I wish!!!!
I am in fact stuck here in Denmark with rainy weather going on 6th day now (- at least I think as I stopped counting). So instead I am listening to Carla Bruni while daydreaming about wandering in the streets of Paris, sipping coffee and macaroons in the little cafees, looking at people passing by and considering whether I should buy that cute little summer dress I found in one of the lovely vintage shops. Oh my. I am crossing my fingers for better weather coming this way soon...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Illustrator of the week

Thanks very much  DASH Magazine for making me the illustrator of the week! I am flattered : )

Check out the feature here.

Hilma of Klint

I went on a little excursion to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art last week to see the work of the Swedish artist Hilma of Klint. Oh my what a lovely collection of art. She worked as a scientific illustrator and depicter of landscapes but created these big abstract paintings and meticulous drawings in her spare time. She also studied anthroposophy with Rudolf Steiner, who told her that her art was way ahead of time and that the public was not ready to see this compilation of work. Therefore she wrote in her testimony that she did not allow the work to be shown publicly before 20 years after her death... In the early 1900 women was not really allowed to practice art and pursuing a career within this field was banned. I admire such a courageous woman for not giving up on her artistry just because the society dictates that she should.
You should go see the exhibition if you are in the area!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fishtail braid

Here's one more for Carlin Groupe, Paris. I don't think I have previously shared this one. It's called Fascination and features purple eyebrows, eyeshow and faded lips. Loved doing the fish-tail braid. Who wouldn't love to have hair like this?


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

albinos are hot!

I thought I´d post one more of the beauty illustrations I have made for Carlin Groupe in Paris. I think this is probably the first time I have drawn a girl of Far Eastern origin (Japanese). This version is an albino with freckles and a very vertical hair-do!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

collaboration with Sunrise agency and Rode Bath

I have had the pleasure of working with the Danish ad agency Sunrise on a campaign for Rode Bath.
I made these illustrations for international promotion, for posters, magazine ads and website. Rode Bath´s motto is Clean Out Ordinary - so the general mood of the illustrations is in this vein. Extraordinary, whimsical, otherworldly and intriguing.

The breif said to illustrate two products in their range; a soap dispenser and a toilet brush. It was quite a challenge to work with the toilet brush, not so much because of the shape of it, but due to the many connotations it has. I had to handle that one with care!

Below you will get an idea of how I work. I have enclosed samples of my sketching process up until the last and final illustration. At sketching stage I kept close contact the the art director at Sunrise Louise Arve, to keep making sure that what I made matched the clients vision of the brand.



sketch - final composition
final illustration of the soap dispenser

 So actually the composition for the soap dispenser was the hardest to get right. The composition of the toilet brush illustration I nailed almost right away. Luckily only a few elements were to be changed. Like the rat on the box of the brush - even though it has wings it is not the most appropriate animal to link to the bathroom...

first sketch - toilet brush

colored sketch
final illustration of the toilet brush

website implementation

website implementation

poster design

Friday, February 14, 2014

DASH Magazine London.

Biannual magazine DASH asked me to create an illustration for their 5th issue, Spring/Summer 2014. The issue launches this weekend, just in time for London Fashion Week. I envy the people that are able to make it to the launch party in London this Sunday. If you are in the area and are feeling in the mood for party just follow the link above (click on DASH) and RSVP to the event before Feb 15th.

DASH Magazine specializes in featuring fashion illustration so it was a great honor to be asked to illustrate this interview about Illamasqua makeup.

I just received the magazine in the mail and it really is great to see a magazine that uses illustration this much. It is refreshing and inspirational to see fashion editorials illustrated as opposed to the photographic images that the mainstream magazines features in abundance. Of course as an artist and designer I love a different view on fashion.

So if you are looking for an alternative to the mainstream ad-driven fashion magazines, you should really try to get your hands on a copy of this excellent publication!

breif - reference material

1st sketch

2nd sketch

3rd sketch


print version

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beauty Book for Carlin Groupe, Paris

Right now you can have a sneak peek at the illustrations I made for a Beauty Trend Book put together by Carlin Groupe International, based in Paris, earlier this year. It features the trends for Spring/Summer 2015. I will share with you today just one of the images, called Telescopage. Basically it is all about graphical eye makeup, nude lips and pastel colored chalk strikes of color in the hair, which is also layered and asymmetrically cut. I think it is a bold haircut, which I would love to flash but unfortunately I do not think my hair is thick enough for this layered effect... Also the matte, chalk-like color is quite nice. Would be nice for a spring make-over! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

molo kids


I made this All Over print for MOLO Kids just about 2 years ago. It is out in stores now and it proves the speed of clothing production. It takes about 2 years to get from idea to finished purchasable product when you are dependent on big quantities and having it fabricated abroad.
Anyway, this print is a little out of my "ordinary" style, but it was fun to work with photos and collage for once. The hues are all much more saturated than what feels natural to me, but sometimes it is good to be taken out of your comfort zone, and do something totally different. And most kids love color.

final product

final repeat
final AO print


editorial for SKØN magazine

The article in SKØN magazine talked about genetic heritage, and how it affects our self confidence etc. So I got this image inside my head, when thinking about the features that have been "paased on" to me from my parents and grandparents. Oftentimes one of our personal characteristics are not inherited directly from our parents but have skipped a few generations and is linked to great-great grandparents. It is quite fascinating how we are linked to our ancestors that way, and how some genetically inherited features will never be "washed out" by time...

Enjoy whatever nose have been passed on to you and celebrate the link to your ancestors!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEARS (late!) + project for Aritzia

First of all Happy New Year! I hope this new year that we already kicked off becomes you well. May it bring lots of nice surprises and happiness to all.I am sharing with you a little something I did for North American/ Canadian brand + magazine Aritzia. It is an illustration I did for a gift guide editorial they ran in the magazine before Christmas, referring to the items you are able to purchase in their shops or online. I was to illustrate one of their dresses called the Wilfred Free - Elin dress. This was the inspiration board:

And the dress:

The brief, describing the Wilfred Free clothing line:

Inspired by the ease of model-off-duty looks, this season channels a street-style aesthetic that effortlessly mixes influences with a focus on the clean, sexy minimalism of the ‘90s. High-contrast marls, mesh inserts, and faux leather are important, while key proportions pair architectural cocoon-shaped tops with lean bottoms.

And this is what I came up with (sketches):

And the final outcome:

They decided that they wanted to go for a more plain background with just some splashes of color in the full figure view.

This was indeed a fun project!