Golden arrow


I always liked this yellow staircase at Slussen. It´s got such a Yellow Brick Road feel to it. It takes you from the bus and train terminal at the bottom floor to Gula Gången (the Yellow Walkway), which in turn leads you towards Gamla stan (Old town) or the city buses above ground.

This sketch is quite simplified. I left a lot of things out, such as people, lighting ramps (I decided to go for the fluorescent tubes only), some buses in the background, the bread seller right next to me. I had to stand up while drawing, and my back doesn´t quite agree with that for a longer period of time, which is why I decided to hurry up and not include everything.

Probably because of this simplification, I had one of those moments when drawing actually opens my eyes to things I don´t really see otherwise. See those yellow tiles on the pillar? I have passed this place a million times, but I never noticed that they are shaped like an upwards arrow, playing with the function and colour of the stairs. It is such an obvious design feature when you look at it like this, but I doubt that many people see it in their day-to-day commuting. The upper part of the arrow is almost covered by the lighting ramps, and the general dirty and stressed atmosphere of this place doesn´t really encourage the curious eye looking for nice design.

21,5 x 14,5 cm, PITT artist pen, Pentel pocket brush and watercolours in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook.

3 Responses to “Golden arrow”

  1. Isa says:

    Chouette dessin ! On est tous comme ça, on ne voit pas les choses ou les détails même si on passe devant tous les jours, il faut l’œil du dessinateur pour observer.

  2. marc says:

    that’s really an extraordinary painting; it displays an excellent sense for combining drawing and watercolor; correct perspective of difficult things such as the rounded stairway is impressive; creation of depth is superbly solved with just a second pillar. The limitation on the structure and important elements really brings the quality, obviously a fast and confident work.

    You’d like a barter trade with a watercolor of mine (I’m far far below your quality and experience, but I never ask for buying paintings)?

  3. Ramón says:

    Me gustan mucho tus dibujos, tu estilo y tus escenas. Te conocí a través del libro “The art of urban sketchers” y desde entonces reviso tu página a diario esperando nuevas obras. Gracias porque haciendo esto mi vida es más agradable.

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