First sketches of 2014


With insulated pants on, and an updated warm seat (see photo below), I went out for my first sketching session of 2014 today. It was getting dark quickly, so I went for rather quick value drawings in ink and pencil. Came home with the side of my right (drawing) hand all messy with pencil dust. I still haven´t figured out how to use a pencil in my sketchbook without getting dirty.

Last thing I heard was that Kolingsborg, the oval building in the sketch below – a bit of a landmark in Stockholm – is going to be demolished this January, to begin the huge building project of a new Slussen. Don´t know how true this is, since a lot of building projects in Stockholm tend to get delayed by byreaucracy and politics, but I thought I´d better try to draw this place as much as I can before the mayhem begins.


Lots of wool in my sketching setup right now…


Both drawings: approx. 12 x 10 cm, Pentel Pocket brush ink pen, UniPin fineliner and pencil in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

14 Responses to “First sketches of 2014”

  1. Insulated pants! Wow, you’re hardcore… :-) I just sketch inside coffee shops all winter. :-)

    - Tina

  2. Melliott says:

    Beautiful studies. I so admire how you address really complex images with so much detail.

  3. isa says:

    Quel courage Nina ! Bonne idée la fourrure sur le siège :) et bravo pour ces dessins que je trouve très complexes et que je ne me lancerais pas à faire.

  4. Great drawings, Nina, particularly thinking I could it should be over there. A good Year to you.

  5. Wow you really are hardcore, outside in those temperatures. Fabulous sketches!

  6. Raena says:

    I’ve been away for awhile and have been going back to catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Wow, you’re work is still amazing. I wanted to comment on the post with all of the figure drawings but the comments were already closed. I love them! And I agree that you are hardcore to be sketching in those temps! I’ll be testing myself here in Boise, Idaho pretty soon. It will be my first winter sketching since we didn’t have real winters where I lived before!

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