27 July 2017

8th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago



This is how it all started for the Urban Sketchers Singapore as mentioned by Gabi, USK founder. See footage at 25:08.

End of Term

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We are now in second term of first semester. The first term of first semester ended in late June. This semester, I was observing a class of non-Chinese students taking a subject called "Introduction to Language and Culture (Mandarin)". It was so inspiring and fun to watch them speaking Mandarin. My colleague also did a wonderful job in engaging them in class.

I was taking part in "20 Sketches 20 Days" on Facebook with sketcher-friends and we needed to sketch at least 20 sketches in a month for this entire year. I recently found an old sketchbook which I bought in Portland when I first attended the Urban Sketchers Symposium in 2010. It was not ideal for sketching when there was a lot of 'show through' as the fountain pen ink 'bled' through the pages which also warped when light washes were applied. Brush pen was better and I would apply digital colours if I had time.

Here are three sketches depicting the classes at different sessions, one with digital colours and two just in black and white.

Tools: Piccadilly Sketchbook size 90x140mm, brush pen and digital colours.

July Sketchwalk at Telok Ayer



This Saturday we'll be at Telok Ayer Street and the adjacent Amoy, Stanley and Boon Tat streets.

Sanwiched between Ann Sinag Hill and the skyscraping towers of Shenton Way, the area has two of the oldest places of worship in the city— Thian Hock Keng temple and Masjid Al-Abrar—along with many conserved shophouses and buildings, like Nagore Dargah.

We will start and end at Telok Ayer Green, a little pocket of coolness in the middle of the precinct. See you there!

MEETING POINT
Telok Ayer Green
https://goo.gl/maps/G4G7MKcuSMp
09:30 am: Kick off for new participants
12:30 pm: Gather for "gallery gawk" and see all works

20 July 2017

USK 10x10 ASEAN edition

Here are the videos for the 1st and last day of our USK 10x10 ASEAN edition. It was great to see people and their love for learning and sketching.



11 July 2017

Fountain Sketching


Fountain pen and watercolour pencils



Fountain pen and watercolour pencils


Fountain Pen Ink Wash



Ink wash


Ink wash


Ink wash


Fountain pen and watercolour 



Ink wash



Ink wash


21 June 2017

Weekend Getaway Malacca


Family Weekend Getaway 
I have enjoyed quality time with my family during our weekend getaway in Malacca.
Somehow I managed to squeeze time for some sketching with my limited tools.
My tools - Pilot Custom 823 B nib , Franklin Christoph Model66 1.1 nib , De Atramentis Archive Ink  and Holbein Waterbrush.



A quick sketch during breakfast at a local coffee shop.
Watching the local folks chatting about inflation , cost of living etc etc etc ......




Tourists , tourists and more tourists .
I was sketching at The Dutch Square and was surrounded by Mainland Chinese Tourists , 
just wonder where am I in China or Malaysia ? 


We walked into Ibis Hotel not knowing that the hotel is having a trial soft opening for their staff.
Watching the "guests " checking in .


A Malay Kampung in the heart of the city.


I was waiting for the bus and have an hour to go.
Last minute sketch before the bus come.

20 June 2017

June Sketchwalk at Changi Village


Kick off the long weekend of Hari Raya Aidilfitri with us at the urban kampung of Changi Village. This idyllic enclave, with the pier full of bumboats and old watercraft, red brick midrise buildings and plenty of sea breezes will undoubtedly charm you to capture something in your sketches.

MEETING POINTS
Start & End
9:30 am & 12:30 pm
Changi Village Hawker Centre
*near the POSB ATMs
https://goo.gl/maps/xMABHrSR4Rw

See you there!

10 June 2017

Black & White Fountain Pens Ink Sketches



These sketches are done with Pilot Custom 823 B nib , Franklin Christoph  model66 1.1 nib , Water brush and De Atramentis Archive Ink. 




Preparing Iftar (break fast ) at the evening market.


Muslim stalls preparing Iftar at a local coffee shop


Bicycle shop at Pulau Ubin


Offering at the local temple at Pulau Ubin


Pulau Ubin Main Street 


Kampong House


Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown.

24 May 2017

May Sketchwalk at Esplanade Park


The revamped park now has a playground, interactive musical sculptures and more open connections to the Singapore River and The Padang, with lovely stepped seating by the river bank and benches facing National Gallery Singapore. You can also visit restored memorials and markers such as the Tan Kim Seng Fountain, The Cenotaph, Singapore, Indian National Army Marker and the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, amongst others.

MEETING POINTS

Start
9:30 AM
Lim Bo Seng Memorial
https://goo.gl/maps/nkboVhXs6ZL2
If you'd like to meet with the sketch leaders, they'll be here to give you a quick overview of what usually happens. If you're late, just look for random sketchers or start drawing on your own.

End
12:30PM
Tan Kim Seng Fountain
https://goo.gl/maps/xPNWyfouEMS2
We will conclude the session by placing our works around the fountain to be enjoyed by everyone, and then snap a group photo.

See you all there!

26 April 2017

Where is the Windmill at Holland Village?

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I will be in Hong Kong and will miss this Saturday's sketchwalk at Holland Village which is one of my favourite places to sketch. I found my post on sketches of Holland Village done at the time when the fake windmill was still there. It has since been demolished and Holland Village is still a place for hipsters. Don't forget to visit Chip Bee Garden across the road too. Happy Sketching!