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The Big Draw

As I mentioned this Tuesday, I went to this free figure drawing event at one of the local artists’ shop last Saturday. We have this day in my city called Kulturnatten (the Cultural Night), where different shops and venues participate. Lots of music, lots of art exhibitions, lots of cool happenings.

Gredelins offered an hour of free figure drawing, which was awesome. Though I realised I really suck at figure drawing. I’m simply not quick enough.

I also apologise about the horrible picture quality. It’s getting to that time of the year when my old house gets too dark to take photographs inside.

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I started off really ambitious and then felt how I just got worse and worse. The final one is a disaster.

Still, I feel that I can use a couple of these sketches to do more completed drawings later on. So there’ll be some pirate-inspired art coming up!

September 24th.

Sketch: Well

For my second meet up with the sketchers from the local Urban Sketchers took place at a graveyard. Spooky. There’s a lot of interesting geometrical shapes in a graveyard, so there’s a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it also happened to be one of the hottest days of summer which didn’t make one inclined to work very hard.

I had scouted out this well beforehand that I wanted to draw:


I started off with a whole lot of enthusiasm, which quickly died down as the heat beat down on me. Sometimes I’m not very patient when I draw and I ended up feeling rather frustrated working on this sketch, so I abandoned it before I probably should have. I do have a reference pic snapped, so I will probably revisit the well in the future and do another picture of it.

One of the probable reasons why I ended up frustrated is because from the position I was sitting, the perspective was really weird. I don’t feel I quite got it. But I like my use of hatching and crosshatching, and the shadowing.

I did another quick and dirty sketch from this meet up, which will be up later today.

July 24th 2016.

Sketch: Tree and streetlight

For my first meet-up with the urban sketchers gang, I also started on another drawing, which I didn’t have time to finish that day. Using a reference picture I finished it the next day at home:


I saw another interesting tree next to a street lamp and thought it’d make a nice composition. For some reason the street lamp makes me think of Narnia, one of my childhood favourites.

This picture turned out a bit better, I think. Probably because I was a little more warmed up, but mostly because there’s a bit more background. I’m really happy with the shadowing and textures, particularly with the street lamp.

July 18th 2016.

Sketch: Trees in the park

Before leaving for Scania, I had found my local chapter (or what should I call it? Group?) of Urban Sketchers but hadn’t had quite the courage to meet up with them. After I got back I decided to join.

We met at one of the parks in my city, called Folkparken (the people’s park, roughly.) I still felt really rusty, so I decided to do a simple sketch of a couple of trees:


I liked the shape of the tree in the front and the way that the shadows played over it. But as I worked, the sun changed position so that the shadows kept moving and made my life a bit difficult.

It’s still noticeable how out of practice I was, but I’m happy with the shadow and light and the textures. In hindsight, I should have expanded the background more so that the trees wouldn’t seem to float around in a big empty space.

July 17th 2016.