me Linnea

Artblog of Linnea Holmström Ljung, freelance illustrator.

My progress so far on the Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland cover I’m working on, and a better picture of the version I showed a snap of on instagram.

I have mainly worked on refining the sketches from the thumbnails - since they were quite small; 7cm x 9cm - and adding loads of more detail. I realised while doing this, that I had included some details (the talking flowers) that are not actually in this book, but in Through the Looking-Glass. So I corrected that. I’ve also been pulling my hair over getting the perspective to work on the shelves and cupboards. But I think it looks all right now?

Working on this for my portfolio. #aliceinwonderland #illustration #art #sketch bookcover #wip #childrensbook #cover #classic #instaartist #workinprogress #alice

Working on this for my portfolio. #aliceinwonderland #illustration #art #sketch bookcover #wip #childrensbook #cover #classic #instaartist #workinprogress #alice

temiel said: 
This kind of makes me wonder… did you ever read The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks? Your little pixie dude totally reminds me of one of the characters.


Nope, I never heard of it before. :O Guess I should check it out!
What’s the name of the character he reminds you of?

Comment   1 10.10.14
What am I even doing? #art #illustration #workinprogress #comics #characterdesign #wip #instaartist #digitalart #pixie #witch #bffs

What am I even doing? #art #illustration #workinprogress #comics #characterdesign #wip #instaartist #digitalart #pixie #witch #bffs

temiel:

You win again, #Inktober. *sigh*
First of all- to everyone who left encouraging comments on my last less-than-stellar attempt, thank you SO MUCH. They didn’t go unnoticed! And they gave me the will to continue, in spite of myself. <3 That being said…
I think the really frustrating thing about the Inktober challenge is that I feel obligated to share the inked attempts at the kind of sketchbook poop no artist would feel confident sharing. I do it; I’m sure many (if not all) of you do it; sometimes a drawing just doesn’t come out, and when it doesn’t you don’t exactly want to broadcast it to the world, so you just… don’t post it. And that’s normally fine, because nobody’s keeping me to a “drawing a day” schedule. But doing these inked things takes long enough that I just can’t start and finish a whole second (better) drawing unless I want to be up half the night. So basically, the first attempt, no matter how sloppy, failed, or terrible, has to be it for the day (for me, at least; I know not everyone is this slow). This stuff I’ve been posting? It’s SO far from my best inking, it’s not to be believed. If I had more time, I wouldn’t have even considered the poorly-conceived hatching all over her face (what’s even going on there?! I thought I finished with poorly-conceived hatching in high school!).
So is that a more constructive way to frame my frustrations? I’m sorry, I don’t mean to turn this blog into a ventfest or anything… but this is the first art-related, time-based challenge I’ve actually stuck with for more than one day, so I don’t think it’s totally out of line to share my thoughts, though they’re still not exactly glowing.

I think inktober is more of a challenge to yourself, so if something doesn’t come out, at least you learned from it. That is always great! Just sticking to doing it for all of October is commendable. :) And it is shows real confidence that you post the things you are unhappy with too – personally I think it is quite interesting to see the things people are not pleased with or proud of as well. Because all artists have loads of that work (I often rework a scribble I loathed and come out with something I am really proud of in the end).Also, if you have access to a light box (you can make a simple version pretty easily with a glass table, or glass or plexi glass pane over your lap and a lamp on the floor) starting over with a smaller portrait like this won’t have to take your whole night! ;)

I was also going to suggest… maybe try out ink washes or inking with a fine brush? It’s a month long challenge so you have plenty of time to try out things you wouldn’t normally use. I just think it would suit your style very well. But I do think the ones you have made so far a really nice, so don’t be discouraged and keep at it! <3

temiel:

You win again, #Inktober. *sigh*

First of all- to everyone who left encouraging comments on my last less-than-stellar attempt, thank you SO MUCH. They didn’t go unnoticed! And they gave me the will to continue, in spite of myself. <3 That being said…

I think the really frustrating thing about the Inktober challenge is that I feel obligated to share the inked attempts at the kind of sketchbook poop no artist would feel confident sharing. I do it; I’m sure many (if not all) of you do it; sometimes a drawing just doesn’t come out, and when it doesn’t you don’t exactly want to broadcast it to the world, so you just… don’t post it. And that’s normally fine, because nobody’s keeping me to a “drawing a day” schedule. But doing these inked things takes long enough that I just can’t start and finish a whole second (better) drawing unless I want to be up half the night. So basically, the first attempt, no matter how sloppy, failed, or terrible, has to be it for the day (for me, at least; I know not everyone is this slow). This stuff I’ve been posting? It’s SO far from my best inking, it’s not to be believed. If I had more time, I wouldn’t have even considered the poorly-conceived hatching all over her face (what’s even going on there?! I thought I finished with poorly-conceived hatching in high school!).

So is that a more constructive way to frame my frustrations? I’m sorry, I don’t mean to turn this blog into a ventfest or anything… but this is the first art-related, time-based challenge I’ve actually stuck with for more than one day, so I don’t think it’s totally out of line to share my thoughts, though they’re still not exactly glowing.

I think inktober is more of a challenge to yourself, so if something doesn’t come out, at least you learned from it. That is always great! Just sticking to doing it for all of October is commendable. :) And it is shows real confidence that you post the things you are unhappy with too – personally I think it is quite interesting to see the things people are not pleased with or proud of as well. Because all artists have loads of that work (I often rework a scribble I loathed and come out with something I am really proud of in the end).

Also, if you have access to a light box (you can make a simple version pretty easily with a glass table, or glass or plexi glass pane over your lap and a lamp on the floor) starting over with a smaller portrait like this won’t have to take your whole night! ;)

I was also going to suggest… maybe try out ink washes or inking with a fine brush? It’s a month long challenge so you have plenty of time to try out things you wouldn’t normally use. I just think it would suit your style very well. But I do think the ones you have made so far a really nice, so don’t be discouraged and keep at it! <3

Comment   temiel   12 10.05.14
It&#8217;s my awesome friend Kajsa's birthday today. And since she's the queen of &#8220;pink party crocodiles&#8221; I felt compelled to draw her one. It's a bit of a glutton&#8230;

It’s my awesome friend Kajsa's birthday today. And since she's the queen of “pink party crocodiles” I felt compelled to draw her one. It's a bit of a glutton…

Writing Woes

Dear My Brain,

Why is it so much harder for you to write a short story, rather than a really long one? I just want to make one short comic, so please don’t make too much trouble for me. Please.


Sincerely,
Linnea (pulling her hair in frustration)


P.S. It would also help if I didn’t get a million really involved ideas for all the other stories that I can’t work on right now. It is distracting. Especially at 2 AM when I am trying to sleep.

Sketchbook stuff. #sketch #drawing #characterdesign #aliceinwonderland #wip #instaartist

Sketchbook stuff. #sketch #drawing #characterdesign #aliceinwonderland #wip #instaartist

Some detail shots, and the original pencils that I coloured, from the Namesake fanart piece, I just posted. Thank you so much for the overwhelming positive response to it! And hello new followers! :) 


I’ve been experimenting with my pencil + digital colouring style lately, and am very happy with how this came out!! I do think the pencil version is quite nice on it’s own too. For this I have put my trusty mechanical HB pencil aside and used pencils you have to sharpen (gasp!) of 2B and 4H. I reeeally like the textures you get from them.

I would call this a very successful experiment, so expect more like it to come!

Comment   90 09.25.14
A little homage to one of my favourite webcomics, Namesake. Couldn&#8217;t recommend it enough! I only discovered it last year but have been hooked since and itching to do some fanart. Warrick + Emma forever plz. &lt;3

A little homage to one of my favourite webcomics, Namesake. Couldn’t recommend it enough! I only discovered it last year but have been hooked since and itching to do some fanart. Warrick + Emma forever plz. <3

Comment   139 09.25.14