We went to the local art museum to sketch. There was surprisingly a lot to draw, which was nice.
But I accidentally left my ink pens at home, which made me feel out of sorts. I did this rough sketch of a statue using a woodless graphite pencil. The result was rather nice, but I do prefer my pens.
November 6th 2016.
We went back for a final session at the City Museum. This time I visited the upper floor, which had this exhibition about how Norrköping the city came to be. Wax figures showed off the history of city.
One of the figures portrayed Adrienne De Geer, spouse of Louis De Geer – known as the father of Swedish industry.
She’s a stern-looking, haughty lady. I have no idea why she was surrounded by a chest, barrels or a basket, but for some reason she was. Maybe I should have read the exhibition text as well as drawing?
October 23d 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I met up once again with the group of Urban Sketchers. This time we went to another cemetery, called Norra kyrkogården (Northern Cemetery.)
I found an interesting gravestone to draw:
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.
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.
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.
As I mentioned earlier today, I did a second sketch at the graveyard. I called it “quick and dirty,” which is kind of what it is:
I kept it really, really simplistic. Basically I just wanted to capture the graves, the hedges and the wall farther behind them. Even while it’s so basic, I still like it. I like the lines, the shadowing, the feeling in the picture. Sometimes even a really simple sketch like this will turn out rather well.
July 24th 2016.