Posted on August 30. 2019
Hi! I always loved to draw. As a little boy, I spent most of my time drawing and building Lego. But illustration didn’t get serious before I started working as a graphic designer and got the opportunity to illustrate for different clients.
Yes, I was hired on as an apprentice. With no prior experience and almost without any knowledge I was thrown right into deep waters, working on big projects with key clients. It was two great years of learning the profession of graphic design, and also illustration. But because I sort of skipped the life of a student where you find your way, I wanted to take a step back and find out what I wanted to do with my career. After finishing my apprenticeship, I have spent most of my time further developing and specializing my illustrations.
It makes me very happy that you say that! Trying to find a personal style has been an important part of my life the last year. I would describe the style as soft with many smooth shapes, but also sharp from the digital tools I use. It’s hard to say how I have developed it. I would say it’s a mix between trying to just draw things my way and being inspired by many different talented people that I like.
I love drawing characters. If you were to take a look at my sketchbooks, you would see pages filled with characters doing all sorts of things.
I love design in general, and Norwegian design to me is simple yet very expressive. I think it’s fascinating how small details can have such a huge impact on how something is perceived. That is something I think a lot about when I make illustrations. I try to capture different feelings and moods with few lines.
It started out as project where I wanted to illustrate Norwegian furniture classics. When I did some research into Norwegian furniture history, the Ekstrem chair popped out to me as a really bizarre, yet extremely beautiful piece of furniture. It also fits very well into my universe of bulky and rounded characters.
I just finished a really fun packaging illustration for a Norwegian coffee roastery, which will see the light of day somewhere around Christmas. I work on many personal projects for fun and keep myself busy with that. Hopefully in the future more people will find my style of illustrations applicable in commercial projects so I can make this a living!