”Elsa and the Night”, ”Elsa und die Nacht”

My latest picture book – ”Sigrid och Natten” has been picked up by the publisher Gestalten.

This means that a German version of the book will be available in March 2014, and an English version will follow in August 2014.




Paperworld has arrived!

My stop motion animated short ”Paperworld” is finally done. It premiered at the 2014 Göteborg International Film Festival. It will also be screened at the upcoming Internationales Trickfilm-Festival in Stuttgart. Trailer coming soon…


Workshop in Kiel

I gave a one week workshop for a group of twenty students from the Muthesius Kunsthochschule. Their task was to build a cityscape with surroundings in a week, and then animate a transformation from winter to summer. They started out by building a rough ”sketch” in front of the camera – and then built the set with that as a reference. Some pictures below:

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And here’s the final result!

(I highly recommend scrubbing back and forth along the timeline…)

Editing Paperworld

Currently editing my upcoming short film Paperworld. Here are some stills:

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… more stuff can be found at my production blog!


Reading from my latest picture book

Here I am at the charming bookstore ”Bokslukaren” by Mariatorget, reading for a whole bunch of kids from my latest picture book ”Sigrid och Natten” (Sigrid and the Night). I had a giant version of my book made for the event. Hopefully this was the first of many readings like it…


My new picture book – ”Sigrid och Natten”!

So, my newest picture book ”Sigrid och Natten” (Sigrid and the Night) is finally out. There have been lots of great reviews so far, for which I’m ever so grateful. Here are links to a few of them (all are in Swedish):









Currently working on ”Paperworld”

This is me working on one of the sets for my upcoming film ”Paperworld”. Some stills and more behind-the-scenes-phootage can be found on the production blog: http://www.jonsmellgren.com/produktionsblogg-paperworld/


Commercial for Kanal 5 Play

A commercial for swedish tv-channel ”Kanal 5”, advertising their online ”play” service.

Working on a new picture book

My new picture book – ”Sigrid och Natten” (Sigrid and the Night) will be out in february 2013. Check out some of the illustrations here:


Work in progress: ”Symiversum”

Finished a two day shoot for a new film that I’ve decided to give the somewhat pretentious title ”Symiversum” (a combination of the words symmetry and universum – which of course is swedish for universe).
The film consists of a time lapse drawing chronicling the entire history of the universe and planet earth up to date – in very condensed form obviously.
Here’s a behind–the–scenes–shot of me in my nice white jumpsuit…