Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Urban Sketchers: 2015 Symposium Dates Announced!

Urban Sketchers: 2015 Symposium Dates Announced!
By the Symposium Team

Singapore to host 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium
Mark your calendars for July 22-25, 2015

Earlier this month we announced that the 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium will take place in Singapore. Now you can mark your calendars for July 22 - 25, 2015!

The Symposium team, consisting of the Local Organizers from Urban Sketchers Singapore (Tia Boon Sim, Paul Wang, and Patrick NG) and the International Symposium Committee (Elizabeth Alley, Jason Das, Orling Dominguez, Fernanda Vaz de Campos) have started planning the event, which will be co-hosted by Temasek Polytechnic.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

National Museum of Singapore

I was too ambitious to plan to complete the long and large Moleskine Japanese Album sketchbook. However, I enjoyed the company of sketcher friends and students from SUTD not to mention the food, drink and the chats while sketching at Food for Thought, the restaurant inside the Museum.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Anniversary Lunch at Sky 57

I finally scan and stitch this piece together. This was done at our anniversary lunch from a restaurant at 57th storey of Marina Bay Sands called "Sky 57". The public can still go up to the Sky Park - the observatory deck of Marina Bay Sands and sketch while standing. No sitting is allowed. The entry fee to the Sky Park is S$23 per person. This sketch was drawn on Moleskine Japanese Album across 9 pages. The size of each page is 9x14cm or 3.5x 5.5" per page.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

in the mood to create


I am so blessed! On my birthday, I suddenly had this urge to do something different, so I took a walk within the campus after a meeting. Here's my new hair-do and a new pair of glasses combing my old and new offices - School of Design and Glocal Connect Village, both in Temasek Poly. Met familiar faces along the way when I visited a few corners familiar to me - the new design block, the mural wall, western food stall, print shop, lift lobby, sculpture and the colourful GCV in that order in this visual.

For the record, I used iPhone camera and PowerPoint on my office PC to recreate the visual in 30 mins. I am quite pleased with the final result. Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Temasek Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic - the institution I work for over 23 years. Next year we are celebrating 25th anniversary so I am asked to do a piece to roll out a series of activities. I gathered a very small group of sketchers from staff, alumni and students' team and I did a sketch on top of the building.

The architect was James Stirling and Wilford. Although Jame Stirling died before the job was completed, the design won an international architectural award in his company's name. The entire campus did bear his signature to have a very geometrical site layout with the main walkway bridge framing the view of the beautiful Bedok Reservouir.

size 680 x 240mm

Friday, October 31, 2014

CIrcular Road


I just scanned some sketches. I did two sketches at Circular Road sketchwalk, this one was done inside the car, in air conditioning comfort, it was too hot and humid these day. Average of 33 deg C.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Sketchwalk

Sketch by Parka

Meet: 9AM, Raffles City shopping centre, outside Starbucks (take exit A, go up the escalator and you are there). We will have a short briefing then start our sketchwalk:

1st location:  Raffles hotel (915AM- 10AM)
2nd location: Seah St and/or Purvis St (10AM- 11AM) 
3rd location: The National library building (11AM- 12PM) Sketch this building from a lower angle or go to a higher level and sketch what you see out the window.

End point: Gather at 12PM. Steps outside Hans cafe at the National Library building.

Timing for the locations are only a suggestion. Feel free to roam and mix it up if you wish.
Go around and explore the 127 yr old Raffles hotel inside out.
Some background info on Seah St can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XamUN6GmCc
If you venture to Purvis St, look out for the 74 yr old chicken rice restaurant called Yet Con.
Along North Bridge Road, say hi to our friendly art supply store, Straits Art Co.
(Thanks to George Huang for the information tips.)

Anyone one can join the sketchwalks. All skill levels welcome. Just bring your own art materials. No attendance or fees will be collected. If you are late, just follow the route and you won't miss us.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Sketchwalk at Upper Circular Road

Above sketch by Tia

For this month's sketchwalk, we will meet at the bus stop outside The Central at 9AM (see map). After a short briefing, we will cross the road and walk through Upper Circular Road and then through Circular road. Take your time to draw what you wish. There will be shophouses, watering holes and cafes along the way. We encourage you to take your own detours. If you prefer to walk along the river, go ahead. But please take note that at 12PM we will all gather again outside the UOB Plaza along the Singapore river (see map).

If you come later, no problem. Just walk along the route in the map and you will find us. Look for people drawing along the side of the road.

Everybody is welcome. No permission to join or attendance to be taken. Just show up during the time stated. See you all there.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Final Mass Sketchwalk

I was still doing this piece and Orling called me to go over for the group picture. The group picture will bring fond memories in time to come. Can you spot moi?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 4 - sketching KK's demo session


Ch'ng Kiah Kiean from Penang whose demonstration sessions were so popular at the Symposium was having a session in the morning on the fourth day, also the last day. I was too tired to walk around so I sketched the group of Brazilian sketchers attending his session. We also met Teoh Wenqi in the group; a young Malaysian lady doing her internship teaching in another city about few hundred kilometres from Paraty. She was teachng English at an international school there. Rare to see Asians in Paraty and everywhere we went, we were mistaken by the locals as Japanese tourists.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 3 at Pereque-Acu River - Corsario


The open sketchwalk on Day 3 was at Rio Pereque Acu just next to a prominent curvilinear bridge accessible to cars and pedestrians overlooking an old church. I did not know when I was sketching it that this was the back of First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies in Paraty. My hotel was directly facing the front of the church! I totally lost my sense of scale and direction in Paraty. Blame it on the cobblestones that I could not walk straight and see what's was directly in front of me.

There were so many sketchers sketching alongside with me. I wish I had more time to speak to them. I was with Kumi from Japan and KK from Penang. Thais Lima Machado Canavezes, a young Brazilian sketcher was sitting next to me and I gave her some tips when she asked. I told her to squint both eyes to read the tonal values and added horizontal darker tones for the row of houses along the river. I also advised her to add some colours here and there especially the sky. She was very pleased with the result.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 2 of Symposium - Beautiful Cais Paraty


These are schooner boats turned leisure boats for hire at Paraty Pier. They are in candy colours - pink, purple, sky blue, turquoise, lime etc.

The Pier or Cais Paraty is next to Santa Rita church. This old church dates back to 1722 and stands beautifully against the backdrop of the lush, green hills. It was drizzling and I had my poncho while Liz Steel and the participants in her workshop next to the church were looking for corners to hide from the cold wind and rain drops while sketching the church surroundings. While I was sketching, I witnessed how cars and people trying to avoid the flood water that was just in front of me. People just took out their shoes while not many cars drove through the flood waters. Drivers reversed their cars before making a U-turn and disappeared very quickly in front of me. HA!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 911


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Day 1 of Symposium in Paraty, Brazil


This is Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Dores, The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, also the first loose ink and watercolour piece I did upon arrival at Paraty after a 5-hour journey on the road from Sao Paulo. This church was erected in 1800s on the initiative of the ladies of the aristocracy of the city. The church was abandoned around 1901, when the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows, composed exclusively of women, retired.
It is now known as "Chapel of Sorrows" or just "Chapel." There was only one tower now but originally it was designed to have two towers.

Similar to all Brazilian colonial towns, Paraty’s churches were built according to social status and race. There are four churches in the town, Santa Rita was for the ‘freed coloured men’, The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Benedict was for the blacks and two other churches for the whites.

Paraty is a beautiful colonial city paved with cobblestones which were left behind by the Portuguese who replaced them with heavy golds to ship back home in their huge vessels. Walking on these pavements was challenging although there were no cars at all. The small town was founded in 1667 around the Church of "Nossa Senhora dos Remedios", the patron saint. Paraty is famous for its sugar cane mills and the name "paraty" synonym of a very good sugar cane rum. I saw small bottles labeling "Cachaca" at local lifestyle stores catering for its large numbers of tourists and did not know it was a kind of distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

size : 680mm x 240mm

Monday, September 08, 2014

Sketches Alight

Urban Sketchers Singapore had a little public workshop on the evening of Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 for the Mid-Autumn Festival at Transitional___02 on the rooftop of the National Design Centre. The idea is basically to create paper lanterns using paper on which quick sketches were done, which participants get to take home with them and use while celebrating with mooncakes and tea. More info on this workshop and Transitional___02 at: http://www.shophouseandco.com/transitional/02/sketchesalight/

Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)

photos by parka at https://www.flickr.com/photos/126095157@N05/with/14970257370

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I am back from Brazil!

I am not very good at scanning, gave up on that, took photos instead. Here is the cover of A5 Moleskine Japanese Album that I brought for my trip to Brazil. I will update all my sketches later.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Sketchwalk

 Above sketch by Parka

We have voted and the location for this month is the Haw Par Villa theme park. If you aren't familiar, read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw_Par_Villa. To get there, take the circle line to the Haw Par Villa circle line station located just across the road. It's the 3rd stop after Buona Vista Stn.

We will meet at 9AM sharp on the other side of the overhead bridge at the entrance of the park. (See map). We will have a short briefing and then head in to draw, free and easy. At 12PM sharp we will gather at a location that we will announce on that day itself. Take note of the time and don't get left behind in the Ten Courts of Hell.

There might be mosquitoes at Haw Par Villa, so take the necessary precautions. Good mosquito spray, long sleeves. I heard that mosquitoes like dark blue or something. Well do what you must to protect yourself!

Have your breakfast beforehand as I don't know of any food places around the park. For lunch, you can hop on the train to the next station, Pasir Panjang Stn. There is a pretty decent hawker centre just beside station.

See you all there! Everyone is invited, regardless of skill level. No attendance or fees. Just show up on time. If you do somehow get lost, please contact 91070735. But please call only if absolutely necessary. It will be easy to spot the Urbansketchers there. Just approach anyone drawing.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Attending the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium

I am ready for tomorrow flight to Brazil to attend the Symposium at Paraty, Brazil.