Puppet Snowman – the video!

Here’s the video!. It was shot from the back of the auditorium with a simple digital camera, so don’t expect any high defintion extreme close ups. It’s still a little bit out of synch – I tried my best – but it’ll do for now. Unfortunately for my English blog-readers the sketch is in Swedish, but it’s just a bunch of lousy jokes on the word “snow” anyway, so you can probably follow. Enjoy!

Puppet Snowman Sketch!

14 Dec 2008 I made one of my rare puppet performances at Bobbe Big Band’s christmas concert. It was a sketch featuring Carl-Johan Lennartsson, one of the song soloists, and a snowman.

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Photo by Martin Nilsson. I created the puppet by transforming one of my music video puppets. Thus it started out yellow…

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Photo by Tobias Lennartsson. Gradually the puppet took on the appearance of a snowman. The trickiest part was to dye it white. I emptied three cans of white (one can of spray paint and two cans of textile paint), and still a light tone of pee yellow remained…

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Tadaa! Photo by Tobias Lennartsson.

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Photo by Christian Berling. During the performance Christian’s excellent lightning whitened the snowman even further.

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Photo by Christian Berling. The story behind the sketch was Carl-Johan Lennartsson playing the role as a soldier on his way back from doing service far away from home (His first number was “I’ll be home for christmas”). While waiting for public transportation of some kind in the middle of nowhere he’s overwhelmed with homesickness. If only there was some snow around, christmas spirit wouldn’t feel so distant. Enter the hallucination: an annoying snowman assaulting him with bad snow jokes. In the end Carl-Johan hates snow! He goes crazy and sings “Let it Snow”…

There is a video recording of the sketch, but the sound is out of synch. As soon as I’ve fixed this problem I’ll post the video on Youtube.

Pig-tures for Hans

I have a German fan! His name is Hans. He’s a 59 year old chef. His wife Ulrike collects “pig-tures”, cartoon pigs made by comic artists from around the world. He sent me a long very kind and sweet e-mail asking me to draw a pig for his wife. This is so far out it could be someone pulling my leg (Jimmy, is this one of your practical jokes?). If so, it was so well done that I’m happy to fall for it. :)

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Here’s an Elvis pig for Ulrike!

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Regardless if Hans and Ulrike are for real, I’ve been wanting to find a technique suitable to make “luxury cartoons” if the occasion should arise. So I used this fine request to try some stuff out. Which one of the pigs do YOU prefer?

Pling the Toy!

My first piece of merchandise ever: 0109pling_toy1 It’s Pling, the mouse from the recently released comic booklet TanimaL! He turned out much better than I expected actually. They said he’d be a “beanie bag”, so I pictured some sort of baggy unshapely thing, but this is actually quite like the cartoon. I always dreamed of having 3D merchandise versions of my characters. Maybe not mice. Maybe more kind of action figure characters. But anyhow, this is not a bad start. I hope Abigail – who made the original drawing – is as happy with Pling the Toy as I am. :) pling and co Here he is with the rest of the family: Mubarak, Dark Dude, The Thumb and Sir Edgar Alan Poe.