My name is Ville Ericsson and I am a 24 year old artist born in Sweden and partly raised in Australia.
I love to create, be it through drawing, thinking up stories or making music. I have always enjoyed art, ever since I was a kid when I would roll out gigantic pieces of paper on the living room floor and draw huge space stations and stick figure battles.
When I was 10, my family and I moved to Australia and stayed there for 5 years. By this time I had started to grow an interest in videogames. After a year or two I also discovered photoshop which sparked a new interest in art for me. I had never realised that it was possible to create artworks digitally and I immediately set out to teach myself the program.
At the age of 15 we moved back to Stockholm and I stumbled upon conceptart.org. I was immensely inspired by the artists on there and they made me realise that you are in control of your own artistic development, if you are willing to put the time and effort in. I immediately set out to start drawing and learning as much as I could. I decided that getting a job doing art for games and movies would be perfect for me, and I set that as one of my goals. Two years later I took part in a life drawing and cast drawing summer course at Atelier Stockholm which taught me a lot about the techniques used in traditional fine art. It also introduced me to fine art and the old master painters, who provide a source of endless inspiration for me.
I am currently studying full-time at Atelier Stockholm.
My focus lies in drawing and painting from life and imagination, mainly fine art and concept design for video games and movies.
I am dedicated and hard working, I know what my goals are and I know how I'm going to achieve them.
I love working in groups, being inspired by those around me and sharing ideas.
Letters of Recommendation:
Hans-Peter Szameit and Sanna Tomac, Founders and teachers at Atelier Stockholm (click to view the letter)
Relevant Work Experience:
Illustrator for collectible card games run by Applibot, including "Legend of the Cryptids", September 2012 - Present.
-Creating detailed illustrations for double sets of cards, a normal and advanced version.
Creator and organizer of Stockholm Sketchmeet, A semiregular sketching group in Stockholm. February 2013 - Present.
Part-time teacher, Fall term 2011 - Fall term 2012.
- Giving critiques to students on their school assignments.
Part-Time online marketer, Fall term 2011 - Fall term 2012
- Marketing the school online through social medias and managing the website.
Illustrator for the casual gaming website www.king.com, September 2009 - September 2012.
-Creating illustrations that are later animated for games on the website.
Painted an oil painting that was used in a fashion photoshoot, printed in issue #4 2012.
Illustrator for the roleplaying games "Svavelvinter" and "Coriolis", October 2011.
Assistant, on call for for the summer of 2011.
- Helped Alexander in his studio in Stockholm.
Featured in Gorillaartfare.com's collaborative artbook "gorilla artbook vol. 1" published by CFSL Ink
-The book was released in May, 2011. Here is a link to a Gorilla Artfare post about the book: "gorilla artbook vol. 1: coming soon!!!!"
Interviewed by Dagens Nyheter (Swedish national newspaper) for an article about Atelier Stockholm, (link to article)
-The article appeared in the newspaper DN on March 28th, 2011.
@ Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco: Moleskine Project II - 6th of December - 29th of December 2012. Group show with moleskine sketchbook pages as a theme.
@ Galleri Sjohasten - 10th of November - 24th of November 2012. Group show with students and teachers from Atelier Stockholm.
@ Art Concept Store - 29th of September - 16th of October 2011. Group show with emerging realist artists based in Stockholm.
@ Garbo Interiors - 9th of June - 1st of July 2011. Group show with students from Atelier Stockholm.
@ Sci-Fi Bokhandeln Stockholm - 4th of May - 31st of May 2010.
@ Kulturhuset/Lava - 24th of April - 16th of May 2010.
CG Society workshop "Concepting Vehicles and Mechs using Photoshop and SketchUp", March-April 2013 http://workshops.cgsociety.org/
- 6 week online workshop with a focus on designing functional vehicles and mechs taught by concept artist Kemp Remilard: http://www.kempart.com/
- Full-Time student, Fall term 2009 / Fall term 2012.
- 4 week summer course in Figure drawing 2007.
- 4 week summer course in Cast drawing 2007.
Sixmorevodka "MADE symposium" in Berlin, June 2010 www.sixmorevodka.com/made/
- 4 day workshop with instructors from Massive Black and various comic book artists.
Conceptart.org New Zeeland workshop "Marama" in Wellington, 2008 www.conceptart.org/workshop/info.shtml
- 4 day workshop with instructors from Conceptart.org and Massive Black.
S:t Gorans Gymnasium www.stn.edu.stockholm.se
- 3 year highschool art education.
- Experienced with Photoshop, oil paint, pencil, charcoal and google sketchup.
Fluent in English and Swedish.