Thursday, 26 February 2009

Daily sketchbook entry

I'm trying to get back into the habit of drawing in my large moleskine (more or less) every day. Today the faltering bouquet of daffodils on the dinner table encouraged me to draw before the flowers whither completely away. The daffodil shoots outside in the garden are only a few centimetres tall as yet, but you can buy cut daffodils at low prices outside most supermarkets right now, so yellow blooms in this nice rectangular vase have been reminding us of the approaching spring all week.

Done in pencils and brush pens.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Café sketching in Århus

I had half an hour to pass after work, and took S and one of her friends for a pit-stop at a café in town. Bringing a friend along for S to talk to made me feel less anti-social for spending at least half the time sketching - I bought them drinks and they let me draw in peace.

The café is a busy one, with good service and a nice mood to it. I chose to sketch our table, since everyone around us was very alert, noticing my sketchbook and pens at once, and there were people milling about as well.

The sketch ended up rather elaborate. I worked a bit more on the different textures when I got home, but everything in the sketch was drawn on location. Various pencils and ink pens in pocket size Moleskine sketchbook.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Sketching on the ferry

We took the slow ferry to Sealand - the crossing takes 2 hours 40 minutes, and leaves ample time to spot a good subject and sketch at leisure.

I sketched a couple playing cards at a table by the window.
Ink pen in large Moleskine sketchbook.

Sunday, 22 February 2009


Quick pencil sketches in small pocket size Moleskines.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


Another interior, this one with a closed door. Done while waiting at a friend's apartment in Copenhagen. Ink pens in large Moleskine sketchbook.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


A view through part of the house - from livingroom through hallway to kitchen.

Ink pen in pocket Moleskine cahier - it's somehow easier to pull myself together to start something in the cahier than the regular sketchbooks, so I should probably buy some of the larger ones to push myself a bit.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Fixing the bike

Quik sketch of R fixing the bike in the hallway. Ink pen in pocket Moleskine cahier.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Bus 55

Getting on the bus home from work today I immediately spotted a woman in an oversized fur hat, so I had to put my newspaper aside and bring out the ink pens and sketchbook.

When I was almost done sketching her, this big guy in a huge windbreaker and rucksack placed himself right in front of me - so I switched to a brush pen and sketched him too.

Ink pens in my pocket Moleskine cahier.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

At work

This is from last week.

I spent 10 minutes of my lunch break sketching this tray with provisions for the afternoon meeting.

The agenda had a lot of points, so we had a short break halfway through. I managed to jot down a quick sketch of two of my colleagues chatting.

Both sketches are in my pocket Moleskine cahier, and done in ink pen.

Sunday, 1 February 2009


I've been on a trip to Copenhagen, and got a few sketches done on the way there and back. Travelling far in Denmark (which is never very far, as the distance from one end of the country to the other is not much above 400 km) often involves crossing water, and we took the slow ferry between Århus and Kalundborg both ways.

S entertained herself by playing games on the mobile - the crossing takes 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Here's a quick sketch of the ferry Mette Mols, which I managed to jot down as we waited in line to board.

I don't get to travel much farther than a few tens of kilometres often, even within Denmark, so most of my transport sketches are done waiting for or riding on a bus. This one is of a young man in a colourful crocheted hat, who I regularly spot on my ride home from work. I wonder whether he made the hat himself.