January 2, 2014

First sketches of 2014

Bus station at Slussen, Stockholm

With insulated pants on, and an updated warm seat (see photo below), I went out for my first sketching session of 2014 today. It was getting dark quickly, so I went for rather quick value drawings in ink and pencil. Came home with the side of my right (drawing) hand all messy with pencil dust. I still haven´t figured out how to use a pencil in my sketchbook without getting dirty.

Last thing I heard was that Kolingsborg, the oval building in the sketch below - a bit of a landmark in Stockholm - is going to be demolished this January, to begin the huge building project of a new Slussen. Don´t know how true this is, since a lot of building projects in Stockholm tend to get delayed by byreaucracy and politics, but I thought I´d better try to draw this place as much as I can before the mayhem begins.

Kolingsborg, Slussen, Stockholm

Lots of wool in my sketching setup right now...

Winter sketching gear at Slussen, Stockholm

12 comments :

Les B said...

Nice drawings. I surprised you did not draw the photo composition you posted. Nice color there and interesting perspective. :)

Davide Piretti said...

Lovely

szoszolo said...

Love your work, Nina. For pencil dust, try smudgeguard dot com.

Nina Johansson said...

Thanks for your comments, folks! And thanks szoszolo for the smudgeguard tip - shold be possible to make one from a simple cotton glove...
@Les B: anything is interesting to draw, so I´m sure it would be possible to do a good sketch of the scene in the photo, but right now colour feels complicated outdoors (cold and/or wet), plus I dread those buildings above the buses - they are many floors high, butt ugly and full of windows. Tedious work... ;)

Shari Blaukopf said...

You are a brave girl Nina. I stay in my car to draw but you are right out there in the cold. I'm impressed!

Inma Serrano said...

I agree with Shari, Nina! So brave! ;D

Isabelle Laliberté said...

Nina, as usual,I love it. You are indeed brave in the cold like that!

Could you please tell me where you got your new stool?! It looks lighter than the replacement little red one you had in barcelona (and which I have too). Tak!

x

Nina Johansson said...

Thanks again, folks!
It´s not that bad with the cold yet, we have been above the freezing point until now - very unusual in Stockholm this time of the year. I have more problems with the dark afternoons and the humidity. Watercolours don´t work at all under these circumstances.
@Isabelle:
The folding stool is this one (from Amazon):
http://www.ninajohansson.se/2013/11/the-tiny-micro-little-folding-stool/
VERY small, I have to stress that. But works well for me. :)

Asnee said...

nice work indeed, Nina.. your sketches made me notice how interesting and effective just your simple and kind of uniform shading of pencil can do for a sketch work, it does give the feeling of dull grey sky well, thanks so much..

perhaps it's the same as when doing water colouring we experience here in Bangkok when the paint just refuse to dry:-)

Isabelle Laliberté said...

Thanks Nina! xx

Maike Bohlen said...

Hey, your sketches great. So tight-woven with all these shades of grey. But i also like your piece of wool. I have already considered to cut out a pice of a yoga-mat for isolation but this or felt is better. I love your atmospheric pieces of Sweden. The panorama scene you posted in summer was so scandinavian - so clear in the colors - you see, i´m still impressed. Thanks for showing!

VHein said...

Really beautiful tonal drawings, Nina--so rich in atmosphere!