15 January 2018

We Sketch Amaravati Together

Happy New Year 2018!

I did a video on my recent sketches on India. I was with my sketcher friends from 08 - 15 Dec 2017 to Vijayawada and Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh on a project called "We Sketch Amaravati Together".

Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India, situated on the southeastern coast of the country. The state is the seventh-largest state in India covering an area of 162970 sq km. As per 2011 Census of India, the state is tenth-largest by population with 49,386,799 inhabitants. Amaravati has 29 villages and it will be the brand new capital city for Andhra Pradesh under the vision of N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, also the President of Telugu Desam Party and Member of Legislative Assembly, Kuppam.

Amaravati, is envisioned to be a city of world-class standards with a vision of increasing Andhra Pradesh’s prominence in the world. For a start, Construction of the seed capital development area — covering 16.7 sq km and comprising the AP Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, High Court, Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, quarters for the ministers and officials, and the township for government officials had already started.

Our sketching trip is fully sponsored by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore and our mission is to sketch the existing 29 villages in Amaravati to help capture the current heritage and culture before the new city is built.

28 December 2017

Last Sketchwalk of the Year at Orchard Road

For the last sketchwalk of 2017, we will be sketching the Christmas lighting at Orchard Road! This will be an EVENING sketchwalk.

Once lined with fruit orchard and spice plantations, Orchard Road was developed into Singapore's premier shopping district (http://www.orchardroad.org/information/). Every Christmas, the stretch is decorated with Christmas lights and decor with malls trying to outdo each other in creating the festive spirit.

Our location this year will be the junction of Grange Road and Orchard Road, which is surrounded by many sketchable areas and vantage points. Quaint old Emerald Hill is just round the corner and a couple of old houses sit opposite Heeren along Cairnhill Road. Or sketch from the bridge spanning Orchard Gateway. Mandarin Gallery, 313, Centrepoint, Paragon are all within walking distance. Or head to the rooftop of Orchard Central for a birds-eye view of the shopping district. Remember to bring your own light if you plan to sketch in the dark!

Orchard Fountain Corner
(Between Orchard Shopping Centre and H&M)

(Exact location to be confirmed. Probably at the back along Grange Road)

27 November 2017

Result of Nov Sketchwalk


Result of November Sketchwalk. There are three parts of Petain Road in this long sketch namely the shophouse, the park and the playground.

Petain Road was named by municipal government of Singapore in 1928 after Field Marshall Henri Philippe Petain, one of France’s greatest military heroes from the First World War. However, the name drew controversy when the French military force grew from bad to worst as Petain became the Prime Minister of France in 1940. There were suggestions to change the name of the road when it became a notorious red light district in Little India in the old days. Today, this row of beautiful shophouses are the homes of rich and famous with elaborate majolica floral ceramic tiles covering the walls and flowers, cranes and phoenix adorning the pillars and walls. Directly across Petain Road is a big park with lush green and a colourful playground.

Size : 700mmx300mm
Paper : Saunders Waterford

23 November 2017

November Sketchwalk at Little India

We're going to Little India this weekend, at the Kitchener Road vicinity. Kitchener Road stretches from Jalan Besar and cuts through the heart of Little India.

9:30 am
City Square Mall
— main entrance where the Christmas decor is going up

Closest MRT station:
Farrer Park on the North East Line
Exit H or I

Somme Road Playground
— stone's throw from City Square Mall

We'll meet at 12:15pm to share our works from the session.

31 October 2017

Fountain Pens Sketching

AirBnB experience - Demonstration piece 1

AirBnB Experience - Demonstration piece 2

Waiting 1

Waiting 2

Waiting 3

Waiting 4

26 October 2017

October Sketchwalk at Haw Par Villa

We're going to visit the ten courts of hell! With over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas, you'll have a field day capturing scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and depictions of Confucianism.

It is also the relaunch of Haw Par Villa after a switch of managing entity, so there will be lots of activities throughout the day, and plenty of media coverage.

9:30 am
Jade Room – Outside
(go straight up the slope after entering park gate)
– Quick briefing (good for newcomers)

12:15 pm
Jade Room – Inside
– Gather for "sketchgawk" where everyone displays works done for the day; for staring at, drooling over and snapshots.

12:30 pm
Group photo for posterity

29 September 2017

September Sketchwalk at Robertson Quay

This weekend, we'll be swarming the former godowns of Robertson Quay. Named after Dr J. Murray Robertson, a prominent Municipal Councillor of colonial era Singapore, it is the largest and most upstream of the three main historical quays on the Singapore River, the other two being Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

9:30 am – Start at the roundabout end of Merbau Road
*between Bella Pasta and ROSSO VINO

12:30 pm – End at Robertson Bridge
*outside Limoncello Pizza & Grill

These old warehouses, today integrated into newer developments, show another historic layer to an ever evolving Singapore River. Compared to the busy throngs of people further downstream, here the banks are much quieter, flanked by residences, hotels and laid back restaurants.

The Alkaff Bridge, painted by Filipino artist Pacita Abad, straddles the middle of the district, and gazetted godown buildings sit at Caseen Street, Merbau Road and Robertson Quay.

16 September 2017

Little India

My demo piece for the students from LaSalle BA(Hons) students on a Saturday, so there were overlapping shapes, lines and washes here and there as I spoke.

As I talked about learning points for the students such as line qualities (thick, thin, continuous, broken lines), composition (mountain, valley, vertical, horizontal and oblique), tonal values (scale 0, 2, 5 , 8 and 10) and accent colours at 3 spots with washes, I finished a sketch with ink and washes.

This is also the first outdoor sketch after my eye surgery, such fun!

31 August 2017

Tanglin Halt Sketchwalk Video

Here's the video from the latest sketchwalk at Tanglin Halt.