Last year I designed new Christmas decorations for Bryggen.
The sketches started out like this:
I had no idea how to actually hang them in thin air, but I knew it would work out somehow.
And it did:) I came to Ivar H Bergseth with the idea and he cut out the design in white acrylic boards with his CNC-cutter. With help from the other shopkeepers at my street at Bryggen (Jacobsfjorden) we managed to hang the stars and pull off what I had visualized.
Yesterday we put up the decoration again. Was so good to see my idea in place and alive! We are adding a little more to the decoration each year now, hopefully we can decorate all the alleys at Bryggen like this.
(If you haven’t seen Monsters University, spoiler alert, in this blogpost I discuss the ending;)
For some strange reason I haven’t watched Monsters University until now. That film hit me on so many levels. First Visually. The animation of the eyes of Dean Hardscrabble. Whoha. The lighting when Mike first stands in front of MU, and the storytelling in that scene – how he is introduced to the mightiness of the building trough a heavy shadow on the grass. And of course the level of detail, and all the background stories. Love it.
But what really did it for me, was the last minute of the film, where I was wondering how they would solve the morale of the story. In a montage at the end we learn that hard work, surrounding yourself with good people and getting work experience is what will get you where you want to be. Not a university degree alone, but hard studies combined with experience and talent. Mike and Sully are kicked out from school in the end, but we know Mike has studied so hard he would have exceeded all his classmates. Sully learns that talent alone is not enough, and that they are a perfect match for working together. But that they still have to work from the ground up in Monsters Inc to learn every aspect of a trade.
This is so true.
I’m flabbergasted by how the script writers and director solved that message. And I’m guessing that very many people at Pixar have just that combination of hard studies both from school and in their spare time, and working their asses of to learn a trade very early on. And of course they have unconditional love for illustration, animation and storytelling. In the film Mike and Sully are slowly building their careers by starting to know a company inside out, and combining this with the dynamics of two good people with different skills working together, eventually makes them masters of their trade.
This evening I’m a part of “The Human Library” at The Hub at Bryggen, an event that lets good people meet and talk to other good people about starting your own business. A brilliant opportunity if you are thinking of taking the leap.
Come and say hello if you want to meet up and ask me about working as an illustrator:) Or any other questions regarding starting and running a creative business.
Starts at 19:00, more info at http://bergen.the-hub.net/
I’ll be in my gallery at Bryggen in Bergen these days in November and December:
Last week in November
Wed 27th Nov: 11:00 – 17:00 Last week in November
Thur 28th Nov: 11:00 – 17:00
Fri 29th Nov: 11:00 – 17:00
Sat 30. nov: 11:00 – 16:00
Second week in December
Tue 10th Des: 11:00 – 17:00
Wed 11th Des: 11:00 – 17:00
Thur 12th Des: 11:00 -17:00
Fri 13th Des: 11:00 -17:00 (This weekend I’m also at the Christmas Fair in Schøtsuene)
Sat 14th Des: 11:00 – 16:00 (This weekend I’m also at the Christmas Fair in Schøtsuene)
Sun 15th Des: 11:00 – 16:00 (This weekend I’m also at the Christmas Fair in Schøtsuene)
Third week in December
Tue 17th Des: 11:00 -17:00
Wed 18th Des: 11:00 -17:00
Thur 19th Des: 11:00 -17:00
Fri 20th Des: 11:00 -17:00
Sat 21st Des: 11:00 -16:00
Sun 22nd Des: 11:00 – 16:00
The address is Jacobsjorden 1st floor (2etg) above Cafe Sakristiet at Bryggen in Bergen. Most of the other shops in my cozy alley are open as well, plus it’s worth a visit to Bryggen to see the beautiful Christmas decorations alone:)
I’ve been wanting to do hand lettered alphabets for a few weeks, and when I took on a job that required just this, it was a good opportunity to get some practice. I used my practice hours to make an illustrated alphabet that will later become a print, and the bottom picture is the final result of the hand lettering job.
As I said on Instagram, I don’t normally take on name-illustration, but this was different. A tiny fighter-miracle baby had persuaded the world to keep him, and a family member wanted an illustration to picture the little badass’ name. Me like.
Music has to move me, blow me away, stir me. I use my playlists all the time to create, and I’m always on the lookout for new heights.
Something happened this weekend, I got to hear fellow guest at Nynorske Litteraturdagar, Linda Gytri play live at the festival. It’s been a long time since I was almost moved to tears by a concert, and this time I really had to concentrate not to get my vision all blurry.
If you ever have the chance to see her live, and you like artists like Mum, Sigor Ros or Bjork, this might be a very special musical experience for you.
Her tunes Rutete Polska and Näkemiin are my new muses.
Discovering new music is the best inspiration-trigger ever.
This morning was the first morning I could wake up and not have to rush off somewhere or send drawings off somewhere since… Since forever it feels like. I could sit down and flip trough my illustrations in my new book, sip coffee and listen to this album from Ane Brun. Don’t mind it raining:)
The launch yesterday went in a flurry of colored pencils, hugs and kisses, wish I could have more time with each person. Come see me in my gallery instead.
I’m specially fond of the darker stories in the book. My illustrations have longed for an opportunity to work with writers that aren’t afraid of entertaining the mind, making up magical worlds, and inspire the joy of reading. They write for the kids, not to them.
There is one story I’m particularly happy to be drawing for. Not very dark, but a story about being an inspiring creature to others trough the changes you make. Go future inventors! Go all future doers! Go make changes! A big YES to all stories that inspire.
Now I’m going to let the book sink in, and clean my neglected home.
Have a good Sunday:)
This week me and actor Adele Duus have hired a space at Wraps Arts Centre, working large scale with plywood, litex, saws and paint. The old props for our show were falling apart, they were only meant to last the five shows we had during Festspillene. Little did we know that the play would be such a success, and this autumn we are going on a tour!
I didn’t know I enjoyed working with wood, but I LOVED it. So much for art teachers telling me to work large scale when all they wanted me was to take some shitty quality A1 sheets and scale up my drawings from the tiny sizes I normally use. Or maybe go crazy with some charcoal. That. Does. Not. Work.
But THIS! This is so much fun! I’m completely in love with all the possibilities that just opened up. I’m completely exhausted from the intense hours, but I still enjoy it. Before I left for my interrail, we had several meetings planning and drawing out the new props and trying to set a budget, and got help from the wonderful Jan at Dukkenikkerne with nifty solutions.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@gunvorr) know all this already, but here is a recap of the prop making marathon we are undergoing:
This Monday we did all the shopping for materials, Tuesday I drew out and started cutting and sanding the first pieces, Wednesday still some cutting, started painting, Thursday continued painting, the cutting and sanding was left to our magical elves from Olsvik High School that came to learn making props, so that I could concentrate on the painting. Today is the last day of building and painting, we’re on the road Tuesday already.
Now I’m off to use my last bit of energy on painting a magical garden, will probably fall asleep in my dinner today;)
Have a brilliant day:)
Monsterboka is out around now:) ^^ I have no idea exactly which date, because I’ve been interrailing since 2nd of sept, and haven’t been in touch with my editor since I left. Norway is so far away right now, and it seems ages ago since we left. After seven straight months of work with the illustrations for this book I really needed some time off.
Traveling like this is like reading a book. We are on new chapters each day. I’m getting inspiration from the different architecture, late night beers on balconies, meeting new people, accidental fireworks, unexpected fun fairs, peach sunset train rides along the Alps.
The train rides are almost the best part. I am so excited about the places we visit, but there is something about train stations, deciding along the way where to go, running with your backpack to reach connecting trains, and listening to music in your headset watching the landscape float by.
I love traveling. I don’t want to give this up.
We have been filming with our GoPro, compact and iphone, can’t wait to start editing.
I’m so happy I have my gallery situated at Bryggen, where I can meet fellow travelers and exchange advice on where to go. It has led to us going places we never planned, and met up with people we wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for them finding their way up the stairs to my gallery.
Yesterday I went to see Kaizers live, for the n’th time.
Today I’ve been listening to this song of theirs on repeat while drinking coffee in a quiet living room looking out at the rain.
Last day before I’m off on interrail, packing and stuff to do.
Here is a drawing I did a few years ago, maybe the one that kickstarted stuff<3
Love quiet Sunday mornings.