A pure line drawing this time. I didn´t have time to colour it, since I was going to meet people at the ferry, and afterwards I kind of liked it like this. Still not sure if I´m going to add some little colour somewhere. What do you think?
Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy nib with Platinum Carbon ink on Langton watercolour paper.
On the island where we spend parts of our summers, there are a lot of really old bicycles. They are still in use and cared for, since no motor vehicles are allowed. They say some of the bikes have been there since the sawmill era, which lasted from about 1900-1952. Respect.
19 x 19 cm, Duke calligraphy nib fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink and watercolours on Langton watercolour paper.
Another house on the island. Big display windows facing the street are the telltale of the times when the Red Villa used to be the co-op grocery store here. That was when the island´s sawmill industry was running and up to 1400 people lived here, at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, it is a summer residence, like most of the houses here.
Approx. 28 x 28 cm, Duke calligraphy fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, and watercolours, on Langton (I think) watercolour paper.
I haven´t posted all the drawings I did during this summer, away from scanners and fast internet connections, so I thought I´d do a little round of these.
This is our neighbor´s house on the island where we have our summerhouse. I was sitting at our front steps painting it. Suddenly, my mum´s dog Sixten drank all my painting water (don´t ask how he managed to squeeze his fluffy muzzle into that little container), then tried to steal the mug. When I said no, he had exactly this look on his face:
Drawing: approx. 28 x 28 cm, bamboo pen with india ink, and watercolours on some watercolour paper.
Dog: approx. a little larger than a dachshound, with good mood and lots of hair.
I took my bicycle to Tranebergsbron (Traneberg bridge) today and sat down to draw a panoramic of the view from up there. It´s not a super comfy place to sit, you have four lanes of roaring traffic and a metro track behind you, but the view makes up for it. I had a really nice time – perfect weather, and an unusually lot of people stopping to see what I was doing and chat for a while. One of them, DJ Micke Pietile, took a photo of the work in progress, and was kind enough to send me the image:
45 x 15 cm, black Staedtler fineliner, gray Copic Multiliner SP and watercolours on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.
Sketcher Ed (Mostly Drawing) from Bath and his family visited Stockholm a week or so ago, and I and a few other sketchers from Stockholm met up with him for a sketchcrawl that turned into a little nature adventure. First, even before we started drawing, we had to wait under an awning for a surprise thunder storm with heavy showers to pass by. It was over pretty quickly, though, and we went down to sketch by the water at Bergsunds strand.
Right after drawing the boats above, we all had to seek shelter again under a roof, to escape from another roaring thunder storm for about half an hour. It was quite spectacular, and we weren´t the only ones who were watching it in awe. I didn´t manage to sketch the weather, but the phone captured a quick proof:
I heard later that the heavy rain flooded a few underground stations and part of a department store in Stockholm.
Anyway, the rain and thunder subsided eventually, the sun came out, and we got back to sketching again.
See that little bird to the right in the sketch? It´s a herring gull chick, and was not at all the main focus of my drawing. He was just walking around on that tree trunk, chirping a little. But here´s what suddenly happened, right in front of our feet, while sketching. A very everyday scene in a bird´s life, I guess, but I´ve never seen it so up close, and didn´t expect to either, in the middle of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.