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Drawing around Sagrada Família

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Drawing around Sagrada Família

In 2012, I spent a week sketching around the Sagrada Família. Had an amazing time drawing the inside and out of this fantastic building, along with the intense street life around it. The two and a half sketchbooks that I filled was then published in this Sketchguide from Zahorí in 2013.

Right now, the book is available from at a very reasonable price, so if you´re into Gaudí, the Sagrada Família, Barcelona or just enjoy plain sketching and drawing, this is the moment to get your copy!

Want to see more? This link will take you to Zahorís intro of the book, with a video and all. Also, more pages from the original sketchbooks below.

Sagrada Família sketchbooks

Sagrada Família sketchbooks.

Pre-symposium days

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


Two more spreads from the days before the Urban sketchers symposium in Barcelona. I wanted to draw this church, Santa Maria del Mar, last time I was in Barcelona, but didn´t have time then. This time, I went here in the morning, parked my little folding chair where the sun would not reach me in an hour or so, and had a really good time trying to capture all the nooks and crannies of this place. I love this church, it is impressive and beautiful, but not as excessively fancy as many other big churches and cathedrals.

In the evening, I met up with some other sketchers for the evening “Drink and Draw” that ended every day before and during the symposium. I felt brave enough to try some portraits, but I need practice…

The day before the symposium, the Barcelona USk team had arranged a big sketchcrawl for all the sketchers that had arrived early. We met and started sketching at the Hospital de Sant Pau (will post that spread tomorrow), then headed down to Sagrada Família. I drew this place for ten or eleven days last summer, for my book (Drawing around the Sagrada Família – see link in the sidebar), so I felt I could take the liberty of trying something new with it this time.


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

Sagrada Família book at Amazon

Sunday, May 19th, 2013


My book Drawing around Sagrada Família is now available for Europeans too, via This is the Spanish Amazon site, which means it is in Spanish, but I´m sure you´ll manage. : )
(If not, open up, for example, in another browser window, and see how the buttons and links work.)

My book is available in Europe here: Drawing around Sagrada Família,
Both mine and Swasky´s Enjoy Gaudí are here: Sketchguides at

Also available for the US here: Drawing around Sagrada Família,

For those of you who wonder: the book is written in English, and has a translation to both Spanish and Catalan in the last few pages.

Drawing around Sagrada Família

Monday, May 13th, 2013


I got my book Drawing around Sagrada Família in my hand this weekend, so I can finally show you a few sample spreads from it. It is available now from Also, check out the new Sketchguide site from Zahorí!






My book is printed!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Drawing around Sagrada Familia book

I just got word (and images) from my publisher, Zahorí, that my book Drawing around Sagrada Família is printed! It is not for sale just yet, but soon will be. (I will let you know when it is.)

The sketches in it were drawn during ten days in August last summer, when I was invited by Zahorí to explore and draw the Sagrada Família and the streets around it. The sketches were made into a Sketch guide, the start of a new series of books that Zahori is producing. It was a fantastic experience, not just because the Sagrada Família is an amazing place, but also because I have never drawn so much and so intensely around one and the same subject before.

Gaudi and Sagrada Família books

Released along with my book, there is also a Sketch guide called Explore Gaudí by Swasky. Check it out here.

I will post more images as soon as I get my hands on a copy!

Red and pink in the Sagrada Família

Sunday, August 26th, 2012


A quick sketch in red and pink from my last day inside the Sagrada Família. Everyone inside the church is looking up at least half the time – me too! – because the pillars and the ceiling is so fantastic.

14 x 16 cm, red ballpoint pen and watercolours on Saunders Waterford 250 gsm watercolour paper.

Rambla Gaudí

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Morning sketch from Rambla Gaudí, with the Sagrada Família slightly in the background. I am still working on some details and scanning (and scanning and scanning…) before I can send in my sketches from the Sagrada Família to the producer of the book.

This is what I like about sketching on location – you remember everything about the place when you look at your sketches! This particular image contains a lot of sounds to me, and the sight of an endless line of people (around half a block, actually) waiting to enter the Sagrada Família. Plus the knowledge that I soon have to move, because the sun will soon peek around the corner and make the spot I´m sitting in too hot. : )

24 x 16 cm, UniPin ink pen and watercolours on Somerset 250 gsm printing paper.

Stained-glass windows

Monday, August 13th, 2012


Another one of those mind-bending drawings you can do in Sagrada Família. Looking at these windows from afar, they are incredibly beautiful, like stained-glass windows usually are. But when you walk up and stand below them, and you start seeing all those lines in their setting, again it is like nothing else I have seen. It is like the glass is melting into the stone around it, in a very soft and organic way. It feels like an impossible thing, since stone and glass are such different materials, but they somehow seem to be one and the same thing here. Pure poetry.

24 x 16 cm, pink pencil, UniPin ink pen and watercolours on Somerset 250 gsm printing paper.

Of course, the façade!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012


I am back in Stockholm again! It´s good to be home. As always – no matter how great it is to travel, it is heaven to return home, even though it means a lot of unpacking, laundry, and in this case, a few DAYS of scanning!

I will keep posting a few more drawings from Sagrada Família here on the blog. It has been a fantastic experience to draw there, both because it is an intriguing subject to draw, but also because it was such a challenge to produce so many pages in such a short time. I counted the pages in my sketchbooks yesterday morning, and then I had 83 drawings, made in ten days. (I did a few more before leaving for the airport in the afternoon.) It has been hard work, but also incredibly fun, and a huge learning experience. I have seldom had so much practice in drawing people, for example. I also made a few notes on what I need to practice more in terms of drawing. It would be great to be able to do quick portraits. Need to find some willing subjects…

About today´s image: I am as awestruck as everybody else with the nativity façade (and check that out, I just learned how to do ç on the computer, I always ignored those little commas on c:s before). I have been drawing it in both ink and, as here, in a multiple colour pencil (four colours in the same lead, with no way to control what colour you are actually drawing with – FUN). I could probably spend a whole week drawing this façade, and then a couple of days on the passion façade too, but I stopped at a few hours for both – there was so much else to draw around this place.

24 x 16 cm, multicolour pencil on Saunders Waterford Satin 250 gsm (I think)  watercolour paper.

Ready for the madhouse

Friday, August 10th, 2012


I have been trying to make sense of the ceiling in Sagrada Família today, this is the one-page drawing, I have a spread too. I think it is this kind of thing that risks leading a human being into madness. This is so cleverly designed, and so intricate, and so systematic, but trying to draw it freehand blows a few fuses.

Still, the satisfaction when it almost works at the end is fantastic. : )

24 x 16 cm, UniPin ink pen and watercolours on Somerset printing paper.

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