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Drawing: Detail from my desk

Another still life drawing. This time I’ve taken the motif from my desk, where I have quite to display of ornaments. This is of a fake-book, a lantern and a couple of candle-holders that are right in the middle of the display.

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This took quite some time, but it turned out awesome. I’m really, really happy with the inking and the shadowing. If everything could turn out this well I would be one happy artist!

September 22nd 2016.

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.

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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.

Inktober 2016, Day 1-7

Through one of the new members in our Urban Sketchers group, I learnt about Inktober and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate through the whole month, as I’m starting a new job on the 18th and will be dead tired for the first couple of weeks.

But until then I’ll try to do an ink drawing every day. I’ll post them each Saturday until I catch up with the drawings for September, then I’ll do an entry ever Monday with my Inktober drawings. Maybe not all of them. I’ll save my urban sketches for Sundays still 😉 That’s why some days will be missing from these entries.

Day 1: Pirate Wench

pirate-wench

I started off Inktober by cheating a little, using ProMarkers as well as ink pen. Though, since I wanted the inking to be the focus, I used ProMarkers to form simple colour blocks. I regret the background so, so much. The scanner has also done poorly on reproducing the colours – the bandana and skirt are not yellow, but lime green. I didn’t notice until now when I sat down to post this. I’ll redo it later.

As you can see, I got to use one of my sketches from the figure drawing event for this image. I plan to revisit this character again for Inktober.

Day 3: Staircase

staircase

For day three, I finished an old drawing I had laying about. I began sketching this staircase back in July, when I was in Scania, and it’s from the house I was staying in. Marble stairs are scary to walk in, but striking to look at.

I’m fond of the textures in this one.

Day 4: Cat

tabby

I was feeling a bit tired and uninspired, so I decided to keep it very simple for day four and draw a tabby. It’s been a while since I drew a cat and I think it turned out really cute.

Day 5: Dandelion

dandelion

Not the most creative picture I’ve ever drawn, but I think it turned out rather well.

Day 6: Tree

tree

For the sixth day I decided to draw a tree, something I’ve wanted to work on. It turned out rather well, despite me losing interest halfway through and being a little sloppy.

Day 7: Tarantula

tarantula

It’s kind of obligatory to draw a spider when Halloween’s approaching, so I drew this tarantula. I think it’s my first time drawing a spider and I’m rather happy with the result.

I do regret the shadowing beneath the body, though. Parts of it looks fine, other parts look really off.

Drawing: SYNACTHEN-test

Last April, I landed myself in the ICU after what was probably a bad reaction to medication. As they treated me, they also took an MRI and discovered a cyst in my pituitary gland. Over the year it grew at a rather alarming rate, so it was surgically removed in December 2015.

My therapist suggested that I do some drawing to try and deal with what happened. This is the first one I’ve done.

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Originally, I wanted this to be an ink pen sketch. But while I could tell what it was supposed to depict, I doubted that others could see it and when I asked people it was confirmed. So I decided to use ProMarkers to colour it, producing a neat comic book-feel which I really like.

This is my arm during my first SYNACTHEN-test in August. Crash course in pituitary gland function: it’s sometimes referred to as the master gland due to its control over a lot of our hormones. One hormone under its control is ACTH, which sends a signal to the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. During a SYNACTHEN-test, synthetic ACTH is injected and the medical personnel then draw blood to test the level of cortisol. If your body responds properly to the stimulation, you’re not suffering from adrenal insufficiency. Mine didn’t respond as it should have.

Basically this is a picture of the time I got my diagnosis of secondary adrenal insufficiency confirmed, which sucks. I don’t know if it’s due to the personal significance, but I feel that this is quite the scary image.

September 3d 2016.

Sketch: Gravestone at the Cemetery

I met up once again with the group of Urban Sketchers. This time we went to another cemetery, called Norra kyrkogÄrden (Northern Cemetery.)

I found an interesting gravestone to draw:

gravestone

I wanted to work on perspective and on drawing a scene, not a lone structure. This oddly shaped gravestone with its benches and the bushes that flanked it on either side gave me an opportunity to work with this.

Experimented a little with structure on the left bush and didn’t feel too happy with the result, but felt that I had to commit once I’d started. I felt a little happier with it the next day. The empty space behind the gravestone bothered me, but adding the trees in the bakground would make it feel cluttered. Now I’m not too bothered by it. I feel that a lot of my craft knowledge is coming back, piece by piece, and that it’s getting easier to get back into the rhythm of things.

September 11th 2016.

Sketch: Still Life

I turn to my living room at times for inspiration, and after my mother’s birthday this lovely composition happened to catch my eye.

still lifeI liked how the boxes where sticking out from the table, combined with the lantern and vase of roses. I wanted to practice hatching and crosshatching, so I felt that ink pens were a natural choice. And I was still really happy with my purchase and wanted to use them as much as I could. I’m really satisfied with how this turned out.

August 29th 2016.

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 KĂ€rleksparken (the love park), but the weather wasn’t with us so we had to seek refuge in a cafĂ© instead.

frÀcka 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?

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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.