Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Interior in ink


Thought I´d start the new year with an ink drawing I made on Christmas Eve (the day we actually celebrate Christmas in Sweden - Christmas Day if usually more about slacking, watching good movies on TV, eating lovely leftovers from the day before and just feeling cozy with your near and dear ones). After all the celebrating and gift giving and eating, the great Calm entered my in-law´s house, and I sat down and drew this corner of their living room. I entered that "drawing zone", you know, when you just draw and forget everything around you, including time. Wonderful.

The almost horizontal line across the sofa is where I started this drawing. I wanted to get the angles of the room right before adding anything else like furniture and stuff, so I began by drawing this line, the roof line and the corner line between the two walls. Since I usually draw directly in ink I couldn´t get rid of this line afterwards, but I don´t mind. I actually kind of like it when you can see the remains of how a drawing was made.

14.5 x 21.5 cm, Lamy Safari and Noodler´s Ink in a sketchbook.

21 comments:

Kunya said...

Wow, great work. I'm amazed of this result..just starting in pen and ink and get this result after a while...

Dawn said...

Nice drawing! It reminds me of the older decorating books that I love to look at, the kind before we were so spoiled by big color photos.

We have our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve too, followed by Christmas Eve service at church.

Teri C said...

Amazing amount of detail! Glorious detail! I can tell you were in the 'zone'. Wonderful drawing.

wagonized said...

Oh goodness. This is brilliant. I could get lost in this one.

Linda said...

Goodness -- what a beautiful room, and such a detailed drawing! Very very nice!

glassgirl said...

I love the detail in your ink drawings. i often chicken out of doing such detail, or maybe because I have small kids, I hardly ever expect or get the luxury of an unterupted "zone" drawing session! I'll look forward to that day, and try to muster up the courage for whn it happens!

jill said...

gorgeous! loved it so much i sent the link to my daughter to see. very impressive (said through the green eyes of envy!). great job!

shirley said...

Nina,
This is amazing to me! How did you ever do such a magnificent sketch all in pen? Your architectural work is always fantastic, but this particular one seems so dense and yet so perfect in values.

Casey said...

This is so beautiful Nina! I really admire the way you draw with ink, you have such a sure touch and seem so confident.

mrana said...

This is gorgeous! Can't believe you did it all in pen and ink. Brilliant, I love it.

Lin said...

WOWOW! I wish I could learn more of your wonderfully loose and vibrant style! It's GORGEOUS! Such energy and spontanity!!)

Lin said...

Nina -- I LOVE this drawing! The detailing, the fine lines ... excuse my word 'loose" (above) -- wrong word -- DETAILED is what I meant to write .. but it absolutely GLOWS with energy and warmth ... incredible!

Terry Banderas said...

Nice way to start your new year. The "zone" is a great feeling. Keep posting!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Oh my! OH MY! This is amazing. It is just so full of charachter. What a wonderful house. Fantastic drawing Nina.

Jesse said...

I stumbled across your blog when I googled 'drawing blogs'... your drawings and sketchbooks are wonderful, and I love the way you write about drawing. Been browsing your archives as well; I'm ordering a Lamy Safari as soon as I can (haven't had a fountain pen to draw with for years, not since my beloved Koh-i-noor Artpen disappeared).

gingermoggy said...

So Nina, inspired by you... I bought another Lamy Safari and stocked up on Noodlers Ink...but no matter how long I sit here and wait, still no sketching fairy has appeared to do the drawing for me!!

This is lovely, by the way - and as soon as the abovementioned fairy turns up I shall get her to do one just like it!
Jules :o)

Kunya said...

Nina,thanks for your comment on my ink drawing. To be honest, it looks better on the screen than in my Moleskine. I have a lot to learn, and I can just dream of making such a wonderful interior as you did. I've a beautiful book 'rendering in pen and ink' and yes...I will practice, practice. And I'm sure I will be inspired by your drawings.

suzanne said...

Gorgeous perspective. As commented on by others, I really admire the level of detail you have included.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Beautiful drawing Nina. One of these a day would make a beautiful story.

Jana Bouc said...

Incredible drawing! So detailed and interesting and cozy.

Marilyn said...

Magnificent drawing. So many beautiful details.