Archive for the ‘Stockholm’ Category

Perspective at Stadsbiblioteket

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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Stockholms Stadsbibliotek (Stockholm Public Library) is an architecture classic, the kind that architects and students from all over the world have on their must-see list when they visit Stockholm. And it is indeed an interesting place, inside out.

My favorite is the symbolic way you enter the cylindrical space in the middle, by walking up a staircase with black stone walls to end up in this huge lightfilled room. You´re moving from darkness to light, from the underground to the heavens, or from ignorance to knowledge. Or maybe from emptiness to culture, or from cold to warmth – take your pick, I´m sure everyone can find their own meaning in this entrance. I love it.

It is also a really complicated perspective problem to draw this place. This image caused a really interesting discussion about perspective on Facebook, and I can´t wait to go back and give it another try, with all the new knowledge I got from the discussion. And next time, I´ll try to capture everything from floor to ceiling.

18 x 15 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Tehuset, Kungsträdgården

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Another one drawn in the company of Stockholm Urban sketchers. November is usually cold, but this particular day was sunny and nice, so most of us stayed outdoors. Tehuset (the Tea House) in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm.

Approx. 19 x 18,5 cm, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Dramaten

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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In September, Stockholm Urban Sketchers headed to Nybroplan to draw Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre). Lovely weather, lovely place, and great coffee with the drawing crowd afterwards.

A4 size, UniPin fineliner and fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Årsta torg

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Stockholm has it´s own local chapter of Urban Sketchers these days. We meet up every last Sunday of the month, to sketch and have a coffee or lunch together. In August we went drawing at Årsta torg, a little pearl from the fifties. You should join us! https://stockholm.urbansketchers.org/

This was drawn in my BIG companion, the A4 Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. I don´t think I ever had a sketchbook this big before. At first I was a bit intimidated by the size, but it´s really just a matter of habit. These days I feel quite relaxed even when drawing across a spread in this huge fellow. Though it´s not very discrete, I think I can statistically prove that more people peek over my shoulder when I draw in this one, than in the tiny one from previous posts. ;)

A4 size, fude nib fountain pen with black De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Tiny unfinished

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

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I was at this doctor´s appointment in October, and since I was quite a bit early, I thought I´d try to draw the waiting room. I had an interesting point of view, and thought it might become a nice sketch with some perspective, people, chairs, signs… In the end, the guy before me didn´t turn up to his appointment, so I was called in early. Isn´t it typical? The one time you really have a good chance to finish a drawing in a place you rarely visit…

But in the end I really like this sketch, unfinished and all. It makes me smile.

17,8 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and grey PITT Artist brush pen, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Tiny coffee

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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Wake up and smell the coffee! Cafés and coffee paraphernalia are always great subjects for sketches. And drawing is such a nice occupation for your hands and mind while drinking that coffee…

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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.

More tiny drawings

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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A good thing with a tiny sketchbook is of course it´s portability. I like drawing whatever is in front of me, to record all those everyday things in life, and wanted to capture this place, where I sometimes change buses to and from work. I´m never there long enough to finish a drawing, but it was easy to just keep working on the same sketch during several days with this little sketchbook. Also, weather matters less! A few drops of rain doesn´t do much harm, because the sketchbook is almost covered by my drawing hand, held closely to my body while drawing.

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And as always, you are never bored with a sketchbook in hand. I was host at an exhibition in October, and while it´s fun to talk to visitors and take care of things around the exhibition, there are always those moments of silence and complete calm between visitors, where I tend to get a bit restless. I kept myself busy drawing.

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

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.

Saltsjöbanan revisited

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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I went drawing at Slussen with Urban sketchers Stockholm today. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, the rain was pouring down at noon. But no matter how worn down and half deconstructed Slussen gets, it still provides roof over your head for sketching, so we were ok.

I was surprised to see that the tracks at Saltsjöbanan were already removed – a railroad station without rails is a very strange view. I decided to sit down on the former tracks and do a remake of sorts, of this drawing from 2014:

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Then, on my way home, I couldn´t help stopping by at another place I´ve drawn before. Another take on the Northern entrance to Blå bodarna:

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And an earlier version from 2013, when the place was still in use (but already far from it´s former glory):

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Top drawing: 21 x 15 cm, Blå bodarna from today: 12 x 14 cm, both UniPin fineliners and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Filming for Sketchbook Skool

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Gabrielle, me and Peter, filming in Juniparken in Midsommarkransen. Photo: Koosje Koene

I have spent the past two days in a role I am not quite used to – in front of two film cameras and a boom mike.

I have been working with an incredibly professional and inspirational group of people, filming material for Sketchbook Skool. It has been two days of constant concentration, big time learning, and lots of fun. Now I´m looking forward to joining the fakulty of SBS, and to meeting new students and creatives online!

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Koosje and yours truly, outside Tellusbion in Kransen. Photo: Koosje Koene

Koosje Koene from Sketchbook Skool has been guiding me through the experience, and she was absolutely fabulous at keeping everything on track. I have seldom worked with someone so completely focused on the task at hand, while still leaving so much room for laughter, great conversations and afterthought. Thanks a lot, Koosje, it´s been a great two days!

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Would also like to thank the film crew, Peter Östlund and Gabrielle Wikhede for their expertise and complete calm in this project. It´s been fabulous to work with you guys!

Also, big thanks to the good people at Tellusbion, who kindly let us use their café for indoors scenes.


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