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Cars and coolness

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Saab 92 de luxe

Sometimes drawing is great in so many ways. Sweden has had a heat wave lately, it´s been 32°C every day for quite some time now, both in Stockholm and elsewhere. Anywhere you go, you sweat. Sitting in the shade doesn´t help much.

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Visiting my in-laws, I found out there is a vehicle museum nearby. I thought I might as well do something useful in spite of the heat, so I went over there to draw some cars. Turns out the museum had a lovely temperature of 18°C inside! Sweet relief! So, apart from having a great time drawing some beautiful cars, I was cool and comfortable the whole afternoon. :)

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Thanks to the nice people at Torsby fordonsmuseum, for letting me hang around drawing!

Top two drawings: 21 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook. Bottom drawing: Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum carbon ink, and Pentel Pocket brush, and watercolours, on Fabriano Artistico cool press 200 g watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.

A charming pile of rust

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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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.

SAAB 96 un-turbo

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Another old car in the neighborhood. Better catch them now while they are out, in winter they are usually tucked away in some cozy garage out of sight for sketchers.

20 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Meanwhile in Stockholm…

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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… someone´s Volvo broke down, and is now standing still. Absolutely just begging to be drawn.

20 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Liljeholmstorget

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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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…

European Parliament Election

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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I did a quick sketch today from a nearby polling station, after using my civil right to cast my vote in the European parliament election. It feels good to see that the political party workers handing out ballot papers are chatting away in a friendly tone. I know that´s not the case all over the world.

22 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Gustaf Vasa kyrka

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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A few days ago me and my dear M ran some errands in town, and were caught by a heavy rain without jackets or umbrellas. We ran into one of the big churches of Stockholm, Gustaf Vasa kyrka, to avoid getting soaked. M moved on as soon as the rain subsided, while I ended up sitting in there drawing for an hour or so. So still, so quiet, such a complete opposite of the city´s noise right outside the doors.

Approx. 20 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Gärdesloppet 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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Yesterday Stockholm was invaded by vintage cars – it was time for Gärdesloppet, or Prins Bertil Memorial, again. My last few sketching visits to this event ended like this, but fortunately the weather was fantastic this time.

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I and a few other sketchers gathered early in the morning at one of the city´s public transport bus garages, to be picked up by a Scania-Vabis bulldog bus from 1938, heading for the event at Djurgården. It is quite an experience to get a ride in a vehicle like this – the wooden interior, the sound and even the smell are all a piece of motor history, and it´s great that this fellow is still rolling, 76 years after it´s premiere tour.

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Later on during the day, we got the opportunity to tag along in the Bulldog for the veteran car parade through Stockholm. I did a wobbly (I must say suspension technique has developed since 1938) sketch from the front passenger seat, where you can catch a glimpse of the other old bus at the party, a Scania-Vabis Metropol from 1953. I was surprised to see that people of all ages were standing along the streets actually waving to the buses as we passed by. That is so cute.

Thanks a bunch to Thomas, Björn, Jens and the other drivers, for generously letting us into your precious vehicles!

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As Gärdesloppet offers a huge field full of vintage cars from all times, it is kind of hard to choose which ones to draw in just a few hours. Apart from the bus, I went for a Citroën DS, because they are one of my favorite cars and I never see them in the streets anymore, and a huge Oldsmobile – because American cars from the fifties are just mad and a lot of fun to draw. But I could have gone on for another day or two. I didn´t get to draw any of the race cars, or the old Renaults, or the Jaguar E-types, or the Saab Sonett, or, or…

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

Halmstad

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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I do drive too, but this is my fav distribution of work when traveling – my dear M driving while I tend to the drawing. Somebody´s gotta do it, right? ;)

We took a mini vacation in Halmstad on the west coast this weekend. The weather was cold-ish but sunny there, while incredibly bad in Stockholm, so it seems we picked the right weekend to go.

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I spent about an hour sketching Stora Torg (Big Square) in Halmstad the next day. The city center of Halmstad is really pretty, with lots of old buildings (that church over there is the oldest, from the 1400s). I would have loved to do more sketches, but we had a lot of relaxing to do too, so…

Quite a few people stopped for a chat while I was drawing, and one lady suddenly stood right in front of me and spread her arms out in a dramatic pose, asking “”Will I look ok like this?”. Gotta love the Halmstad dwellers and their sense of humour. : )

Top drawing:22 x 14,5, UniPin fineliner, PITT artist brush pen, grey Copic Multiliner SP brush tip and watercolours, bottom drawing: UniPin fineliner, grey Copic Multiliner SP fineliner and watercolours, both on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Riddarholmen

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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Today I met up with a group of sketchers in Stockholm to draw at Riddarholmen, a small island connected to Old town. This place always feels a bit strange to me, because there are no apartments on this little island, only offices and courtrooms. What you get is a place full of really old, beautiful buildings, windows everywhere, some tourists strolling around – but not really much life going on. You will possibly have a tourist bus or two parking right in your view if you sit down to sketch here, but they won´t stay for long, and neither will their passengers.

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There is a nice outdoors café here, though, which is usually quite calm this time of the year – perfect for a group of sketchers pausing between drawings. And in sunny weather, as today, the quay is the perfect place to bask in the sun, and enjoy the smashing view of Stockholm surrounding you across the water.

I am still getting used to my new Daniel Smith watercolours, and using mixes that I usually do with my Winsor & Newtons does not always work as expected. I do mix quite a bit of mud these days, but I´m thinking it will get better soon – we´re just getting acquainted. :)

Both drawings: 18,5 x 19,5 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum carbon ink, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Fabriano NOT watercolour paper in handbound Russell Parry sketchbook.


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