A slow sketch from the top of Kaknästornet (Kaknäs tower) in Stockholm. Autumn is here, and things get darker and less colourful every day. Still, Stockholm tends to look good from this height any season.
21 x 14,5 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington gray, and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.
Another one from the beginning of the First aid Moleskine (see previous post). Sitting on the second balcony of Konserthuset in Stockholm in mid September, trying to make sense of a symphony orchestra from a funny angle.
18 x 14 cm, multicolour Muji ballpoint pen in small Moleskine sketchbook.
After returning home from Brazil, of course I had to check up on Slussen, one of my fav places to draw in Stockholm. I almost thought Kolingsborg – the oval building in this sketch – would be torn down by now, but it was still standing. All of Slussen is about to get demolished and rebuilt, but the process has been taking a long time, with protests and appeals against the building plans.
After the elections in September, Stockholm (and Sweden) has a new government. The new politicians in City Hall want to review the building plans for Slussen, since they don´t think they had enough insight in the project before, so now you never know how long Kolingsborg will be standing there, overlooking Old Town. And you never know how long I will be sitting there on my folding stool sketching.
All drawings: approx. 14 x 21 cm, various ink pens and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.
It is always fun when other sketchers visit Stockholm. A little while back, Inma Serrano from Sevilla was here, and we almost missed each other because I was out of town, but in the end we managed to squeeze in three hours and a lunch before she and her company had to leave for the airport. We sketched a bit at Djurgården, and JUST when I had finished the boat, a whole bus load of Russian tourists came and sat down in front of us with their pic-nic – hence the sketchy background…
After Djurgården, a quick stop at Berzelii park, to draw some people.
Inma is one of my drawing heroes – totally fearless sketching! – so it was awesome to at least get a little moment with her in Stockholm.
Both drawings: 21 x 14,5 cm, ink and watercolour on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.
I took my bicycle to Tranebergsbron (Traneberg bridge) today and sat down to draw a panoramic of the view from up there. It´s not a super comfy place to sit, you have four lanes of roaring traffic and a metro track behind you, but the view makes up for it. I had a really nice time – perfect weather, and an unusually lot of people stopping to see what I was doing and chat for a while. One of them, DJ Micke Pietile, took a photo of the work in progress, and was kind enough to send me the image:
45 x 15 cm, black Staedtler fineliner, gray Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.
Sketcher Ed (Mostly Drawing) from Bath and his family visited Stockholm a week or so ago, and I and a few other sketchers from Stockholm met up with him for a sketchcrawl that turned into a little nature adventure. First, even before we started drawing, we had to wait under an awning for a surprise thunder storm with heavy showers to pass by. It was over pretty quickly, though, and we went down to sketch by the water at Bergsunds strand.
Right after drawing the boats above, we all had to seek shelter again under a roof, to escape from another roaring thunder storm for about half an hour. It was quite spectacular, and we weren´t the only ones who were watching it in awe. I didn´t manage to sketch the weather, but the phone captured a quick proof:
I heard later that the heavy rain flooded a few underground stations and part of a department store in Stockholm.
Anyway, the rain and thunder subsided eventually, the sun came out, and we got back to sketching again.
See that little bird to the right in the sketch? It´s a herring gull chick, and was not at all the main focus of my drawing. He was just walking around on that tree trunk, chirping a little. But here´s what suddenly happened, right in front of our feet, while sketching. A very everyday scene in a bird´s life, I guess, but I´ve never seen it so up close, and didn´t expect to either, in the middle of the city.
Might as well keep going with the cars here, I seem to bump into them everywhere right now. Must be the great weather we are having.
I loose all sense of scale with these huge american cars. It´s as if I kind of can´t believe my eyes when I´m drawing, and I should – you should always believe your eyes when drawing from observation. I loved capturing all the little details on this one – along with dents, broken parts and rust – but I kind of lost the overall proportions. I hope it´s still there next time I pass by, so I can give it another try.
20 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
Shopping malls are not my favorite subject to sketch, but sometimes it´s a good challenge to draw stuff that is just a bit… boring. I have to overcome a certain resistance inside before I can really dive into lines and colours with my usual interest. It´s probably character building.
20 x 20 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours, on Arches cold press watercolour paper – not sure about the weight, and not sure I like it…