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Yesterday I got myself some new watercolor-papers. It’s a kind I’ve never used before, so the first thing I did was a few experiments. Normally, I would just make a few boring circles, just to see how the paper handles the colors, but I thought: Why waste expensive papers on something so boring? Especially since I also bought a certain pen. A white gelly-roll pen that I have been eyeballing in the art supplies-store for a whole year, but never could afford. Ok, I guess I could have afforded it, but I mean, $7 for a PEN? What kind of crazy person would ever buy such a thing??
Well, after always fighting with painting around all the white areas, and seeing what other artists easily could achieve with this pen, I finally went ahead and spoiled myself with one.
Here is the result of my first go with the new pen and paper(and watercolors of course): a little page with hair-experiments:
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It’s not the best work I’ve ever done. I only like the red and blue one. But I look forward to find new ways to use this. The paper quality is great and the pen is just amazing!
Totally worth eating oatmeal for a week to make up for the budget-gap.

Let me know if you like them and I’ll make some more :)

Have a great day!

Embla

All of my trees

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I think that most people who draws and paints has this one certain motive that keeps coming back to them. It might be that one thing that never quite turns out right, or just the go-to motive when there’s no other inspiration. For me, that thing is trees. Or, treehouses. I have this particular image of the thick trunked tree, with almost bare branches, and a little house and ladder. I’m not quite sure why I keep on painting it. I just do. I guess it represents something about myself that I haven’t really found yet. I know that it is very personal, and I think that is the reason to why so many others have appreciated it. I’ve even had a few clients wanting me to make one for them.
The first one I ever made was this one:treehouse

Not that fancy, and I didn’t put much effort into it. After it was finished, I didn’t think much of it. Like most other paintings, it was forgotten in a folder somewhere.
But after a while it kept coming back.
I started making tons of small sketches. These are just the ones I could find, but there are many more.

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I made more paintings:
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Different versions:
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This one is the latest:
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As you can tell, I have significantly improved my painting skills since that first one.(or at least, my patience)  Somehow, I still feel as if it’s not quite right yet.  I guess that I’ll just keep on painting it, and hopefully I’ll someday find out what it’s all about.

I’d love to know which one of these you like the most.
Or hate the least. Everyone has a different taste :)

Christmas

Hello!
So here is my first diary-post.
I wanted to tell you a bit about my christmas, and show you a page from my “diary”. It looks like this:
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This christmas, me, my two younger brothers and our mom got together in her house. We all live very far away from each other, so we rarely get together, and it’s so much fun when we do. But it’s also quite chaotic.
Here’s how it all went down:
Mom’s cats have been chasing my dog, my dog has been chasing mom’s chickens, meatballs burned, little brother crying, nervous cats starts peeing inside, other brother demanding lunch, the firewood is wet, the game-night is less about answering questions and more about yelling at each other about whether Israel is in Europe, Africa or Asia, and my boyfriend couldn’t be happier about staying at home this year.
But believe it or not, we all survived and even managed to do all the weird, mandatory, swedish christmas-things, like eating raw fish and writing poems to go along with christmas gifts. We might give it a try again next year.
For now, I’m happy to be back to my quiet camping wagon, where the days rarely get more chaotic than this:

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A giant

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All right, the site is really empty, and I feel like I should put something more here, just to fill it out a little.
So here is what I’ve been working on for the last four days. A giant.
I’m actually a little disappointed in this one, but just because I started out with really high expectations. It all started with me getting really excited about a few sketches I made. For each sketch I got a new idea, and each one became more elaborate than the previous. I wanted to make something more out of them, and decided on making my first big painting for a long while. I don’t usually go bigger than a4-format, so this a3 felt huge to me. I kept getting lost on the paper.
I think the biggest reason that it didn’t go as well as I had hoped was because both the colors and the paper were different than the ones I normally use. I spent so much time adding details that just disappeared again when it dried, and finally I just gave up.
It’s not that I think it’s bad, i just wish it had turned out better. But that’s how it always is. I might try again sometime :)

giant2A good reason to never use the large papers is that they can’t fit in a scanner. They have to be photographed, which is an artform I am NOT familiar with. In reality, the original looks like a mix between these to.
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My first website

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Hello! Welcome to my first website ever!
My name is Embla. I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator for a couple of years now, and this website is my first attempt of getting out of the freelance-pages ,which has had the power over my career so far, and finally become completely self-reliant as an artist.
It is a big and scary step to take, and so far I’m only halfway across the treshold. I still work mostly via fiverr.com. But the plan is to make this website my base, from where I will do commissioned work, but also display my own projects and artworks. Now, I’m really not a technical person. I don’t know anything about running a website, and I’m still a bit lost when it comes to the internet in general. Heck, I can’t even use a smartphone! But I’m excited to learn! While I’m a very old fashioned person, and have always been suspicious of this new world we live in, it seems like a necessity to get more involved in the big world of websites and social media to make it as an artist today, and it’s finally time for me to join the game.
I know the site looks just awful at the moment. There is no order, and nothing really makes sense. But hang around while I’m getting it all together, and pretty soon this place will be overfilled with art and updates about upcoming projects!
Meanwhile, you can check out my flickr-page to find out what kind of work it is I do.

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If you’re looking to have a custom illustration made, I work with those on fiverr :)
https://www.fiverr.com/emblaester
Have a great day!

Embla