Wednesday, November 14, 2007

30 minutes by a zebra crossing


I seem to have taken to quick sketches lately, I don´t know why but I really enjoy trying to capture people in motion. These are from ten days back, I was sitting in a café overlooking a zebra crossing right in the heart of Stockholm, and I couldn´t resist making use of my sketchbook and a pen.

Unfortunately winter is here (well, I like winter, actually, but drawing-wise it´s a drag - either your fingers freeze or your ink does...) so it´s getting harder to find good places to draw in town. I like being outside. In-door shopping malls are always an option for drawing people, but I get so de-inspired (is that a word?) by the surroundings...

Oh well, I´ll get by.

16 x 21 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington Grey on Arches Satin paper.

16 comments:

dibujandoarte said...

wow! these are wonderful too! i like each of them but speacilly the girl (left-bottom) who looks really cold the way she's standing. Wonderful sketches indeed! best wishes. Martín.

MIguel Herranz said...

I lo ve the cleanliness and simplicity of the lines. A great example of "less is more".

Lynn said...

These are so expressive and simple! Really well done.

wagonized said...

You've got such an eye! The contour-esque quality of these people reminds me of the best work of Mœbius.

Linda T said...

These are really good. So what is a zebra crossing? A pedestrian crossing in a road with the white stripes?

Felicity said...

These are incredible. I really like the simplicity - almost as if you traced around them, they are so perfect! - especially the legs of the large figure on the right.

Inger C said...

You are so talented Nina! Yes, I now all about what Stockholm in the winter does for outdoor crafting:-)

Ella said...

I really enjoy these lines! This inspires me to also sit down in a café and sketch (not that my attempts would even look half as decent). Love how you managed to capture characteristics of the clothing. BTW: I almost froze my hands off just trying to take a few pictures (never even mind drawing).

Dee said...

Very expressive for the simple lines that you used. I just went to your website and looked through the four sketchbooks there. Sooooo fun! What a wonderful collection you are building. I'm impressed and inspired. Thank you.

Sherry said...

I love your quick sketch people with their ecpressive poses.

juj said...

ahhh, but in winter you have such interestingly bundled people to sketch - like that woman with the flap in the back of her coat and those fabulous boots on... fabulous work!

Joanie said...

Your really do people sooo well. These sketches are so animated, and what i love the most is your exceptionally clean lines. Kudos!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Well, they are working for you. These quick sketches are brilliant.

Africantapestry said...

These are so good! You've captured posture and expression with minimum linework.
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Megan Wolfe said...

I agree, these are wonderful gestures. :)

Sam said...

These are fantastic - You really captured the movement wonderfully!