My name is Jakob Westman and I'm an illustrator / graphic designer / art director from Stockholm, Sweden. A few years ago I made a page for a few friends who lived in the US. It was a small tour of my flat, or rather, of the stuff in it (my friend in Chicago had done something similar with his new flat in Chicago, and shared with friends and family in Sweden). Somehow, my page was picked up by someone using Stumbleupon, and suddenly it had +70K visits in a weekend. When I discovered it had "gone public" I had to change a few captions, but it's still more or less what it was that first weekend.
huge fan of Nathan
Jurevicius and when he had a gallery show in Australia last
summer I was able to get my hands on three of his canvases. I really love
'em! This one here is number 6 in an edition of 30. You can also see inset
shelves with Hellboy stuff in the back. And the corner
of my drawingboard and scanner.
And here's the drawingboard/workspace with a print from Mr Ragnar and a Metropolis movie poster by Pietari Posti / Underware. The desktop illustration is done by Barnaby Ward. An amazing artist from Barbados.
another canvas. A Wonder
Woman, drawn by me and inspired by a photo of Keira
Knightley. It's also published in my artbook – Color Blast! Vol. 2 (available for $24 incl shipping). The canvas was printed by Blaugallery,
and they did a great job. I can totally recommend them! The inset shelves
next to it have some DC Animated / Bruce
Timm related maquettes in them.
Here's the top left section of the display shelves. The Shawn
Nagle Hellboy on the left (ltd ed of 25 copies) is the pride
and joy of my collection. Next to it, the Randy Bowen
and Electric Tiki statues. In front of them, the two busts
from Bowen Designs.
far back is my most recent piece. The 10" Hellboy Animated
figure. It's really nice and I like it a lot. Next to that one
you'll find a customized Big Blast! action figure (with
horns) that I'm quite fond of. Did that custom myself. Gotta repaint the
face of that Liz figure though. I can't stand the look
of her. It's either that or the closet (where her buddies Johann
and Roger currently reside).
Here's the Hellboy version of Baba Yaga that Hourglass Studios did. Beverly Gilroy of Hourglass Studios also did the Hellboy nodder. The Katsuya Terada Hellboy next to it is slightly modified with both horns filed down. The original has one long horn and one short. The eyes are re-painted, but you can't see that here. Then there's a 1:6 scale Vespa and some guitars for another action figure / pop music project I'm fiddling with.
the shelves on the right hand side. Seven maquettes
League and the big Alex Ross Superman. You
can also spot the Frank Miller Batman/Catgirl
statue in the back. I think those two should go into storage. They look
nice, but the shelf would look better without them.
original 12" Maquettes from the WB Studio
Stores. And three commissioned maquettes. Beverly Gilroy
did the Poison Ivy and the Batgirl.
And an amazingly talented guy called Kristopher
Meadows did the Supergirl. I really like
12" Maquettes (or 1:6 scale) from the WB
Studio Stores. In the back you'll find an old Bruce Wayne
& Ace from Batman
Beyond. Beverly Gilroy did both that one
and the Vampirella maquette based on an illustration
by Bruce Timm. In the right corner is another custom
made maquette of the Joker. Forgot who did that one.
An animator on the Batman TV Series I think.
statues from DC
Direct and a really nice unofficial statue with Ivy,
Harley and Catwoman that I'm not sure who did. If anyone knows,
let me know.
kitchen. Gotta love those Gorillaz!
To the right of the bed there's a neat little cherry blossom light from Habitat. I picked that up in London and was really pleased with it. A few weeks later I found it here in Stockholm. With a Swedish wall socket connection. Early bird obviously doesn't get the worm. Early bird gets an wall socket adaptor.
Books, books, books...
Even more books. And look at those cute felt Kaijus on the cabinet to the right! They're done by the super creative and super nice Jonathan Edwards & Louise Evans. Louise has also done some really great stuff with/for Jon Burgerman. Now there's a match made in heaven!
Here's yet another
canvas from Nathan
Jurevicius (number 3 in an edition of 30). I ran out of bookshelves
and recently added these in the bedroom. I also had some plexi display
stands custom made to better be able to display my books.
more Hewlett funnies! These are for grown-ups
books... Some by Adrian
Tomine to the left and some by Tim
Biskup in the front. Btw, if anyone knows who owns this piece of Tomine artwork I'd love to get my hands on it. Willing to trade or pay quite a bit for it.
of my crowded bookshelf. Book are by far my biggest weakness. I just can't stay away from them. To the right are the Hellboy – Anung Un Rama litho
and the Wake The Devil 3-sheet promo poster. Stowed away
like that. Poor things...
living room now with music DVDs, books and more. The
Pup-in-a-cup and Sleepwalker figures
Nara are real nice. You can also see Choco
& Minty and the Bossy Bear by David
Horvath of Uglydoll
fame. And a huge ltd ed Poster Box by Katsuya
Terada. And James
Jean's new Art Book, Process
to them, yet another canvas from Nathan Jurevicius (number
11 in an edition of 30).
and the old and new Gorillaz figures from Kidrobot. And my cute pod-speakers
from Scandyna (Blue Room).
new set is a bit too small for my taste.
really love the old ones.
And here's what the living room looked like Christmas 2008. These Nightmare Before Christmas toys from Jun Planning are really gorgeous and took quite a few years to hunt down. Poor Oogie Boogie wouldn't fit on the shelves so unfortunately he's still in storage. Maybe next year...