Monday, March 30, 2009

Crayon play

Playing around with the crayons again. Thick crayons are more like painting than drawing, really. Fun and difficult. Used myself as a model in front of a mirror, though the beige image isn´t me at all... I think it´s hilarious the way I seem to have a horn in my forehead in the top drawing - it fits my angry frown. :)

13.x 17,5 cm, watercolour wash and Caran d´Ache Neocolor I crayons on sketchbook pages.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New toys

I forgot to post this - a bit of play with some new wax crayons. I´ve been wanting some real quality wax crayons for a while, and I finally invested in (or wasted money on, depends on how you look at it) a box of Caran d´Ache Neocolor I a few weeks ago. This drawing is me comparing the Neocolor crayons with the really old cheapo crayons I had before (cheapo on the left, Neocolor on the right).

The difference isn´t so much in the image as in my wrist. The left image was really hard work, the cheapos don´t really want to leave colour on the paper - probably because they´re mostly wax and not so much pigment - while the Neocolors just smeared on like butter. Wonderful!

17 x 13 cm, Faber Castell Smart crayons and Caran d´Ache Neocolor I crayons on sketchbook page.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Life drawing

I went to a life drawing session with two friends tonight, and it´s been a loooong time since I did this. Out of twenty drawings, one was decent enough to show. Will have to practice some more soon...

15 x 19 cm, pencil on copier paper

Monday, March 09, 2009

Watercolour sketch

I am playing around with watercolours a lot these days, just trying things out, letting the colours and the water get really messy on the paper. I found this paper the other day, a very odd kind with a surface that reminds me of canvas, and I had to try it out. This is the result of about an hour of play with watercolours and various odd objects I found at work.

I started with the yellowish frame - I put some very wet colour onto an actual metal frame I found lying around at work, and then quickly (otherwise the colour will run off) threw it down on the paper. I leaned the paper a bit, letting the yellow run around inside the frame. Then I went on with printing some textures onto the paper with various materials (cellular plastic, wood boards, cardboard) and painting the rest. I like the surprising textures you get from printing with watercolours - it is of course impossible to control a print like that, and they always end up completely different than you expected.

This sketch gave me some ideas for several new paintings, so I´m going on experimenting...

16,5 x 25 cm, watercolours and pencil on some strange Hahnemüle watercolour paper.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

A new site to follow

I have been interviewed on Bill Turner´s new site The Tools Artists Use. As the name says, it is a site dedicated to the tools that creative folks use, and Bill interviews different artists about their habits and art gear. Check it out, put a bookmark there, and keep following his site in the future - it should be pretty interesting!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Las Palmas #4, last one

These are the last two sketchbook pages from Las Palmas, and they are not from Las Palmas at all. They are from a little village called Puerto de Mogán by the southeast coast of Gran Canaria. A very picturesque place, a tad too many tourists hanging around the harbour and beach, but otherwise a still alive fishing village, with incredible steep narrow alleys between the houses climbing up the mountainside.

This is the place where the most people came up to talk to me while I was drawing. Some Germans, one or two Frenchmen, an English couple, three young Canarian boys, a man from the Netherlands, and the waitress at the café where I drew this rose and sugar castor - they all came up and asked if they could see what I was doing (or simply looked over my shoulder) and commented on my work (all in very kind words) and talked for a little while. It´s like I´ve always said: drawing IS a contact sport. It´s even better than babies and dogs.

13 x 18,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Polar Black ink and watercolours on sketchbook pages.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Las Palmas #3

Two more pages from Las Palmas, though the colored one below is from Playa del Curo on the south side of the island. We took a bus down there just to see what the tourist playas looked like, and we came to the conclusion that we made the right choice to go to Las Palmas. Playa del Ingles is just not my cup of tea...

13 x 18,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington Gray ink, and Copic multiliner and watercolours on sketchbook pages.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Las Palmas #2

One quick and one slightly more elaborated sketchbook page from Las Palmas (actually the top line drawing is from a little town called Teror up in the mountains). The one below has already been up on Urban Sketchers, some of you may have seen it already.

I love the houses in Las Palmas, they are incredibly inspiring to draw. There are all kinds of buildings in this city; industrial sites, luxurious villas, huge apartment complexes and glossy store fronts, but the houses I like best are the ones with this worn look, with little shops or minimercados in them. They are somewhere between two and six storeys high, and full of signs of life - drying laundry, people going in and out, dogs walking by, someone shouting something from a window. The traffic in these streets is vivid, and there´s always something going on around the next corner.

13,5 x 18,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink and watercolours on sketchbook pages.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Las Palmas

We´ve been on a week´s vacation to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). LP a great place to be - not too many tourists, great weather (i.e. not too hot and never cold), lots to see and do and great environments to sketch in. The city is a bit dirty and worn, and full of interesting people. Just the way I like it when I´m drawing. I´ll be posting a few of my sketchbook pages during next week.

13,5 x 18,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Lexington gray ink and watercolours on sketchbook pages.