Saturday 4 May 2013

Recommended Artist: Nina Johanson

  Born in 1970 in Gävle, Sweden, Nina Johanson started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon in her hand (they say). She grew up in Umeå further up north, where she kept drawing and painting but studied Maths, Natural Science, and Language instead.

  It wasn't until her early twenties after she went to art school for a year that she felt that Art was her calling. In 1996, she moved to Stockholm, and eventually went to Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) for the Art Teacher Education Program.

Now, she works in a school south of Stockholm, teaching art, design, film-making, photography, computer graphics and web design to kids aged between 15 and 19. And in her spare time she does "pretty much the same things, but without the teaching," as she puts it.

  I love the compositions she employs in her sketches. They're very dynamic and eye-catching. In her pen and ink sketches, the tonal values used are perfectly rendered to give viewers a sense of space, and the depth in each scene is very well drawn. In her coloured sketches, the colours used are eye catching yet very pleasing and harmonious. I could learn a thing or two from her- sketching as often as I can, and not being afraid to draw en plein air.

  Visit her website by clicking this.

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