14 June 2016

Tiong Bahru again!




The top is the completed work and the next one was taken just before I apply colouring on location. I led a group of my colleagues and their families to Tiong Bahru and sketch. The ad-hoc sketchwalk was conducted in conjunction with the LEGO exhibition at the campus. Sum Kwan, the 5-year-old boy really impressed me with his drawing. He could identify shapes on the spot and drew with very confident lines. Paul's son who is nine, is also good and bold in his line work. I had so much to observe and learn from these children. The lease we can do is to encourage them to do more so they will continue to sketch, draw, paint and enjoy the process of mark making.

29 May 2016

04 May 2016

Blue & White Sketches by Francis Theo

Sunday Flea Market at Tampines Round Market

Amoy Street 

Mohd Ali Lane 

Campbell Lane, Little India 

Indian Garland Stall, Little India 

Changi Jetty 1 

Changi Jetty 2 

Changi Jetty 3 

Thief Market, Sungei Road

Changi Point  

SunPlaza Park, Tampines

Beach Road Pawn Noodle at East Coast Road 

28 February 2016

Rochor Centre sketches (Feb 2016)

Rocher Centre is definitely one of the more distinctive residential estates in Singapore. The government just do not build them like this anymore.

I really like the idea that the void deck is raised. The shops are on levels 1 to 3 and community area is on the 4th. I believe this is quite similar to how some apartments in Hong Kong are built, by mixing residential and commercial into the same building. And it's really convenient for the residents as well when you don't have to travel far to get your groceries or eat out.

Other residential flats in Singapore are strictly residential. Sure there usually is a neighbourhood centre where the shops are, or a shopping mall, but the demarcation is very clear, to the point that it can be boring at times.

The sketch above was drawn from the 4th storey void deck. The blocks are all painted in different lively colours in real life.

This was drawn from the green block level 16 looking towards Sim Lim Tower. Rochor Centre will be torn down in 2016 to make way for the building of North-South Expressway.

This was drawn from the red block level 16 looking towards Bugis Junction, and further in the back Marina Bay Sands.

Video of the sketchwalk shot in 4K

26 February 2016

February Sketchwalk

I think we are all well aware that this local icon will be going under the wrecking ball and sledgehammers later this year. So there's no better time than now to capture it for posterity in your drawings.

This is the first mixed-use HDB complex with exposed and open stairwells, a podium of shops and commercial spaces with a common park on its roof, and residential tower blocks on top. 

1 Rochor Rd, Singapore 180001

Start Point
9:30 AM
Main entrance along Rochor Road
We will meet here before setting off to explore the complex.

End Point
12:30 PM
Courtyard in front of NTUC supermarket

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See you there!

Join the Rocher Sketchwalk giveaway contest!

Link to the lucky draw giveaway contest:

Prizes are sponsored by Parkablogs

20 February 2016

Kunst & Papier Sketchbook and Super5 Inks

North Bridge Road 

I have used Kunst & Papier watercolour sketchbook during my Sepetang trip last year. I like the paper quality and book size ( 24 x 20.5 cm ). This K&P sketchbook is the same quality and the size is 17 x 11.5 cm. This book is ideal for my everyday use and easily slip into my pouch bag. My tools - K&P sketchbook, Super5 Pens, Super5 Inks (Atlantic, Australia and Dublin ) and Holbein water brushes. 

View from 15th floor Bras Basah Complex

Seah Street 

Selegie Art Cafe

People Study 1 - Ming Fa Fishball Noodle at Simpang Bedok

People Study 2 - Inside a moving bus 

People Study 3 - Heartland Coffee Shop 

People Study 4 - Heartland Coffee Shop

25 January 2016


On January 30th, meet us at the the Big Steps along Sago Street at Chinatown complex 9:30AM

We will be sketching Chinatown because it will soon be Chinese New Year and it is bustling with activity and full of decorations this season. 

As always, sketchwalk is free and easy. Use whatever materials you bring and sketch whatever catches your interest. You have 3 whole hours of sketching with friends and fellow artists. Afterwhich, we will meet at 12:30PM behind the Buddha Tooth Relic temple

During this sketchwalk, Ng Woon Lam will be doing a live painting demo. His new book "Color Theory and Design Concepts" will be on sale too at $60 for the Urban Sketchers (normal retail price $75). See a sample HERE. Please bring enough cash if you want to purchase his book.

Join the giveaway contest!

Link to the lucky draw giveaway contest:

Prizes are sponsored by Parkablogs

10 December 2015

Sketching at National Gallery Singapore

We have a new museum here in Singapore and it's called the National Gallery Singapore. It actually consists of two buildings, the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall.

I've never been into City Hall before and I've only been into the former Supreme Court once. That was also the first day I joined Urban Sketchers Singapore so I'll never forget that.

The renovation that has been done to restore the two old buildings is amazing. It's a total makeover essentially, especially for the former Supreme Court. Everything is so clean and pristine.

The Rotunda (above) that used house the library is now being covered up. The two buildings are fitted with air conditioning and it's just so spacious and comfortable to walk around. The paintings featured are mainly from Southeast Asia so that's something new to me as I'm more familiar with western and European art.

On 5 & 6 of December, Urban Sketchers Singapore were invited to organise two sketchwalks for the public. The videos below are from the two days.

- Parka