Tag Archives: year: 2016

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.

Drawing: Self-Portrait

I realised that it’s been a while since I did a self-portrait, so I decided to do one.

sjalvportratt

My mum’s response to this was: “You’re cuter in real life,” but I still think I’ve managed to capture the likeness. It also made me realise just how boring I keep my hair, all neat and tidy. I need to mess it up a bit, haha. Make it more interesting.

Drawing smiling people are hard, though. I think I need to do some exercises with different facial expressions, just to get away from my default serious drawing subjects.

September 30th 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.

Drawing: Jamie Fraser

So, by the end of September I finished my drawing of Jamie Fraser. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

jamie

As I’m more of a bookish girl, I decided to base the drawing more on how Jamie is described in the books. Therefore he has blue eyes, etcetera. For some reason I gave him a beard. I’m sure Claire’s glaring at him and telling him to shave, haha.

It was my first time drawing a beard and it was more difficult than I’d imagine, but it did turn out rather well. I’m really happy with this image. There’s some really nice details – the brooch, the hair, his eyes… I’m really pleased.

September 28th 2016.

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.

detailfrommydesk

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.

hamnen

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: Lillebror

For the longest time I’ve wanted to draw a picture of my sister’s dog, Lillebror, but I’ve been putting it off for some strange reason. Now I’ve finally come around to doing it.

lillebror

I haven’t drawn dogs that much, so I was pleasantly surprised when I still managed to capture his likeness. Especially since I was working with charcoal, a medium I struggle with. But this was a pretty good effort.

The scanner, however, made it much sharper than it is in real life, as well as lost details such as the background. I think I’ll go back to photographing my drawings instead.

September 15th 2016.