Jenny and Jens posing for illustrations

People often ask us if Jens uses photos when he is illustrating things. The answer is yes! Most of his work is based on pictures (usually of me). Going through my archives I realize how much we actually do pose for things in this family. I´ve played the part of witches, young boys, surfer dudes, corps and cops.

The cover above is for Bauer & Landford´s new track. Jens has made the artwork and also their cute logo. (Based on photos we can´t seem to find.)

However here are some poses that has taken place in our house.

Above you see me as a dead Julia , it´s hard to get into character while getting your nose pinched and getting a phone shoved in your ear. Jens later made illustrations of this for a paper.

I´ve portrayed many dead women over the years.

This women is beyond dead. A ghost holding a sign.

In this story a baby is very ill. I´m handling it very unprofessionally as you can see…

Viola steps in to show me how it´s done.

Sometimes the requests are very specific, like here:  Jens as a teenager, jamming on a guitar while wearing rain boots.

Pouring coffee?
No sweat!  I´m a pro at this.

Here I´m a struggling Viking mother, worrying over my Viking husband who is out tormenting the world in war, while my youngest apparently only wants to watch TV.

Here I am channeling my inner Meryl Streep. Crying “No don´t take my baby”. Sophie´s choice-style.

But then moments later realizing I´m more a Jerry Sindfeld-type of actor who can´t keep from laughing at her own jokes.

Jens waking up to a new wonderful day just like a male version of Snow white. Imagine birds sitting on his shoulders singing.

Acting like a mad women. I do this role quite well. Viola is like: “Common lets go watch Scooby Doo already!”

Ok let me tell you: Going over these images I had trouble finding pictures of Jens wearing clothes.  I decided this one made the cut though, somewhat decent. Here he is some sort of “funny man” infected by the plague.

This is another album cover Jens made from us posing. The TRON inspired “I found You” cover.

I will not show you the photos of Jens and I in this pose. No! I certainly will not!!

But let me tickle your imagination by telling you what we wore for it: Nothing but our underwear and bicycle helmets.  We accessorized the Tron-look with cardboard pads on our shoulders thighs and knees attached with masking tape.

good times!



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

isabelle McAllister
April 24, 2013 at 14:23

LOOOVE this so much! but want to see the illustrations too!

Jenny Brandt
April 24, 2013 at 14:33
– In reply to: isabelle McAllister

I wish I could show you Isabelle. But it is not possible.

•lotta på solrum•
April 24, 2013 at 14:35

I want to see how the illustrations turned out!

April 24, 2013 at 15:13

haha underbart. kul att se lilla viola med. iaha vikingmamman med tv-bebis

April 24, 2013 at 15:44

Jag ÄLSKAR det här!! :D

Bérangère Bouffard
April 24, 2013 at 17:08

My husband and I also work as illustrators and this is common practice in our house too. It made me giggle. I also wish we could see the illustrations. Too bad :(

April 24, 2013 at 19:18

Haha these are so funny! Your whole family is great actors :)

April 25, 2013 at 00:45

Ni verkar inte ha många döda stunder i eran familj. Eller vänta här nu… ;) Hursomhelst så tycker jag det var kul att se att spöken kan ha så där mönsterglada kjolar under lakanen.

Superkul inlägg!


April 26, 2013 at 03:48


April 26, 2013 at 10:51

hahaa i LOVE behind the scenes stuff! And look at Viola – so little!

April 27, 2013 at 21:19

Underbart innehåll och underbara bilder i det här inlägget! Made me smile the whole way through!

April 10, 2015 at 12:06

Haha underbart

April 10, 2015 at 14:45

Mitt ex illustrerade för Café och jag och mina olika kroppsdelar har poserat som bas för sexy girl-illustrationer några gånger. Mina nästan 15 minutes of fame som Café-brud.

April 28, 2015 at 08:02