May update

When I thought that April was a tough month, May is even worse… and I can’t imagine what June’d be like…

Well, at least I’ve continued to make art…

I’ve decided to be more focused when working on the ACEO projects, and tried to work with some themes. I did a series of abstract work using the Holbein Acryla Gouache and modelling paste… but I found that the colors I got all have very similar values and its hard to get a large enough contrast…not satisfied with the results.

Abstract ACEOs
Abstract ACEOs

Another series I’ve worked on is the “Girls in the Universe” series. I had fun randomly applying colors onto the paper, and then worked out the details using negative painting techniques.

Girls in the Universe
Girls in the Universe

I’ve also decided to join many other artists on instagram for the #the100dayproject from 19 April to 27 July. I’ve been painting cats using the Acryla Gouache so that I can explore the medium more… you can search this hashtag #100daysofgouachecats on instagram for my work.

A photo posted by April Y (@leafbear) on

I haven’t been able to do much in May, except for the #100daysofgouachecats project. Still, I’m about a week behind and need to catch up.

I didn’t do any ACEOs in May :( I think I need some time to rethink about my goals…Hope I have better news to share in the next update.

March ACEOS

A late update on my ACEO project – I managed to finish a total of 54 ACEOs in March! I was experimenting with different papers and different art materials. It was fun just to paint whatever I feel like whenever I feel like, but after doing that randomly for the past 3 months, I think I need to be a little more focus and working on some series instead of making a lot of individual pieces… and I need some time to think what I’d like to focus on…it’s hard to decide……

ACEOs by April Y
ACEOs by April Y

HK

I just came back from Hong Kong but I already want to go back again! :D Managed to do quite a few things, including visiting the Studio Ghibli layout designs exhibition (It was awesome!!). Also joined Sketch Hong Kong for a culture and heritage sketchwalk around Causeway Bay. I did more than 30 sketches during the trip, most were done while eating or waiting for food :)

HK sketches 2014
HK sketches 2014

 

 

 

Malaysia Trip

Went to KL and Seremban for a short trip last month. We arrived at the Larkin bus terminal around 2:30pm on that day, and bought tickets for the 3pm bus to KL. However, the bus didn’t take off until almost 4:45pm!! It seems that there were too few people on the bus so they keep delaying while trying to get more people to get on the bus… They even pretend to count the number of people on the bus and took our tickets so that we cannot get off the bus or get refund! How ridiculous…. I drew the bus terminal building and the bus next to us while waiting…

Larkin Bus Terminal
Larkin Bus Terminal

Drawing on the road… only managed 1 page…too tired and irritated after waiting for 2 hours…

on the road to KL
on the road to KL

Delicious Thai dinner in KL the next day

Khun Thai
Khun Thai

Sketching around Seremban old town for an afternoon…

Seremban
Seremban

On the bus from Seremban to JB, there was only an Indian lady other than us. We were relieved that the bus took off on time, only to find out later that we were happy too early – the driver didn’t take the usual route to highway right after leaving Seremban, instead he took some weird route and we ended up at Rembau! Funny thing is, the Indian lady was originally from Rembau, and her family drove her all the way from Rembau to Seremban in early morning so that she can take the bus to JB! As there were no one at Rembau, the driver took us to Tampin, where he was able to pick up 1x passengers finally. Buses in Malaysia are just too unpredictable… Draw this at the Tampin bus terminal.

detour

Little India

Little India is one of the liviest places in SG, it is so sketch-able that I keep going back… I sketched these back in May when parents were in town and we took them to shop and sketch around Tekka market, I finally found time to add in the color earlier this month..

Little India
Little India
Little India
Little India

Queenstown

It was very hot last Sat, Dad and I joined the USKSG to sketch at Queenstown.. We went late and only managed to sketch the church right outside the mrt station.. as we missed the morning briefing, we didn’t know they changed the show-and-tell location to the community center until Pat came to get his car and kindly offered us a ride to the CC! We did another sketch outside block 47 after show-and-tell before heading home…

True Way Presbyterian Church
True Way Presbyterian Church
True Way Presbyterian Church
True Way Presbyterian Church
Stirling Road
Stirling Road

Pop-Up Art Store

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.

Sketches for Sale at the Pop-Up Art Store
Sketches for Sale at the Pop-Up Art

I created 4 new Christmas-theme sketches especially for this event…

Christmas at Orchard
Christmas at Orchard

drawing in class

I enjoyed my first studio class… a classmate brought this amazing piece of ‘brick’ to the class and we spent 3 hours drawing different angles of it using different media…

I started with my trusty fountain pen (the middle drawing), drawing pretty much what i see from where I was sitting. Then I went to get a graphite stick and tried it for the first time (the drawings on the left). I did a blind contour drawing (upper left) and a few studies from different positions. I really love how the graphite sticks work, the lines can be so sensitive and expressive, and it is cable of creating lots of different texture. The only thing I didn’t like is I need to fix it with fixative or it’d smear. I also tried a white board marker (upper right) and ended up with a drawing with lots of straight lines and a graphic look. I’ve also done a few other studies with pastels (chalk pastel, oil pastel, dry pastel) but don’t really like how they turned out. All of these were done on my A4 size sketchbook, but we need to do a final larger piece based on the studies we’ve done, so I went for the graphite sticks again and did a drawing on the most interesting part of the brick (lower right). We were supposed to create something new on the final piece, but I seem to have problems going abstract and my final piece is still quite representational.brick

drawing a brick from different angles

 

 

HK Trip

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.

Tiger Airway SG to HK
Tiger Airway SG 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.

Hair cut and dinner
Hair cut and dinner

The next morning, we had dim sum brunch with a friend.

Dim Sum Brunch
Dim Sum Brunch

We went to Sha Tin to see the Picasso Exhibition in the afternoon, and had dinner at New Town Plaza with a friend.

Sha Tin
Sha Tin

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.

Sai Kung
Sai Kung

On the bus ride from town to HKIA.

Bus ride to HKIA
Bus ride to HKIA

On the flight back from HK to SG.

Tiger Airway, HK to SG
Tiger Airway, HK to SG
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