Archive for the ‘Stockholm’ Category

Gärdesloppet 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016


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!!


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!


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


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…


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

Drawing a car, thinking of Florian

Sunday, May 8th, 2016


It´s that time of the year again, when pretty old cars come out to play in the streets of Stockholm. It is always such a joy to try to capture these old beauties with pen in hand.

I had a bittersweet moment drawing this SAAB Sonett V4 today, though, since it inevitably made me think of fellow urban sketcher Florian Afflerbach, who sadly passed away in a traffic accident a few days ago. Apart from being a genuinely nice person, Florian was a constant source of sketching inspiration, and had a big influence on my car drawing habits.

R.I.P. Florian, thank you for all the inspiration you brought to the rest of us.

Flaf´s drawings on Flickr.

21 x 14 cm, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington grey ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Stortorget in rain, sunshine and hail

Monday, April 25th, 2016


Yesterday was the last Sunday of April, which means sketching time with Urban sketchers Stockholm. In spite of rain, hail, sunshine, hail again, and then some rain, all in one and a half hour, 16 keen sketchers turned up at Stortorget in Gamla stan (Old town).


I discovered that fineliners don´t like raindrops. As soon as I ran the pen across a drop of water (or half frozen hail, for that matter), it stopped working for a while! Luckily I had three pens of the same nib size.


Here are a few of the brave sixteen, some with mittens, some with hats, all with a deep concentrated gaze across Stortorget.

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


Thursday, April 14th, 2016


Last Sunday I went drawing at Bysistorget with Urban sketchers Stockholm. It was a rather informal meeting, hardly planned ahead at all, but still 11 people showed up with pen in hand! Good times, cherry blossoms and sunshine!

27 x 16 cm, Kizuna fude pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours on some kind of unknown watercolour paper.

Stockholms stadsbibliotek

Monday, April 11th, 2016


Spring is definitely upon us in Stockholm – my bicycle has got summer tyres on, crocuses are everywhere, and the sun is smiling!

Spent half an hour or so drawing in front of Stockholm city Public Library this weekend, finally able to use my fountain pens outdoors again, after a long cold winter. Also a sure sign of spring. :)

21 x 14 cm, Namiki Falcon with De Atramentis document black ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Stockholm Urban Sketchers at Nytorgsgatan

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016


Have you heard that Stockholm now has it´s own local chapter of Urban Sketchers? Yes, folks, it is so! We usually meet up on the last Sunday of each month, to sketch and fika together. You are of course welcome to join, if you are into drawing and sketching on location! Keep a lookout on our brand new website, We add sketching events to the calendar as soon as we plan them.

The Easter holidays ate the last Sunday of March, what with all the family dinners and egg-paintings that people do then, but a few of us met up with Hong Kong sketcher Justin Ng who was visiting Stockholm. The huge Urban sketchers community is great that way – when you are traveling, there is always someone local to hook up with for some sketching and coffee. :)

Do not miss Justin´s completely jaw-dropping sketchbook:

21 x 14 cm, Kizuna fude pen with DeAtramentis black ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Commuting with a Bic

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016


Sometimes commuting to work can be a bit tedious. However, a Bic pen and a sketchbook is all it takes to make things a lot more interesting. Spending some time looking intensely at those ordinary, bland, everyday places that i usually turn a blind eye to, always makes me appreciate them. If this building was to be demolished in the general construction craze of Stockholm, I´d miss it sorely, now that I´ve drawn it. It´s part of my collection now, and I´d at least expect them to ask me first, before they decide to get rid of it. That´s a reasonable expectation, isn´t it?


Very close to the place in the top drawing, I´ve been watching these apartment buildings while waiting for a bus on my way to work. I see people waking up in there, turning on the lights during the dark months, maybe opening a balcony door in springtime. I´ve been thinking I should leave home earlier to get a chance to draw here, but being the most tired person in the universe in the mornings, this is not a very convincing thought. Instead, I brought said Bic pen, and drew six-seven minutes a day, for four winter days, filling in some shades on the bus.

I quite like it, it doesn´t take many minutes a day to make a decent sketch, and my fingers don´t freeze in such a short time. And I don´t have to get up earlier for it. A possible habit in the making.

Top drawing: 21 x 15 cm, Bic ballpoint pen in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. Bottom drawing: 8 x 13 cm, same pen, pocket Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook.

Dr Sketchy´s Are you for real

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


A Storm trooper was there, Totoro came by, and even Starman, of course with a David Bowie soundtrack – all kinds of heroes visited the Dr Sketchy´s Are you for real event on January 19 in Bergshamra in Stockholm.



And of course, lots of sketchers. Kulturhuset Q was full of drawing enthusiasts this evening. Easy to understand, who would want to miss out on all these heroes?


Dr Sketchy´s is life drawing and burlesque performance at the same time – a cabaret life drawing session. So much fun. Don´t ever miss it, if you have a chance to go!



If you live in Stockholm, or anywhere near, keep at lookout on Facebook for Dr Sketchy´s Anti Art School, Sweden, and Kulturhuset Q, to see when you can join in the fun next time!




All drawings: various sizes, on various cheap papers, with various pens.

Rodin at Nationalmuseum

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Pencil special! I went sketching with some friends today at the Rodin exhibition at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. We got a special permit to draw in pencil there, no pens allowed. So two challenges in one – pencil AND Rodin…


I tried out some Faber-Castell watersoluble pencils that I won (!) on an online giveaway a while back – super fun to use! Just a little waterbrush, the pencil and a little rag to wipe the brush, and you´re good to go!


I never looked closely at a Rodin sculpture before, but after today I am in awe over Rodin´s treatment of light and shadow. When trying to draw sculptures you notice these little things that sculptors do to make the light do it´s magic on the figures, and Rodin had such an eye for these details. Little exaggerations, little simplifications, all to make light dance.

(The portrait of Rodin himself in the top drawing was made by Camille Claudel, and the portrait of Ferdinand Boberg at the bottom image was made by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.)

21 x 15, pencil, watersoluble pencil and waterbrush in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

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