Nov 26, 2012

Sketching with SUTD students

57 Eng Hoon, Singapore Lorong Mambong @ Holland Village, Singapore

Recently myself, TIA and 2 other USk-Singapore sketchers (Jenny & Marvin) were invited to teach a 10 week Urbansketching workshop with Singapore University of Design and Technology (SUTD). This university has a tie-up with MIT for its architecture and engineering programmes. First five sessions were spent in school learning the basics like lines and textures. The last four were practical on-location sketching sessions. The students were very enthusiastic and produced remarkable work within a short span of time. Above are 2 of my on-location demo pieces.

True Blue Peranakan Restaurant

True Blue5 Sketching at True Blue CuisineSketching at True Blue Cuisine

Urbansketching Workshop with Geography Teachers' Association

Little Guilin, Singapore Little Guilin, Singapore

Recently I had the privilege of conducting a Urbansketching workshop for 20 secondary school geography teachers. We had a wonderful time drawing together in the morning and learning basic language of lines and textures. The highlight was going to Little Guilin at Bukit Batok to sketch on-location.

Fabulous Baker Boy @ Viridian Art House

Fabulous Baker Boy @ Viridian House Fabulous Baker Boy @ Viridian House

Singapore River with SUTD students

Sketching @ Singapore River This is my first outing from students from SUTD. They are a bunch of very hardworking young sketchers and most have never sketched outdoors.


Apples Apples 3 Apples 1

Orange Thimble cafe @ Tiong Bahru

Orange Thimble Cafe

Oct 14, 2012

A glimpse of Life in Singapore

Sharing a few double page sketches made recently in my watercolour Moleskine.

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands Casino & Art Science Museum. Desker Road, Little India
Old Shophouse @ Desker Road (Little India) King George Avenue
Factory @ King George Avenue Art & Design Fair @ Sculpture Square
Art + Design Fair @ Sculpture Square

Sep 17, 2012

Mid-autumn festival, Chinatown

Sago Lane, Chinatown Smith Street, Chinatown Smith Street, Chinatown. Smith Street, Chinatown. These days you will find all sorts of newage lanterns made out of plastic materials. Here you can see Angry bird, Barney, Ultra-man and even Hello-Kitty battery operated lanterns. I grew up with very traditional paper lanterns lit by candles.

5 days getaway back to UBUD Bali

Warung Bale, Ubud Dirty Duck Restaurant, Ubud. KAFE, Ubud Coffee Studio Seniman, Ubud Bridges Restaurant, Ubud Juice Ja Cafe, Ubud Coffee time @ Rai Pasti, Ubud KAFE, Ubud KAFE, Ubud

It was a wonderful getaway to Ubud and returning back to such tranquility is a welcome break from city maddness. As you can see from my sketches, my holiday revolved mainly around food. It was fun to hop from cafes to restaurants, trying different kind of local food and laze the day away . The locals are such wonderful cooks. The ingredients are always fresh and made with lots of love. You must try 'DIRTY DUCK Restaurant' for their awesome duck inspired dishes, try 'KAFE' for their coffee & dessert, 'BRIDGES restaurant' for their exquisite food & stunning surrounding and Cafe Wayan for authentic Balinese food.

Fabulous Baker Boy @ Viridian House

Viridian House2 Salted Caramel cake @ Viridian House Chilling out at Viridian house Sketching, enjoying my salted caramel cake and watching the rain.....

7th Lunar Month Offering aka Hungry Ghost Festival

7th Lunar month offering @ True Blue Restaurant 7th Lunar month offering Taoist event celebrated in some Asian countries including Singapore. According to the taoists, gates of hell are opened during the 7th lunar and all spirits and ghosts are free to roam the earth. To appease these spirits and avoid harrassment, earthlings offer them food and drinks. There are concert performances and Chinese operas staged for the visiting ghosts. I managed a quick sketch of the offering set up outside True Blue restaurant. They believe this offering will feed the spirits and bring good fortune too. 7th Lunar Month offering @ True Blue Restaurant

Aug 23, 2012

Peranakan Museum Facade

Peranakan Museum Facade For the month of August, all museums in Singapore are free for citzens and permanent residents as part of Singapore's 47th independence celebration. So last thursday, I invited a few sketchers for a weekday morning sketchwalk to Armenian street. We met outside the Peranakan Museum and this was my 1st sketch of the day. Playing with my bamboo pen and noodler ink.

Sketching + Ice Cream @ Udder's Ice Cream Palour

Udders Ice cream parlour Udders Ice cream parlour What's your favourite ice cream? One of my all time favourite is still Rum & Raisins. They were very generous with their rum! Yummy.

True Blue Restaurant main entrance

True Blue Peranankan Cuisine, Singapore My interpretation of this very ornate entrance into True Blue Peranakan restaurant. True Blue Peranakan Cuisine

Exploring Dunlop Street @ Little India

Dunlop Street, Little India This is my 1st sketch today at Little India. The heat and sun was way too much to handle at 10am. Hence I only had the energy to sketch. Trying a new bottle of waterproof indian ink by Dr.PH Martin. Jet black and draws very well. Dunlop Street, Little India This was my 2nd sketch at Dunlop street. I was very tempted to paint in the vermillion window on the right. It is never easy to know when to stop. Should I just leave it as a line sketch? Sketching at Dunlop Street, Little India

Jul 24, 2012

Sketching Georgetown Video

Sketching Georgetown, Penang

Recently about 70 Urbansketchers from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand were invited to a sketching event held inconjuction with Penang's Georgetown festival. It was two full day of sketching at several important UNESCO hertiage sites and sharing our sketches. Below are some of my sketches made during my short stay in Penang. Sketching Georgetown Penang Shophouse at Love Lane. Sketching at Armenian Street Penang Interesting corner building at Armenian street. Shophouses @ Armenian Street Captivated by this little blue house sandwiched between two other shophoues along Armenian street. This is my 2nd last sketch made in Penang. Antique shop @ Armenian Street Another shophouse at Armenian street. Chew Jetty Chew Clan Jetty