Friday, January 30, 2015

Ohto returns home


Issue 23 is going smoothly. More or less a page in a day. It's a fun issue to draw, but there's not too much of a plot. And who needs plot! So why does this drag on? This is why: I have an issue outlined telling the prehistory of saamo people. Would really like to do that one but it has absolutely nothing to do with the main story.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


After 22 issues I can say this from certain experience:
Starting an issue is always hard. Every single time I have to figure out how this thing was supposed to be drawn. First I cut the pieces of scraperboard (essdee, white) in a haphazard manner. Then I draw the outline of the pages with a textmark marker. Then the panels, four each page, sometimes two. Then draw the boxes for the narrative 29 mm high. Then the guidelines for the lettering. After this preliminery work I write a final script and letter it to its place, making some changes while doing it. At this stage I should reread the thing, but sometimes I don't. Now I pick a panel I would like to do first, very often something quite abstract or then something drawn from a source. I don't trace, but use various photos and drawings for reference. I don't draw the panels in any specific order but start with those that I either feel are easy to do or fun to do or that i have a specific clear idea for. I don't do pencils and I seldom sketch, unless  the picture is especially hard to do for whatever reason, then I sketch. After all the panels are drawn, I read the story and make corrections to the text. If the corrections require a lot of scraping away, I make a separate piece of the correction and scotch it to the side of the page. When all is done I send it to my publisher for scanning and lay-out. After reading the story from pdf.s I make corrections if necessary. Then I start a new issue.
Nuff said

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Suomaa people in their glory

Ohto in much trouble

Planning ahead

This one goes to 48


A Yes -cd has warped the cardboard cover of coltrane's stellar regions

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015


Yes sir, all the elements of the front cover are done. Now I need to find their rightful places and then I can send it all to L'association, my excellent French publisher.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Issue 23

is now written and I can start to draw it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Silvia Regina

My 2010 book is coming out in French in June, or so it seems. Next week I need to draw a new cover. Might be a bit hard since I should do it in my old scraperboard technique. I will be posting some sketches, but you have to buy the book to see how it came out.


Started to letter the "final" text of issue 23. Already making changes. Sometimes a word sometimes a sentence... From the actual FIRST draft to the lettered... final... version it takes three to four working days. Not always the most intense working days but still. Tomorrow i hope that part is done

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This stage

When I draw panels (4 each pg) and draw the round corners for the panels and measure 27 mm from below the panels for the texts and then draw the lines for the texts and then i can start the lettering. Maybe tomorrow.


Is everytime like jumping to cold water. Well despite of this the first version of issue 23 is now written. Today I'll do the second version. The third is then the one i write on the actual originals.
Starting after a break is hard. And 2015 will be filled with many extra things. The first is that I need to do the cover for the French edition of Silvia Regina. And with my old technique too. Boy... I don't turn that easily.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


starting the work for this spring. Issue 21 soon to arrive to subscribers and issue 22 heading to printer during the weekend. Tomorrow i'll be really starting on issue 23. And as soon as it can be confirmed I have some sizzling hot news regarding Läskimooses. Maybe in february maybe a bit later. Excelsior!