My YouTube Art channel is now up!

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I am thrilled to announce that, finally, after a few years dreaming, I have been able to start my Youtube Art Channel. 🙂 It was very difficult to produce the first video – and I had amazing help from my dear husband to set up the lighting, background and camera.

For me, it is very unnatural to speak to a camera, and I feel terribly shy, thinking about that there will be other people watching. But the only way to grow is by stepping out of my comfort zone, so that I can produce something, which hopefully will grow and add value to others.

I invite you to check out my first video, showcasing the art book and calendar of my artist friend Pierangelo Boog here

If you’d like to support my work, you can subscribe, leave a like or a comment 🙂 Thank you for taking the time! Hope you enjoy it!

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My Youtube Channel is coming…

I am very delighted to announce that my Youtube art channel is coming! At Helheimen Design Youtube Channel you will get some tutorials, tips, watch art talks and art book reviews and a lot more of cool stuff. I will post making ofs and share my art process with you, and occasionally do some vlogging. It is a lot of hard work to start such a channel, from content to filming set and editing the videos, it takes many hours, love sweat and tears to make something that is somewhat decent. I hope to give back to the art community and also those who support and appreciate my art. Enough talking, check out this teaser! 🙂 Click on the image to open the video.

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I have been featured at Gothic Beauty Magazine

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Most people know my work as illustrator and graphic designer, since I did a lot of advertisement, cover art, CD art that has been published worldwide. Here closer at home, a lot of people knows me both as artist and also arts teacher. However, I do have one more side… I write and illustrate books – but I keep a separate brand/identity for this work, which I do on my spare time.

I’d like to share with you an article published about my books and writer’s lifestyle at the amazing publication Gothic Beauty Magazine. This is a milestone for me as creative mind and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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My new Facebook Page is here!

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Happy Friday, the 13th!

I haven’t posted anything here since Spring and that makes me realise again how fast time passes. I took the past months for family time, doing book covers and sorting out what I want for my career as artist (which may be subject of a new blogpost!). In other words, was a time where I had to shut down the noise and focus on important personal aspects of my life. Continue reading “My new Facebook Page is here!”

Badge trade: from the IAM Master Classes in Paris, France, to UKM (Kids and teens culture festival), in Snillfjord, Norway

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For the past two years (2015, 2016), I have attended one of the most exciting events in the Computer Graphic Arts, the IAM Master Classes, taking place in Paris, during the second half of March. This amazing celebration of teaching and learning Concept art, Character art, Digital illustration, Visual FX, Modelling, Animation and so on is arranged by IAM.co (It’s Art Mag) and its founder, Patrice Leymarie & Co. Traditionally counts with some of the greatest names in the CG Arts and gathers an enthusiastic crowd from all over the globe.

This year I didn’t attend the event, and I was afraid that a heavy sense of emptiness would hand on my shoulders, since I miss the great energy I could feel there the previous years…

However, life gifted med with an incredible opportunity: I was invited to teach an arts workshop related to a national event called UKM (Ung kultur møtes) – which would translate more or less into “Young culture meets”. As the name suggests, it is a series of cultural festivals, where kids and teens get to show music, arts, performance, dance, etc. Some days after the workshop, on the day of the local festival, I was there and helped to organise the visual arts exhibition and had a very difficult, yet honorable duty: to be part of the jury, for both visual arts and music!

I loved to be there and meet some of my own students as well meet other awesome kids and teens from the local community. There were bands, duos and solo artists, and many beautiful drawings, paintings and other types of visual works. It was also nice to see the parents and families, eagerly cheering for the kids. It was one of the best things I have experienced in my life.

On the other hand, I was extremely nervous and worried about doing the right thing as a judge. All the kids/teens that showed their talent that evening deserve my sincerest respect and support, it wasn’t easy to vote on just a few artists. Those most voted will now go further, until the national finals. Good luck to them 🙂

What will the next year being? Master Classes in Paris or UKM in Snillfjord? I would like to take both! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures during the UKM, since I was very busy. So I leave you with a shot of the previous Master Classes.

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A beautiful drawing by Pierangelo Boog

One of my favourite artists, Pierangelo Boog, friend and someone I greatly admire has sent me an email. Yes, we artists trade ideas off social media too! And he attached an image that made me smile and refreshed my day. I am sharing with you one of Angelo’s many beautiful works. He is a master of pencils, ink, paint and digital painting.

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Angelo has now a new set of print for sale, it’s called Moleskine Sketchbook. You can enjoy the drawings snapshots below. I copied them from the artist’s website.

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Visit www.pierangeloboog.com

15 Oscar Wilde quotes + 5 art nudes from “The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes”

A couple of months ago, I published a coffee-table book/art book edited by Clare Diston, Celine Frohn and myself :)That book is “The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes” – with 60+ quotes from Oscar Wilde’s original work + 20 nude painting studies made by me. We got a license from CMG Worldwide for limited copies: only 300! There will be no reprint or second edition!

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I share with you a selection of 15 OSCAR WILDE quotes from our book + 5 art nude studies. Enjoy!

There is only one thing in this world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. ~ Lord Henry

  • But beauty, real beauty, ends where intellectual expression begins. ~ Lord Henry
  • Every portrait that is painted with feeling, is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter, it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself. ~ Basil Hallward

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  • Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies. ~ Lord Henry
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and, and my enemies for their good intellects. ~ Lord Henry
  • I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in this world. ~ Lord Henry
  • Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. ~ Lord Henry

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  • He was trying to gather up the scarlet threads of his life, to weave them into a pattern; to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wondering. ~ Narrator
  • We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful. ~ Lord Henry
  • He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul. ~ Narrator
  • Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed. ~ Basil Hallward

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  • Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid. ~ Alan Campbell
  • To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, wake up early and be respectable. ~ Lord Henry
  • I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure. ~ Dorian Gray

I wish I could love, but I seem to have lost the passion and forgot the desire. ~ Dorian Gray


You can BUY The Picture of Dorian Gray in Quotes and Nudes” exclusively at TragicBooks.com website.

Click HERE to see the official page for this project.

The Art of Howard Pyle: Book Illustrations

I came to know the work of Howard Pyle through my father, who has always been an avid reader and collector of books. I love the cleverness and allurement of his book illustrations, in their simplicity they are highly sophisticated and incite my fantasy. I could only wish that more of modern day books had such illustrations.
Another nice thing about this estadunidense artist is that he was both author and illustrator! (Like moi!). He did not only drawings, but also paintings… I however don’t like much his paintings. They are charming, and very interesting, but they lack finesse and depth and because of it, they have a flattened aspect, which again, make them look more like colored drawings than paintings.
Oh, but the drawings! I am sharing a selection of his drawings, of some of the pieces I like. I had copied these images to my private files, for study matters. It was long ago and I am pretty sure they were from Wikipedia, but now they are not available at his page anymore… So I cannot credit the source now.

Stoker vs Coppola / V. Hart: my loathing opinion about the original Dracula’s ending

If you’re a diehard fan of Bram Stoker, you may not like this post and therefore I even invite you to leave right now…

 

Dracula has been one my top of the top favourite stories for 21 years, since I first read it at the age of 10. But wait… I have a strange relation with this book. In 21 years, I have read it over a dozen times, and yet, in some-very-strange-weird-how I had never made it to the very ending – UNTIL NOW.

 

Let’s rewind things a little: I had watched the movie several times as well (completely, until the end) along these 21 years and every time I watched it it was like the biggest thing, the greatest love and redemption story.  I have cried many times as well while watching some scenes and I have always told to myself that I hoped someday I would be able to put together a story as maginifique as that one.
Back to the present: In the past couple of months I made a promise to myself, since I am also aiming to be a better writer: I HAD to read the book and for the first time, register its ending. And I did it.  I DID IT!!!
And…

 

I WISH I HAD NEVER DONE IT! O.O !!!

 

The gods of writing have mercy on my soul, but that was the worst ending possible for this epic tale of Gothic!!! At the very end, when our readers nerves are about to jump out of our skin, the Count, whom we barely see in the story, is powerless in a box of earth , already very close to his castle, and is killed in the blink of an eye in a coward way, then he turns into dust and… That’s it! There is a lot of momentum before this part – and there’s nothing to keep the reader hooked during this crucial passage. In fact, it makes things so easy for the “hero” who kills him, that I had to read it twice to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I was like: Huh? That’s it?
And then, the completely boring, colorless “happy ending”  of Ms. and Mr. Harker…
And one final thought: the story should have been called “Van Helsing” and not “Dracula”. Since the count’s participation in the novel is minimal. I loved the character of Van Helsing, it was a fantastically well done one. However, the count itself could have been more explored and gained more weight through the plot to balance things.
This is what V. Hart and Coppola did. They saw the potential that Stoker failed to see and worked on those, not only making Dracula a formidable character and enemy, but also giving the plot a more complex, mature story with AN EPIC ENDING.

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Hey, check out my Pinterest board with images of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the movie!