Book illustration:《觀城記--做個有情有義的香港人》

Earlier in June, I was busy working on 20+ illustrations for this book called《觀城記--做個有情有義的香港人》, written by 天航 and published by {格子盒作室 | gezi workstation}. The book is now published and is available at the HK Book Fair; it should be available at book stores such as The Commercial Press after the book fair too.

It was an interesting experience to work on this project. I spent quite a lot of time on research, especially when drawing the landmark places and the celebrities. The drawing style is quite different from my usual style, as I found myself drawing more carefully and I tried to attend to more details. Usually, I don’t even made pencil sketches for my ink drawings and my ink drawing by itself would look kind of incomplete without adding color. However, while working on this book, I found myself not only drawing pencil sketches, I kept making changes to some tiny details. As I was told that only a few drawings might be printed in color, and I didn’t know which one will get picked, I had to draw them all as if they will only be printed in black and white first. It was a good experience to challenge myself to try something different and I’m happy about how it turned out.

As I was rushing for the last few drawings, Singapore was affected by the most horrible haze in history. It was so bad that I can smell the smoke once I got out of the bedroom, which has air conditioning. I tried working on my work table but I just couldn’t stand the nasty smell and had to retreat back to my bedroom. The following is one of the drawings that I drew on my bed instead of proper drawing table. I think I had drawn more than 100 motorbikes including the drafts…

Taipei Motorbikes
Taipei Motorbikes

Thanks to the editor of the book, Ah Ding, who is also a good friend of mine, for inviting me to join this project; and to the author of the book, 天航, who kindly agree to use my illustrations. It is a really amazing feeling to see a book with my illustrations published, it made me smile just to think about it. :)

Resolutions 2012

Hello world! 2012 is here already! Hows everyone doing? I’ve been quite busy with all the visitors in town the past few weeks and haven’t got much time to update this blog or to draw. Anyways, here’s a little doodle I did about resolutions with Pilot G-2 05 gel pens, wish you all a great 2012! This also starts my 6th years of blogging, how time flies.

 

resolution 2012
Resolutions 2012

 

Staedtler triplus fineliner

Got a pack of Staedtler triplus fineliner (0.3mm, 6 colors) from Popular Book store for S$4. I tested it on a yellow color memo pad. It bleeds to the back of the page, and even the next page if you did not move the pen fast enough. The ink is not waterproof too. Out of the 6 colors in the pack (black, blue, red, green, purple, orange), I like the orange color most.

Staedtler triplus fineliner
Staedtler triplus fineliner

After playing around in photoshop:

18 shoes
18 shoes

City Hall Sketchwalk

July’s sketchwalk was around the City Hall MRT area. This time it was a whole day event, but I only managed to join the afternoon session. The first stop after having lunch at the Funan was the Central Fire Station. It is definitely one of the most challenging buildings I’ve drawn.  I got caught in the details and spent more than an hour to draw just one tower of the building…

Central Fire Station
Central Fire Station

The next stop is the American Church. It is a small church in the middle of the city, and has a very nice  garden.

American Church
American Church

The final stop is the Peranakan museum. There are so many interesting buildings to draw around the area, will definitely go back to sketch more. I did not sketch the museum this time, because it seems like another challenging building; and after drawing the central fire station I feel like tackling at something ‘easier’. I sketched this corner of Loke Yew Street, which reminds me of the Lok Yew Hall of HKU.

Lok Yew Street
Lok Yew Street