Krüger & Krogh is a Norwegian comic book series. The stories take place in Oslo, in the early sixties. Jacob Krüger and Otto Krogh are special agents in the (fictional) secret intelligence agency SIA (Section for Intermediary Affairs). The agency specializes in cases that appears to be inexplicable, unlikely or even supernatural.
The first book in the series, Brennpunkt Oslo (Focal point: Oslo), was published in 2014, was nominated for four national awards, and won two. The book is now in its fourth edition! Spøkelseståken (Ghost Fog) came four years after, and is praised by readers and critics.
In 2015 the creators joined forces with architectural firm MMW on a decoration project along Oslo’s seaside. The idea was to let the public see the docks and seaside during the sixties, and experience the changes in both architecture and day-to-day life. All illustrations picture Krüger & Krogh in different secret missions. The result was 13 centrally located landmark-installations with up to 12 meter tall custom made illustrations.
The marks of the hand
The Krüger & Krogh Comics are drawn by hand, using computers and advanced digital photo shopping only in the final process.
The artist starts by hand sketching the pages by pencil, moving and removing elements by erasing, gluing new pieces of paper on top of badly or wrong drawn frames until he´s satisfied with the result. The artist doesn´t suffice with using only the pencil. Indian ink, charcoal, pall point pen, gouache or other materials are also used, to make the sketch as good as possible before starting on the final draft in black ink.
Sometimes the artist needs to make a second version of a page. This explains why there might be different versions of a sketched page, as one will see from the BPO Page 28 1 and 2 versions.
When done sketching, the final result is scanned, modified into light blue in Photoshop, and printed on 75 gram Schoellershammer paper. The artist then uses the blueprint as background for the ink drawing, allowing new corrections.
The diligence and care that underlie such a slow process results in the highly vivid Krüger & Krogh line, much appreciated by the connoisseurs of the trade.
The hand made sketches and ink drawings for sale in ArtLego´s shop reflect the process described. Some of them have multiple layers of paper, others have blue print backgrounds, guide lines, or glue marks or tape attached. This gives you a unique opportunity to be the owner of a drawing witch both tells a part of a Krüger & Krogh comic story and an understanding of how it is drawn.