Slussen panorama


I have been drawing a panorama of Slussen in Stockholm lately. Sitting in Gamla stan (Old town) you can see the whole area across the water. (Scroll above to see the whole image.) Since it´s been so cold during March, I have had to draw this at four different occasions, sitting between 30-45 minutes each time. Then my fingers were deep frozen and I had to go defrost in a nearby café.


I find Slussen so incredibly intriguing to draw, with it´s complex structure and many functions. There is people and traffic everywhere, trains, buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians are all competing for space. In the many tunnels (both walkways and traffic tunnels) the light is often fascinating, and the perspective is sometimes a real challenge. Plus the whole place is getting quite dilapidated but now, tiles are falling off the walls, it´s dusty and dirty, but still in constant use. To me this all adds to the interest I have of drawing here.

If you haven´t been to Stockholm, just so you can get an idea of the complexity of this place, here is a link to an Open Street Map view of Slussen (sort of the Wikipedia of maps, © OpenStreetMaps contributors).

66,5 x 14 cm, Staedtler and UniPin fineliners and Pitt Artist Big Brush pens on Moleskine Japanese album sketchbook.

14 Responses to “Slussen panorama”

  1. Lovely sketches of the old town. I have a thing about pens (under statement!) what are the greys you use?

    • Thanks Ann! This is actually not Old town, it is Slussen seen from Old town. : )
      The greys are Pitt Artist big brush pens, the cold grey series and black.

  2. Veronica Lawlor says:

    I love the layering in this drawing Nina – especially in the center section with the trees. Really nice density.

  3. Ed Huff says:

    Your work is an inspiration. You have such a great economy of line and such rich form and volume. Just wonderful.

  4. Magnificent dibujo.Me love the range of colors for you. Greetings.

  5. Isa says:

    Encore un joli travail de patience, magnifique tes perspectives et tous ces détails ! L’utilisation de tes gris est également très “juste”.

    • Merci, je travaillait avec des gris ici parce je veux utiliser ce dessin pour des paintures, et alors je voulait être libre de choisir des couleurs comme je veut. J´ai vraiment besoin des valeurs, pas des couleurs.

  6. Elisa says:

    I’ve been to Stockholm a few times and will be visiting again. To me it seemed intimitating, I didn’t dare to go there on foot, just drive through.

    • Yes, Slussen is certainly a place where you don´t want to walk alone after dark. Daytime I am perfectly ok with it, though, no worries. Most people consider it more of a nightmare to drive through it, because of all the strange turns you have to take to get to where you want to go. ; )

  7. Erik says:

    Almost seems like an island (at first glance at the drawing) because of the shape of the mass.

  8. Fernando says:

    Fantastic Nina. ¡Me encanta!

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