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.
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, http://stockholm.urbansketchers.org. 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: http://tkjustinng.com/sketchbook/.
21 x 14 cm, Kizuna fude pen with DeAtramentis black ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
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.
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.
December 30th, 2015
The blog has been on vacation (or we could call it that, it sounds better than being neglected…) for a while, because I have been busy drawing every day. Time by the computer has been scarce. I was not sure that I would succeed in drawing every day for a whole year, but the calendar I wanted to fill during 2015 only has two pages left now.
If you have missed the whole deal, all the images are available at bogglemymind.tumblr.com. Some of them can also be seen in my instagram account, along with a few timelapse videos of the work in progress.
Now to think up something to draw today and tomorrow – the last two days of the year…
All images: 8,5 x 13,5 cm, UniPin ink fineliners and PITT artist brush pens in Moleskine pocket calendar.
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.
October 24th, 2015
More previously unscanned drawings. Blecktornsgränd at Södermalm in Stockholm is one of those magical environments where now and then meet. If you walk up to the end of it, you meet a fantastic view over the city. If you turn your back to the view, you move back in time to when Södermalm was the outskirts of Stockholm, with small buildings, cobbled streets and wooden fences around lush fruit gardens. Funny how you can travel so far in time by just turning your body 180°.
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42 x 15 cm, Kizuna DecoPen fountain pen with De Atramentis black ink, and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
October 10th, 2015
Posting some sketchbook pages that I have forgotten to scan! I tried the 180° approach that I learned in Singapore at our summer house in August. First time ever that I got all the houses in a row on the same page!
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42 x 15 cm, Kizuna fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis black ink, and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
September 6th, 2015
I spent my last day in Singapore in Chinatown, with Liz Steel from Australia. China town was a tricky place to sketch in, especially in the narrow market streets, where vendors opening up their shops made our view smaller and smaller, moving their merchandise out into the street, in front of where we were sitting. However, it was such a visual feast to draw there, with all the strong colours, old shop houses and people everywhere.
And then, in the evening, the moment had come to grab my luggage at the hotel, and head out to the airport to start the journey home. A full day in 31°C humid heat is not a nice preparation for a long night flight. Changi airport lived up to it´s good reputation when I found the showers in one of the lounges.
Tried out a new fude nib fountain pen waiting for the last leg of the trip in Frankfurt. I rarely use water soluble ink, but this is what came with the pen, and a waterbrush made it a quite nice experience to play around with.
All drawings: 21 x 15 cm, various ink pens and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.
September 6th, 2015
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Gardens by the bay is a must-see in Singapore. It´s a huge park area in the city, and hosts everything from themed kitchen gardens, to children´s garden to huge glass domes with fantastic amounts of flowers, to the grand super trees, with a fabulous light show every evening.
I was in awe of the Cloud Forest glass dome, a seven storey built up mountain (!) full of flowers and exhibitions of natural phenomena. I was drawing flowers in there for about three hours with Hong Kong sketcher Ben Luk.
42 x 15 cm, UniPin and Copic ink fineliners and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.