Sketch: Barbershop

Since the City Museum is a treasure trove of motifs, we’ve decided to do a couple of more sessions at it. Since the weather’s getting quite bad here in Sweden, we need indoor places to sketch and this makes for a really nice location.


This time I drew this barbershop window and I’m really happy with how the image turned out. The chair almost drove me bonkers to draw. After struggling for a while, I decided to ink the table and the cabinet and then return to the chair later. When I had finished inking those parts, I realised what had been frustrating me about the chair and could re-draw it properly.

I’m so pleased with the inking in this one. But my favourite part might be the brushes, haha. They turned out really well.

October 16th 2016.

Sketch: The Hat-Makers

The Urban Sketchers group took a trip to the local City Museum. Free of entry and with these cool little scenes showing off the city’s industrial heritage. It was difficult to pick what to draw, but I did finally pick this hat-makers’ window.


I think I made so many poor choices with this one, but there are parts I like. For instance, conveying the shapes of the different part of equiptment. I have no idea what most of them were, though. I just thought they looked cool. I like how the hat end up the focus point.

But I need to either bring a ruler to these events or learn how to draw straight lines!

October 9th 2016.

Throwback Thursday: Sherlock

I started a new job this Tuesday so I’m really tired right now and almost forgot about TBT. But we’ll continue with a watercolour painting.


My Sherlock obsession started in 2011, when I painted this picture. It’s not my best work, but I like the shadowing in the face. I could have worked more on the clothes and the hair than I did, but I still feel it turned out rather well.

March 12th 2011.

Drawing: Self-Portrait

I realised that it’s been a while since I did a self-portrait, so I decided to do one.


My mum’s response to this was: “You’re cuter in real life,” but I still think I’ve managed to capture the likeness. It also made me realise just how boring I keep my hair, all neat and tidy. I need to mess it up a bit, haha. Make it more interesting.

Drawing smiling people are hard, though. I think I need to do some exercises with different facial expressions, just to get away from my default serious drawing subjects.

September 30th 2016.

Sketch: Restaurant

Another Sunday and we went to the sea. It also coincided with the second day of Inktober, so this is my drawing for that event as well.


I went at it again and attempted to draw a building. Practice makes perfect after all, and just because I’m really bad at it doesn’t mean I should give up.

Even if the perspective is off, I still like this picture. There’s a charm in it. I think I managed to capture just how cute this restaurant is, and I’m rather happy with the middle part of the drawing. The shadowing and hatching are quite nice.

There’ll probably be more perspective-defying drawings of houses from me for a while now, to see if I can improve matters.

October 2nd 2016.

Inktober 2016: Day 8-14

Day 8: Hot tea and cosy knits


This is an idea I’ve had in my head for a while, and since fall has really made an entrance this past week I decided to finally realise my idea. It’s time to bring out the hot tea and cosy knits! This might be one of my favourite drawings I’ve done for Inktober yet.

Day 10: Uterus


My Monday was devoted to doctor’s appointments about my uterus and ovaries, so I did an anatomical drawing of an uterus and ovaries for day 10. It depicts the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovarian follicles. I think it turned out quite cool.

Day 11: Angel


I was just going to do a quick, simple angel, I told myself. Then I kept adding details and working on it. It looks like a complete picture and I’m pleased with my line work. I watched a video by Alphonso Dunn on how to ink clouds and it turned out really well. They also helped to picture feel more balanced.

Day 12: Well from the cemetery


As I said, I’ve wanted to revisit the well from this sketch. Since I still had the reference picture on my phone, I re-did it and I think it turned out much better this time around. I wish I hadn’t done the tree to the left, though, and instead had drawn in some more clouds.

Day 13: Hedwig


I’ve wanted to draw a picture of Hedwig from Harry Potter since forever, so I figured Inktober might be a kick in the butt I needed to get it done. I used some Japanese ink I have for the background and, while I don’t think it’s visible, I coloured her eye yellow using promarker.

Day 14: Rabbit


One of my mates from the Urban Sketchers tipped me off about Alphonso Dunn’s tutorials on YouTube, so I’ve been watching a couple of them. I wanted to try out drawing some texture with ink and decided on fur for this fat little rabbit. It turned out rather well… for a while.

While I love Inktober, I kind of miss colours. So I went ahead and ruined my hard work by adding colours to the drawing. And my scanner hates green, I’ve come to realise.

Throwback Thursday: The Woman

2012 was a year for water colour paintings and also the height of my Sherlock obsession.


In February 2012 I painted this portrait of Irene Adler. She’s my favourite character in the Sherlock Holmes series, but I felt that the tv series didn’t do her justice. But she’s still an interesting character.

I like the hair, and how the blue of the background reflects in the blue of the shadowing. This makes me feel like I really need to get back to painting.

February 4th 2012.

Drawing: Jamie Fraser

So, by the end of September I finished my drawing of Jamie Fraser. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


As I’m more of a bookish girl, I decided to base the drawing more on how Jamie is described in the books. Therefore he has blue eyes, etcetera. For some reason I gave him a beard. I’m sure Claire’s glaring at him and telling him to shave, haha.

It was my first time drawing a beard and it was more difficult than I’d imagine, but it did turn out rather well. I’m really happy with this image. There’s some really nice details – the brooch, the hair, his eyes… I’m really pleased.

September 28th 2016.