Having made their first appearances in the Apokryfia books, main characters of the wordless Symbol Land comic strips, sketches and artwork are Man ♂, Woman ♀ and Tri-Heart ♥.
Also known as Mars, Venus and Love.
Mr. Ambivalent also makes his gentlemantic appearances every now and then. Here is his first comic strip adventure: Mr. Ambivalent Makes out with the Moon (2011):
The man got the job done, excellent – well done Mr. Ambivalent! 😎 Mr. Ambivalent got his signature top hat and walking stick at a later stage. More about Mr. Ambivalent and Symbol Land characters coming up so stay tuned…
I participated in a competition organized by Posti in 2009. I chose suitable works from my etchings, comic books and pen and pencil drawings. Some of the works were originally in black and white so I colorized them on computer. I also united the color schemes to match the pictures in a given stamp sheet.
Color pencils and ink, 10×15 cm. Inspired by Afrikan tähti (Star of Africa) board game, that is legendary in Finland. I have the original game by Kuvataide from 1950s in my collection which I inherited from my dear grand mother – she was an oil painter. We used to play the game a lot and I have fond memories of it. I also have the extremely rare Commodore 64 game adaptation (1986) made by Amersoft.
This art is from the Apokryfia sketch book #10 Kappa the Color where all the illustrations are in color, instead of mostly black and white of the other volumes.
By the way, Madagascar has traveled all the way to the exact opposite side of the “pool continent” here for some reason.
Fountain of Africa is from December 8th 2011 and it was a follow-up and based on the proximate black and white ink sketch from November 8th 2011. Mountains and some kind of a huge tree-sized plant make the surrounding setting in both and I picked the woman-motif and giraffe for the color work too,
The particular November-sketch on the other hand originates from my morphing graphic novel Apokryfia: Zeta (April 2011). There is a section happening in Africa with skeletons in the middle of the story where all this started from. (Zeta will be featured in the blog too.)
Mixed technique on paper, 57×39 cm. I made this on croquis live modelling lessons at Västra Nylands Folkhögskola art school. Everything seen in the work was for real in the class room but interpreted here through “cubistic” and surreal eyes. For example the “cave drawings” were steel wire figures.