Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The People's Choice Award 2014

I've spent the last few years educating and training myself in the field of CG art, while trying to give as much as possible back to the online art community by sharing my experiences along the way. But as a brand new artist on the Swedish illustrators' scene it's been very difficult to gain enough recognition to start making a living from my newly acquired skills.

The annual Swedish competition Kolla! is a way for people like me to get noticed. A jury of five persons per category select their favorite illustrations from over 1300 submissions. From the jury's first selection of final nominees, it looks like this year's jury really favors naivistic, handdrawn, whimsical, and very editorial illustration styles. My more painterly and complex CG illustrations weren't even considered for any of the main awards, even though I'm convinced they were made with as much skill and technical knowledge as many of the nominated submissions.

However, I still have a chance to win the People's Choice Award, which could help me to come out of anonymity in my own country so I can start making proper money from this trade. With the huge debts I've accumulated over these years of studies I could really use a payoff now.

That's where I want to ask for your help. You can quickly give your vote to all three illustrations I've submitted. These are:

1. The Peace Hunter's City

2. Daigle - Reign of Terror

3. Monochroma

At the bottom of each submission page (where the links above will take you) you have to write your email address (where it says E-POST) and click on the button that says Rösta (which means Vote). Then go to your email inbox, open the email for each vote, and click on the link to confirm your vote. It's as easy as that.

Also, by spreading this post you can help me even more.

Thanks for helping a struggling young artist realizing his dream!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our Kickstarter campaign is live!

We are live with the game Apocalypse: Galactic Arena! Visit our Kickstarter campaign page now: kck.st/1Au6Q0b

Back us if you think the game looks cool, and please help us to spread the word in social media. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apocalypse: Galactic Arena

The game Apocalypse: Galactic Arena, that I've been working on since January 2014, is about to be made public with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. I'll let you all know when the campaign goes live but you can already now get a preview of the campaign on this link.

The game is produced by the Greece based studio Storyception Games. This is the promo video for the game:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Feature in the Official PlayStation Magazine UK

Two of my images can be seen in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK (issue 069, May 2014).

I created the images during my concept art studies in the UK 2012-13. The Art Director Jack Couvela gave my class the assignment to create concept art for an imaginary Assassin's Creed-game. All students had to come up with a new time and place for the game. I chose Paris during the French Revolution. A few months later Jack came back to evaluate our work. He seemed to like what I'd done. You can see all my work for the assignment in this blog post.

Two months ago, in March 2014, the game studio Ubisoft announced that the new Assassin's Creed Unity will be set in Paris during the French Revolution. Suddenly my images started circulating around the globe and that's when PlayStation UK contacted me.

Here's the teaser for AC Unity, if anyone has missed it:

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Troll King

Scandinavian folklore has influenced me a lot. I grew up with tales about the magical creatures that traditional Swedish farmers used to believe inhabited the forests, lakes and mountains. One of my all-time favorite Swedish illustrators was John Bauer. His images convey an atmosphere and iconography that has strong roots in the general Swedish mentality: melancholy, loneliness, dark forests, majestic trolls, brave children, mystical animals, and noble heroes on strong horses.

One of my favorite elements in John Bauer's illustration is the trolls. He usually made them look friendly or indifferent towards humans. I've taken much inspiration from him in my latest illustration The Troll King. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fun with colored pencils

Every now and then I realize that I haven't drawn on paper for months. As much as I love painting digitally, I never want to give up traditional methods.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Cover for the book 7&23 written by the Swedish author Linn Attefors. 7 and 23 are two genetically modified humans who can open up portals between dimensions by mentally manifesting two glowing pillars. The portals lead them to various worlds where they play their respective roles as good and bad.

Galactic Arena - Apocalypse card game

Another illustration for the card game Apocalypse developed by Storyception Games. This is a massive space station gladiator arena surrounded with circles of casinos, hotels and shops.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Apocalypse - an upcoming card game

A Greek startup studio named Storyception Games is developing a new card game called Apocalypse. If their Kickstarter campaign later this year is successful the game is planned for released within a year. I've been hired to do a number of illustrations both for the KS campaign and for the game cards. This concept piece shows the Capital of Kathraxz, a planet with three moons.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Here's an illustration I've made for Nowhere Studio's new and stunningly beautiful game Monochroma that's going to be released in April this year. 

In the game you play a boy who must carry his younger brother, during a stormy night, through a frightening area where a corporation named M turns out to be involved in very dark activities.

While waiting for the release you can download a demo on the official game website: www.monochromagame.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Peace Maker's City

The Peace Makers' City by ©Samuel Nordius 2014
My latest illustration is for the second book of The Photo Traveler Series by American author Arthur J Gonzalez. In this book the young protagonist finds himself in a strange city that's built in the shape of circles on water. I can't tell you much more than that, but anyone who loves great teenage literature and epic adventures should definitely look into these books. To buy the first book in the trilogy, click here. You won't regret this purchase. It's also a perfect gift for all young bookworms who love adventure stories with a big heart.

The illustration is made with a mix of 3D and 2D graphics. My old computer couldn't really handle the detailed architecture so most of the work hours was spent waiting for the 3D rendering to finish. Both fans in my computer died in the process. But I still had a lot of fun creating this challenging illustration. Due to the complexity of the scene it proved hard to come up with very precise concept art before beginning the work with the actual illustration. For this reason I had to continuously try to visualize Arthur j Gonzalez amazing science-fiction world mentally while building the image layer by layer. I feel like I've been living inside that world during the entire creative process. I hope the result conveys something of that experience.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Beginning

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

As some of you may have noticed, I've been more or less absent from all social media during the latter half of 2013. There have been several reasons for this, but the main one is that I've been going through a period of intensive self-reflection and introspection.

At some point in our lives many of us find ourselves wondering if we're doing the most of our time on this planet or if we've missed something important. Life offers so many opportunities to do great things but the stress of making enough money to keep our heads above the surface often makes us put aside that which feels most important to us. Our real dreams get blurred in times of financial struggling. But sooner or later our innermost convictions will make themselves reminded.

For me, these thoughts and feelings have been present for many years but finally surfaced with full power while I was doing my MA research last summer, a time during which I was often considering how to contribute positively to the state of the world with my choice of career.

It has become clear to me that it feels so much more important to assist this wretched world in any way I can than to just work for a project without a heart. Around the world the poorest are getting poorer while the wealthy get wealthierindigenous people are being attacked, forests destroyed, animals made extinct, the oceans emptied, food production turned poisonous, while multinational banks and corporations continue to gain political power and strengthen their exploitative system without any regard to the catastrophic consequences it brings about. The world needs a system change more desperately and urgently than anything else. If there has ever been a time to fight for a better world it's now. I would never be able to feel good about myself if I were to ignore that this is going on in my own lifetime.

Ever since this insight hit me I've been spending most of my time considering what it means for me, personally and career-wise, to have had this experience of awakening. For the sake of future generations I feel obliged to speak up. If some people don't approve they're free to avoid my future posts.

I'm sure I'll also gain new readers who support my ideas. I really wish to get in touch with people who have similar perspectives who think I can contribute to their projects with my knowledge in media and arts. Anyone, here in Sweden or elsewhere, who'd be interested in joining forces is very welcome to contact me. I look forward to our conversations!

/Samuel Nordius

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Seeking Shelter - while seeking employment

I've finished my MA studies in Concept Art, returned to Sweden, immediately come down with a terrible cold (welcome back to Sweden!) and started applying for suitable jobs at Swedish game studios. I'm running out of money and sincerely hope that this career change will have been worth the time, money and immense effort I've put into it.

To relax between job application I painted a personal piece that I call Seeking Shelter.

Seeking Shelter by Samuel Nordius
I recorded the three hour painting process and sped it up to five minutes. Here's the result:

I'll post any news about my job hunt here on my blog. Wish me luck!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Demo Reel 2013

I've been very busy with my Masters project and dissertation the entire summer. Now my studies are done and it's time to land that dream job! I've summarized my acquired new skills in this brand new Demo Reel. It also contains the work I've done for my final project over the summer. Hope you enjoy it!