I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Steinar Lund

Steinar Lund

About
Impressions
Interview

Training


Steinar has a BA in Interior Design from Kingston University, and intended to join his brother in law’s company which designed retail interiors. During the course, he was exposed to the airbrush at which point he discovered that illustration was his true calling. He spent a year after finishing building up his portfolio and perfecting his techniques.

Approach


Steinar uses reference photography as the main source for his image making process. In the past, his reference material would be interpreted as line work on illustration board for airbrushing, with acrylics and inks. These days, photos are imported directly into Photoshop where they are edited, enhanced and digitally airbrushed when needed. Often many separate photos are used to create single objects, for example a layered cake will have each layer photographed separately then these will be compiled in Photoshop. This way, elements within an image can be changed as required.

Styles


You could call Steinar’s style ‘tasty’ or ‘yummy’ seeing as so many of his images involve delectable foods. His work is photorealistic, with a touch of airbrushing and sprinkles of humour where appropriate.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Steinar: I enjoyed drawing from a very early age, started to paint in earnest at 6th Form College, from then on it was finding a way to be able to do it full time. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Steinar: I completed a degree in Interior Design at Kingston Polytechnic (now University), London. Question: Where are you originally from? Steinar: Land of the Trolls, Norway. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Steinar: Eastleigh, near Winchester, where my partner Lynne is Head of Art at Barton Peveril College. Question: How do you get your ideas? Steinar: There is a strange guy at the local market who sells them. Question: Do you collect anything? Steinar: Music – started with vinyl, cassettes, then CDs, some MP3s and now Spotify an online streaming provider. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Steinar: No, but I take a lot of photographs for reference and pleasure. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Steinar: Ghostly apparitions and psychic development, I have friends who are mediums. This might explain the development of my Gothic work.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Steinar: I was commissioned by a food company from Norway who needed illustrations for a range of new jams with reduced sugar content. I'm a fan of good things to put on toast so this job suited me well, plus it was a good opportunity to refresh my Norwegian on the phone. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Steinar: The answer is in your question, dreams. I have already illustrated a series of dream books together with Lynne and would now be thrilled to do one in a Gothic style depicting the darker side of dreams. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Steinar: Surrealism was an early influence, particularly the work by Dali and Magritte. Then the photorealist movement made quite an impression, especially John Salt who did some stunning paintings of American cars. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Steinar: The first illustrators that inspired me were Maxfield Parrish , Roger Dean and Chris Foss. Question: Who is/are your design hero/es? Steinar: The designs and sound of Bang & Olufsen, the furniture of Ligne Roset, the computers and gadgets of Apple. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Steinar: Some of my music is available on iTunes here. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Steinar: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772), a Swedish scientist and visionary who could travel beyond the body to the next world.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Bloomsbury, Dennis Publishing, Domino's , Hersheys, Island Records, Penguin, Sterling Publishing, Tesco

Favourites
Food: As a child I loved a cake that we could buy when visiting northern Norway.
It was called "Suksessterte". And now the Swedish version can be bought from Ikea, it is called Almondy
Art Equipment/Tool: Wacom pad
Café: Ginger Two, 28 St. Thomas Street, Winchester
Blog: itsnicethat
 
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