Sunday, May 20, 2007

Every day in May no. 20


I had a bit more time to draw today, and took a stroll through the center of Stockholm and jotted down a few lines here and there. Sunday mornings are perfect for drawing, the tourists haven´t yet come out of their hotels, the shops are closed so the inhabitants of Stockholm aren´t out either. The only drawback is that most cafes don´t open until ten o´clock...

Again, the small sized Moleskine Watercolor is hard to draw cityscapes in, it is too tiny. I never manage to squeeze in as much as I´d like to. I just can´t draw that small. For example, I wanted to have some of the modern buildings around the church on the topmost picture. The mix of old and new buildings is something I really like about Stockholm. But as I started sketching the tower, I realized after about eight seconds that there was no way I would even get the roofs of the modern buildings into the drawing. (That probably says more about the way I draw than the size of the paper - I´m sure I COULD get it all in there if I planned my drawing and measured everything in advance, but I´m just not like that.)

The good thing is that now there are only 13 pages left in this Moleskine baby. Maybe I´ll be able to fill them before the end of May, and then I can finally start drawing in my new book!

The drawings are all done on small Moleskine Watercolor pages, with a Lamy Safari filled with Noodler´s Lexington Grey. The watercolors were added afterwards.

15 comments:

luci said...

These sketches are lovely. Some times a person must do things without much planning, and let the spirit moves spontaneously. Once again, beautiful sketches! :)

Jenny said...

Loved your building sketches. Many times individual features of a building are more interesting than the whole.

It's fun that one book is almost completed and another is waiting.

Genine said...

Love your drawings Nina.
The detail is amazing.

I look forward to seeing more.

What kind of sketchbook is your new one?

SCquiltaddict said...

THese are just lovely...terrific job...

Claudia said...

Nice architectural drawings!

Deborah said...

I love bits and pieces of buildings. Very lovely.

JaKo said...

I love ALL your drawings and sketches. I don´t understand why you have to finish your small sketchbook ? Simply draw into your new, this small will remain only for small "cameo" , some small drawings.

Anna said...

I agree with Jako - Why Wait? Nice drawings as always!

José Louro said...

I understand why you can't move to one sketchbook whithout finish another. Its seems that the "job" is not complete, doesn't seems?

soulcomfort said...

I love all your building sketches--and the way you use watercolors with them--beutiful! I understand the compulsive behavior of wanting to finish the first notebook before you start the next one--hehe! I suffer from some of those same little quirks. :) Keep drawing and painting--no matter what notebook you choose!!
Always, Rita

Scott Henderson said...

Great sketches! Compliments too for being able to stick with one sketchbook all the way through before switching - i usually bounce around between 3 or 4 at once...multiple sketchbook disorder.
Scott

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are all gorgeous drawings. I can't say that one is a favourite because they are all so good.

phthaloblu said...

As usual your sketches are just wonderful. Love your lines and your washes.

Africantapestry said...

Lovely drawings and sketches...these latest ones of the buildings are beautiful. good work for EDIM.
ronell

mARTa said...

Hello Nina! My first visit to your blog....wow....I have such a hard time with landscapes and city scenes so really admire someone who captures them so beautifully. I am called "nina" by all my niceces and nephews so we have something in common! I spent the afternoon at laguna beach, california yesterday but my sketch was awful :(