Sunday, 27 November 2011

Flight delayed

A last few elements sketched in Clermont-Ferrand over tea in a small square, and on to waiting for our flight home from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Lots of fog over northern Europe and the planes were coming in late in droves - a departure hall full of waiting people gave me an ample supply of models.

c-f elements and flight delayed

waiting at charles de gaulle

Pens and a touch of colour pencil in my sketchbook journal.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Workshop/atelier in Clermont-Ferrand

Did you take my workshop/atelier at the 12eme Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage? If you did, please leave a comment with your impressions - what did you learn from the workshop? - what did you like about the way it was conducted? - was there anything you thought was missing?


If you would like to have another look at the sketchbook artists I used in the introduction, you can find the drawings I showed you in this gallery on Flickr: in situ

A la prochaine!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Last morning in France

Hotel breakfast.

hotel breakfast

Pen, brush markers and colour pencils in moleskine sketchbook journal.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Urban sketchers in Clermont-Ferrand

Urban sketchers are always easy to spot - they are the ones whipping out their books as soon as there is a little break in the proceedings, obsessively sketching each other over dinner, and plonked down in the middle of streets and squares diligently scribbling away. Here are a few images and sketches of the sketchers at C-L during the 12th Rendezvous du Carnet de Voyage:

mario linhares' students
The students of Mario Linhares, visiting from Portugal and to be found sketching around town during the festival...
student sketchingstudent sketching

mario's students at work

And Gerard Michel from Belgium, doing one of this detailed architectural sketches...
gerard sketching at clermont-ferrand

I did a sketch of him sketching at our dinner Sunday evening, where a bunch of us met up at the Crèperie 1513 - you can see him here in the upper right:

sketchers at the sunday dinner

Here are a few more dinner sketches:
miguel and monica
nina and roger
david / emdé

you can see the rest in my set on Flickr - my rendez vous with C-L

And a final dinner sketch, which was actually the first one - meeting up with Kim Marohn and Martine Kervagoret of the Paris sketchers on our way down:
sketching with martine and kim at l'arrosoir
paris sketchers

I did loads of sketching every day on this trip, but most of it was in other people's sketchbooks and I forgot to take photos. A few more sketches from the trip are still left to post though - more tomorrow.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Goodbye to the travel book festival

The travel book festival at Clermont-Ferrand has been a great experience, only improved by the other Urban Sketchers correspondents taking part. Interacting with the audience, giving a workshop on location sketching, and even the less than smooth round table debate and interviews in French with radio France Bleu and a guy from the local station, all were rewarding experiences. The whole event was very intense with an overwhelming attendance, many visitors coming by each day, revisiting our stands and asking questions about materials, techniques, subjects and sketching practises. Here are some photos from my stand during the festival that were taken by Reza:

As you can see there was lots going on all the time. There were a lot of stands, with both authors and artists, and the exhibition covered two floors of the Polydrome. The images I posted during the festival were photos taken with my iPad when I could get a little break, i.e. During the few minutes where my stand wasn't swamped by spectators. These photos were taken by Reza during the festival and give a better impression of the event:
I'll be posting some of the sketches I managed to do during the trip Over the coming days - mostly dinner sketches of my fellow Urban Sketchers members and a few done at the stand.

I would definitely do this again, especially with a group of Urban Sketchers to hang out with, and perhaps a slight brush up of my French beforehand! And next time I will know that bringing a book for people to buy is pretty much required in the eyes of the audience. So - au revoir, and until next time you can follow my sketching adventures here.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Day three at the festival

Lots of visitors again today, and we are all getting quite tired from impression overload. I gave a workshop in the morning for 15 people - lots of good drawings, insights and inspirations shared in the group. Sadly I have no photos from the event but lots of positive feedback.

I've been letting people leaf through my sketchbooks when I was at the stand and everyone was very careful with the books. It was fun to see which pages they left open after browsing.

I also got a lot of contributions to my map. Many people told me stories of their visits in Denmark, some from as far back as the 1950's. I'm taking the notes back home where I have time to see what people wrote, and maybe I can base a project on them.

So, goodbye to the festival du carnet de voyage for this year - perhaps I will come back again another time.

I'll be posting scans of sketches and more photos from the event once I'm back home with access to a scanner and the images in my camera.

Impressions de Dimanche

Some Sunday morning impressions from the festival.

The sketchbooks of Mathias Adolfson.

My table this morning.

And off to give a workshop!

Clermont-Ferrand day two

Such a long day today as I was still tired from yesterday. We had a very different public come by - no schools, and thus many more adults and very few kids. I the morning there was a round table debate with the Scandinavian sketchers, which was a little stilted and slow because of the translation into French of everything said, and translation of the audience's questions into Swedish and English. Amazingly enough there was a Swedish speaking Frenchwoman there to do the translating, and she spoke Danish as well.

In the afternoon I was interviewed by the radio France Bleu in French - a slightly harrowing experience since I was tired, had no time to talk to the journalist in advance, and couldn't really prepare. All things considered it went well.

People are contributing to my map of Denmark. I put this up on my wall the first day and am asking the public to contribute memories or anecdotes from their visits to Denmark. Above is how the map looked this morning. I will take a picture at the end of tomorrow before taking down the map - it is filling up with notes in various languages. I think I might do something with these later, it would be fun to incorporate them into a project.

I finished off the evening at the official dinner, sharing a table with a load of sketchers. Of course we all sketched each other and I am sure there will be lots of scans up next week once we all get back home.

Tomorrow I am giving a workshop in the morning and several participants already visited me at the stand today - I am sure it will be good fun. Now for a cup of tea and a good nights sleep!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage

All set at the festival and busy practising my rusty French. Just a small update on this first day.

I brought a selection of sketchbooks, and did a collage of prints on my wall.

I also put up a map of Denmark, asking people to share memories of adventures when visiting.

Nina is here as well as a handful of other Urban Sketchers. Sorry about the poor photo quality - I only have the iPad for getting images online.

There are lots of people here, and lots of school children today all wanting to ask questions for their presentations, and asking for little sketches in their books. I'd better get back!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage

Café - Salon de The

I will be exhibiting my sketchbooks at the 12th Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage at Clermont-Ferrand in France this coming weekend. You can find me in the section Les pays Scandinaves, together with fellow Urban Sketchers correspondent Nina Johansson, and a number of other sketchbook artists. I will also be doing a round table with Nina Johansson and Matthias Adolphsson, and offering a workshop on location sketching during travels.

My plans are to blog from the event here on the artlog, so keep an eye out for words and images from the festival here.

Drop by at my stand and say hello, if you are at Clermont-Ferrand this coming weekend.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Concert sketching

Unge spiller klassisk - actually a competition for youth playing classical music, with 10 to 20 year olds on all kinds of instruments. This was the first part of the competition and took place at the theatre in Horsens today.

unge spiller klassisk

unge spiller klassisk

unge spiller klassisk

I only sketched a few performers - too busy listening to the music!
Ink pen in A4 size moleskine cahier.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

After work

A quick sketch when I got home from work today. Brushes app again.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Monday evening brushes app

This evening's experiment with the iPad, using the Brushes app and a touch screen stylus. I made a dark blue layer as canvas base, then painted on a transparent layer over that.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

And again, with a pen...

I went and got a pen for the iPad, and it makes sketching much easier - freer movement of the hand and much easier on my wrist and elbow. This way of sketching will take a bit of time getting used to, but as long as I don't lose interest too soon, I'm sure I can make something of it.

Evening cup of tea, and horrid new pink work phone, done in brushes. The pen is a Targus.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Blogging on the iPad

So, I got an iPad this week, and we are getting acquainted. I asked people on Flickr to rec me apps, and I now have Brushes and Sketchbook Pro to play with.

I need to get a pen to give me better control, and to spare my wrist and elbow when drawing, but I can already see this will be a fun way to use the iPad, and I might actually get to do a bit of digital sketching on the go.

Today I managed to figure out how to make blogging work, after a frustrating struggle with blogging in the Safari browser which only led to several disappearing posts. Most annoying! But the Blogsy app is saving my day, and ensuring easy blogging from Clermont Ferrand in the near future. I will be exhibiting at this year's travel festival.

If you are an iPad user, please share your favourite apps and tips in the comments.