Category Archives: Landscapes

Sketching at Strömparken

We’ve got lots of parks in my city, but one of the most beautiful is Strömparken. The city has made a stream for the salmon to procreate within and I drew part of this stream, with one of the small islands rising up out of it. I’m really happy with how this sketch turned out.

But it was a miracle that I finished. It kept starting to rain, only to stop when we decided to move, only to start raining again five minutes later. There was just no winning!

June 25th 2017.

Water colour class at a local art museum

I found out that my local art museum was offering a water colour class very cheaply, including materials. Since I was supposed to work that evening, I convinced one of my colleagues to switch with me so I could go. She kindly agreed!

We started off just letting primary colours blend into each other to form abstract landscapes.

The one on the left is my second one, where we were supposed to keep the work abstract but go in another direction. The one on the right is from when she showed a simple technique to paint trees.

By using the same technique, I painted a more fanciful tree. I had this oddly shaped brush to work with, but it lent itself well to the exercises and created interesting strokes. I might invest in one for myself…

I miss this medium! It’s so much fun, but I get so lazy in every day life…

April 19th 2017.

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.

Sketch: Old Storehouse

Another Sunday, another meet with the Urban Sketchers group. This time we went to harbour. Or rather, the industrial harbour, as there are couple of others as well.


This is my first “urban” drawing for the group and if I’m going to draw houses, I’m bringing a ruler. I’m not very happy with this sketch, as it looks rather cartoony due to perspective failure. There’s a bit of disconnect in my head, because it doesn’t look like one of my drawings and I just simply don’t like it.

Most of the time. Other times I look at it and think it’s a bit cute. I like the shadowing on the truck in the foreground. But clearly I need to practise drawing buildings more.

September 25th 2016.