Sketchcrawl #43

April 19th, 2014

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Not many sketchcrawlers in Stockholm today, due to this being the day everyone celebrates Easter in Sweden. But two of us went to sketch in Skärholmen, a Stockholm suburb with a big shopping mall and a very active square. The weather was fantastic, and there were people everywhere, kids playing, dogs barking, music playing and a buzz of constant conversations in the air.

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The weather gave the perfect conditions for sketching people. The warmth of the sun meant noone was in a rush to go anywhere, which gave plenty of time for sketching.

20 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

La DS Cornaline

April 16th, 2014

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I went to Moderna museet (the Modern museum, duh!) in Stockholm with a friend the other day, and Gabriel Orozco´s famous Citroën DS was on display. I had to give drawing it a try, of course, which was a mindboggling experience. No matter how much I tried to get the perspective and details right, I still had the feeling I was doing it all wrong… For those of you who haven´t seen this car in real life, here´s a short video on Youtube (not mine) to give you an idea: Orozco´s La DS Cornaline.

There was a no photo policy in this exhibition, but as sketchers, we had no problems with that. A guard told off every person who tried to photograph the DS, even with their phones, but we were allowed to sit as long as we wanted to sketch it. :)

16,5 x 18 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Gåstorget

April 15th, 2014

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Gamla stan (Old town) in Stockholm is a bit of a challenge to sketch. Apart from your sketch always ending up looking like one of the zillion touristic postcards that are sold everywhere in Gamla stan, it is usually hard to find somewhere to sit comfortably for a longer stretch of time, because the streets are so narrow and often crowded with people. But if you take a little detour from the main streets, into some small alley, you may suddenly find yourself in a place like this. Gåstorget (Goose square) is a super small square, and it was empty and quiet the other day, and even provided a bench, a bit of shelter from the wind, and some interesting angles to draw.

17,5 x 19 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Low tide in shopping land

April 14th, 2014

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Sunday morning is a strange time to visit the busiest shopping streets in Stockholm. You don´t often see them this empty, it´s almost bearable to spend an hour here at this time.

This sketch is a first for two things: I´m trying out a new sketchbook, handbound by Russell Parry, and I am giving my brand new Daniel Smith watercolours a test run. I have been wanting to try DS colours for ages, but they have not been available in Sweden before, which makes them expensive to get hold of. But now they are here, in a shop near me, so no need to wait anymore.

17,5 x 19 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

Slussen protests

April 6th, 2014

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Spent a couple of hours at Slussen in Stockholm today, to capture some of the protest messages on the walls of Blå Bodarna (”Blue Stalls” – a walk tunnel that used to house an array of shops, of which only two or three are left, and soon closing). Handwritten messages are covering the tiled walls, protesting against the building plans for New Slussen.

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I only saw one voice positive to the City´s glossy new vision of this place. I guess those who like the plans are counting on the City to go ahead with their plans – no need to go out and demonstrate your point of view.

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45 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen, coloured Copic Multiliner SP  and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Millesgården

April 4th, 2014

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Last Sunday we were a bunch of sketchers heading out to Millesgården, the museum and artist home of Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955). There is a fantastic sculpture park surrounding the house and exhibition hall, and a grand view over Värtahamnen, one of Stockholm´s harbours. The weather was fantastic, and we spent quite a few hours drawing there. I spent the whole day on the same spread in my sketchbook, drawing different views in the sculpture park and some sculpture details. (Click image for larger view.)

42 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Freelens watercolour

April 3rd, 2014

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An image of pure joy: I just found out the other day that you can buy Daniel Smith watercolours in Stockholm. I have been wanting to lay my hands on these guys for ages, and now I finally have a few starter tubes to play with. Plus, I learned about freelensing with a DSLR camera today at work. So, two nerdy hobbies combined: freelens photos of watercolours! Can it get any better? :)

Entrance to art

April 1st, 2014

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Stockholm has one of Europe´s hardest regulations against graffiti and street art, the City has decided on a zero tolerance policy, and graffiti gets washed away immediately when discovered. But of course, there are places where you can find great art if you know where to look – the usual “non-places” of a city, under bridges, in tunnels and concrete walls where not many people pass by.

This shady place, Atlasmuren (the Atlas wall), is one of those treasure troves. Enter in that darkest corner over there, and you will find all kinds of goodies. This Saturday I saw some beautiful photo works on tiles, some old stencil art, and great looking big wheat pasted posters. Bring a friend if you come here, though, because noone will hear you screaming if something happens in there…

21 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Life drawing at Tellus

March 24th, 2014

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I attended a life drawing session in the neighborhood this evening. I didn´t have time to pack anything else than my usual sketchbook and the pens I already had in the bag, so I went for small drawings on top of each other, to avoid using up half the sketchbook on unfinished warm-up life drawings. I think I did some progress after a while, the proportions are a bit better on the last one below…

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21,5 x 14 cm, coloured Copic Multiliner SP in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Workshop-o-rama!

March 20th, 2014

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I am excited to tell you I have two workshops coming up this year, both in an Urban Sketchers´ setting! :)

NAPLES INVENTORY: Collecting the city

Naples, June 5-8

The first workshop coming up is in Naples, Italy, Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th of June, 2014. This is a four-day workshop, with four different instructors (where I have the honor of being one). Along with our participants, we will go sketch hunting through Naples, collecting different aspects of the city in our sketchbooks.

The different parts of the workshop are (along with location and instructor):

City Icons, City Signs – Quartieri Spagnoli with Simonetta Capecchi
Sketch Hunt
– Zoological Museum with Federico Gemma
Ways to collect a place – Montesanto market with me
Order and Disorder - Capodimonte & Archeological museums with Caroline Peyron

Read all the workshop details, and secure a place for yourself here:
Naples Inventory – Urban Sketchers Workshops

IN THE MOOD – Urban Sketchers symposium workshop.

Paraty, Brazil, August 27-30

During the 5th Urban Sketchers Symposium this year, I will be leading the workshop “In The Mood”, where we will explore ways to convey the mood of a place in on-location sketches. The participants will explore how to convey different moods visually, and will be working both together with others and individually, to try to fins some keys in how to add more expression to their sketches.

Read workshop details here:
Workshop M – In The Mood – Urban Sketchers symposium 2014

And don´t forget to check out the whole fantastic Symposium Programming plan, and follow the Symposium Blog!

Registration to the Symposium and it´s workshops opens at March 31, at 4:00 pm GMT. (Find the equivalent time where you live through this Time Zone Converter.)


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