The highlight of Feburary is my first ever oversea sketch trip with the UrbanSketchers Singapore members at Bangkok, Thailand. It was a 2-day event organized by the Bangkok sketchers as part of the community festival that celebrate a heredity area next to the Chao Phraya River. I am impressed by the hospitality and the organization of the BKK sketchers. I enjoyed the experience very much and would sure be back to BKK!
Little Blue Bird and The Magic Feather is a story about a little young bird who loves to sing, but is very shy and anxious to sing in front of others. The story is written for pre- school children of age 3 to 5. I wrote this last month as part of my course assignment..
Joined the Urban Sketchers Singapore for a 2-day art event…The following original sketches were submitted for exhibition and is on sale at the Viridian Art House (opposite Liang Court, at the foothills of Fort Canning Park) from 15 – 16 Dec.
I created 4 new Christmas-theme sketches especially for this event…
Haven’t updated for a while as I went back to HK for a short break. Did not bring the camera this time, just a small sketchbook and a pen. It was great to see family and friends again, but the trip was too short.
We took an early flight to HK.
The first thing we did after settling down is to go for a haircut. I had a very bad haircut a few months ago in SG and I need a fix so badly… felt much happier after the haircut. Then we went back to the hotel and take a short break before going to family dinner.
The next morning, we had dim sum brunch with a friend.
We went to Sha Tin to see the Picasso Exhibition in the afternoon, and had dinner at New Town Plaza with a friend.
The next day, we went to Sai Kung. We even took a small boat to one of the off islands. The boat ride was really fun. We had desserts at the famous HoneyMoon dessert place before going home for dinner.
On the bus ride from town to HKIA.
On the flight back from HK to SG.
A little drawing for my dear Mom, wish you happy and healthy everyday.
I drew the bear with a hand-made twig pen on rice paper, and then add the background and words in photoshop.
Last weekend, I joined Master Chan Chang How and the USKSG group to sketch along South Bridge Road around Chinatown. Master Chan is one of the most excellent watercolor painters in Singapore, and it was a very valuable experience to sketch with him. He is a very warm and generous person, volunteer to organize a sketching session like this to share his knowledge in sketching and painting. It was really helpful to see him demonstrate how our sketches could be improved. A very inspiring session indeed.
The iPad app Paper by FiftyThree is my favorite sketching app. It is beautifully design, and is so fun to play with. I think Paper is the best app for quick sketches and doodles. I’ve been using it to draw, to sketch, to write down ideas and to-do list.
I really like the notebook metaphor of the interface. You can add new books, customize the title and choose your own cover image. Also, it doesn’t seem to have any limit on the number of notebooks and the pages of each notebook that you can create, I’ve already created 7 different books and one of them has 90 pages!
When you tap on a book, you can then ‘flip’ through the pages. You can also share the image out to twitter, facebook, tumblr, likedin or the camera roll all at the same time.
The app comes with one free drawing tool – the pen tool. It creates beautiful energetic lines and you can control the thickness by varying the speed. The line gets thinner when you move faster.
The pen tool also made my handwriting looks so much nicer.
I also bought the watercolor tool and loved it. Look at these juicy colors!
The watercolor tool allow me to add color to a large area easily and I really like the effect it creates.
Sketches look much nicer with color too.
The watercolor gets darker when you keep painting over it, which is awesome as you can get some really interesting mix of colors.
This mini landscape is painted by overlaying the watercolor.
Even though the tool and the color is limited, the potential of what you can do with it is unlimited. If you still haven’t downloaded the app, go do it now and join in the fun! I am still exploring and experimenting. Please visit my tumblr blog for more drawings and doodles I made with paper http://whydoodle.tumblr.com/
I was at Bintan, the Indonesia island that is just around an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore, with my family for a very relaxing holiday trip last month. While we were there, we picked a lot of seashells from the beach. I miss that place, so I did a drawing of some of the seashells we picked.
Here is the black and white version, where you can download and print it, and do the coloring by yourself.
Another version that I did with my watercolor brush in photoshop.
I’ve been playing with watercolor texture recently. First, I painted some random watercolor my sketchbook, a Daler Rowney 4*6″ 100 g/m cream color one. Then I scanned the images in and adjusted them in Photoshop to create my own watercolor brushes.
These would come in really handy when I need to create some texture for my digital illustrations. It’s also really fun and de-stressing to just splash watercolors onto a paper and see how they run into each other.
The following illustration used one of my original scan as the background image.