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Evening in Las Palmas

Monday, March 17th, 2014


One of the evenings in Las Palmas, I went out drawing with fellow urban sketcher Ale. We walked a dusty and rocky path up to the top of the hill at Las Coloradas, and were met with a fantastic view over Las Palmas. (Click the images to see a bigger version.)

I tried to be quick here (because Ale is – and I am a firm believer of getting out of your comfort zone, so I followed his example…), so I worked mostly in watercolours with a big brush. I guess you could say this is sort of visual note-taking of a city – there aren´t many actual details in there when you look closer:


After the grand view of Las Palmas, we headed down to Triana, an older part of the city, and tried to get in to the Gabinete Literario to draw the interior, which is quite fantastic. It´s the kind of interior where you want to slip into a gala dress and make an unforgettable entrance down the red carpet staircase!


But alas, you needed a permission for photographing and drawing in there, so we made do with the front façade instead – which I have to say looks ok too. ;)
I only had time for the actual drawing part of this, and added the colours later.

See Ale´s sketches of the evening here:

And Ale, thanks for a great tour around the city, and for splendid drawing company! :)

Panorama drawing: 44 x 14 cm, grey Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours, Gabinete Literario: 21,5 x 14,5 cm, PITT Artist pen and watercolours, both in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Watercolour exhibition in Umeå

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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I am exhibiting some watercolours in an exhibition that just opened at Norrbyskär’s museum, south of Umeå. I will be posting larger images of the paintings here on the blog in the following days. Meanwhile, I have also been to the Urban Sketchers symposium in Barcelona, and have lots to scan and post from there. Stay tuned!

Drawing with mittens

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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I have given myself the challenge this winter to find ways to sketch with mittens on, and today was the first time I gave it a serious try. For some reason I have super sensitive fingers, I lose all sense in my finger tips if I get cold for too long, so I usually wear huge double mittens during winter – which of course makes it complicated to sketch with fountain pens and fineliners…


Today it was about -3° Celsius – not the coldest day of the year, but still – and I tried sketching with PITT artist pens Big Brush, in three shades of grey. I figured I can´t use small tools with my mittens on, so I went for the sturdiest I could find in my drawers. It worked out quite well, even if I couldn´t really control where the lines were going. I had to draw and re-draw just about everything, but I got the hang of it after a while.

Top sketch: 13,5 x 18 cm, lower sketch 18 x 13,5 cm, PITT Artist pen Big brush on folded sketchbook with Plano drawing paper.

In class

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012


Second drawing from work in one week, seems lika a record of sorts, since I rarely get to sketch at work. This is part of the classroom where my colleague explains 3DStudioMax to our students.

Approx. 15 x 10 cm, Duke fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, and design marker on a piece of marker paper.

Moo package

Monday, June 18th, 2012


I know! No posts for a long time. It´s crazy. I have been swamped with things to do, as always at the end of the spring semester. I have been dividing my time between grades and finishing up at work before the summer holiday, illustration jobs, a secret side project, and preparing for the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Santo Domingo. I have definitely been drawing a lot, but not had time to post anything so far. But as I have now officially started my eight week summer holiday, I expect to have more time for communicating with the world outside my own head. : )

Anyway. This lovely Moo package came in the mail today. You´ve got to love moo cards, they are so beautiful. And check out that little sticker book in the lower left corner, I never made one of those before. They are so neat – tiny little stickers with my drawings on them! I may have to go stick some stuff on the walls of a metro station near you…

December 29

Thursday, December 29th, 2011


Peeking out the little door viewer in our apartment door, this is what I see – a Stockholm staircase from the forties. A bit gloomy right now, since it´s dark outside.

My smaller sketchbook didn´t quite reach all the way through December, I finished it with yesterday´s drawing, so I´m continuing in the large book.

Approx. 18,5 x 18,5 cm, Namiki-Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink on Arches Satinée 300 g watercolour paper.

End of day one

Sunday, November 20th, 2011


Day one of the Rendez vous ended outside a bar next to the cathedral (everything else was closing), where Miguel Herranz, I, Lapin and Gérard Michel talked about sketchbooks, drawing techniques, colours, and drawing habits, with a group of young students from Colégio de Santa Doroteia in Lisbon. They are in Clermont-Ferrand with their teacher Mario Linhares (whom I met during the Lisbon symposium this summer) and his colleagues.

I was really impressed by these students – I took this photo at 00.25, and they were freezing at the end, but still asking questions, being genuinelly interested… Wow.


I managed to squeeze in a few portraits too, during the evening. I am determined that some day I will be able to draw perfect portraits, and fast, so I’d better start practicing. These took forever.

The Rendez vous has started

Friday, November 18th, 2011


I’m having a crazy first day at the Rendez vous du Carnet de Voyage. The place is crowded with people, and today is the day when the school kids visit, and they all want a drawing done in their school books. It’s a rather odd feeling to draw with ten kids leaning over you. They run around collecting drawings from all the ‘carnettistes’. And my brain is ready to explode from trying to speak French with children… But they are very understanding, I ask them to speak slowly, and they really make an effort to.

I’ve had lots and lots of other people too at my stand, asking about my art, about Sweden and Stockholm, about my drawing tools. I’ve had so many interesting conversations, mostly in Frenglish.

As a bonus, my stand is right next to Mattias Adolfsson’s, so I finally get to meet one of my favorite illustrators. : )

Exhibiting in Vic-le-Comte

Friday, November 18th, 2011



The Rendez vous du Carnet de Voyage is the most well-organized event I have ever been to – and it hasn’t even started yet!

Today I have been brought by car to (and from, in the evening) Vic-le-Comte, where I was to set up my exhibition of watercolours. I have had help all day to hang my paintings, print signs and price lists, and had a fantastic lunch mid-day. In the evening, the opening of the exhibition was also taken care of with drinks and speeches, people had been invited, the Mayor of Vic-le-Comte came by…

It has been a fantastic day, and I am so grateful for all the efforts made to make it work! A huge Thank you and lots of love to all who helped out, especially Pauline for organizing things in Vic, and Estelle for just knowing what to help me with all the time, even though I “don’t speak French” and you “don’t speak English”! : )


For all spelling mistakes and bad imagery in this little live blogging adventure, I blame the iPhone. I may accept some little responsibility for the fact that I only took photos way before the opening and when it was almost over. But you’d think a smartphone should be able to remind you somewhere in between, right?

Trying it live

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I’m trying out what an iPhone can do for a blogger in Clermont-Ferrand. I don’t know yet if this will work, but here goes, anyway.

I did the drawing while waiting for a flight to Paris. I lost track of time, as I often do while drawing, and realized when I was done that everyone was already standing in line boarding the plane. Drawing as meditation is probably good for you, but missing flights is not. It’s a fine line…

(The image editing is done on the iPhone – not quite like a high quality scanner and Photoshop on a widescreen, but it will have to do for now.)

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