Saturday, April 02, 2016



Skyline of Singapore from Fullerton Waterboat House. Looking down, there were too many tourists near Merlion Park on the right, but up where we were, it was cool and quiet with a sip of Mocha and sketching with good friends. I took so long to scan and join long format. This was done this morning at the cafe. It was too hot out there at 32 deg C.

Medium : Ink and Watercolour
Size : 680 x 240mm

Monday, January 25, 2016

January Sketchwalk

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.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

another airport sketch

A sketch at Hong Kong International Airport. The flight from Hong Kong to Singapore was delayed not once but twice for about 45 minutes in total. This building was a stand-alone building like a octopus staring at me inviting me to sketch. A check on the web revealed that it was called North Satellite Concourse designed by Aedas and completed in Dec 2009 to help with boarding via aero bridges. It was not linked to the main terminals so passengers arriving or departing from NSC were ferried by shuttle buses every 4 minutes.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The eye of this whale would open and close but the kids soon got bored of it and asked to take the rides which had very long queues. I spent longer time at this cafe table and noticed a common phenomena same as the rest of the world - everyone was either looking at the smartphone or taking photos with the camera phone. The red flower and text stamps were added later from Muji store near Tokyo International Forum. The Japanese characters mean "Thank You".

Friday, January 15, 2016

Lunch at DisneySea

This was one of the quickest sketches I had ever done. While my family members were queuing for food at DisneySea, I offered to look after the stroller and bags again while sitting on the bench and did a very quick sketch. You had to be led by the waitress to your seats after ordering so I could only manage a few lines for this sketch.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Meiji Jingu

First thing that caught my eyes were the two magnificent trees flanking the shrine There were not one but two gigantic trees which must be sacred.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Second Sketchbook

This was done at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills. Great view when we arrived at around 3:30pm. I was fortunate to witness the beautiful sunset when the sky was already getting darker at 4:30pm.

This is drawn on the second sketchbook in Moleskine Japanese Album Large format. I filled up 25 pages in one long book including a few journal pages.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tokyo DisneyLand

151224_Tokyo -Disneyland_PhotoI was the 'Big Locker' for my family during our Japan Trip at Tokyo Disneyland. While everyone was queuing and taking the StarJet ride at TomorrowLand, I found a shady place, bought a coffee, sketched and kept an eye on the stroller, camera bags, handbags for my family.

This is also the last page of the very long sketchbook.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lunch at Ginza

We had a very satisfying traditional Japanese lunch at Ginza. It was so fresh and well presented, so this sketch had no colours since I needed to eat it fast and fresh!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tsukiji Market

UntitledA traditional Japanese meal at the popular Tsukiji Market is just perfect for this trip. When I did a google check on the restaurant we visited, it was quite a famous one for the tourists and the locals. According to their website, they have been at Tsukiji Market for more than 20 years and there are only 14 counter seats, small but enjoyable restaurant.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

another breathtaking view

151222_HotelThis is another breathtaking view of Tokyo Bay from our hotel room on the 22th floor. Eitai Bridge 永代橋 was the first bridge and Kachidoki Bridge 勝鬨橋 was the one beyond connected to Tsukiji Market at the Tokyo Waterfront. I was not aware earlier that we could see Tsukiji Market from our hotel room.

Friday, January 08, 2016

trying a new ink

Breathtaking view from the 20th storey Club floor where we had our first breakfast at Intercontinental Tokyo Bay Hotel. Also my first sketch with a new coloured ink, Fox Red mixed with Black Noodler's ink.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

When you are bored....

I don't have time to watch movies so when you are bored up in the air inside the plane, let's watch a happy movie.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

at Hong Kong Airport

It seems customary to do an airport sketch when a sketcher travels, so here is one done at Hong Kong International Airport. before departure to Tokyo. Airports around the world may look alike but this one has a hill in the distance, so it cannot be Changi Airport.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

First Sketchbook

I went for a Japan family trip from 18 to 28 Dec 2015 and I did a few long sketches during the trip. This is the first sketchbook using Moleskine Japanese Album Large format. I filled up 25 pages in total.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Japan Trip

My elder son booked the hotel for us at Intercontinental Tokyo Bay from 18 to 25 Dec 2015. It was on security floor on 22nd storey with breakfast, dinner and teabreaks on club floor on 20th storey.

Breathtaking view at Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort.

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Tokyo Bay, view from the hotel room. Supertree on the left in the distance.

Sensō-ji, Asakusa Temple.

Meiji Jingu.

Tokyo DisneyLand.

The famous Shibuya crossing.

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Roppongi Hills

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Singapore Skyline

I have been sketching in Moleskine Japanese Album which is a very long format, great for panoramic sketches. However, it took a while for me to scan them since the sketches are long. Here is one I did during my last staycation. Haze is gone, so I did a sketch before checking out. — at Marina Bay Sands.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015