Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ambitious Graphic Novel Project

I am engaged in a project unlike anything I have done in the past. Making two children's picture books, Swedish Girl of Motala and Knös the Giant were grueling and heart-wrenching in more ways than one. However, this new one is testing all of my will. It is a historical fiction graphic novel called Badin and the Secret of the Sámi.

First, I am proceeding with a strict method and process. This means writing first and illustrating second. I did this with my other books, but not with so many steps. This time, I started with a huge outline, full of detail, art direction and dialogue. The next step is to complete a full script. This helps shake out all the unnecessary stuff and turn the focus toward art direction, to form a concise blueprint for the illustrations.

Second, I plan to create it using a new program called Manga Studio 5EX. Currently, I use Manga Studio 4EX to do most of my illustrations on sale as royalty-free stock images. The new program requires extra training. It is more than likely I will produce my rough draft of the graphic novel on real paper so I can mentally place script elements in a satisfactory manner.

Third, there are many, many elements of the story that require a great deal of research. Suffice it to say, I have been busy checking out various library books about Sweden, its royal family during the 1700's and Sámi culture.

I hope to share more about this project as I progress. Right now I'm still writing the full script.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Article about life features my game show cartoon

I was pleasantly surprised to see "Nervous Game Show Contestants" featured in a blog article by Dr. Bart Barrett. He writes about religion and medicine. It's quite a good article too. Thanks Dr. Barrett!

My cartoon featured in a blog by Bart Barrett

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Book: The Swedish Girl of Motala

In this second children's book, I describe how a Swedish child of African immigrants becomes a leader in her city. This story illustrates a serious social problem in Sweden, while presenting solutions within a story of hope and inspiration. Ages 4-8.

The Swedish Girl of Motala is available for purchase at Lulu.com.


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New Book: Knös, the Giant

If a giant born from an egg can save a king's daughter from a 10-headed troll, you can do anything. However, you need a few swords and a couple of good friends to get you through it.

This little book is my adaptation of a famous Swedish fairy tale of the same name. There are only a few differences between my version and the classical story. The most obvious difference is the hero has dark brown skin and curly black hair. Also, one of his friends is Asian. Other than that, it's really no different from the original.

Sweden is a beautiful land with beautiful people. However, it is suffering from problems related to skin color and religion. I hope this book helps Swedes learn to live with and tolerate each other.

Knös the Giant is available for purchase from Lulu.com.

You may preview a few pages from the book below.


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Emotions Run Wild

There are so many things that can bring out the worst in us. It's like a disease lying dormant: Given the right circumstances or environment, it can flare out into something that we will truly regret later.

Here's a collection of images I created that illustrate the various degrees of anger and what it can lead to if it's not corrected.










Caricature Exploration




The standard dictionary definition of the word caricature doesn't quite get it right: Caricature is a picture, description or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

Well, I would say a caricature screams at the viewer. It invokes passion—either negative or positive (sometimes both, depending on the world-view of the viewer).

For art class, my son and I have been exploring the world of caricature creation. It has really opened up new concepts and forced me to let go of quite a few inhibitions. This is truly been a great experiment.