Archive for the ‘Cars’ Category

Gärdesloppet 2017 – a study in red

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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Remember the old fire engine and ambulance that I drew a while back? Turns out if you get the opportunity to draw these fantastic engines and hang out for a bit with the fire fighting enthusiasts that take care of them, you might also get offered to ride with them to Gärdesloppet, the yearly veteran car exhibition and race at Djurgården in Stockholm. And who am I to say no to such an offer?

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It is a bit shaky to draw while riding in an open Scania firetruck from 1931 – suspention technique in cars have taken quite a leap forward in the last 86 years – but the experience is fantastic. Makes you feel like a kid, for real, to be allowed into a fire truck with brass bells on the sides and ladders up above. A bit windy on the highway, but very cozy along the sunny streets of the inner city.

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Driving comfort has developed a bit too, since 1931, but charm and style? Not so much. I love how everything is just practical in these old cars. There is no shiny curved dashboard with digital displays everywhere. Simple and straightforward. (And I just love the turn signals, those red drop shapes on the wind shields. Super cute when in use, with arms waving up and down.)

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Gärdesloppet was a real feast for the eye, as usual, and a great crowd magnet. Urban sketchers Stockholm took advantage of the nice weather and all the cool cars, and gathered for a picnic and drawing session. And as a bonus, a few of us got a lift back to the garage with the Scania. Happy children in the back seat.

Old friends

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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We were in Sunne in Värmland last weekend, where I stumbled upon two cable excavators, seemingly rooted in the grass. They looked like old friends, watching the view over the field together, perhaps talking childhood memories…

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42 x 29,7 cm, Lamy Safari and Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with red and black De Atramentis Document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Not your average parking garage

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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I had the opportunity to spend some time drawing in the veteran garage again yesterday. This place is fantastic. It´s a constantly evolving brew of old cars, car parts, strange little mechanical gizmos, tools and crates with material that might come in handy for the next renovation project. Wherever I go here, I keep seeing new great compositions for drawings and interesting colour combos everywhere.

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The gentlemen mechanics who inhabit this little microuniverse work and talk all the time (there is always coffee around to). It´s nice to sit and listen to their chit-chat while drawing. Discussions of technical issues with the vehicles are constantly mixed with jokes and stories from either these cars´ lives or their own. Every time someone comes over to see how my drawing is coming along, I get new little bits and pieces of information about the subject on my paper, which makes the drawing process even more interesting.

Top drawing: 19 x 28 cm, Kizuna Deco pen (fude nib) with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, bottom drawing: 19 x 22 cm, same pen, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Mechanic´s heaven

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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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.

Ink car

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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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.

Tiny cars

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Two more from the tiny companion sketchbook. I found this old, seemingly abandoned, Pontiac Fiero in an industrial area when bicycling around. I don´t know about these eighties plastic car bodies, not really my cup of design tea, but definitely fun to draw.

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You´ll never go wrong with a pink VW bus. When I spotted it, I immediately got off the bike and sat down on the curb to draw it. After a while, a Volvo drove by, stopped, and the driver came walking back. “Are you ok?”. I was into drawing, so a bit surprised, I didn´t get what he was talking about. I guess I answered something silly like “Huh?”. “Well, I just wanted to check if you had fallen off your bike, but I can see now that you´re drawing…”.

Aww. :)

Both drawings: 17,8 x 14 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

SAAB Sonett I

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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This Saturday, as I was heading out on my bicycle, I stumbled (if you can do that on a bike) across the annual meeting of the Swedish SAAB Sonett club. 20 or so sweet Sonetts, all neatly parked about 100 meters from our home – what are the odds of that happening?

Guess what? I cancelled my plans for the next two hours, and sat down behind this beauty to draw – a SAAB Sonett I, the first model, of which they only made six back in the day. You have to grab an opportunity like that, when it´s practically thrown at you!

28 x 15 cm, Lamy Safaris with DeAtramentis black document ink, and Noodler´s Lexington grey ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Gärdesloppet 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Today I had the pleasure of spending the day at Biskopsudden in Stockholm, along with sketching friends from Urban Sketchers Stockholm, to enjoy all the vintage cars of Gärdesloppet. Oh joy, a whole field full of old cars of all brands, and fire trucks, and buses, and old ambulances (you know, from when they were still white with a red cross), and motorcycles, and, and… Just wish they´d all stay there for a couple of more days, one day is too short.

Anyway. I got a ride in the car cortege around town with the fine folks who renovated this old trolleybus to it´s former glory. Had a blast trying to capture the interior during a somewhat bumpy ride. Kudos to the people who not only renovated this pearl once, but did it again after it burned in 2013!!

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Apart from bus rides and a lovely picnic with fellow urban sketchers, I stopped by this little gem, a Fiat Topolino from 1950. I love the simplicity of these cars. Too hot? Just open the little hatch in front of the door to let the wind in, and roll back the textile roof!

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All images: 21 x 15 cm, Lamy Safari (mostly) with DeAtramentis Document black ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Volkswagen Kleinbus in a storm

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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It is so much fun to draw old cars, and now is the time to do it. In winter they are all hibernating in hidden places.

I found this guy parked in our street on my way home the other day. There was half a storm going on, and I wasn´t quite dressed for the occasion, but I managed to do a standing-up quick drawing (see below) without the sketchbook being blown away or rained on. Then into the warmth by the kitchen table, with a cup of tea, and watercolours. Voilá!

Turned out ok, I think, after nudging the right headlight into a more correct position. The poor fellow looked a little cross-eyed before that…

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15 x 20 cm, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington grey ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.


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