ronja art

“Nachtdrudenkind”

Illustration for one of my favourite childhood books, “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” by Astrid Lindgren.
One word always stuck with me, and that was what Ronia’s mother called her, a “Nachtdrudenkind” (translates to “child of night and harpies”) because of her independent, free nature and wild hair that was like that of harpies. So I just kinda tried to capture that here.

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Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (山賊の娘ローニャ) CG designs, based on the art of character designer Katsuya Kondo (近藤勝也) and included in the NHK Anime Guide Sanzoku no Musume Ronja First Volume (Amazon Japan).

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Some of my doodles I did last week since I want to post something but don’t have anything specific x.x

I’m thinking of making this a regular thing, me posting my doodles of the week on sundays…but only time can tell :’D

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Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (山賊の娘ローニャ) scenic background art of the forest from the NHK Anime Guide Sanzoku no Musume Ronja First Volume (Amazon Japan) illustrated by Yoshikazu Fukutome (福留嘉一).

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Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (山賊の娘ローニャ) concept images for Ronja and Birk illustrated by character designer Katsuya Kondo (近藤勝也) in the NHK Anime Guide Sanzoku no Musume Ronja First Volume (Amazon Japan).

Fanart : Ronja The Robber’s Daughter / Sanzoku no Musume Ronja - Tjegge

So I started watching this series Ghibli is co-producing and it’s really cute and interesting and it feels like that time when Miyazaki himself was adapting western literature into animated series, like Heidi and all!

And there’s that dude. Bare-chested eyebrow-less hunky bearded viking beauty with golden bling-bling. It’s like he has my name written all over him. Yiss.

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Also the harpies are hella gorgeous and creepy just look at them:

She’s crushing the wooden guardrail with her huge claws it’s terrifying and awesome.

Birk Borkason from the book Ronja Robbersdaughter by Astrid Lindgren. He is such a kind and amazing character. :)

This is part of what I did for a school assignment we had for this week; to create designs from Astrid Lindgren’s vast world of amazing characters (if you don’t know who she is, or what she wrote, check it out! Seriously amazing Swedish children’s book author ^^)

And yeah, of course we all need more ginger dreads in our life right!! :D

Astrid Lindgren is one of my absolute favourite children’s book writers, and of her books one of my ultimate loves is Ronja Rövardotter (1981, I read it in fantastic Dutch translation: Ronja de Roversdochter, translated as Ronia the Robber’s Daughter in English). It’s so beautifully done, full of feeling, humour, brilliant characterisation and tension, and with incredible illustrations by Ilon Wikland which could never be topped, only sighed dreamily at for their total perfection.

I wanted to experiment with painting something bigger and backgrounded in gouache, and Ronja fan art seemed like a nice way to try that! It’s not really what I was aiming for, and there’s a whole lot I’d like to do differently, but it was fun anyway, maybe I’ll have another go at some point. In the meantime, go and read Ronja, hide from enemies with her under dense pine branches, smile quietly at the stars, and cheer at her stubborn courage!