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Adeln concert

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016


The last drawing from Norrbyskär this summer – Adeln played jazz at the museum, and I managed to to a quick drawing from the back row. Such a great concert, only too bad I was at a bad angle for the poor pianist – he´s back there, somewhere…

19 x 17 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink, and watercolour, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

VW Limousine 114

Sunday, October 9th, 2016


Every time I took the ferry out to the island this summer, I thought to myself I have to draw this old VW Beetle in the ferry parking lot before someone moves the old beauty away. Didn´t get around to it until the 8th of August. Fastest car drawing I ever did, 20 minutes. Not because I actually wanted to be fast, but because the boat was leaving and I had to be on it.

19 x 17 cm, UniPin Fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

The room

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Rummet från fönstret

I spent a little time drawing the main room of our part of the summer house back in August. Fun, fun, fun drawing interiors, all of a sudden! And Sixten the dog tried to add some interest to the composition, in his own way.


The same room from the opposite corner. No dog.

Both drawings: 20 x 28 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Summer goodness

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


Some random goodness from the summer island. Just wish I could capture all those really dramatic clouds that always seem to flock over the water out there. I need to practice doing clouds with watercolour. Next summer.

Roses from house 48.

And the old cable tower, now without electricity, is slowly but surely falling apart. So sad. It´s a real landmark for all those who come to the island by boat.


Top image: 17 x 12 cm, middle: 18 x 15,5 cm, bottom: 21 x 29 cm. UniPin fineliners and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

A´s cottage

Monday, September 26th, 2016


I drew a few interiors this summer. I always find it tricky to make the perspective work indoors, for some reason, but the more I do it, the more I get it. This is part of my aunt´s tiny cottage.

19 x 18,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

MF 135

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016


A few unposted drawings from this summer coming up!
My uncle´s Massey Ferguson is old (1968) but still going strong. He loves it and gives it the TLC it deserves. We all appreciated the ease with which it pulled up a trailer with some scaffolding on it to the summer house, so we could fix a roof leak. Though I shouldn´t say “we” fixed the leak, since the most I did in this building project was this drawing the tractor.

A4 size, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in A4 Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

The way home in ink

Friday, September 16th, 2016


The trip home from Manchester offered a few neat drawing opportunities. One just beside my fav store in London, Cornelissen´s (where I happened to spend just a few pounds on a fabulous travel brush). Then off to Gatwick, where I was a bit early for my flight, so I could relax with some people spotting with pen in hand.


And so, end of journey, putting my feet up on a foot stool after emptying my bags at home. Aaaah. You know the feeling.


Top drawing: 19 x 19 cm, middle: 18 x 9 cm, bottom: 18 x 11 cm, all drawn with fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Sketching in Manchester, #5

Thursday, September 15th, 2016


The last couple of drawings from Manchester!
The urban sketchers symposiums are always good fun and super informative. Where else will you find workshops to get on with the next level of your drawing habit, or listen to lectures all about drawing and different takes on it? Plus you get to see demos of how people do their sketches, you get to peak into sketchbooks, dig into pen cases, try out interesting drawing tools, and learn all the magic tricks of your drawing heroes.

I went to a lecture where Ed Mostly, who talked about the “history of urban sketching” through vintage books about drawing. Very interesting and amusing. And he told us all to draw while he was talking, so I did.

I also took a workshop with Don Low, one of my biggest people drawing heroes. I do draw people, but it is a bit out of my comfort zone, and it is so good to try out someone else´s take on it. Humans are the toughest subject to draw from life, they always move about and have difficult proportions and put their limbs in strange angles all the time, just to make life complicated for a sketcher.


Don talked about proportions (nothing really new there, maybe, but he is a lot more thorough than the regular life drawing teacher – such as myself…), and then gave us some quick exercises to do, forcing us to draw each other in different ways in a very short time. Then this, where suddenly I felt completely calm and sure of what I was doing, capturing both people and furniture and whatnot, in ten minutes. I should keep practicing this at least once a day! But do I have time for that? Do I do it? No.

If you´re ever in Manchester, don´t miss the Museum of Science and Industry! I only had time to see their collection of aircrafts, but that alone was well worth the visit. I like drawing things that I don´t really “get”, that I don´t feel  comfortable drawing. Especielly if I get to do it together with others. Spent a few hours here with Lapin and Vincent Desplanche, among others. Great fun!


And so, the last sketch that I am going to post from Manchester. A quick one on Oxford road. I loved this green and cream coloured building, it has so much character!


Top drawing: 19 x 18 cm, second: 19 x 14 cm, third: 19 x 25 cm, bottom: 19 x 13 cm. All drawn with fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours, except no. 3, which was drawn with various ink pens and watercolours. All on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Sketching in Manchester, #4 – Castlefield

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


Drawing under the bridges of Castlefield, Manchester, was amazing. I love the perspectives and size of this place, and all the details! The care that was put into building this back in the day! The brick work, the cast iron details, bolts en masse… Wow. Just wow.


Top drawing: 19 x 15 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink and watercolours,  bottom: 19,5 x 28,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours, both on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Sketching in Manchester, #3

Monday, September 12th, 2016


Being an instructor at an Urban sketchers symposium is great fun. The only drawback (!) is that you actually have less time to go sketching than you´d want to, since the workshop preparations take quite a bit of time. So some mornings I get myself up early to join the morning sketching crowd, which basically consists of instructors who feel the same itching drawing urge as I do.

Now, I am not at my best early in the morning, which is why it´s completely lovely when you find a bench in the sun by the Rochdale canal, and you get to sit there drawing Margo for an hour or so.

This is probably the biggest sketchbook drawing I´ve ever made. I have an A4 sketchbook at the moment, and this is the first time I drew across a whole spread. Liberating and just a little bit scary.

41 x 29 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

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