I´m out drawing as much as I can before it gets too cold – and I try to draw as much as I can at Slussen before they tear it away. Today was a perfect autumn day, incredibly sunny and almost warm. But still cold enough for the Platinum Carbon ink to take forever to dry. I´m going to have to ditch my fountain pens during winter, I keep smearing ink with my drawing hand.
People were quite talkative and curious about what I was doing today, had some nice conversations with passers by. Otherwise people tend to be afraid to disturb me when I´m out sketching, in the corner of my eye I can often see them taking a peek at what I´m doing without coming too close.
27 x 21,5 cm, TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink, grey, yellow and red Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook spread.
I went to my first Dr Sketchy session ever this evening. After reading about it online for years, but never found any in Stockholm before, it was great fun to finally try it out.
Dr Sketchy is like a life drawing session, but where the models dress up according to different themes (read more about it here). This evening was all about manga and anime, we got six poses from a short Lolita story, and a few figures from Studio Ghibli´s movies. Super fun and very difficult. Each pose lasted between six and nine minutes, I would guess, and I didn´t have time to do any shading or colouring. So many details, so little time!
Various sizes, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and Pentel Pocket Brush on cheap drawing paper.
On the 27th of September, the decision was officially taken to tear down the old and build a new Slussen in Stockholm. Experts say the whole area is sinking down into the mud underneath, and that the construction can´t take the heavy city traffic anymore.
The city plans to start this huge building project during 2014, and will finish in 2020 (plus the usual big city project delays, I guess). Some applaud this, and some are devastated. In spite of Slussen´s worn down and dirty appearance, many people love this place and the life that constantly goes on in and around it. Noone applauds the six years of traffic chaos we are heading for, though.
13 x 10 cm, TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink and Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook page.
It is getting colder in Stockholm, but it´s still ok to be out drawing. Today was a little windy, though, so for my little sketching session at Slussen I chose to draw under a roof.
This is Saltsjöbanan station, a train that goes eastward, towards Nacka and the sea. I kind of avoided drawing this view before, because it is so complicated, and now that I finally decided to try it, I crammed it into one portrait format page. Crazy. I should have used a whole spread. I managed to put my hand in the ink (which dries slower now, because of the lower temperature) and made a mess of the whole thing. It was fun, though. I will have to try this view again on larger paper. And I have to learn how to draw pigeons.
13,5 x 21,5 cm, Duke fude nib fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, and watercolours on Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook page.
A friend of mine worked in an office on the fifteenth floor until last week, and I had the grand opportunity to come and use the panorama windows of her workplace for sketching. Yum, what a treat – Stockholm from above!
I have actually never seen the city from this point of view before, with the forests of the Royal City National Park as the foreground and the city center to the left at the horizon. This view stretches from Slussen (one of my fav places to draw) at the far left edge of the paper, to Lidingöbron (Lidingö bridge) at the far right. Click image for larger view.
Thanks a lot to the folks at Kalix Tele24 for lending me your windows. : )
42 x 16 cm, TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours on Lana 200 g cold press watercolour paper.
Last Sunday, I had the great pleasure of spending the day with Liliane Marchois and her group of French watercolour painters and sketchbook users (or carnet de voyage, I believe is the preferred French term) at Stockholm´s outdoor museum Skansen. We had a great day, with only a tad rain (though a bit windy – you could feel autumn is coming along), and some great views to sketch.
Merci, tout le groupe (toute la groupe? je vous l´ai dit – j´ai oublié toute la grammaire Francaise…), pour m´inviter pour une journée très agréable et pleine d´inspiration!
During the dinner in the evening, I got a little challenge from Liliane, to make a sketch using only two complementary colours. I was going to take on the challenge the very next day, but work and other stuff prevented me, and I didn´t get it done until today. I would have loved to do a wider view in this street, but the wind was too cold, so I had to limit my sketching time a little, and finished the colouring at home.
It is interesting to work with only two complementaries. In a way, it is easier than using the whole palette, because you don´t have to make so many choices. But it is also tricky to ignore the actual local colours of things, and try to concentrate on value alone. A good exercise, for sure.
(I had a bit of a problem with scanning this image – the scanner simply didn´t accept Schmincke´s Chrome Orange, it came out almost red. I had to use all of my Photoshop tuning skills to get a rough resemblance to the actual sketch here… Sometimes digital equipment just doesn´t get it, does it?)
Top image: 27 x 21 cm, bottom image: 13,5 x 21 cm, TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook.
Stockholm is intensely enjoying the last (?) days of summer, and it seems like people are taking every chance they can to wear shorts and sit at a sidewalk café table to enjoy the sun. Everybody knows these days will soon be gone and chilly autumn winds will chase us all indoors.
Luckily, I finished this drawing at Hornstulls Strand and went over to the old Rio cinema café to grab a cappuccino, just before the Stockholm Half Marathon runners started passing by here. After that, it was impossible to cross the street.
27 x 21,5 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink and Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington gray ink and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
We went to a concert at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm a few weeks ago, and I took the opportunity to draw the orchestra. A real challenge but fun, and with a very enjoyable soundtrack while drawing (mostly Beethoven).
27 x 21,5 cm, TWSBI Diamond 580 and Pentel Pocket brush in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook.
I left my black ink line at home today, and decided to try out a four colour ballpoint pen instead. I am not a fan of drawing with ballpoints, but when I tried it along with watercolours in Sagar Fornies workshop during the Urban sketchers symposium in July this year, I knew I had to experiment some more with it at some point.
I am not quite there yet with which colour to choose for the lines, and I got carried away and drew more lines and hatching than I usually do which makes for a somewhat cluttered result, but I had a lot of fun drawing this. Ballpoint is so different from ink pens, in that it gives you a more humble line, and you can tone and shade things in a more subtle way. And I like the effect the coloured line brings to the watercolours.
13,5 x 18 cm, Tombow multicolour ballpoint pen and watercolours in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook.