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Been a while

I realise it’s been a while, which has been due to a combination of life being unusually hectic and the fact that I haven’t been producing much art. A lot of my time has been spent building my own home, since I moved out from my parents’ this January. I didn’t have much in way of furniture, so there’s been quite a few trips to IKEA and curses trying to put the furniture together.

But now I’ve settled in. My art stuff is unpacked and easily reachable, and I’ve done a few drawings. I’ve also started meeting up with the local chapter of Urban Sketchers again, even if my presence there is sporadic due to my work schedule.

I’m going to start posting again. As I don’t have a scanner, the quality of pictures won’t be as good as previously, but hopefully we’ll make do until I’ve got myself one.

On Sunday there’ll be a drawing up. Come back then!

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.

barbershop

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.

hat-makers

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.

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.

sjostugan

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

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

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

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

well

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

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

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: Self-Portrait

Those of you who like the facebook page (and if you don’t already, please do) might have noticed this image.

Self-portrait

For my art class we did two self-portraits, one in pencil and one in ink, where we were supposed to practise hatching and crosshatching.

I got the comment that it looks like I have fur in this picture. Close-up, it sure does, but if you take a couple of steps back it stops looking like fur and looks rather interesting instead.

ca 2008-2009