Archive for the ‘Stockholm’ Category

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.

La Fille de Gamla Stan

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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Photo: Romaric Chavy

Here´s something fun I did during the autumn of 2016, an illustration for a wine etiquette, for Domaine Chavy-Chouet.

I started by doing an on-location sketch in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, to get a feel for what I could do. However, the sketch needed quite a bit of work, including a complete redrawing, the girl (”La Fille”) had to be added, the paper grain had to be removed in Photoshop and whatnot, so what ended up on the finished etiquette is actually not at all the sketch below. But it was a good start to work from!

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Also, I quite like having an actual drawing memory associated with a wine etiquette. I made the sketch standing beside my bicycle, with the sketchbook lying on the saddle. I couldn´t sit down, because the place was crowded with tourists at the moment and they would have covered my view. Drawing on location vs. camera snapshot: 1-0. When drawing, you choose what to capture on the paper, but you also choose what to leave out. :)

Bottom drawing: 18 x 9,5 cm, Kizuna deco pen (fude nib) with black De Atramentis document ink, on Stillman & Birn 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.

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.


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