Drawing at Spårvägsmuséet

February 22nd, 2015

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It´s the last Sunday of the month today, which usually means that the little group of sketch enthusiasts in Stockholm meet up for some drawing together. This time we were not so few – 15! We went to the Stockholm public transport museum, Spårvägsmuséet, and spent a few hours sketching interesting stuff in the exhibition.

The good people at the museum also let us into the room behind the exhibition space, full of interesting stuff, leftovers from exhibitions, possible items for future shows, all in a fantastic interesting mess. Super fun! And too little time to capture it all!

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It was nice to be indoors for once, although today was not the coldest day of February. :)

Both drawings: 21 x 15 cm, Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook paper.

Waking up a sleeping imagination

February 15th, 2015

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On the 1st of January, I started a new year-long project – to sketch from imagination every day. I feel like I haven´t used my imagination for years and years, and find it difficult to think up things to draw that aren´t made from observation.

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So, to try and do something about this, I bought myself a 1-day-per-page calendar, and decided to draw something from imagination every day during 2015. (I did miss five days already, but I´m not going to get anal about it.) To keep the pressure and my own expectations at a decent level, the calendar is very small, and has lined and flimsy paper.

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The first few weeks I had a hard time coming up with ideas for these drawings, so I decided to take some help from the Rory´s Story Cubes – a bunch of dice with different symbols on, to help make up stories. These dice are available in physical form, but it would be a hazzle to carry them around, so I went for the digital app. (And that´s all I´m going to say about Rory´s dice, I have no association to them whatsoever, they´re just a good help in this little project.)

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As the days have passed, I´m finding it easier to come up with ideas, I´m beginning to find inspiration almost everywhere, so I´m using the dice less and less.

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I do occasionally look at reference photos for some subjects, simply because I don´t know how many wings a wasp actually has, or how the horns are positioned on a rhinoscerous. But I have given myself a rule about this, since I hate using photos to draw from – especially other people´s photos, it makes me feel like cheating: If I need them, I look at at least 20 photos and then try to draw the subject from a different angle than any of them. And quite frankly, I am happy that  I have drawn so much from observation, because it has really expanded my understanding of how to render 3D-objects on a 2D-surface. The thought “I wonder how this would look from underneath?” isn´t so madly difficult to try out, even if it still looks a bit stiff sometimes.

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If you feel like following this project during 2015, all the images are posted here: http://bogglemymind.tumblr.com.

All drawings: 9  14 cm, ink fineliners on Moleskine calendar lined pages.

Digging at Södermalmstorg

February 2nd, 2015

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The Stockholm sketching group met last Sunday to sketch the view from a cozy rooftop bar at Södermalm. Only the bar was closed, so we ended up outdoors on the roof of restaurant Gondolen instead, cold, but with a view over my fav spot to draw, Slussen.

The New Slussen project is already visible everywhere around this place, although the city hasn´t officially started the actual destruction of the old Slussen. There are big roadworks preparing for the destruction, huge holes, fences and central heating pipes just about everywhere. It´s getting harder to walk or bicycle past Slussen, there is always a new concrete barrier somewhere forcing you out of your normal ways.

The archeologists at the City Museum (white building to the left) are making the most of the roadworks, though. In the big shaft visible in this sketch, they have found a piece of a 17th century street and an old kitchen with a baking oven from 1601. In other shafts they have found traces of buildings and workshops from the 15th and 14th centuries. Digging here is like opening a temporary window to the past, and although I hate roadworks as much as the next bicyclist, it´s amazing to think what might be lying beneath the surface of the rest of the city…

Cold fingers in London

January 24th, 2015

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Had the opportunity to go sketching for about two hours in London yesterday, wrapping up a work trip to this fabulous city. London, January and a cold wind makes for fingers cold as ice, not much different from drawing outdoors in Stockholm at the moment.

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Went into a café to warm up and fill in some colour, when a gentleman struck up a conversation with me. He wanted to discuss my technique, since he wanted to do something similar himself. He was suffering from stress, and had been ordered by the doctor to go out drawing. I´m just sayin´. This doctor got it right. :)

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I managed to squeeze in an early morning sketch too, of the not too inspiring view from my hotel room.

Top and bottom drawings: 21 x 14 cm, middle: 18 x 14 cm, UniPin fineliners and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Nice, France

January 11th, 2015

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We went to Nice over the New Year, a short trip to get some light and see some new sights. I have never been to Nice before, it was a very positive first encounter! Love the size of the city, the sea, the sun, the food, and just about everything else. My dear M can also report that Nice is an ok place to have a cold in. Next time I will have to find more time for drawing.

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Having a hard time getting used to 2015 in my signature…

All drawings approx. 20 x 14,5 cm, UniPin fineliners and watercolours in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Freezing watercolours

December 29th, 2014

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The Christmas celebrations are over, had a great time with relatives in Värmland in the Western part of Sweden. I managed to get myself out of the sofa (you know the drill around Christmas – lit candles, long-johns, and film watching is an important part of the general plan) and out drawing twice near where my in-laws live. I wanted to try out my watercolours in these really low temperatures (in this case -6 and -13°C), along with the vodka/water mix in my waterbrush. It did work really well to paint with watercolours this way, though the paint behaves a bit differently than usual.

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It freezes a bit on the palette, just about to the texture of slush ice. Squeezing out more water/alcohol into it, turns it into floating paint again for a little while. It dries pretty quickly on the page as long as I don´t add too many layers of paint in a short time. In the second image, the cloudy sky actually behaved like it dried, but when I got inside it turned wet again, so obviously it had frozen.

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Also, drawing and painting with double wool mittens is a bit tricky, but I found it quite liberating. I have to leave out a lot of detail, stop worrying about wiggly lines, and hurry up like crazy, because after about 20 minutes both drawing and paint has to be finished in these temperatures, otherwise I don´t have any sense left in my fingers.

So yeah, definitely no need to stop sketching outdoors because it´s cold. You just have to adjust time and tools a bit.

Top drawing: 20 x 13 cm, bottom drawing: 20 x 10 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours with vodka/water mix in Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook.

Stadshuset and some winter sun

December 21st, 2014

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Today was a smashing winter´s day in Stockholm, with bright sunshine and just below 0°C. No snow yet, but we´ll get there. Four of the Stockholm sketchers gathered and spent a few lovely hours drawing near City hall. I don´t know how I managed to NOT fit in the three crowns on top of the tower here, they are such a strong symbol of the city, and leaving them out is such an epic fail. I´ll do better next time. Promise. :)

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When our fingers got completely frozen, we went on to Kungsholms kyrka (Kungsholm´s church) nearby, and sketched inside for an hour – then headed for coffee. I didn´t think I was going to find the time to make one more drawing before Christmas, so this whole day was a fabulous bonus.

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Merry Christmas to everyone who follows this blog! I hope you will have a wonderful holiday, not too far away from your sketchbooks and pens. :)

Top drawing: 21 x 15 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.

Exhibition opening – Stadssamlaren

December 10th, 2014

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Last Friday my exhibition Stadssamlaren (The City Collector) opened at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm. All in all 96 of my sketchbook drawings from Stockholm are on show, along with some floor stickers and sketching gear. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening, you truly made my day! :)

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Exhibition Stadssamlaren at Spårvägsmuséet

November 29th, 2014

Välkommen till min utställning Stadssamlaren på Spårvägsmuséet på Söder i Stockholm! Vernissage fredag 5 december klockan 15.00! Ta buss 2 från Slussen mot Sofia, hoppa av vid hållplats Spårvägsmuséet. Utställningen är ett urval Stockholmsteckningar ur mina skissböcker, tecknade på plats i stan.

Welcome to my exhibition Stadssamlaren (The City Collector) at Spårvägsmuséet in Stockholm, opening Friday December 5th at 3 pm! On show is a selection of urban sketches from my sketchbooks, drawn on location in Stockholm. To get there, grab bus no 2 from Slussen, towards Sofia, the bus stop Spårvägsmuseet is right outside the entrance. See you there!

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Stockholm from Kaknästornet

November 11th, 2014

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A slow sketch from the top of Kaknästornet (Kaknäs tower) in Stockholm. Autumn is here, and things get darker and less colourful every day. Still, Stockholm tends to look good from this height any season.

21 x 14,5 cm, Namiki Falcon with Platinum Carbon ink, Lamy Safari with diluted Noodler´s Lexington gray, and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook page.


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