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.
February 16th, 2017
Another one drawn in the company of Stockholm Urban sketchers. November is usually cold, but this particular day was sunny and nice, so most of us stayed outdoors. Tehuset (the Tea House) in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm.
Approx. 19 x 18,5 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
February 15th, 2017
In September, Stockholm Urban Sketchers headed to Nybroplan to draw Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre). Lovely weather, lovely place, and great coffee with the drawing crowd afterwards.
A4 size, UniPin fineliner and fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
February 13th, 2017
Stockholm has it´s own local chapter of Urban Sketchers these days. We meet up every last Sunday of the month, to sketch and have a coffee or lunch together. In August we went drawing at Årsta torg, a little pearl from the fifties. You should join us! https://stockholm.urbansketchers.org/
This was drawn in my BIG companion, the A4 Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. I don´t think I ever had a sketchbook this big before. At first I was a bit intimidated by the size, but it´s really just a matter of habit. These days I feel quite relaxed even when drawing across a spread in this huge fellow. Though it´s not very discrete, I think I can statistically prove that more people peek over my shoulder when I draw in this one, than in the tiny one from previous posts.
A4 size, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.