Monday, 25 June 2012

Saturday at Musikhuset

Saturday meet-up with my sketchbuddy Anette at Musikhuset in town.

sketching at musikhuset

at the music house

at the music house

Anette's sketchkit:
anette's sketchkit

I brought along my extra large watercolour sketchbook:
watercolour sketching

This was my wonky warm-up sketch - click through the image for a larger view:
at the music house

at the music house

Top sketches are done using a pentel brushpen with ink in my pocket sketchbook; lower sketches are done using waterbrush, watercolour and watercolour pencils in my extra large watercolour sketchbook.

all photos in this post are courtesy of Anette

Saturday, 23 June 2012


S and her friend studying for oral maths on Monday.

studying for exams
click though image for larger view

Watercolour and watercolour pencils in large sketchbook - double A4 spread.

Friday, 22 June 2012

A cup of coffee

Meeting with Clemence and Stanley for a cup of coffee at Café Stiften today, before they caught their train to Germany.

a cup of coffee

Markers and colour pencils in pocket sketchbook.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Sun bathing

We finally got a couple of days of dry weather. I grabbed the oportunity to sketch my colleague sun bathing on the balcony outside our staff room during lunch break today.

sun bathing

Blue colour pencil, sanguine fineliner, grey Pitt brush marker, and black Pentel brushpen in my pocket sketchbook.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

European Championship

Another spectator drawing - Luis and Antonio Miguel keeping track of both the Sunday evening matches at once. Are you watching the championship?

Click through the image for a larger view.
double euro-cup

Watercolour, waterbrush, and watercolour pencils in A4 sketchbook. Doing these full spreads means a lot of space to play in - I'm enjoying it.

Monday, 18 June 2012


The European championship is offering lots of oportunities to sketch viewers - here's R, not letting a cold come between him and the match tonight.

european championship ita-irl

I did a double spread in my A4 watercolour sketchbook - click through the drawing for a larger view.

Waterbrush, watercolours (mostly yellow ochre, burnt umber, payne's grey, a touch of medium cadmium red, and palette crud), and watercolour pencils (mostly ochre, grey, and medium flesh).


My sketchbuddy Anette and Luis Simoes at work in Pustervig square.

aarhus sketching

This weekend was all about sketching. More to come later...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

A visit

Yesterday Luis Simoes, a portugese sketcher traveling the world for the next several years with his sketchbooks, arrived in Aarhus. (You can read a bit about his project here)

a day early

We looked through his sketchbooks, heard about the trip this far, and talked a lot of sketching! Today I went sketching with him in town, and a day of frequent showers and mellow temperatures kept us alternating between indoor and outdoor sketching.

wake-up sketch

We started out with a wake-up sketch over the breakfast table, and I tried out the Pentel brushpen in my small pocket sketchbook - today I managed to find new cartridges in town, and I will no longer have to economise on the ink.

over breakfast

The ink brushpen works really well in the moleskine sketchbooks with the coating to absorb the ink quickly and cleanly.


In town we did a few quick sketches by the canal, before being chased off by a persistent shower.


We moved on to Aros Museum, and went up on the roof to experience, and sketch inside, Olafur Eliasson's installation Your Rainbow Panorama - you can see some of my photos taken inside the installation earlier in this post: yellow. Afterwards we moved down to the ground floor where we both sketched Ron Mueck's sculpture Boy.


We rounded off the day with a bit of sax and a bite at a cafe.

saxophone quartetlunch

All the sketches of the day were done in my pocket moleskine using markers, colour pencils, and a pentel brushpen.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sketching in town

Impromptu meet-up with sketchbuddy Anette today. We started out at Folkekøkkenet, Godsbanen - the place has some great architecture, which we weren't up to tackling today, so we settled for some simpler subjects.

Here is Anette's sketch of the brunch buffet:
Anette's sketches

I had a go at sketching her while she was busy:
sketching the sketcher


Afterwards we went on to Aros Museum, which also has some spectacular architecture, especially inside. I spotted the current groundfloor installation - a fatboy palette - and just had to do a sketch of it. Looking down from the floor above:
fatboy palette

fatboy palette

Anette did a sketch of the street-performer sculpture, which always fools first time visitors - here it is in progress:
Anette's sketches

Watercolour in the A4 watercolour Moleskine today - I brought my little palette, a waterbrush and a selection of watercolour pencils.

Saturday, 9 June 2012


sleepytime tea

9B graphite pencil in Handbook travelogue.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Muddy colours and rough strokes

muddy colours

Under the weather again. Payne's grey, burnt umber, ultramarine, yellow ochre, touches of raw umber and cadmium red. Bits of watercolour pencil. In x-large watercolour moleskine.

Monday, 4 June 2012

More watercolour

Another couple of experiments - straight to paint in both of these.

sketching in the dark

M in monochrome
Monochrome sketch using Payne's Grey only

watercolour sketchingwatercolour sketching


Both done in my extra large watercolour moleskine (A4) using a waterbrush.