The dilemma of (illustrating) growth

Before I went to Japan I was commissioned by Folkuniversitetets tidning to make four paper-illustrations for an article about the dilemma of growth, and some possible sollutions. In order for me to finish the illustrations before I left for Tokyo I had to start illustrating before the article was even written. Luckily I got to talk to the journalist about the text, and he also sent me this video to use as a starting point.

The first illustration, illustrating the thought of measuring happiness rather than GDP  .

The second illustration - One of the solutions for the future, a place where you can rent all kinds of stuff instead of buying it. Here is just a light test, where I tried out some night light.

And here is how the actual illustration turned out, the daylight-version.

The third illustration was supposed to depict civilization's decay and so I made these two children, playing among the garbage and debris in front of a rundown building. 

Finally I had only one illustration left to make, the main illustration where I was to illustrate the main contradiction, the Pros and Cons of growth basically (not the easiest thing to illustrate!). I kept spinning it around and around in my head, making lists and tried to come up with that one perfect idea. How was I to fit all different aspects in one illustration? I kept ending up in the same idea: polar bears on Wall street and Wall streeters on the North pole (???). Not good. So i wiped my mind clean and simply made a good old fashioned man vs. nature on a balance scale.

I was afraid that the pieces of OHP-sheet would show in the photo,

but magically the edges didn't show at all!


Snacks and cherry blossoms.

Remember I told you I was doing some research on snacks? This is fifty mini bags and twenty small pipes of snacks later: 

A snack shelf to illustrate the new way of watching TV, described in the article as a form of snacking, where the viewer can choose what to watch from a wide range of different services.

The illustration was for this weekend edition of Metro, so this morning I picked up the paper and a cup of coffee.

And since I was nearby I also went by Kungsträdgården to look at the cherry blossoms.

And even though the sky was kind of grey today,

it was still very pretty of course,

like a temporary pink roof over everything.

And now I suggest that we finish this week of
with a lifetime supply of snacks.

Happy Wkd! ^.^


Last days in Tokyo

It has been almost two weeks now since I came home from Tokyo, but it already feels like forever ago (I want to go back!). When we returned from Takayama we had two days left in Tokyo before going home to Sweden. The first day we went to the Ghibli Museum, a museum featuring Japanese anime work of Studio Ghibli (who have made films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away).  
Unfortunately you where not allowed to take any photographs inside, but it is a very special place and building with beautiful custom made church glass windows, narrow spiral stairs, long carpeted corridors and hidden doors and corners. It feels kind of like walking around in someones home, maybe some unknown wealthy relative, a lot of mahogany and artifacts everywhere. They have also recreated the workspace/office of the filmmaker, a couple of rooms full of original sketches, different materials, forgotten coffee cups and family photos, overflowing ashtrays and old paint bottles (that was my favorite part of the museum). There are a lot of movie-related things to look at, dollhouses, 3d models of different settings and characters from the movies, drawings and backdrops. And there's a small cinema in the museum where they show shorter films.
If you are going to Tokyo I can really recommend this! Just be sure to buy your tickets a couple of weeks in advance because they are always fully booked.

On our final day in Tokyo we had coffee and did some shopping. I bought an unreasonable amount of stickers and washi tape.

In the evening we took a sightseeing boat to see the city from the water.

I really liked that huge (it was as big as a bus) golden eggplant on the top of the building on the right, I think it's the building of Asahi, the Japanese beer company.

When we stepped of the boat in Asakusa (a part of Tokyo that feels similar to China town) there was this spectacular sun. My first tourist-insinct was to photograph it, but the camera (like so many times before) could not do reality justice. The sun was really like an enormous, flourescent orange (the fruit). I could not believe it.

I thought that I had "invented" that sun!

A fair reflection of reality.

On the way home I tried to take some "cool" time-lapse photographs.

And the next day we (reluctantly) got on the plane back to reality.

Someone asked for a photograph of me from this holiday. There are none! Well there are a couple of mandatory photos of me posing awkwardly in front of cherry trees, but I think I'll keep those to myself. But here is a photo of what I look like these days, when I try to defy gravity. My hair has not been this long since the late 90's!

Now I'm going to make some pancakes and then I'm doing some research on snacks (yes crisps, popcorn, pretzels and salta pinnar) for an illustration I'm doing for next week.

Happy Thursday! *v*