From time to time I get questions about how I work and what inspires me, and I’m not even near being finished answering here. But I’ll post some new questions now and then:)
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything. Music, people, films, life. Humor. Everything.
When did you decide on becoming an illustrator?
I didn’t, it happened by itself gradually after enjoying drawing a lot. But I knew I wanted to work with something creative.
Do you work full time, or do you have other jobs besides being an illustrator?
I work full time with editorial illustration and children’s books.
Do you get funding or scholarships to be able to survive as an illustrator?
I got two scholarships, one small one two years ago for illutrations for a book project that wasn’t paid, and one wonderful one from Bergen Kommune. That one helped me pay the rent for my studio for a year when I first started. But other than that, no, all my income is from magazines, newspapers, book sale, my webshop and my gallery at Bryggen.
Can me and a friend come and visit you at your studio?
Yes, please! I love parties! Drinks all around!
Can you review my work?
No, I’m sorry, I’ve had to stop that now, but I wish you all the luck with your project:) I really do.
Can we interview you for a school project?
Yes, please come and visit if the q&a here wasn’t what you sought for:)
Do you take interns?
Depends on what you want to do, I’m actually not sure what interesting work I can give you. I don’t believe in making interns make coffee for a week. But send me an email if you have suggestions about what you could be doing!
Can I send you my written work and maybe we can work together on a book?
For the moment I’m full up with side projects with other people, and only accepting paid tasks. But if it’s projects that are well planned and texts have been “washed” and are not due for another year please send me an email, I love new collaborations:)
Why don’t you answer my call?
E-mail me:) Give me time to give you a well thought through answer:) Insisting freaks me out, and I usually can’t answer job related stuff on the spot. Some days I use only for drawing, and need to be very concentrated, some days are for making calls and doing other office work.
How do you start working when you receive a text?
I usually read the text/story a few times and quickly start drawing out whatever ideas I get with pencil in tiny tiny sketches. Sometimes I just write. Then I go through what I’ve drawn and choose a few examples I go over with with other people if there are some around. If I’m unsure, it makes it clearer for myself which sketch I like best if I hear myself explain it to other people.
How much research do you do before drawing something out?
Depends on the task. Usually quite a lot.
Do you always make storyboards (when drawing for stories)?
Depends on the task. But mostly, yes.
How much is the author involved in the images you make?
Until now, very little. My editor is more involved. Sometimes it can be difficult to draw whatever is in someone else’s head, and that can halt a process badly. But the authors that likes working with others, and trust their skills, usually get the best visuals. So far it has worked quite well:)
How to I get jobs as a designer/illustrator/artist?
Be incredibly good at what you do, and always display, deliver, participate and share your best work. This will eventually pay off, and the ball will start rolling. There is no recipe besides that I think.
How to I get my work published?
Again, sharing and exhibiting did it for me:) To hassle editors never worked for me. Actually, my second big published job came from a publishing house that I had contacted a year earlier. They had no idea I had been in touch, but heard about me through other people that liked my work and decided to say hello.
When/How did you start?
I have always been interested in drawing, and drew everyday, everywhere, on everything.
I got my first professional job as an illustrator after an exhibition I had, where an editor from a newspaper had been to lunch and saw my artwork. That was in 2006, and have worked full time illustrating texts since then.
Do you come from an artistic family?
Yes:) But it was a quite normal artistic family. No crazy hippies, just creative people.
What are your favorite illustrating jobs?
When the customer visibly trusts you to do your best work, and the product is from a collective process with good communication and laughter:)
Visually my favorite stories to illustrate have been fairy tales full of princesses, huge trees and rosebushes, scary monster stories, and fantasy piranhas.
This q&a page is really quickly made up, I’ll make it prettier as this site develops. Please leave a reply underneath if there is something you want me to include in the faq, or if there was something you wanted to ask me:)