Niklas Asker

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Niklas Asker is a Swedish illustrator, graphic novelist, and painter. With over 10 years of experience as a professional artist, Niklas has worked on a variety of projects ranging from television to editorial illustration, as well as adapting bestselling novel “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau, into a comic for one of the world’s largest book publishers: Penguin Random House. In 2009, his first original graphic novel “Second Thoughts” was published by Top Shelf Comics; a novel so successful, that it has since been translated into 5 different languages.
These days, Niklas can be found freelancing and exhibiting his paintings in galleries across Sweden and abroad.
Solo Exhibitions:
Galleri Sjögatan Sju, Sundsvall (2017) :: Kramfors Konsthall, Kramfors (2017) :: Galleri Svalan, Borgholm (2016) :: Kristianstadsgatan 16, Malmö (2015) :: Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm (2014) / Galleri Jäger & Jansson Lund (2014) :: Galleri Svalan, Borgholm (2013) :: Galleri Nils Åberg, Göteborg (2012) :: Falsterbo Konsthall, Falsterbo (2012) :: Galleri Eklund, Stockholm (2011) :: Carina Björck Gallery, Stockholm (2010) :: Galleri Silfverberg, Silfverberg & Silverberg, Malmö (2009)
Group exhibitions:
Cabinet Da-End, Galerie Da-End, Paris (2017) :: Goya, Galleri Svalan, Borgholm (2017) :: 24×16, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö (2016) :: Stockholm/Malmö, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Skanör (2016) :: Monster, Galleri Svalan, Borgholm (2016) :: Group show, Galerie Leger, Malmö (2015) :: Lost in The Woods, Galleri Svalan (2015) :: Helvetet, Galleri Svalan, Borgholm (2014) :: RE-culture 2, Patras, Greece (2013) :: Summer Salon, Galleri Jäger & jansson, Lund (2013) :: Spring Salon, Liljevalchs Museum of Art, Stockholm (2012) :: Spring Salon, Liljevalchs Museum of Art, Stockholm (2011) :: Absolut Svenskt, Gallery Genesis, Athens, Greece (2011)
Doble Sentido (Spanish version of Second Thoughts), Roca Editorial (2015) :: Paintings, Galleri Svalan (2014) :: I hjärtat av Malmö, comics anthology, Seriefrämjandet (2014) :: Med Nye Ojne (Danish version of Second Thoughts), Afart Förlag (2010) :: Il Giorno in Cui non ci siamo Incontrati (Italian version of Second Thoughts), Elliot Edizioni (2010) :: Bijgedachten, Dutch version of Second Thoughts, Sherpa Förlag (2010) :: Sätt att Se, Swedish version of Second Thoughts, Optimal Förlag (2010) :: Second Thoughts, Top Shelf Comics (2009)
Public commissions:
“Ängaskogen”, mural in Ängavägen pedestrian and traffic tunnel, Vellinge (2011) :: 2 murals at Mazetti, cultural center of Malmö (2007)
Silver prize for the book Second Thoughts in Svenska Tecknares competition KOLLA (2011) :: Nominated for Swedish comics price URHUNDEN for the book Second Thoughts (2010)
Client List

Scientific American Mind
The Deal magazine
US Dep of Transportation
Swedish Public Television
Dazed & Confused
Dagens Nyheter
Bonnier Carlsen
New York Magazine
ACC Docket

When I feel like we have an understanding I start doodling around, looking for interesting solutions. What makes a great illustration? How can an image be both visually interesting, challenging and direct at the same time?

When I’ve come up with a rough sketch (or several) I’ll send them to the client and the discussion continues. On this stage, input from others is a great tool.
Once the rough sketch is approved, I’ll go on to the fine sketch. After a second round to the client and a quick talk about color the image is inked using a light box and then scanned and colored digitally. I use a Wacom board, “painting” the image in Photoshop where I also can add various textures if the image calls for example for an old or rough feel.

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