Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sketch at the same spot again at Tiong Bahru





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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016



Everyone is talking about it, you have to see it at the gallery where I work. "The Brick Collective: Tiong Bahru Edition" a LEGO exhibition is at the Art Gallery@GCV, Glocal Connect Village at Temasek Polytechnic, come and be inspired. Three of them are Design graduates from different cohorts and I have the privilege of teaching two of them, Eugene Tan from Interior Architecture and Design graduated in 1995 and Andy Goh from Product and Industrial Design graduated in 2014. Wong Jun Heng, from Interactive Media Design graduated much later. LEGO brought them together. I am so proud of our TP returning talents.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happening at the Art Gallery@GCV

As the Artist-in-Residence at Temasek Polytehnic, I am involved in all things with Art Gallery. Centre for TransCultural Studies at Temasek Polytechnic, in collaboration with 5 LEGO ® Artists Eugene Tan, Wong Jun Heng, Xylvie Huang, Andy Goh and Gavin Foo will be presenting an exhibition titled “The Brick Collective: Tiong Bahru Edition” from 18 May 2016 to 27 July 2016. This exhibition is supported by National Heritage Board and School of Design, Temasek Polytechnic.

The opening event is on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 7.00pm and will take place at The Art Gallery @ GCV. The Guest of Honour is Mr Alvin Tan, Asst. CEO, National Heritage Board.

To attend the opening night, please rsvp to

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

guests at my enlarged TP sketch

For the record, this was taken on the opening ceremony of Temasek Polytechnic's 25th anniversary on 29 April 2015. The guest of honour was Mr Goh Chok Tong - Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore accompanied by Mr Boo Kheng Hua - Principal & CEO on his right, Mr Edmond Khoo - Deputy Principal and Mr Lee Kok Choy, Chairman of the Board on his left. They are standing in front of a blown up visual of my sketch of the campus.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

SJ50 - The Condors

On Saturday, 27 Feb 2016, my skyline sketches of Tokyo and Singapore were presented to the immediate past Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi from Embassy of Japan after the performance by The Condors to signify the close relationship between Embassy of Japan and Temasek Polytechnic and to celebrate SJ50.


Friday, February 26, 2016

February Sketchwalk at Rochor Centre

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!

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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.