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Sketchcrawl #43

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


Not many sketchcrawlers in Stockholm today, due to this being the day everyone celebrates Easter in Sweden. But two of us went to sketch in Skärholmen, a Stockholm suburb with a big shopping mall and a very active square. The weather was fantastic, and there were people everywhere, kids playing, dogs barking, music playing and a buzz of constant conversations in the air.


The weather gave the perfect conditions for sketching people. The warmth of the sun meant noone was in a rush to go anywhere, which gave plenty of time for sketching.

20 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Sketchcrawl #41

Sunday, October 20th, 2013


We were only two participants at the 41st sketchcrawl in Stockholm this Saturday, would have been great to have more company, but me and David Meldrum had a good time anyway. The view from the top floor of Stadsmuseet (the City Museum) in Stockholm was our first stop, with Slussen beneath our feet (which suited me fine, of course), but I had severe problems finding any focus at all in this sketch, it turned out a bit messy. On the other hand, Slussen is a bit messy, so… ;)


After that, the museum café sounded like a good idea, and for once, I actually drew with pencil. A mechanical pencil at that! Wish I had had some softer leads for it, the sketch is a bit bleak. But it felt really good to do a serious perspective exercise, should probably do that a bit more often – with of without pencil.

27 x 21,5 cm, top: TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours, bottom: Kuru Toga mechanical pencil, both on Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook spread.

Pre-symposium sketchcrawl, Barcelona

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


The day before the Urban sketchers symposium started in Barcelona, the local team had arranged an all day sketchcrawl, starting at Hospital de Sant Pau. It was great to meet a bunch of other sketchers there, and I smiled as I recognized the “sketcher nod” of their heads from afar (you know, by always switching between watching your subject and looking down into your sketchbook).

Buildings like Hospital de Sant Pau always drive me a bit nuts with all the details, and I was happy that there were some typical Barcelona street scene obstacles in the way…


From here, we went on to the Sagrada Família. I have spent quite some time sketching there before for my book, but it was fun to give it another try (posted that image in an earlier post). Then the sketching crowd split up a bit for lunch, and then headed up for the Casa de les Punxes along the Avinguda Diagonal, a beautiful building, with fantastic towers and roof patterns.

Thanks a lot to the Barcelona team for the initiative to arrange this sketchcrawl for everyone – both symposium participants and others turned up, and spent a great time together.

Both images: 27 x 21,5 cm, various ink pens and watercolours in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.

Biologiska museet – International Sketchcrawl #38

Sunday, January 20th, 2013


Yesterday was International Sketchcrawl day, the 38th one, to be exact. In Stockholm, eight of us went drawing in Biologiska museet (the Biological museum – you´ll have to press “In English, no direct links to the different pages).


Entering this museum feels like traveling in time. It is basically a big taxedermy diorama in a huge wooden building, resembling a Norwegian stave church. No fancy technical exhibition tricks, no digital learning games or whatever other museums serve to their visitors. Just animals. And a fascinating wooden interior.

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Unfortunately, the old wooden building didn´t quite manage to keep the warmth inside. Yesterday was the coldest day so far this winter, about -15° Celsius, and some of those cold degrees seeped into the museum. This shortened our stay there a bit, with cold fingers we went for lunch at a nearby café instead. I managed to capture a few animals though, quick sketches in ink.

Approx. 14 cm high, different widths, Duke fountain pen and Namiki Falcon fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink.

Sketchcrawl #35

Saturday, April 21st, 2012


The 35th Sketchcrawl in Stockholm turned out well – 7 sketchers met up outside a café at Södermalm, and headed out together. Fine weather to begin with, but not so warm. We decided to draw for an hour in a skate park at Medborgarplatsen, and after that the rest of the crawl was spent around a café table in Söderhallarna food court.


Check out the Sketchcrawl forum Stockholm thread for more images!

Both drawings: 20 x 16 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours on Lana cold press 200 gsm watercolour paper.

International Sketchcrawl #34

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012


Six sketchers gathered at Citykonditoriet in central Stockholm yesterday,  for the 34th International Sketchcrawl – two new faces and a few “veterans”. We had a plan to move on to a museum, but decided to stay put – this café has lots of funny details to draw, and the lunch crowd tends to stay on for a while, so we had lots of opportunities to draw people.


Thank you Johanna, Charlotte, Anna, Pat and Riber for making this day a great one!

Top drawing: 20 x 18 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon black ink and watercolours on Arches Satinée 300 g watercolour paper.
Bottom drawing: 20 x 16 cm, technique as above but without the watercolours.

Lisbon Sketchcrawl

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


My only drawing from the Lisbon Sketchcrawl, an awesome experience with around 300 people sketching at the same time, in the same spot. I concentrated on people, sketchers have a tendency to sit still for at least a few minutes, which makes them excellent subjects to draw. : )

This event, and the whole Symposium, was covered in the news in Portugal. Check out the video links on this page (in Portuguese, mostly).

21 x 16 cm, Snowman ink pens on Lanaquarelle cold press paper.

Sketchcrawl no. 31

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


April 16 was the 31st International Sketchcrawl day, and I had the opportunity to meet up with Kim, Charlotte and Johanna at Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. None of us had met before, so it was a new combination of sketchers heading out on this day. We sketched for a while at Katarina Bangata, then went on to Nytorget, where there was a tiny flea market going on. Lots of people out, since it was a sunny day, and every seat taken on every pavement café along the way… An incredibly fun day, with lots of sketching and great company!





14,5 x 15,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington grey ink or UniPin black ink pen and watercolours on Schoellershammer drawing paper.

30th Sketchcrawl

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

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The 30th International Sketchcrawl was spent at Classic Tea Room at Rörstrandsgatan and Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet (Swedish Museum of Natural History) in Stockholm. Only three people this time, but we met quite a few during the day who were interested in joining us next time!

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Both drawings: 13,5 x 24 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington grey ink and watercolours in Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

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