April 23rd, 2017
Well, my weeks start every Monday. But this coming week is special, since it´s my week in the Sketchbook skool kourse “Exploring”. Looking forward to it a lot, excited about what the participants will make of my homework assignment for the week. Find out more at http://sketchbookskool.com/kourses/exploring if you are curious!
Meanwhile, I´ve been following Danny Gregory´s week, with his awesome way of talking about creativity and what to do about your inner critic, and I tried out his take on crosshatching. Or my take on his take, I guess. I find that no matter how much I try to draw the way that someone else does, it still has my hand in it. I can never get away from my own style of handling a pen, and I kind of like that. We all seem to have our personal way of drawing, and there is no way to avoid it. We can learn, evolve, develop skills and get better at it, but we can´t quite do exactly what someone else does. That is all good.
April 14th, 2017
I´m one of the teachers in Exploring, an upcoming Sketchbook Skool klass. Yes, that´s ´klass´ with a k, because Sketchbook Skool is no ordinary online art skool. Sketchbook Skool´s mission is “art for all”, they believe everyone is, and can be, creative. All people need are teachers to show them how fun it can be to develop a creative habit. Hopefully, that´s where I can do some good!
Starting April 17 – on this coming Monday! – Sketchbook Skool´s new Exploring klass will begin online. For each of the five weeks of the kourse, you´ll get a new teacher (including me!) showing you how to take your creativity to the next level. You´ll also join the Sketchbook Skool community of creative people just like us from all over the world. There are fun, informative lessons, great assignments, and places to post your creations.
There is still time to sign up for this kourse, but you don´t want to miss a single moment. The course will only be offered once – starting Monday, April 17 – and you can´t sign up for it once it has begun. On the other hand, when you have signed up, you will have constant access to the kourse afterwards.
To check out “Exploring”, and meet the teachers, click here.
Hope to see you in klass!
April 13th, 2017
I had the opportunity to spend some time drawing in the veteran garage again yesterday. This place is fantastic. It´s a constantly evolving brew of old cars, car parts, strange little mechanical gizmos, tools and crates with material that might come in handy for the next renovation project. Wherever I go here, I keep seeing new great compositions for drawings and interesting colour combos everywhere.
The gentlemen mechanics who inhabit this little microuniverse work and talk all the time (there is always coffee around to). It´s nice to sit and listen to their chit-chat while drawing. Discussions of technical issues with the vehicles are constantly mixed with jokes and stories from either these cars´ lives or their own. Every time someone comes over to see how my drawing is coming along, I get new little bits and pieces of information about the subject on my paper, which makes the drawing process even more interesting.
Top drawing: 19 x 28 cm, Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, bottom drawing: 19 x 22 cm, same pen, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
March 19th, 2017
A few weeks ago, a student of mine wanted to know what silverpoint was, the tool he had read that da Vinci used for drawing, back in the day before pencils. I was curious too, and read up on the subject online. I was able to find some jewellery silver thread in a drawer at home, and as if I had planned it, it fit perfectly into an old 0.7 mechanical pencil.
You get better results if you prime the paper with something like gesso or white gouache, and since gouache was what I had, I painted some onto a piece of watercolour paper. And lo and behold – it works! The thin thread is a bit scratchy to draw with, a thicker one would probably be smoother, but still, I was able to draw with this unlikely tool!
The only problem now is the lack of contrast in this technique. They say the lines will darken, with the oxidization of the metal that will occur over time. Not sure I have the patience to wait for that…
March 6th, 2017
Photo: Romaric Chavy
Here´s something fun I did during the autumn of 2016, an illustration for a wine etiquette, for Domaine Chavy-Chouet.
I started by doing an on-location sketch in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, to get a feel for what I could do. However, the sketch needed quite a bit of work, including a complete redrawing, the girl (”La Fille”) had to be added, the paper grain had to be removed in Photoshop and whatnot, so what ended up on the finished etiquette is actually not at all the sketch below. But it was a good start to work from!
Also, I quite like having an actual drawing memory associated with a wine etiquette. I made the sketch standing beside my bicycle, with the sketchbook lying on the saddle. I couldn´t sit down, because the place was crowded with tourists at the moment and they would have covered my view. Drawing on location vs. camera snapshot: 1-0. When drawing, you choose what to capture on the paper, but you also choose what to leave out.
Bottom drawing: 18 x 9,5 cm, Kizuna deco pen (fude nib) with black De Atramentis document ink, on Stillman & Birn sketchbook page.
March 1st, 2017
Right in the middle of everything in Stockholm, there is a magical place where true enthusiasts take care of beautiful old fire engines, keeping them alive and kicking.
Today I was invited (or maybe I sort of invited myself, I guess that´s a matter of definition) to this fantastic garage, and wow! I could draw in here for a month, without running out of subjects! It´s a place of ordered chaos, and wherever you turn, there is something interesting to take a closer look at.
A cool thing with drawing something like this, is that quite often, I don´t really know what it is that I´m drawing. All that… STUFF underneath the car, for instance. It´s one of those subjects where the brain can´t fool me, like it often tries to when I draw things I know well. Here I don´t have a clue, I just have to try to see shapes and lines, negative space and angles… A true adventure for the eye.
I only had time for this one drawing, so I hope I will get the chance to come back again soon to draw some more.
19 x 28 cm, Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
February 25th, 2017
In 2012, I spent a week sketching around the Sagrada Família. Had an amazing time drawing the inside and out of this fantastic building, along with the intense street life around it. The two and a half sketchbooks that I filled was then published in this Sketchguide from Zahorí in 2013.
Right now, the book is available from Amazon.com at a very reasonable price, so if you´re into Gaudí, the Sagrada Família, Barcelona or just enjoy plain sketching and drawing, this is the moment to get your copy!
Want to see more? This link will take you to Zahorís intro of the book, with a video and all. Also, more pages from the original sketchbooks below.
February 20th, 2017
I went to Värmland (county in Western Sweden) with my dear M over New Year´s. For practical reasons (no water for the wataercolours) I had a go at a drawing with lower contrast than usual, while waiting for a swollen toe to get some tender love and care at a health center.
And then I liked the low contrast so much, so I did another the following day. Limping, of course, and feeling a little bit sorry for myself.
Various sizes, drawn with PITT artist brush pens, and some UniPin fineliner in the bottom drawing, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.
February 19th, 2017
I like drawing weird perspectives, to skew things a little, to make room for a wider angle on the paper. Sitting in the passenger seat of a car is great for this, and the fact that there aren´t many straight lines inside a car makes it a forgiving subject to try these things with.
I am grateful that I don´t have the tendency to get car sick.
19 x 18 cm, Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with black De Atramentis document ink, and blue Copic Multiliner SP, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
February 18th, 2017
Stockholms Stadsbibliotek (Stockholm Public Library) is an architecture classic, the kind that architects and students from all over the world have on their must-see list when they visit Stockholm. And it is indeed an interesting place, inside out.
My favorite is the symbolic way you enter the cylindrical space in the middle, by walking up a staircase with black stone walls to end up in this huge lightfilled room. You´re moving from darkness to light, from the underground to the heavens, or from ignorance to knowledge. Or maybe from emptiness to culture, or from cold to warmth – take your pick, I´m sure everyone can find their own meaning in this entrance. I love it.
It is also a really complicated perspective problem to draw this place. This image caused a really interesting discussion about perspective on Facebook, and I can´t wait to go back and give it another try, with all the new knowledge I got from the discussion. And next time, I´ll try to capture everything from floor to ceiling.
18 x 15 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.