So I just joined the Trinquétte Publishing's weekly pin-up drawing challenges.
The idea is that you get some poses and a theme and then have a week to make a painting.
It's great fun and I learn a lot doing it.
I did some backgrounds for a short movie called 'The Childrens World' by instructor Paw Ravn.
It is amazing to see the paintings come to life with particles and butterflies ad lights and characters.
Characters done by Simon Broe Flytkjær, Christian Kuntz and Herle Kuhl
This is one of those rare projects I did only for the pleasure of doing it, with no client in the other end. I love fantasy illustrations, but I think they often lack the kind of mood and magic I loved as a kid and still do.
My ongoing goal is to make a painting that you want to be in or moves you in some way... you want to put on your boots and strap on your bag and grab your walking stick and start walking towards the foggy mountains in the distance.
I think I remember where it all started. Of course it somehow started with reading The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and all the beautiful Astrid Lindgreen books, but way earlier my father sent me a postcard by the painter Sulamith Wulfing.
This picture triggered my imagination in so many ways. I made up several stories about this little situation. There's no doubt (for me) that the painter here put a lot of heart in it and believed in her characters and the story she was telling.
Later in my life my father send me another letter. It was a picture he'd painted on a piece of cardboard. On the front, a knight dressed in armor with a sword hanging from a belt, was walking through a forest towards a castle on a hill. The back revealed a secret world with pixies and a king and a queen. I guess I would've become a painter no matter what, but these two letters from my father stands as giant influences and important moments of my childhood. Thank you.