anita illustrated

The life of an illustrator in the words of a nerd!

Tattoo Designs!

I resently did some tattoo designs for some clients. One of them is a friend of mine and the other was a man who had recently lost his wife. They both wanted tattoos of white feathers.
Their reasons and ideas were quite different so the tattoos turned out quite different as well.

Below is the tattoo for my friend. She wanted a soft white feather with blue tones in it. The tattoo was supposed to remind her to breathe and relax every once in a while:

Feather tattoo design 1

The second design I did was a bit bigger and a bit more complicated. My client wanted three tattoos that would symbolize three of the family members he had lost. And he also wante the text “I may not see you, but I can feel you” incorporated into the tattoo. So it was a memorial tattoo.

Three feathers tattoo design

I really enjoy working on tattoo designs. Knowing that what I am making is going to mean something special to someone, and that they are going to wear it on their skin for the rest of their lives is very flattering. It’s also a great responsibility. As an artist I have a great responsibility towards the client, they have to feel good about the tattoo and trust me and what I’m doing for them.

Until next time
Anita K. Olsen




Octopus Tea party





Below is my latest illustration based on the pirate story I am currently writing. It’s intended for kids around 5-7 years and is about a tough pirate princess who ends up at a tea party hosted by an octopus ^^



Octopus tea party by Anita K. Olsen

(c) Anita K. Olsen


Anita Illustrated: How to color a drawing in Photoshop – Part 3

Yaaaay, I finally finished my video tutorials! It’s taken quite a lot of time, but I am so proud of myself for doing this and actually finishing it.
I don’t make any money of it, the only thing I get in return is knowing that I might have been able to help someone out there with their own illustration projects.

I hope all of you have enjoyed watching my videos and if you did I would love if you would subscribe to my channel for new video updates
in the future. Here’s the last video, enjoy!

Until next time
Anita K. Olsen

Hanako of the Toilets

A small quick illustration I did last night. I posted on facebook that I would draw the first monster someone would tweet me.
The first one to Tweet me was my friend NGHSunniva from Norwegian Ghost Hunters. She suggested I draw Hanako of the toilet.
A japanese ghost of urban legend.

“If you go to the third stall in the girls bathroom on the fourth floor and knock three times before asking ‘Are you there, Hanako-san”, a voice will answer “I’m here”. If you enter the stall you’ll find a small girl in a red skirt, waiting for you.

Hanako-san is a popular and widespread urban legend, often played by school children as a rite of courage, or a method of hazing for new students, similar to the Bloody Mary urban legend in Western schools.

Hanako-san has been noted to have various origins and behaviors, depending on the area or school, and is a widespread legend across Japan. Her appearance can also be different, but is usually that of a young girl with bobbed hair and a red skirt. She can be either mischievous, malevolent or benign.

Yamagata prefecture: After Hanako-san has answered and you enter the stall, you’ll find a three headed lizard who had mimicked a girl’s voice; it will then eat you.

Iwate prefecture: After you have called Hanako-san, a large white hand emerges from the door.

Kanagawa: After you have called her, a blood stained hand will appear.

‘Hanako’ was a common and typical girl’s name in the Japanese 1950s when the legend supposedly began.”


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The fashion problems of a dragon

So today the illustration comes with a dialogue.


Me: What kind of hat do you think would look good on a dragon?

Boyfriend: Hmmm…Maybe one of those hats with buckles on them, a really small hat..

Me: No, I was going for more of a summery look. Maybe a tennis cap would look good?

Boyfriend: Well, I don’t know, I’ve never tried putting a hat on a dragon! 

Here is the result:

(c) Anita K. Olsen

How to color a drawing in Photoshop – part 2!

Ok, so here it is.. *drumroll*… the second part of my on-going video tutorial!
Enjoy peeps, and remember if you have any questions or any comments feel free to lay ’em on me!



Until next time
Anita K. Olsen

How to color a drawing in Photoshop – part 1

So this is the first out of three videos I’m working on at the moment. In these videos I am showing my followers the very basics of how I color my pencil drawings in Photoshop.

The videos were made based on requests from followers on my norwegian blog, and I give my followers what they want!

A gnome and a bomb!

Here is a marvelous little image of one of my original characters, Trinket the gnomish sorceress. I love her. She is quirky, childish,
a rum-chugger extrordinaire and she has no filter at all.


In this image she is attempting to defuse a bombs fuse by using the spell “Ray of Frost” before the bomb blows her end the entire party to smithereens. Ah good times!

Sunglasses and Lollipops

A little pencil sketch for all of you. Just a summery little image. I draw a lot of Fantasy and sometimes it’s nice to go outside of ones preferred genre, 



Until next time
Anita K. Olsen 

Anita illustrated: The video blog pilot

I have recently started making a video blog where I talk about the art of illustration and share tutorials with all my lovely followers ^^