Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

October Sketchwalk at Little Guilin

Our month-end session is going to be at the lovely Little Guilin Park, tucked away behind the Bukit Gombak Stadium.

Little Guilin is a former granite quarry that has filled up with water, creating a small lake that supports an ecosystem of tropical waterlife. With craggy cliffsides, lush greenery, and plenty of shade and vantage points, it will make for a quiet and relaxed session.

Bukit Gombak MRT Station

We will walk over to the park from the train station, decide on the end meeting point, and then sketchers can explore the park.

Then, at 12:30 PM, we gather and do the sketch throwdown to share what everyone has done!

See you there!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sketching Indoor


Really enjoy sketching the interior in this hazy weather. If you have not heard, Singapore and her neighbouring countries are suffering from the worst haze problem in recent years due to forest fires from South Sumatra and West Kalimantan.

In fact, to put it bluntly, the fires are caused by farmers in Indonesia practicing shifting agriculture, which is a traditional farming method that involves clearing tracts of forested land for cultivation using the slash-and burn method. This practice has intensified in recent decades as large-scale burning is carried out to prepare land for the planting of commercial crops such as oil palm. Coupled with El Niño-related droughts, the haze problem intensifies.

Here I am enjoying a haze-free sketching session but seriously, the haze situation must change. Some of us are boycotting all paper products produced by the companies that involving in irresponsible farming methods. We are also cutting all food products using palm oils.

We are playing our part, no matter how small.

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.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Clementi Neighbourhood


Clementi is the location of our official August sketchwalk and it is also third sketchwalk in a series of five sketchwalks with SG Heart Map. Clementi is a mature HDB estate that has undergone major upgrading, so there is a good mix of old and new hangout places.

Our presence did cause a stir in the town centre especially when uncles and aunties approached us for freebies! When we told them it was a 3-hour sketchwalk, many uncles smiled and walked away but the aunties were more anxious and a few were quite aggressive. One even told me she had a certificate in art and she would show me her sketch at the end of the session. At the end, she did not appear. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant outing with new and old friends with the same interest.

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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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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