But, not one to rest on my laurels, I´m already working on my next project - "Alla tiders Dinosaurier" ( Roughly: "Dinosaurs of the ages". However, there´s a double meaning/word pun in the title I won´t even try to translate.)
The aim of the book is to present our favourite archosaurs to kids (the target group is children between 6-9 years) in a somewhat novel way - a stylized cartoony approach. A style I launched in my children´s picture book about dinos from a few years ago.
However, like all good caricatures the goal is to capture the essence of any particular species and try to be as accurate as possible when it comes to anatomy and features like feathers, coloration etc. I´m taking a lot of inspiration from modern paleoartists like John Conway who always tries to depict the animals as just that - animals, rather than perpetually roaring monsters. Some of them will still be roaring as visible teeth apparently sell more books, but at least I´ll try to keep it to a minimum...
The book will be about 60 pages long with one dino per spread. We´re aiming at roughly 30 animals, divided into three chapters based which Mesozoic time period they lived in, plus an introductory chapter about basic geology, deep time, the evolution of diapsids etc. The aim is to strike a good balance between newly discovered species like Yi Qi and all time classics like Stegosaurus.
Here´s a few of the images I´ve done so far. Enjoy!
Great work! Have you considered an English version of Norse Gods? I'd buy it! :)ReplyDelete
Cheers mate! We're working on it - hopefully an english publisher will pick it up. Until then I can happily announce that my precious book Nordiska väsen, about scandinavian faeries, is getting translated into english.Delete
In Case you didn't know, it's out now :)Delete
Bought both Vasen and Norse Gods. Wonderful books - a must for any library or person am collection!Delete
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Stunning, as always!ReplyDelete
Beatiful stuff mate - love the vibrant colorsReplyDelete
Thanks mate! It takes some time to get those colours right. Thank god for photoshop and layers...Delete
Utterly spectacular. Just moved to Gothenburg and saw both books in stores. While I try to learn Swedish, I'll also wait for English translations. Then I'll buy both!!! And my little ones would love the dinosaur one too! Amazing art and wonderful presentation.ReplyDelete
Glad you like 'em!Delete
There's already four cardboard chilren's picture books out in this style. My first monster book, dino book, legendary beasts and kenozoic beasts.
These illustrations really are very lovely. I like the way that you add scale with the inclusion of the various flying creatures. I'd never heard of Dreadnoughus; what a cool name.ReplyDelete
Cheers buddy! It' is a pretty darn awesome name isn't it?Delete
Holy cow !!!! These are amazingReplyDelete
Hi, I came here after your Mark Witton interview. I really love your work! Hoping to see english translations soon...ReplyDelete
Impressive work, sir! I just wish that there was an English version available in the US...ReplyDelete
I think this is the best and beautiful representation of a dinosaur I ever seen. :)ReplyDelete
Even if they are quite cartoons, you take the essence of a real animal feeling and yes, you don´t have fear to put feathers as they really had! Bravo! I really love your paleo-art-stuff. :D
Your art is in amazing and astonishingReplyDelete
Hi! I have all your North Mythology books and I freaking love them! You are insanely talented. Thank you for such beautiful pieces. I want to get your Dinosaurs book also, but I have not been able to find it. Can you please tell me where I can get it? Thanks!ReplyDelete