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This artist makes illustrations from millions of dots to ease her anxiety

Spending hours, if not days, drawing millions of tiny dots seems bad for your mental health – but for Swedish illustrator Josefine Svärd, it actually has the opposite effect.

The Gothenburg-based artist eases her anxiety by creating whimsical illustrations from stippling art. Most of her work involves scenes from nature, such as breathtaking mountain ranges and the star-filled night sky, all framed within geometric shapes.

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TB • Tuesday, and a study day for me! Gonna drink some Glögg and read about enterprising and entrepreneurship. I think it’s going to be fun! – Also, yesterday I got a real craving for Lussekatter, it’s like a sweet saffron bread with raisins in it. A real christmas treat here in Sweden! So maybe I’ll should bake some… Hmm… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #tempuradesign

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Other times, her compositions feature surreal elements like a whale that has a ship’s sail on its back.

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↟ Inktober day 12/31 ↟ WHALE ↟ One of my favorite animals. So beautiful, so amazing! Loved to do this piece! It took some time… But I’m very proud of how it turned out! And I hope you guys like it too! . . . . . . . . . . .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackflashwork #dotwork #inktoberchallenge #inktober2018 #inktober #inktoberday12 #zensations #zensationschallenge

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Svärd also does illustrations inspired by The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

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The two towers • Btw, do you have any places you want me to recreate from Lotr? The Argonath? Rivendell? Gondor? Lonely mountain with Smaug? Bomb me with places you like in the comments! . .⠀ . . . . . . . .⠀ .⠀ #sauron #isengard #saruman #mordor #middleearth #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #lotr #lordoftherings

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Talking about her more-than 75,000 followers on Instagram, Svärd explains that fame was never the intention behind her work. Rather, it was simply a meditative way for her to deal with her mental health struggles.

“I’m stunned. I try to understand how this is happening but I don’t come up with anything,” she said.

“This is just something I did because I loved to create and to ease my anxiety…I can’t believe I can celebrate another milestone like this. I am forever grateful, and so thankful for the amazing support I get from you every day.”

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I can’t believe it’s time. The last piece of this Harry Potter series. And as of no surprise, it’s Hogwarts. This have been such a challenge, and such a joy to make! The castle is so impressive and magic, and I really hope I can do it justice. This have been such a fun series to do, and a wonderful and amazing experience! Thank you all for the huge support and for following my obsession about Harry Potter! ♡ . ”In the early days of Hogwarts, the four founders hand-picked students for their Houses. When the founders worried how students would be selected after their deaths, Godric Gryffindor took his hat off and they each added knowledge to it, allowing the Sorting Hat to choose the students by judging each student's qualities and placing them in the most appropriate house.” – Wikipedia (Hufflepuff represent!) ⚯͛ . . .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #hogwartsschoolofwitchcraftandwizardry #godricgryffindor #rowenaravenclaw #helgahufflepuff #salazarslytherin #castle #magicschool #harrypotterart #wizard #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #wizard #dotwork #dotworknow #hogwarts #magic #harrypotter

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You can see more of Josefine Svärd’s work here.

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TB • Have a wonderful day! . . . . . . . . .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #tempuradesign

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TB • Maybe it’s the Hogwarts express? Thank you all again for the amazing response I got from the series! .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #tempuradesign

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At last, a Lord of the Rings illustration! I really love this scene, so I tried to recreate it in my way! Swipe to see more details! .⠀ .⠀ . . . . . . . .⠀ .⠀ #bilbo #hobbit #gandalf #shire #middleearth #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #lotr #lordoftherings

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Some wand magic this saturday! To be honest I’m so so happy with this one! I’m really proud of how this turned out! For those of you that don’t know, it’s the elder wand (Dumbledores wand) and Lord Voldermorts wand. And ofc I have them at home as replicas too ♡ . . . . . . . . . . .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #stippling #illustration #tattoodesign #inkart #ink #wands #macig #wand #elderwand #lordvoldermort #voldermort #hpart #hp #dumbledore #harrypotter #hogwarts

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Today is the day! I can’t believe it’s already here! I’m going to my first christmas market as an artist to show and sell ny stuff! I can’t believe this is actually happening!? I’m so excited I think I might just pass out any second! I’m not leaving until the afternoon since it’s only open later tonight, because people still work today. But tomorrow I’m going to be there all day long! Can’t wait! Are someone from here comming to see me? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .⠀ #draw #drawing #instadraw #art #artist #artwork #pointillism #instaart #ink #illustrationnow #inklife #inkdrawing #inkstagram #stippling #illustration #sketching #sketch #paint #painting #linework #blackworknow #blackworkillustrations #blackflashwork #dotwork #dotworknow #tattooart #tattoodesign #tempuradesign

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