At last, summer is here and the sun has come to greet us with its warmth and boost of vitamin D.
Started the day with a morning walk in Slottskogen here in Gothenburg and a dropped by the supermarket to get some breakfast … and today’s Göteborgs-Posten (one of Swedens most popular newspaper). Because today! You can find a portrait I did (full page!) for Västtrafik (the local traffic of the west part of Sweden) in both Metro (another great newspaper) and Göteborgs-Posten. So very awesome! : D
The portrait is on Lars Bäckström, CEO of Västtrafik. A portrait with a small text where he invites Gothenburg residents to come and have a coffee and talk public transportation now during this happy West pride week. But this portrait is a little bit different from those I usually do. When I draw portraits I want them to be as realistic as possible, with a lot of tiny, tiny details. I want them to look more like simple photos, if possible. But this time it turned out a little different.
Västtrafik is a proud sponsor of West pride. They wanted to show that in this advertise-portrait. Get another touch of Lars. They wanted to portray him in a light “Tom of Finland – style” (Google his name and you will see a lot of funny pictures ;) Tom was a Finnish artist who had a significant influence on the homoerotic art and gay scene. He often drew very muscular men in tight leather clothes with motorcycles, broad-shouldered sailors with well-groomed mustache and huge jawbone, three-day stubble and chin dimples deeper than the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. You must check this out! His drawings are so great an with a lot of humor.
Here are some examples (light version, there are a lot more naked once) :
I thought this kind of portrait sounded like a really fun thing to do and obviously I wanted to do it!
I also think that it’s pretty cool that a CEO of such a big company let himself be portrayed like this. Thumbs up to you Lars Bäckström!
Tom was an incredibly talented artist. I usually don’t use the same technique that he did. He had a little “fine-grained” and smoother style with less detail. So I tried to capture that as best I could. It’s a very delicate balance when to change and add to someone’s appearance and still maintain similarity. It was really a challenge! I gave him a wider neck, bigger muscles, chin and jaw bone, removed some wrinkles and gave him a little thicker hair and denser beard. Poor Lars… But we got it in the end!
And here he is! …full page in both of the newspapers Metro and Göteborgs-Posten … and I must admit that I feel a little proud :)
Here’s the result (next to my breakfast):
A huge hug and a big thank you to Västtrafik for a really fun collaboration!
HAPPY WEST PRIDE! <3<3<3<3<3<3