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Still life illustration work in progress

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This is a work in progress for my portfolio. It is based on a meal in The Nørrebro Bryghus restaurant in Nørrebro in Copenhagen.

I had a very enjoyable meal with my good friend Pedro.

As an illustrator the advice given is always to stick to one style. This is with regard to selling as an illustrator, to be memorable for art directors. I have always had difficulty following this advice, and when younger the constraints stopped me being able to work at times.

So there’s the cartoon work that is the majority my iain.dk website, the still life like the above image, portraiture (new ones coming soon) and more detailed character design.

I justify my switching of styles by pointing out Sir Paul McCartney wrote Helter Skelter, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and Hey Jude. So if the great man can switch style as he pleases so can I.

I appreciate putting myself in the same sentence as Sir Paul is an act of laughable egoism, but if no one else will do it…

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A Copenhagen burger illustration at Cafe Staalvand in Brønshøj

Out for lunch with my good friend Pedro at Staalvand Cafe in Brønshøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen. I took some photos of my burger and felt inspired to do an illustration.

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Staalvand Cafe Brønshøj – great burgers, great beers and a great atmosphere

Staalvand burger Brønshøj

Brønshøj Staalvand Cafe beer

Brønshøj beer and burgers

Staalvand Cafe is situated a few metres from Brønshøj Torv. They serve fantastic home made burgers, Nørrebro Bryghus beers (The New York Lager is to die for), the staff are friendly and polite, and all in a relaxed cafe with great atmosphere. There’s also a good wifi connection. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Staalvand Cafe Brønshøj offers a full cafe menu

They serve other food (I think) but once you’ve tried the burgers there’s no going back. The one above is the Murder Burger, which is probably named after what it does to my arteries…

Staalvand doesn’t have a website (COUGH) but you can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staalvand for opening times, special offers etc.

More on Nørrebro Bryghus and their beers here.

Find Staalvand on the map below

Brønshøj Bold Klub

Life as a Brønshøj web designer

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Working and living in Brønshøj as a web designer has it’s advantages. Close enough to the City Centre by bike for meeting my city based web design clients, plus with the beautiful natural area of Utterslev Mose close by, not to mention the rather magnificent Brønshøj BK (Danish first division football team) on my doorstep.

Brønshoj design

Brønshøj BK have the most fantastic stadium. Where I grew up in Scotland I followed Highland League football, and it reminds me of one of their stadiums. Which is not an insult. It’s the combination of relaxed atmosphere, and passionate locals in a one stand stadium. Plus the small bars dotted around the pitch, the very definition of hyggeligt! A beer will cost 18DKK for a bottle, and the draft is 30DKK. Entrance is 70DKK.

The stadium recently had new floodlights added which have added even more to the great atmosphere. Getting to Brønshøj stadium is relatively easy using public transport from the city centre, bus 2A from the main station or main square will take you very close. Just ask the driver or another passenger where to get off.
Staalvandet Brønshøj
If you fancy a beer after the match before heading back into the Copenhagen city, there’s Staalvand, a modern, bohemian cafe bar at Brønshøj Torv, and Gert’s Vinstue, a proper Danish pub.

Here is a link to an excellent article by a Swansea supporter on his visit to the stadium, entitled Lost in Brønshøj.

 

 

Cafe Klimt Copenhagen

Cafe Klimt, great burgers and a nice atmosphere

Cafe Klimt Copenhagen

Photo lifted from Cafe Klimt’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cafeklimt

Cafe Klimt is a nice cafe, bar restaurant in central Copenhagen, a few minutes walk from Nørreport Station. Named after the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt,  it’s been a successful establishment since the mid nineties.

It’s a relaxed, casual cafe, with a youngish clientele. In particular, they do a great burger. Thoroughly recommended. Homemade and 250g with all the trimmings. You can  see the rest of their menu in English here.

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