04 April 2020

Circuit Sketch Break


Hello Sketchers!

We hope you’ve all been holding up well during these extraordinary circumstances. The situation has challenged our way of life, and also how we expend creative energy.

Here in Singapore, new measures come into effect from Tuesday, 7 April, to curb the accelerating rise in community transmissions of COVID-19. The key actions aim to maximise physical separation, and we must all attempt to:

1. remain at home, as much as possible
2. only go out for emergencies, essential activities and non-contact exercise
3. intentionally keep away from others when in public

Most of us will have to work and study from home, at least until the end of the month — this truly underscores the gravity of enacting this “circuit breaker” now.

The Core Team of Urban Sketchers Singapore implores all sketchers to hold off on sketching outdoors, be it alone or in groups — drawing on location is obviously not essential, so we can pick it up again after the pandemic is under control.
There may be opportunities to sketch in transient moments, while out for essential services or activities: during a commute, in a queue, awaiting collection, while exercising; should you choose to, please refrain from loitering just to finish.

Let’s play our part in flattening the curve of this pandemic, stand in solidarity with healthcare workers and supporting staff, and stop worsening the hold that the virus has on us all.

We wish you a productive weekend, in preparation for the coming weeks. Be well and safe!

P.S. Look out for upcoming themed challenges to occupy us all in sketching together, even while apart!

24 February 2020

February Sketchwalk at Liang Court

Credit : Sketch by Patrick Ng

It’s not very often that we have our sketchwalk on 29 February! On this special day, we are going to sketch a building that is probably a part of our collective memories, and is going to be redeveloped like much of the area surrounding it. Yes, we’re talking about Liang Court, the deep orange twin towers that overlook River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, and Singapore River, and once was home to the Japanese department store Daimaru and the bookshop Kinokuniya (remember that leopard painting that graced the display window?). Come join us as we say goodbye to Liang Court, which has stood at the corner of Clarke Quay for over 30 years.


Also in the vicinity are 2 historic bridges: Ord Bridge and Read Bridge (https://lostnfiledsg.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/bridges-of-singapore-river/), and the childhood residence of one of our very own sketchers! Want to know who it is and what life was like back in the day when Clarke Quay was lined with godowns and the Singapore River was dirty and stinky and filled with bumboats? Come join us to find out!

In view of the recent COVID-19 situation, we would like to advise anyone with flu symptoms to stay home and rest. We will not be taking temperature or doing contact tracing so please take your own precautions and observe good personal hygiene. Thank you!

Here are a couple of ”advisory videos” from previous virus outbreaks:

Wash your hands too: https://youtu.be/lViRlo1_b1o

PCK SARS rap for SG: https://vimeo.com/268362161

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Corner of Clarke Quay opposite Liang Court

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

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NEL)

Locations to sketch:
- Fort Canning Hill
- Ord Bridge
- Read Bridge
- Clarke Quay
- Liang Court
- Old River Valley Swimming Complex

Places to eat and shop:
- Central Mall
- Clarke Quay
- Not sure if there are any tenants left in Liang Court itself
- Brewerks

- Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent if you’re heading up Fort Canning

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21 February 2020

March Workshops by USKSG

Workshops taught by USKSG instructors!

We are happy to announce that USKSG will be conducting 10 urban sketching workshops at Overjoyed Art Store in March!

This series of workshops is part of a month-long collaborative effort between USKSG and Overjoyed, to promote the joy of urban sketching and to make art education available to people interested to get into sketching.
See details in link below.

Don't miss out the opportunity to be part of this and also feel free to join the many other fringe activities like Pop-Up store, an exhibition, culminating towards the big sketch walk at the end of the month!


13 January 2020

January Sketchwalk at Chinatown

Credits: Sketch by Phyllis Chong

Happy New Year, everyone! For the first sketchwalk of 2020, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year a week early. Please note that this sketchwalk is NOT on the last Saturday of Jan. It is ONE WEEK EARLIER on 18 Jan because the following Saturday is Chinese New Year!

We will start our sketchwalk at one end of Maxwell Road (in Chinatown near the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple) and end at the other end, where Urban Sketchers Singapore is invited to a screening of a film Memories of Chinatown by Eric Lim and Filmat36 at 2:30pm at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

There is lots to sketch along Maxwell Road. Around our starting point, you can have breakfast and sketch food at Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre or Amoy Street Food Centre. Fairfield Methodist Church (once a cinema long long ago) and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are nearby, as is the old rickshaw station Jinrikisha Station. Murray Terrace and Maxwell House are just across the road. If you prefer sketching in air-conditioned comfort, there's the URA City Gallery and Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop in URA building. You can get an elevated view of the old St Andrew's Mission Hospital behind Maxwell Food Centre (5 Kadayanallur Street) from URA building, or take your pick of charming shophouses along Erskine Road and Ann Siang Road. Further Southeast is what used to be the Red Dot Traffic Museum, now Maxwell Chambers Suites which, after its acquisition by the Ministry of Law, houses a variety of law-related services. Maxwell Chambers, which sits opposite Telok Ayer Park, is just across the road from Maxwell Chambers Suites. It used to be the old Customs House. Further down you will come by Capital Tower and its fountain with colourful spheres, and before you reach our show-and-tell destination at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, you will pass by the towering AXA Tower and Treasury Building, and Singapore Conference Hall, the home of our Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Because our sketchwalk covers quite a stretch, please give yourselves time to walk from your location to reach our end point by 1215pm. There are no buses along Maxwell Road so wear some good shoes and take a leisurely stroll.

Do hang around after your lunch for the screening of Memories of Chinatown at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre at 2:30pm. In 2019, we had our sketchwalk at Asian Civilisations Museum where Filmat36 screened Memories of Singapore River, featuring various local artists and their works. Memories of Chinatown is their second film that brings our history through the art of our local artists. Let it inspire you!

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Kreta Ayer Square, staircase to L1 Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Point

Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EWL), Chinatown (DTL)

Locations to sketch:
- Maxwell Road Food Centre
- Old St Andrew's Mission Hospital (https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/the-hospital-at-mount-erskine-and-what-may-now-be-singapores-oldest-lift/)
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
- Jinrikisha Station (https://remembersingapore.org/jinrikisha-station/)
- Fairfield Methodist Church (old Metropole Cinema - https://www.roots.sg/Content/Places/surveyed-sites/fairfield-methodist-church)
- Ann Siang Hill
- URA Building, City Gallery, Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop (https://danielfooddiary.com/2019/04/06/epigram/)
- Murray Terrace
- Maxwell Chambers Suites (https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/a-sneak-peek-at-maxwell-chambers-suites/)
- Maxwell Chambers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell_Chambers)
- Capital Tower Fountain
- Telok Ayer Park
- Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre rooftop
- etc.

Places to eat and shop:
- Maxwell Food Centre
- Chinatown Food Street
- Telok Ayer Food Centre
- Various cafes, restaurants and coffeeshops

- Hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes, stool

25 December 2019

December Sketchwalk at Singapore Botanic Garden

Credits: sketch by M. Friket Ercan

For the final sketchwalk of 2019, we are going to visit our only UNESCO Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Since the last time we visited, there have been new developments, such as the Learning Forest. The area includes new trails, a treetop walk, and wetlands (http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2017/06/Learning-Forest-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-review.html). It’s in the middle of the gardens, behind the National Orchid Garden, closer to Holland Road. There is a car park nearby along Tyersall Avenue if you are driving, or it can be reached via a leisurely stroll from Holland Road or the MRT at Bukit Timah Road.

Go up the treetop walk and sit with the trees, or sketch the wetlands from the comfort of the shaded pavilion, or chill at the Halia restaurant as you enjoy this newer part of the gardens.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Pavilion at Keppel Discovery Wetlands

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

Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens (Circle Line), Orchard Road (NSL)

Locations to sketch:
- Learning Forest
- Walk of Giants (https://www.littledayout.com/2017/04/03/7-things-know-sph-walk-of-giants-canopy-web/)
- Keppel Discovery Wetlands
- National Orchid Garden
- Ginger Garden
- Waterfall
- See map: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/sbg/documents/learning-forest-brochure-060319.jpg?la=en&hash=63E3620F03EBF63A54611998B10411541393AA00

Places to eat and shop:
- https://www.ladyironchef.com/tag/singapore-botanic-gardens-restaurants/

- Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent

13 December 2019

Beauty World Sketchwalk 2019

Here's the video for last month's at Beauty World, Upper Bukit Timah Road

27 November 2019

November Sketchwalk at Beauty World

Credits: Sketch by Aliver Escano

Hambaobao may be gone, but Beauty World Centre is still around - for now. Being one of the old-school strata malls, Beauty World houses an eclectic mix of shops. Many of us may remember the stationery shop and TCM hall from our childhood some 3 decades ago. But probably the most iconic part of Beauty World Plaza is its open air food centre on the 4th floor which boasts panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Opposite the mall is a row of shophouses and a neighbourhood of shops and cafes. There‘s also a temple and an old-school bakery. The 10-mile junction market and food centre are also nearby on the opposite side of the MRT. Next to Beauty World is another old school mall (Bukit Timah Shopping Centre -not Bukit Timah Plaza, which is further away). There’s no lack of things to sketch in the area!

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Outside Beauty World Centre

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Outside Beauty World Centre

Nearest MRT: Beauty World (DTL)

Locations to sketch:

- Beauty World Centre
- Chun Tin Road
- Eateries along Cheong Chin Nam Rd
- Phuo Tai Kok Temple
- Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre

Places to eat and shop:
- Beauty World Food Centre on 4th floor
- Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
- Eateries along Cheong Chin Nam Rd and Chun Tin Rd
- Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre

- Hat, sunscreen if you're going to sketch outdoors.

Sketchwalk leaders: Benedict Tay and Lim Peiyi

Join the Nov 2019 Sketchwalk giveaway contest at https://www.parkablogs.com/content/join-our-nov-2019-sketchwalk-beauty-world

After the Sketchwalk, James Lim is organising a cafe sketch session in town. Details are here:

15 November 2019

Penang Weekend Sketching

A short sketching break after completion of a project in Penang.
Most of the sketches are done around the hotel vicinity. 
The sketches are mainly done with fountain pens & wash ( Super5 ink or watercolour ) and 
The Perfect Sketchbook 

A view from the hotel balcony. 

Gurney and beyond

Breakfast at The Planters Lounge 

Sketched with Penang sketcher Buz Walker

The Heritage Wing E&O Hotel
This part of the hotel is under renovation, we got special permission from the Hotel Management to sketch in the compound.

Relaxing at The Pool

This shop operated from morning till late afternoon.

A walk down Love Lane

Back allies are the most interesting subject to sketch. 

An unusual floral shop just next to the hotel

Penang Sunday Sketchwalk
Sketched with sketchers from Penang and KL 

Fall in Love with Love Lane

Fall in Love with Love Lane Cafe

Killing time
Our flight is in the evening

Another sketch with Penang Sketchers

This site is just behind Penang Bowl

The car park of Penang Bowl

The ruin of Shih Chong Branch School

Sketched during the lunch break of my project.

21 October 2019

October Sketchwalk at Our Tampines Hub

Credit: sketch by Tony Chua

Where can you find a stadium, indoor running track, sports complex, swimming pool, 5-storey library, hawker centre, shopping centre, recreation centre, playgrounds, etc. all in one place, and next to a couple of iconic mosaic playgrounds? Tampines Hub, that’s where! It’s literally a city within a city and Singapore's largest integrated community hub (https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pm-lee-opens-our-tampines-hub-singapores-first-integrated-community-and-lifestyle-hub).

While the hub is just 2 years old after its opening in 2017, the park just next to it has some vignettes of yesteryear. Two mosaic playgrounds and an iconic sculpture call it home.

So journey to the East with us this month as we explore the new and old at Tampines!

Trivia: Did you know in the past, Tampines was spelled "Tampenis" (also "tempinis" in Malay)? The spelling was standardized as "Tampines" in 1939 (perhaps for obvious reasons), but the pronunciation remained unchanged (no, it's not pronounced as "Tam-pines"). (https://mothership.sg/2018/04/tampines-name-tampenis-spelling/)

DATE: Saturday, 26 Oct 2019

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Tampines Hub (Tampines St 82 side)

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Tampines Hub (Tampines St 82 side)

Nearest MRT: Tampines (EWL, DTL)

Note: NOT "Tampines West" or "Tampines East" on the Downtown Line. Just "Tampines"

Locations to sketch:

- Tampines Regional Library (https://www.littledayout.com/2017/08/08/tampines-library-tampines-hub-stories-beyond-books/). Great place to sketch in air-conditioned comfort.

- Tampines Hub (http://qrcgcustomers.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/account3444219/4228001_1.pdf?0.14719489794619478)

- Tampines Central Park (with watermelon and mangosteen playgrounds and a very special sculpture!) (https://roots.sg/Content/Places/landmarks/tampines-heritage-trail-tampines-town-trail/Tampines%20Central%20Park)

Places to eat and shop:
- Many options in the hub itself and around Tampines Central

- Hat, sunscreen if you're going to sketch the playground or outdoors. The hub itself is sheltered.

13 October 2019

Relaxing, Eating, Drinking and Sketching at Cheung Chau Island

Relax Sketching at Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong 14 - 18 Sept 2019

My tools : Pilot 823 B nib, Pilot 823 F nib, Sailor Pen Brush, Holbien Water Brush, 
Super5 Atlantic Ink and 300gm Cold Press Watercolour Paper

Sun rise at Tung Wan Beach

View from the rooftop of Lychee Sunset Hotel

Fishing Boats

Warwick Hotel at Tung Wan

Hung Shing Temple

TV antennas

Old bayan tree by the park

Main street Cheung Chau

Happy hour

Cheung Chau Market

Hongkong International Airport