Old work

Hello everyone!
This weekend I’m spending at mom’s house, which is always a great place for inspiration for me, so you’ll probably see something about what I come up with here sooner or later.  But for now, I’m pretty excited about a few old sketchbooks that I found! The past seven years, my life has been pretty chaotic. I’ve been moving around a LOT. Not only have I been living in real apartments, but also in old workshops, camping wagons, and I was even homeless for a while. Which means that a lot of my old work is gone forever. But it shows that I’ve managed to dump a part of it at my mom’s.
So here is a (in comparison) small selection of stuff I made three or four years ago:

 

There was a lot of portraits going on. I wasn’t so good at faces back then, so I had much practice to do.

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This was the time where I started getting really interested in the inside of the body. Which resulted in some pretty gross stuff. I won’t be showing you the worst.
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Obviously, I hadn’t really had a closer look at those kinds of private parts back then…

Some bugs and edible plants.
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Naturally, next is animals:
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A huge amount of jellyfish were produced here, as well as octopuses and fish.
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And… um.. Something animal-ish:wp_20170204_125

I was also aspiring to be a circus artist, so I did a lot of sketching of my class-mates. Unfortunately, most of it in pencil, so that’s all just a big, gray, blurry mess now. Here’s what’s left.
Some drawings of my friends doing a show:
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And a drawing of me and my flyer: (flyer as in the small person being thrown around in hand to hand acrobatics)wp_20170204_085

 

 

Then, there’s a bunch of stuff that’s not so easy to categorize:wp_20170204_094-editedwp_20170204_098-editedwp_20170204_105-editedwp_20170204_057wp_20170204_087-editedwp_20170204_056wp_20170204_063

Some pretty terrifying dreams I had:wp_20170204_069wp_20170204_078wp_20170204_121

And lastly, here are some places where I used to hang out:
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My first camping wagon.wp_20170204_107
And my flyer in the hammock outside of the wagon.

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And the old workshop where I lived for a while.

 

I don’t know if you can see that, or if it’s just me, but I realize now that a lot of these are kind of gray and sad. That’s because I was very depressed at the time, so I can see a lot of traces from that here. No worries though, as I’m happier than ever nowadays :)
I have a plan to remake some of these. I think it would be a lot of fun to see the development, what’s changed and what’s still the same.
What do you guys think? Is that something you might be interested in seeing?

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 :)