Historical Life Drawing Event, December 2


Local Stockholm artist Maria Sahlberg, one of the Northern Lights Workshop course participants, has organised a life drawing event for December 2nd, 2013 in Gamla Stan, Stockholm. The event will be from 18:00 until 21:00, with a live model in 1700’s dress. Maria has found a beautiful and inspiring space in the Old Town to host the event, and this should be a really fun chance to work with a live figure in a social environment.

The cost is a mere 150 kronor, and no registration is required, although you should arrive on time as the physical space is not unlimited – get a good spot!

Contact Maria for more information at mariasahlberg.com. See you there!

Österlånggatan 37, Johannes Butik, Gamla Stan. kl. 18-21 Dec. 2, 2013

Northern Light 2: Quest Complete!

Left to right: Sofie Arloff, Tom Fägrell, Jesper Nordin, Eva Widermann, Jesper Ejsing, Daniel Borg, Malthe Dannenberg, Dave Brasgalla, David Engelmann

The second Northern Light workshop has now ended, it was a great success for everyone – we had three amazing days of intense focus on figure and pose. Also, much crockery was broken and ale was spilled (not always by us!). I’m putting together a selection of photos of both the class and the artwork which I will post to the Flickr stream as soon as possible. Ideas were discussed for a third workshop, and more news on that will be forthcoming as it develops. Stay tuned!

There’s a little less than two weeks left before Northern Light 2 takes place, featuring Jesper Ejsing and Eva Widermann. We still have a few places open in the class, so if you want to come and haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time – sign up today!

Northern Light 2 – October 12-14, 2012

We’re very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the second Northern Light workshop. Taking place on October 12-14 in Stockholm, Sweden, this workshop features the return of popular guest instructor Jesper Ejsing in tandem with the very talented Eva Widermann.

Character portraits by Eva Widermann.

Jesper and Eva will be demonstrating how to create truly successful figure portraits, covering such aspects as:

– thumbnailing/sketching
– silhouette reading
– strong posing
– details
– value control
– color.

Each of the workshop days will begin with a talk by the instructors, in which they will discuss all the elements that make a great illustration, as exemplified in a single figure. Both traditional and digital techniques will be covered.

Work in progress sketch by Jesper Ejsing.

Portfolio reviews will also be available for those who are interested!

Class size will be limited to a maximum of 14 students.

Jesper Ejsing’s website.
Eva Widermann’s website.

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Northern Light No. 1 – Success!

The first Northern Light workshop was a wonderful experience – also, a learning experience for me in many more ways than just one. I learned as much about putting on a workshop as I did about painting. I think the next workshop will be twice as good – with half the effort!

Sorry it took a while to get the recap post set up… I ended up laid low with an illness for several weeks after the course, but I’m back to full health now and painting away at new canvases in the studio!

I want to sincerely thank the instructors and course participants for helping us to make this idea a reality. Very special thanks goes out to Rasmus Strand, Sofie Arloff and Kate England, without whom I would have foundered. We hope that this can be the start of an ongoing educational resource for our region. We’re brainstorming another workshop for this autumn, and should have some more definite news on that at the beginning of the summer.

Here are some photos showing the close quarters and frenzy of art activity going on in the workshop salon:

Northern Light April 2012

UPDATE: The April workshop was an incredible success! Everyone was so charged up by the second day that it felt it was ending much, much too soon. We’re happy and exhausted, so when I’ve rested a few days and sent the last of the teachers on their journeys home, I’ll make a post with pictures and detail. We also shot some video, but will need to do some editing. I’ll get the full report up soon – Dave.

The first Northern Light workshop is now scheduled for April 20-22, 2012, to be held at Mäster Olofsgården in picturesque Gamla Stan, in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. The guest instructors will be Jesper Ejsing, Petar Meseldžija and Justin Gerard (all the way from the states!). This is a fantastic chance to work alongside these three internationally-reknowned artists in a hands-on class environment, as they demonstrate their painting and illustration techniques and discuss the philosophies and ideas behind them.

The class size is limited to 25 students. The cost is €300 per student. We expect this class to fill quickly, so act today – we hope you can join us in Stockholm!

To inquire about course availability or ask questions, please contact Dave Brasgalla: davebrasgalla@marmalademoon.com