Hi! 👋

I'm Simon! I'm employed as a developer and consultant for Magello, and I've been programming for close to a decade now. Currently, I'm interested in the functional compile-to-javascript languages that have sprung up the last couple of years.

Recently, I also got myself a drawing tablet, and I'm learning how to make digital art.

This website is a space for me to collect my thoughts and projects.

simon.olander@gmail.com

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Skärgården

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I've been interested in trying out PureScript for a while now, and during the Christmas break I finally got around to it. I made a fairly simple puzzle game, similar to nonograms.

Description

The Swedish state has hired you to chart the archipelago. You contracted people to scout out all the islands, but they took off with the money leaving you with only loose clues as to where the islands are. Maybe you can somehow use these hints to finalize the sea charts?

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Screenshot of Skärgården

Liten tuva

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I have been wanting to do Swedish educational material for a while. What I want to make here is a podcast, where each episode is a Swedish pro-verb or expression that I explain.

The first episode is about the expression Små grytor har också öron. You can listen to the episodes below, and also read the transcripts.

The RSS feed can be found at https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/liten-tuva.

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Franska pensionsreformen

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At Magello, employees regularly do presentations about various things for the purpose of knowledge sharing. Typically, the presentations are technical in nature since it's a IT consultant firm, but the content can really be anything.

I lived in France during the pension reform of 2023, and witnessed the protests that it caused. My experience was that people in Sweden had a skewed understanding of why people were protesting, so I chose to do this presentation on the topic. There are subtitles in Swedish for those who need.

Enjoy!

Presentation Swedish Educational

Vått och torrt

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Early 2022 I got myself a drawing tablet. This is first large piece I drew, and the first piece I ordered as a print. There are a few words in Swedish that describe how wet or dry something is, this painting is an infographic ranging the words from the wettest on the left to the driest on the right.

Digital painting Infographic
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The painting 'Vått och torrt'

Ear

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I would like to be good at drawing people, but I haven't been able to get through a complete portrait. It's simply too difficult. Instead, I drew something simpler: just an ear.

I used this photograph for reference.

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The painting 'Vått och torrt'

Pumpa

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The first image I painted. I googled a bunch of pumpkins that I used for reference, I don't have a single reference.

Digital painting Fruits and vegetables
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A sketch of a pumpkin

Fänkål

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The second image I painted. Like the pumpkin, I googled a bunch of fennels that I used for reference.

Digital painting Fruits and vegetables
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A sketch of a fennel

Frog

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Me and my girlfriend did a paint-along to this youtube video.

Digital painting Animal
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A painting of a frog

Amanita

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I decided to do another vegetable, if mushrooms count as vegetables. You're not supposed to eat these ones.

Digital painting Mushroom
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A painting of a mushroom

Croissant

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I wanted to draw a pastry. This is a croissant.

Digital painting Pastry
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A painting of a pastry

Mallard

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I wanted to draw something using just colour, no contouring. This is a mallard duck, I believe it's the most common duck in my hometown. I've almost exclusively used the Wet Bristles Rough brush in Krita.

Digital painting Animal
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A painting of a mallard duck

Solvikscider

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My family harvested apples from the tree in their garden, and made it into cider. I drew this image to go on the label on the bottles. It figures the apple tree and our family house. For reference i used this photograph.

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A painting of the apple tree in front of our family house

Lekstuga

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In the garden of my family's house, there is a smaller house. It's likely meant for kids. I drew it in ink on paper using a regular ballpoint pen, and colouring with ink markers. It's drawn in situ, but coloured from reference.

I was inspired by the YouTube channel Stephen Travers Art.

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An ink drawing of the play house in my family's garden

Veranda

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I made an ink drawing of the veranda on the back of my family's house. It's drawn in situ with a ballpoint pen, and coloured from reference with ink markers.

Ink drawing Landscape In situ
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An ink drawing a veranda

Paviljong

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An ink drawing of the pavilion in Vitabergsparken in Stockholm. It's drawn from a reference photograph that I printed out and brought with me on a camping trip summer 2023. I used an ink pen for the sketch, and ink markers for the shading.

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An ink drawing a pavilion