Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sketchbook drawings

Two more drawings from the same bike ride as in the last post. This is the first house I ever drew starting at the bottom and drawing upwards. Sat in a lovely little park near the Johannes church in Stockholm and drew and painted for about an hour or so. Finished some paint details at home.

Did another café drawing as well. The guy in the cap had such an interesting face and style, I just had to draw him. I don´t particularly like drawing in cafés, though, I often feel they are too crowded. It´s easier in the summer, when many cafés and restaurants have tables outside, often with a little more space around them. Not that I mind so much if people see me drawing, but I know I would feel a bit uncomfortable if I saw someone obviously trying to draw ME in their sketchbook, so I figure others feel the same. I don´t want them to see me looking at them.

Top drawing 8 x 20.5 cm, café drawing 16 x 12 cm. Lamy Safari, Noodler´s Lexington Grey and watercolours on Arches Satin paper.

24 comments:

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Oh, my, Nina, your building is just amazing...brilliant observation!

Jenny said...

Your church is amazing. I complain when putting in numerous dark rectangles for windows while you do yours with marvelous detail and reflections. I also enjoy your cafe drawings.

Kunya said...

What an amazing painting of the building. It pops out! And all in one our. Great work.

seesue said...

Always love to look at your delightful sketches. So much detail in your architectual piece, such lively lines in your people.

Genine said...

Nina this is phenomenal!!
As always your drawings are amazing!!

Joan Y said...

Wow, I can stare at your drawings for hours ... and see something different each time. Your building drawing is brilliant!

Shelly McC said...

This is gorgeous work!

Africantapestry said...

Your architectural work always astounds me, this is beautiful work!
Ronell

Robin Neudorfer said...

Lovely architectural crop. Haven't been here in a while, but I see wonderful work being done.

Rah Kyndl said...

...the windows are actually reflecting what's around them...so subtle and effective.

silentdesperation said...

beautiful sketches!

caseytoussaint said...

I'm always so impressed with your drawings and watercolors - the detail is astounding, and yet they never look dry. I agree with you about drawing people - I always feel a little like I'm invading their privacy, even if it's not much of a likeness.

Steve said...

Awesome. Photo-realistic. I really feel like I'm getting an accurate representation of the building. I just love it!

Felicity said...

The building is amazing but even your little sketches with that touch of colour in the background have that special 'something'!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

These take my breath away ... You have such an eye for architecture ... your coloring, your detail. Absolutely beautiful!

Fawzan Barrage said...

Very nice work Nina! I always enjoy your blog.

brian nelson said...

Love your buildings! Great reflections in the windows! The trees a re awesome too!

gabi campanario said...

love the drawing with the people at the cafe, they feel so relaxed and your touch of color is just right

phthaloblu said...

Wow, these are awesome sketches. That wc knocked me off my chair. Beautiful!

laserone said...

OMG this building painting is GORGEOUS! I just love architecture, wow, this is really nice. :)

juj said...

Simply amazing Nina. I love the character of the people, but that building is jsut stunning. It looks like a vintage postcard - a cross between a photo and a painting. Amazing.

Africantapestry said...

Nina, all your architectural drawings are just amazing! Your care and thoughtfulattention to detail is wonderful.
Beautiful work
Ronell

martha said...

Wow.

That building sketch looks very much like the one that inspired me to learn to sketch a few years ago. This would have don it to!

Simply beautiful.

Terry Banderas said...

The building painting is great. All of your stuff is very good.