Sketching at IKEA


We now have a small sketching group in Stockholm, and we try to meet up the last Sunday of every month to do some sketching together. (Let me know if you are interested in joining us!) Last time, someone suggested we should go to IKEA to draw some time, which sounded like a crazy enough idea the month before Christmas, so today we did. Well, two of us did – unfortunately the rest were busy with other things today. Check out my fellow sketcher David Meldrum´s site!


IKEA turned out to be a blast to draw in (plus they have cafés all over the place). Lots of perspective going on, with layers of columns, signs and people everywhere, and textiles hanging down like foldable walls from the ceiling. Everything in there lets you work with scale and depth in your sketches, which is tricky but fun.

Of course I made use of the free art supplies in there – the little short pencils they hand out to take notes turned out to be great for sketching values (though it didn´t make any really dark shades).

26 x 13 cm, top sketch: Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon black ink and IKEA note pencil in HandBook sketchbook, bottom sketch: Duke fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours in HandBook sketchbook.

16 Responses to “Sketching at IKEA”

  1. Rajesh S says:

    Your sketches are so so goooood! Nina – these Ikea sketches are awesome

    Also – I did get the Namiki Falcon Soft FINE. After debating with myself and then over your advice – I went ahead and ordered the Fine and it suits me just fine

    Thank you

    rajesh, India

  2. These are fabulous! Looks like the IKEA in Houston, Texas.
    Those of us meeting with Cathy ‘Kate’ Johnson for sketchcrawls have sketched in a furniture store before. So much of interest to sketch there!

  3. David says:

    I had great fun sketching with you today at Ikea. I think your sketches are wonderful! :)

  4. Jen Appel says:

    Today, Urban Sketchers Montreal did our last outside sketch at -1°C (-6 with windchill) there were 6 or us that braved the cold for an hour before we broke for a warmup coffee.

    I think I’ll have to suggest Ikea for a future trip – it is a great idea for perspective. (And a cinnamon bun break can’t hurt). Your sketches look great!

    • You´re brave, Jen! I have decided to try to keep sketching this winter, it drives me nuts to draw only indoors. My fingertips go numb when my hands are cold for too long, though, so I need to find techniques that I can use with mittens on. Can´t hold a pen when it´s too cold. :/

      • Jen Appel says:

        At my local drugstore I found some of those mini gloves, now called texting gloves. They have a rubber palm. I tried them last weekend – although not as warm as mittens, they helped and holding a pen with them was not too bad.

        I think on a day with a bit of sun and low wind, they would work well.

        • Sounds good, Jen. And I just found a supersmall handwarmer that I will try to put in my right mitten. That way I should be able to take off the mitten for a few minutes at a time, and then quickly warm my hand in the mitten now and then. We´ll see how it works.

  5. Chris F says:

    Funny, I always imagined that IKEA was some fakey thing dreamed up to market to gullible Americans…But I never thought of it as a place to sketch either. LOL

  6. isa says:

    C’est génial Nina !
    Quelle bonne idée d’aller dessiner chez IKEA :) ) il fait chaud et il y a beaucoup d’endroits où s’asseoir , plein de monde.
    J’aime beaucoup ces deux dessins, de la vie, de la technique, des perspectives, très, très joli !
    Encore, encore … :) )

  7. cs says:

    i used to work at ikea. i kept a few drawings that i found while i was there–drawings on our shopping lists done by little kids.

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