Category Archives: Uncategorised

Sketch: Fallen tree

Another Sunday, another meet with Urban Sketchers. We’re on our way to become an official group, you guys.

While the rest of the group sat in the sun and sketched the cityscape from up high, I went off on my own to the shadows and a tree that had fallen down.


I was drawn to its shape, and it gave an interesting perspective exercise due to the foreshortening and twisting shapes. I tried to experiment with texture to create the impression of fallen leaves on the ground.

Rocks turned out to be my weak point, though. I had a hard time hatching the shape and it still doesn’t look quite right to me. Though better than it was before,

September 18th 2016.

New stuff!


I graduated this year and my mum got me this sketchpad as a graduation gift. It’s great with these smaller sketchpads that can fit comfortably into a purse or a backpack, don’t you think?

And I’ve also bought quite a few new markers, as I’ve felt that I’ve lacked certain shades to work properly. My new promarkers are not from the same occasion, but spread out on several trips.

The new promarkers are the following colours:

  • Cool Aqua
  • Spice
  • Cool Grey 2 (I ran out of it doing Merriman)
  • Caramel
  • Warm Grey 4
  • Tan
  • Spice
  • Dusky Rose
  • Burnt Orange

The latest trip took place this Saturday when I participated in an event where we got to draw models wearing pirates-inspired clothing. (I’ll post those sketches soon, even if the thought of doing so makes me cringe.) I managed to keep myself down to three markers that I need for a current project: warm grey, caramel, and tan. This is the project in question:


Fanart for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander-series. This is sort of how I imagine Jamie Fraser. I needed some more neutral colours for the tartan and realised that I’m horribly lacking in them. What can I say? I like bright colours.

Sketch: Interior of a café

After the trip to the graveyard, it took me a while to get together with the Urban Sketchers group again. Life got in between: I had to dog sit, was ill, got tied up in other activities. But I really enjoy these get togethers so I decided to go.

We were supposed to sketch at another park called Kärleksparken (the love park), but the weather wasn’t with us so we had to seek refuge in a café instead.

fräcka frökens

I decided to draw the bar from where I was sitting, using ink pens. I felt that the drawing ended up being a little too detailed. I feel that the best part of the picture are the lamps, because I like the way the shadows show the shape and light.

August 28th 2016.

Drawing: Detail from my living room

I’ve run into trouble with my own categorisations. What do I call this drawing? It’s some sort of interior drawing, but I don’t quite know what to call the category. Suggestions?


Since I was all out of ink pens, I had to go out and buy a set. That’s one thing I feel I can’t do without when it comes to drawing. I had to test them out immediately and did a quick sketch of my living room. While I wanted to do it in black and white, I decided to add a splash of colour using ProMarkers for the potted plants. But still keeping a little messy to go with the sketch-feel of the picture.

I like the shapes and shadows in the picture.

August 20th 2016.

Hello world!

I’ve been a book blogger since 2012, and therefore have some blogging experience. For a while now, I’ve considered creating an art blog to show off some of my art and get inspired by others. As I’m currently drawing rather a lot, I thought I might take the leap and launch this little blog called “Creating My Own Reality.”

Why the name?

Originally I wanted to name the blog “Pastel Dreams,” as this is what I’ve called a site dedicated to my art previously. But a quick google search showed that this is a rather common name for art blogs, and I didn’t want to get my blog confused with others.

I found this quote attributed Alberto Giacometti – “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” – that I felt mirrored my relationship to art rather well. My aim isn’t to reproduce reality exactly as it looks, but with the same feel and influenced by my own style. Thus, “creating my own reality.”

Who am I?

The name is Cassandra and at the moment I’m 25 years old. I live in Sweden, in an old industrial city with lots and lots of beautiful buildings that I really ought to draw more often. But I’m rather bad at landscapes, and mostly do portraits.

I don’t have any formal art education. In Sweden, all pupils’ have art on their schedule during our compulsory education. The school I attended at the time also had something called “profiles” and mine was art, which meant I spent rather a lot of my time in school producing art and learning different techniques. In upper secondary, which is voluntary, you can get to choose an artsy elective and I picked art over music or dancing and what else they now offered. As my new school had an arts’ program, the teachers were excellent and I learnt a lot. Still, I’m mostly self-taught.

In recent years I’ve started to use mainly ProMarkers when I draw. I also draw with pens and colour pencils. Previously I’ve done a lot of water colour paintings, but it’s been a while, and also painted using Chinese ink. I’ve dabbled in acrylics, but don’t quite get the feel for it, and charcoal is a bit messy for my taste, but I often love the finished result.

I’ve recently found my local chapter of Urban Sketchers and try to meet up with the group at least once a week, but as you know – life has a way of getting in the way. But it’s a great deal of fun and I get a chance to go out of my comfort zone. And hopefully improve my landscape drawing skills.

How will it work?

As it’s an art blog, it’ll be based on what I produce. As this probably will vary from time to time, depending on how busy I am, it’s hard to set a definite blogging schedule. Especially considering that I, at the moment, enjoy rather much spare time, but this might be subject to change at short notice.

But I think that I’ll try to update at least three times a week. On Mondays, I’ll try to post something I’ve recently drawn. On Thursday, I’ll have Throwback Thursday to show off some old drawings and paintings, and hopefully show off how I’ve grown as an artist. On Sundays, I’ll show off some Urban Sketchers work.

There might be more drawings and paintings during the week, there might be less. I also might put on some book reviews of art books or post tips about my favourite art blogs. We’ll have to see.

But I’m excited to start this journey with you.