Urban Sketching in Hamburg

Over the weekend I visited my best friend in Hamburg and we went around the city looking for good places to draw. We had a lot of fun trying new art styles and messing with colours.

Which one do you like most? 🙂


Urban Sketching in Lübeck

Urban Sketching is a movement to capture cities without a camera, to interpret them in art immediately, to feel the spirit of cities in a different way than behind a lens. I was in Lübeck last week on holidays and drew a lot. Sitting on park benches, standing with my back against a wall, sitting on the pavement, painting. First, it was only painting what I saw.

The view out of our flat…


Those tiny little paths that are far away from the many tourists also visiting the city… They were so calm and it felt like time was stopping for a while as I put their colours into my sketchbook.


While having lunch…


And simply standing on the side of a street, sketching.


It was a wonderful experience and I began to notice spots where I could draw and paint. A good friend and fellow artist also visited because he does not live far away so we spent the day painting together. People came up to us to ask if we were art students. When our next exhibition was. It was great to feel we could be studying art, at least for a while…

My style changed a bit. It went from simply depicting what I saw to interpreting. We had done that a lot in art class in the final two years of school. Talked about expressionism. One day, we visited an art museum in Lübeck where a Feininger painting was exhibited and I just love his work so much. I could have spent hours looking at this painting. Inspired by his work, I tried something different.


Those are little studies that I will probably put on a larger canvas some day. I really want to get back into painting – I have missed it a lot!

urban sketching

This is my equipment:  A square sketchbook, a faber-castell ink pen, a pentel waterbrush and my lovely little winsor and newton watercolours.

First, I sketch the lines with pencil and so that I can erase what I don’t really like or am unsure about. Then I’ll redraw them with black ink and fill the drawing with colour. Finally, I thicken the black lines to improve the composition a bit. My paintings are not really accurate and detailed so they don’t take so much time. Normally about half an hour.

This was my little urban sketching trip to Lübeck and I enjoyed it so much. Trying new things, looking at a city not from a camera but from an art perspective. It makes you calmer, really. A special form of meditation in a city that is often buzzing with tourists. The need to escape sends you to thoses little paths and streets that show the real face of Lübeck: A Hanseatic city breathing history, trying to balance ancient and modern.

Monochrome: Audrey Hepburn.

For this picture I did a little bike tour to the country side this morning… It was so lovely to escape the city and its rush, its noise for a bit…

Isn’t she beautiful?

audrey hepburn

Urban Sketching

On the weekend I visited the hometown of a friend which I have not been to in 10 years. My memory was faded and it was so great to see it again, explore all the places, look at all these beautiful old houses.
Also, we always sit on her balcony now to draw together. That’s the second sketch.
Summer is the best time to get back into urban sketching. It’s such a lovely thing, although quite difficult. I love the idea behind it- sitting and drawing from the landscape. Immediately. No pictures, just capturing a moment. A bit like impressionism I guess. A few minutes to enjoy the beauty of a place until world and time move on.



Advent Calendar: 20th

20thLast week a friend gave me her graphic tablet to try it and it’s amazing, I really love to work with it. In the beginning it was a bit difficult to figure out how photoshop works as I always worked with Gimp. But here’s one of my first proper sketches and I quite like it.


Advent Calendar: 10th

A bit later than usual because I was at Hannah’s and we painted together, had a lovely time 🙂

Here’s a little snowy wonderland for you!!!