31 July 2014


For those who missed the previous one, you have one FINAL chance to sketch INSIDE the Kinokuniya Main Store. This adhoc sketchwalk will happen on 8th August which is in conjunction with the main store's 15th anniversary and also the national day celebrations. There will be special activities happening during the day and while we sketch. So you will have lots to draw.

This main store, which many of us grew up with, will move to a smaller space (in the same building) this November. It will still be Kino. But it won't be the same, if you know what I mean. If that does not entice you, maybe this will: AAAAAIIIIR- CON!! So if you want to sketch the inside of Kinokuniya, you are invited to join us at:

START TIME: 10AM, 9 AUG 2014 (National day)

PLACE: Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City level 3, Crossroads (middle of the store)
We will hand out tags that all sketchers have to wear so that we can be identified by customers and the staff. We will have a quick briefing and then spread throughout the store to draw. Do come a little earlier so that we won't have to wait for everyone and cause a jam in the store.

At 1PM sharp we will meet outdoors at the walkway (Street level) between Takashimaya and Wisma Atria. You should start leaving the store at 12:50PM. Look around for sketchers who are exiting and follow them down. There, we will have our "show and tell". And then have lunch. If you are lost, call 91070735.


1. We are sketching on National Day and the store is expecting many customers, so please be extra mindful not to block any walkways or any customers who are browsing books. Bookstore customers can be very particular about such things, so let's avoid any complaints. Let's allow the store to operate smoothly while we are there.

2. You will need to stand or lean against things to draw. No sitting on floors or steps allowed.

3. Bring art materials that will allow you to draw without mess. No big easel & stool set-up as it will take up too much space and obstruct traffic. Also, As books are made of paper, we want to avoid any ink or paint splatters on them.

4. You will be given a tag to wear. Please wear it prominently. It is more for the customers to see that you are on official business and not just a random street sketcher.

5. Do not clump together in a group when in the store. It's a big store, so spread out so that we do not block any walking spaces in the store. Main rule is to keep the customers at the store happy:) With that, it should be an enjoyable sketchwalk for all.

6. Avoid crowding outside of the store. The Ngee Ann City security guards will probably chase you away. So when drawing outside the store, do it discreetly. Don't draw attention to yourselves.

27 July 2014

Colour Pencils sketches

All these sketches are added with KOH-I_NOOR multi colour pencils.
Sketched with Pilot V5, V7 pens on Magma Sketchbook.

21 July 2014


Sketch by Parka

This month's sketchwalk will be held at the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub. At 9AM, please meet in front of the Sports Hub Library outside exit A (see map below) of Stadium MRT station (circle line). 
We will have a quick briefing and then by 9:15pm(latest), a Sports Hub guide will be taking us into the new National Stadium to draw. Please note that entry into the Stadium is restricted and you will only be able to enter with the Sports Hub guide. If you are late, and the group has gone in, you will not be given entry but you can still draw around the Sports Hub. You are encouraged to be early if you'd like to enter the National Stadium area.

Around the Sports Hub, there should be lots to see indoors and outdoors so pace yourself. At 12PM sharp, please be back at the meeting point outside the Sports Hub Library for a small gathering where we see everyone's work, take pictures and have the prize giveaway. The leader for this month's sketchwalk is James Tan. So call him at 98787140 if you get lost. But please call only if absolutely necessary because he will be busy sketching too.

Like all our sketchwalks, this is open to everyone, regardless of age or skill level. No fees or membership sign-up required. Just show up at the time stated and join us.

After lunch (which you could have at the Kallang Wave Mall at the Sports Hub), Marvin Chew is inviting a maximum of 20 people to visit his studio nearby. He will be setting up a facebook post for that and the first 20 people who sign up will be able to visit his studio. Look for him immediately after "show and tell". Marvin's number is 81132851. Contact him if you can't find his group after lunch.

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24 June 2014

DaySprings Residential Treatment Centre & Transitional Home

A commissioned piece I did on location today for DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre and Transitional Home — a home for abused young girls. This is their new government-sponsored premise along Turf Club Road. It's a restored pre-war real estate with luscious greens all around. Delightful. 

When the director of this home, who is a personal friend, approached me to paint this (initially meant to be their logo, but later they designed something else for that), I agreed in a heartbeat, 'cos I really believe in what they do; I knew abuse myself growing up. 

It was after I'd agreed on this job that I found out that President Tony Tan would grace the official launch on July 4, and the original painting would be presented to him as a gift from the home, and is expected to be displayed at the Istana (Singapore's White House). Cream on the cake. Haha. (Too bad I would not be able to attend the launch, as that is the day I leave for Sketching Georgetown 2014.)

I took a tour (with my family in tow) of the place after sketching this today, and was blown away by how well run the home is, and heartened by the fact that these precious ones are so well taken care of. I even spoke with one bright 15-year-old gal who is well on the way to recovery. 

What a privilege.

Here's their website: http://www.dayspring.org.sg

"Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles." - Sir Thomas Browne

Pat Ng

21 June 2014

June Sketchwalk: Whampoa

USKSG - June Sketchwalk.

For the month of June, we will be having our sketchwalk at the old and beloved residential area of Whampoa! We will meet at 9.30 in the morning, at the eating place at Saint Michael BusTerminal (buses at this station: 21, 124, 125, 131, 186).

You may arrive earlier and have a bite to eat or sketch the place while you wait. The terminal itself is a landmark and icon. We will say hello before we depart and commence on our own sketch trails thereafter. After which, we shall meet for our customary show-and-tell in the afternoon at 12.30 under the shelter, located on the right of the basketball court at Whampoa Community Club.

Whampoa Community Club
Meeting place at Saint Michael's Bus Terminal (Red Circle) and Show-and-Tell at Whampoa CommunityClub (Blue Circle)
The area is a precinct located at Novena, Singapore and was named after Hoo Ah Kay, better known as "Whampoa" (due to his origin from China) during the early years of Singapore as a British settlement. His many contributions to the Straits Settlements, accompanied with the fact that he could speak both Chinese and English well thus made him an important bridge between the two communities. The respect for his contributions thus resulted in this area being named after him.

The area is mainly a residential area, consisting many blocks of the HDB flats, within the estates of Bahagia, Tenteram and the main one, Whampoa. Whampoa estate contains many of the primary amenities such as a wet market and a hawker centre,  a community club, a mosque and an NKF kidney dialysis centre. The Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal serves as the precinct’s principal transport hub, linking the area to the city and other precincts.

For recreation, there is the Whampoa Waterpark, which runs along Whampoa River and links the parks of Saint George’s Estate, Whampoa Estate and the Jalan Rajah Estate. In addition, there is a park, which used to extend from Whampoa to Saint George’s but was contracted in the mid-80s to accommodate the construction of the Central Expressway.

Saturday, 28 June, meeting at the eating place at Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal (red marker, see picture attachment below) at 9.30AM and ending at 12.30PM, at the shelter at Whampoa Community Club (blue marker).

There are neither fees nor attendance taken. While there is no coaching or teaching involved, all drawing-skill levels are welcome. This sketchwalk (like all sketchwalks) is open to everyone and anyone. All you have to do is show up on time.

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18 June 2014

Bedok Reserviour Park

This piece was done at the first sketchwalk of this year in January 2014. However, it is a larger format that I finally find time to scan in small parts in my small printer and merge them with Photoshop. It is really hard work.

Bedok Reservoir Park is a beautiful park in the east just next to Temasek Polytechnic where I work. The building on the left is School of Design and the tall structure is the library. The green roof which is the icon of the campus is copper roof which when it was first completed in 1995, we were told it was the most expensive copper roof contract in the world.

size : 680mm x 240mm

17 June 2014

The Line to Esplanade

The Esplanade in Singapore is probably the most challenging building to draw for me. I find it difficult to interpret the spiky thorns.

I was trying to use the parapet to guide the eye to the Esplanade. I guess it sort of works, except I forgot to keep the highlights for the building so now there's really no focal point -- you won't even know which is the Esplanade -- it's that building with curves by the top right. Well, every painting you make, you learn something.

Materials: Fabriano Artistico Traditional White 300GSM, Kremer Pigments.

16 June 2014

Kreta Ayer (16 Jun 2014)

These are two sketches from today at Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore.

This was drawn on the second floor of the block opposite. I like the view from this angle. The idea is to capture the shophouses with the temple in the background.

I'm still using the 14-pan Kremer Pigments watercolour box. I'm starting to get the hang of the colours.

This piece was painted with the colours Permanent Yellow Medium, Irgazine® Ruby, Cobalt Blue Dark, Phthalo Green Dark and Burnt Umber Dark Brown.

Specific choice of Ruby and Pthalo Green are included so that a deep dark can be mixed. And as usual, the intense granulation you see is from the Cobalt Blue Dark. The texture and gradation provides visual interest.

This piece is also a repaint of one sketch that I drew last year which I wasn't very satisfied with:

The temple at the back is the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple.

For this piece, I tried a desaturated colour scheme with Titanium Orange, Venetian Red, Cobalt Blue Light, Phthalo Green Dark and Burnt Umber Dark Brown. Basically, I swapped the three primary colours. It's a muted scheme which I quite like. The thing to note is, it's difficult to get deep darks.

It's a rather similar scheme that I used for sketched Beatty Lane last month.

15 June 2014

Kids on the field (11 Jun 2014)

Sketching from 12-2pm when the sun is at the top is quite challenging. Thank goodness there's a water cooler at the shelter nearby.

For this sketch, I was trying to convey the scale of the small kids to the place.

This sketch was drawn on the Fabriano Artistico 300GSM watercolour paper that I'm now trying. I really love the paper. It's the coldpress surface has a nice grain texture on it. Works well with pen and ink, and the 100% is not too dry, absorbs water well. The white surface also brings out the colours.

I'm still using Kremer Pigments and the colours are Perm Yellow Medium, Irgazine Ruby Red, Cobalt Blue Deep, Phthalo Green Dark and Raw Sienna.

I'm loving the Cobalt Blue Deep and Raw Sienna mixture which gives a nice neutral, but the mixture can't go very dark. The dark darks are from two powerful staining colours Ruby Red and Phthalo Green.

On hindsight, I should have mixed the yellow with a bit more blue. The yellow seems out of place now.