Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cold weekend

Saturday and I have big plans to get out and sketch. But sudden rain showers makes it a bit risky. Since I have to go to Tidaholm anyway to take photos for a illustration job and I decide to combine it with some sketching. In the center if the drawing above is one of the old buildings from the Railway station area. No trains have passed here for decades but the buildings are still there, adding some atmosphere.
The drawing below is from my friend Susanne´s kitchen. She lives in an old cottage and has a big and dazzling garden. Even indoor most things are in green nuances. She prepared an excellent lunch for us, with rainbow salmon trout she has fished herself, potatoes and fresh salad. The stove spread a nice warmth and it didn´t matter much that it was so cold outside that I should have brought mittens.


Ken said...

Beautiful drawings! I was wondering if you could tell me how you work. The color looks like it was done with a computer in a program like sketchbook pro or Photoshop. Is the linework also done on a computer?

Christina´s sketchblog said...

Hi Ken,
Thank you.
When I sketch i always make the drawing with inkpen on spot. When I come back I scan it as it is and then color it in photoshop. I´ve practised this with my illustration work and I like it a lot. I save the inkdrawing in one layer and the coloring in another. This way I always have an inkversion as well as a colored one. Best wishes/ Christina

caseytoussaint said...

I love the kitchen drawing especially.

Pippa said...

I have read right through your blog, delighting in your art. Wow, Christina, what an inspiration you are! Thank you for answering the question on how you add colour. I was wondering as well. I am amazed that you can look at buildings and find inspiration in them, when my eyes normally try to shy away from greyness and straight lines.

Please post more, more, more!

All the way from the Southern hemisphere,

love & light

Christina´s sketchblog said...

Hi Pippa, Thank you for your nice words. This way to get in contact with people from all over, taking a peak at each others work, I just love it.
My goal when it comes to sketching is to not avoid anything and kind of try to choose the more dull places above the so obvious beautiful one´s. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don´t.
Best wishes

Margaret Ann said...

Lovely detailed clear crisp work! :)

Nina Johansson said...

I love your drawings, they are great! Jättefina, kul också att tecknar på så många ställen runtom i landet. Du måste vara ultrasnabb med tuschpennan, ser ut som om du får med ALLT även när det ser kallt ut på bilden... :)

Anita Davies said...

LOVE the kitchen sketch but then I like all of your sketches...beautiful work!

Ken said...

Thanks for answering my question Christina. I have one more question if you don't mind - sort of technical. Do you make the white background transparent so your color appears to be behind your linework? If so , how do you do that?

Christina´s sketchblog said...

Sure I ´ll ask cause when you find out how to do it it´s really easy.
When I have scanned the picture I copy it to a layer and keep the background white in the bottom. Then I create yet another layer and put it between the background and the layer with the ink sketch. I usually name the second one color or something as creative :-)
No choose the inklayer again, then go to the layer window. There you have a bunch of alternatives for your layer, as normal, darker and so on. My version is in swedish but I think the alternative to choose is called multiplicity or something like that. Now you can go to the color layer and add some colors and magically the lines in the sketch will be kind of transparent. Good luck, sorry if I´m bad at explaining. I think I would have done a bit better in swedish :-)

Ken said...

Thank you so much - that works great. I don't have photoshop on my tablet pc but I do have Artrage and it works in the exact same way. You can't imagine how happy I am that it's this simple. If you haven't checked out Artrage, you really should - I think you would love it.

Thank you again!