Shanghai sketches

Smoggy Shanghai, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

I was in Shanghai for two weeks, working. I managed to do a few sketches.

The Cathay theatre, Shanghai
Great art deco movie theatre

Shanghai architecture, old town
Piece of retro architecture in the bazaars outside the old town. ‘Ye Olde Cathay’ – style

Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Sketched from the Bund on my first day. The Jetsons-looking tower is the Pearl of the Orient Radio Tower.

Functionalist Buildings in Kallio, Helsinki

Kallio (the rock, as it’s built on one of the rare hills in Helsinki) is a traditionally working class neighbourhood. The buildings range from Art Deco to 70s pre-fab. Most are in a pared-down modernist style.

Travel Sketchbook – Stockholm

The view from our hotel window, on Sturegatan.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

It was a great and sunny fall day, so I stopped to draw the view. The next day we visited the East Asian museum to see the Terracotta Warriors, and the best new Swedish art show at the Museum of Modern Art, both located on this island
Gamla Stan and The Royal Palace, Stockholm

Beautiful sunset on the old town, seen from the courtyard of the East Asian Museum.
Louie Louie, Stockholm

We stopped at this hip café while walking around in Södermalm, a young and artistic neighbourhood.

The Old Church, Helsinki

The Old Church, Helsinki, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

This wooden church was built in 1826 to serve as a temporary structure while the older cathedral was demolished and a new stone church was built to replace it.

The architect was Carl Ludvig Engel. He was responsible for most of the neo-classical buildings in the historical centre of Helsinki.

It’s almost impossible to draw this church from the front in the summer because of the big trees. It’s the same “Plague park” as here and here.

The first frost of the year melting into mist in the morning sun

The title sounds like a bad parody of a Japanese poem, but it’s simply a description of what’s happening in the picture.

A very quick watercolour of the view from my office window, done before starting work.

The clearing in the middle right is a golf course, all frosted over. In the distance you can see a heating plant chimney (it heats up a whole neighbourhood) and the main radio tower in Pasila