20 June 2018

Jalan Besar


I sketched this after a heritage walk at Jalan Besar area orgainsed by Urban Redevelopment Authority for a small group of enthusiasts, historians, researchers etc. The back lanes were so interesting, full of life and character. There was an altar for the wondering souls, old soil collecting points, overgrown banyan tree covering the back of shophouse, stories about the properties, so colourful and interesting.

23 May 2018

May Sketchwalk at SMU

Credits: Banner sketch by Anita Ryanto

SMU Green sits in the centre of the city surrounded by beautiful buildings such as Singapore Management University, Singapore Art Museum (the old St Joseph's Institute), National Museum, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Archbishop's House, and further down the road, CHIJMES, etc. Lots of nice places to sketch and shelter nearby. If you remember our USk symposium in 2015, this is where we had our final sketchwalk!

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: SMU Green
If it rains we'll take shelter under SMU

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as starting point

Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (Circle Line), City Hall (EWL, NSL)

Locations to sketch:
- SMU + SMU Green
- National Museum
- Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
- SAM@8Q along Queen Street
- Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Archbishop's House

Places to eat and shop:
- Food Court and eateries along Bras Basah Road
- Plaza Singapura
- Cafes at the museums

Sketchwalk leaders: Flavian Ee

Notes: Lots of trees around SMU Green. Watch out for birds!

24 April 2018

April 2018 Sketchwalk at Farrer Park

Copyright © Chia Kwek Fah
Used with permission

Farrer Park is where much of Singapore's Sports was developed. Fandi Ahmad played at the field. Ang Peng Siong trained at the pool. But by mid 2020, Farrer Park will be returned to the government. Its fate is unknown, but it is one of the few remaining large open spaces in land-scarce Singapore. (http://www.straitstimes.com/videos/farewell-farrer-park/5760121151001).

Surrounding Farrer Park Field are shophouses along Race Course Road, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Farrer Park Swimming Complex, several old churches and temples.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Farrer Park Field next to Farrer Park Swimming Complex
If it rains we'll take shelter at the swimming complex

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as starting point

Nearest MRT: Little India (DTL/NEL)

Locations to sketch:
- Farrer Park Field. With some luck there may be people playing soccer or cricket!
- Farrer Park Swimming Complex (from the outside. It's a private facility)
- KK Women's and Children's Hospital
- Shophouses and churches along Race Course Road
- Shree Lakshminarayan Temple along Chander Road
- Parish of Christ Church along Dorset Road
- Mama shop at Rotan Lane

Places to eat and shop:
- Restaurants along Race Course Road
- Pek Kio Market

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng

Notes: Bring your umbrella and hat, and sunblock if you need. Not a lot of shade/shelter at the field, and trees sometimes have birds

Credits: Banner sketch by Chia Kwek Fah

06 April 2018

More Super5 Atlantic Ink Sketches

More sketches with New Super5 Atlantic Ink.

All sketches were sketched on locations.
My tools - Pilot Custom 823 F & B nibs , Sailor Realo Fude , Kuretake Brush Pen ,
Holbein Water Brush , Kunst & Papier Sketchbook and New Super5 Atlantic Ink

Testing New Super5 Atlantic Blue Ink.

All these sketches are sketched on locations.
I am testing out the New Super5 Atlantic Blue Ink.
My tools : Pilot Custom 823 F & B nibs , Sailor Realo Fude , Kuretake Pen Brush , Holbein Water Brush , Kunst & Papier Sketchbook and Super5 Atlantic Ink.

Low tide at Pulau Ubin

Pool side - Shangri-La Orchard

Tiong Bahru - Chay Yan Street

Little India - Mayo Street

Little India - Masjid Abdul Gafoor

Chinatown Chinese New Year Decoration 

Tiong Bahru with the CBD skyline 

17 March 2018

Urbansketchers | Sketching & Drawing People at Cafes & on public transport

I have not posted here for so long. Anyway it's good to be back and henceforth, here are some recent sketches I made at different locations, mostly cafes, and food places. Due to a busy schedule for the first quarter of the year, it was hard for me to sketch on a regular basis. I am aiming to do more come the school holiday in about a month's time. When I have not sketch for a while, I usually feel lost, or something missing in my life. Sketching has become a lifestyle, not just to sharpen any technical skill, but it has been a way to find meaning and direction in life. I don't know how to explain it, but doing something I enjoy provides a means of finding security with myself and other things.

sketching people at McDonalds in Great World City
The above sketch of uncle reading newspaper was done at Great World City, when missus went shopping at Marks & Spencer, while I stayed in McDonalds which is just a stone's throw away from the store. Uncle was having his wonderful time of solitude and me time at the cafe. He may have a cup of coffee from McCafe, but everything else was his personal stuff, down to the hot water flask. When he got tired of reading he would take a quick shuteye and then continued with his reading again. Good thing Great World City wasn't very crowded even on a weekend. There is always plenty of standing and sitting spaces in the mall and in cafe like McDonalds.

Dining at Holland Village food center

I seldom come to Holland Village unless I am visiting friends. This round I was with some friends for an art show titled "Interlace" that brought 20 artists from all over the world who supported and painted on "The Perfect Sketchbook". After the private launch party, we came to the food center for dinner. On our walk there, I noticed that Holland Village has changed quite a bit. Some roads were closed off for human traffic only and this move has added some vibrancy to the place. Restaurants have placed additional chairs and tables on the added open spaces, while the area was teeming with people from all walks of life. One sad thing was, the iconic wind mill structure was taken down and now it just looks like anything other estate in Singapore.

starbucks at vivocity

Before the lunch crowds, Starbucks at Vivocity was haven to anyone who wanted a quiet ambience to sip their coffee and reading from their laptops or smart devices, a very common sight in a/c cafes these days. I only have my sketchbook and pens. Some students were with me and our mission for that day was to sketch people standing or sitting or engaging in their activities or conversation. After about 2 hours, I finished about 4 pages on my sketchbook with a single brush pen. I don't usually add tones or colours to my drawings on location because I have been keeping my tools simple and my bag as light weight as possible. I enjoyed putting lines on paper with a fountain pen or brush pen, which are my favourite tools for sketching. I used to have my watercolor palette in the past but now, I am getting lazy.

starbucks at vivocity
Sketching people at Starbucks cafe.

Sketching people at Starbucks cafe

sketching commuters on the bus

Sketching commuters on the bus is not as difficult as you think. The bumping around makes good lines sometimes. Losing control over the lines you draw can be a good thing. On the bus, you tend to draw simply, lose some details, and draw looser lines. The final drawing looks more gestural and the moving lines add a sense of movement to the sketch.

sketching commuters on the train
I have more control when I sketch on the train. The train cabin is more stable and it provides a good opportunity to draw someone sitting opposite me, like a life drawing or portrait drawing session, provided the train was not crowded. In case of a crowded train, drawing standing up is easier.