Friday, September 25, 2015

Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is the 2nd sketchwalk session under SG Heart Map at Singapore Botanic Gardens on 22 Aug 2015. It was relatively a quiet corner in this big garden compound until a group of Chinese tourists came and requested to take picture with me with my unfinished work at that moment.

It is made up of three separate pieces. Total dimension is 630mm x 145mm.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September Sketchwalk at Changi Airport

The September sketchwalk session will be held in Changi Airport, Terminal 3 on Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00noon. 

Named countless times as the world’s best airport, this hub of aviation in the far eastern end of the island is a part of many memories. Whether you’re flying or not, the three terminals present lots of different spaces for hanging out, and was even a favourite haunt of students mugging for their examinations. The soaring interior spaces, views out to the open landscape and planes in slow motion, as well as plenty of eateries and cafes.

We will be meeting at Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 1. We will be near the escalators up from the MRT station, so just look out for the big SG Heart Map inflatable. From the meeting point at Terminal 3 at Level 1, sketchers can explore the entire airport by foot and Sky Train, in cool comfort out of the haze, and then meet back again to share what they’ve captured of the world’s favourite airport.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A very long sketch of Singapore River



I have not posted for a long time simply because I was too busy organising the Urban Sketchers Symposium from beginning till end. I still sketched using my favourite Hero fountain pen and Moleskine Japanese large album but I never got down to scan my long sketches until today. Monday on 10 Aug after our National Day which fell on Sunday this year; was a public holiday. That day I was able to sketch with Melanie and Orling before they flew home later that week. Orling had a headache so she headed back to the hotel without taking the group photo. I will like to take this opportunity to apologise to Symposium participants if I had not said 'hello' or 'goodbye' to you personally. However, I know you were well taken care of by our local sketchers from the photos we enjoyed seeing online.

I went back to complete this long sketch on 15 Aug when we had our SG Heart Map sketchwalk at the Civic District which was the first session of the series.

This sketch is 210mm x 1300mm long.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August Sketchwalk at Clementi

Our August sketchwalk session is a tie in with SG Heart Map, as the third in a series of five sketchwalks in August and September.

Clementi is a mature HDB estate that has undergone major upgrading, so there is a good mix of old and new hangout places.

From 9:00am, starting at the town centre between block 447 and 449, sketchers can explore places such as the sports complex and swimming pool, their favourite coffee shops, or take a shuttle further out to the Ulu Pandan Park Connector where there is an old railway bridge over the river/canal.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Sketchwalk under SG Heart Map

Urban Sketchers Singapore and SG Heart Map team are collaborating to organise a few sketchwalks to five hangout places identified by Singaporeans in August and September as part of the SG50 celebrations. With several of the buildings having gone through extensive renovations, such as the former City Hall, Old Supreme Court and Victoria Theatre—now it's the turn of the Asian Civilisation Museum — the area does hold much potential to become a popular future hangout for everyone of us.

From the meeting point at The Arts House, sketchers can explore the many colonial buildings surrounding them. We will meet up at the front steps of the new National Gallery Singapore at the end.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Happy National Day 2015

Today our nation celebrates 50th National Day. I had a busy day yesterday on all things SG50. While my husband was queuing to get into Art Science Museum, I did a sketch shown here at the Marina Bay. Everywhere was packed with people at Marina Bay but we had a restful late lunch at the No Signboard seafood restaurant at Esplanade. 3:30pm was our talk at the Esplanade Library and another restful teabreak with the potters before we had dinner at No Signboard again. This time the restaurant was packed and we were lucky to be given a table with a condition not to exceed one hour for our dinner. It was alright for us as we had a Nanyin concert to watch at the Esplanade Recital Studio at 7:30pm. After the concert, I stayed back to listen to the post-talk while my potter friends went home. As I got out of Esplanade, the fireworks had just ended but I was able to see the last laser show by MBS. I also managed to see The Fullenton clad in huge digital national flag. What a day and happy National Day and SG50 to everyone.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Final Mass Sketchwalk at SMU Campus Green

I didn't want to miss the final, big, open, huge, mass sketchwalk. I never missed in the past symposiums except one at Santo Domingo. I am glad I did a sketch at the final sketchwalk.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

behind the scene

We had so much sweat and fun behind the scene in preparing for the 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium. This is just one of the many photos with a group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers. Thanks Ken Lee for the photos.

Friday, June 26, 2015

June Sketchwalk

Sketch by Paul Wang

For this month's sketch walk, we will be drawing Bukit Pasoh. 
To get there, take an MRT to Outram Park MRT station. Come out aboveground using exit H. That will be the start point (circled in red). We will gather there for a quick briefing at 9AM and then you can explore Bukit Pasoh and the surrounding areas, free and easy. 

If you venture behind the shophouses, you might find Duxton Plain Park to be quite pleasant. If you go up Bukit Pasoh and diagonally cross the road junction, you will find the Everton area which has nice coffee joints. Then, there is also Keong Saik Road with its eateries, cafes, and interesting back alleyways. It might get hot by 10am so bring a cap or find shade under the shophouses there. 

At 12pm, the end point will be Duxton Plain Park, under some shade. Look for the group there.
See you there and have fun!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May Sketchwalk

This month, we explore the vibrantly restored neighbourhood of Ann Siang Hill and Club Street in Chinatown. Please note that this session will be in the afternoon, after lunch.

Hong Ban Pang will lead the sketchwalk of the area, assisted by Chris Ng and Andrew Yeo. Ban Pang can be reached at +65 9385 8391 on the day. 
*please refrain from overwhelming the sketch leaders with queries before properly reading up on all information

We will start and end the afternoon at The URA Centre, with the sketching area just a quick climb up the slope behind. 

You can fuel up at Maxwell Food Centre, or any of the cafes and restaurants along the two streets.

See you there!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

soft launch of exhibition

Poster for soft launch of exhibition "We Draw Singapore Together"

We have a two-day sketching workshop for the public on 30 and 31 May and we will sketch Chinatown and Bugis. There is also an exhibition with the same name "We Draw Singapore Together" at Art Gallery@Glocal Connect Village, Temasek Polytechnic. The official opening is on 24 June 2015, 7pm. We also have a soft launch to be attended by the participating artists and their friends. See you at the official opening.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Launch for "Urban Sketchers Singapore: Volume Two"

Thanks Parka for the video. Our second book "Urban Sketchers Singapore: Volume Two" was launched on Saturday, 16 May 2015 at National Library Board. Free copies were given out to the public who registered for the event. For readers who are interested to get a copy, you can like our book page on Facebook at to find out more.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

May Day Hong Kong Trip




I had a very short trip to meet my son and his family in Hong Kong over the May day holiday. I only had time to sketch at the Changi Airport, during crowded dim sum lunch and one early morning from the hotel room in that sequence.

First time I noticed while sketching the airplane that there were many activities and vehicles moving at the same time around the airplane. The sketch at the forever crowded Maxim's Palace had a story this time that the dim sum restaurant used the online queue system so we could stay at home and managed our time before taking a cab to the restaurant with the given online queue system. The hotel window panes at Ibis Central & Sheung Wan in Hong Kong were in ORANGE colour! What a pity with such a nice view, sigh! I picked up the light and shadow and just added some random colours here and there since everything was in ORANGE.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

We Draw Singapore Together

"We Draw Singapore Together" is a two-day workshop presented by Temasek Polytechnic's Centre for TransCultural Studies (CTS) at Temasek Polytechnic (TP), in collaboration with Urban Sketchers Singapore (USKSG) to promote the art of on-location drawing for Singaporeans and residents in Singapore. It is a SG50 event on Saturday and Sunday, 30 - 31 May, 2015. Amidst drawing and sketching in good company, make friends and explore Singapore locales from a less than usual perspective!

In addition, there is an exhibition with the same title "We Draw Singapore Together" runs from 20 May to 12 Aug, 2015 at the Art Gallery@Glocal Connect Village, Temasek Polytechnic. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Sketchwalk

Sketch By Milo Sudaria

For this month's sketchwalk, we are once again returning to one of the biggest and oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore- Toa Payoh. The last time we sketched there officially, it was before Epigram's first Neighbourhood book was published. Since then, the group has grown even more. Plus the place is just too big to experience it all in one sketchwalk.

We have two start points for you this time. So pick one that is most convenient for you.
Start point A 9AM: MacDonald's closest to Braddell MRT Station
Start point B 9AM: MacDonald's closest to Toa Payoh MRT Station

As always, sketch is free and easy. Go solo or explore the area with your friends. There are many interesting things to sketch if you poke around this neighbourhood. You may also need to do some research before you go because it is a big area. This and this may help.
But pace yourself so that you can return to the end point on time.

End point 12PM: Meet outside the Creamier ice cream shop at 128 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh.
Will will have our show and tell there. And we will announce something special there.

If you come late, just start sketching and meet us at the end point. We will be everywhere once the sketchwalk starts. No need to sign up. No fees. Just show up. Anybody and everybody is welcome.

Only one note of caution: By no means sketch any police stations or compounds around the area. (You all know what happened last time!)

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