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.
I’ve been very busy with all the visitors in town since Xmas, and haven’t got much time to update this blog. Can’t believe it’s Feb already! Now it’s time to clear all the mushrooms that have been growing here :)
Pottery is fun. I made this sake bottle set with the help of the instructor. I didn’t know that it could be so hard to make the tiny cups. I spend another hour painting them, and quite like how they turn out.
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.
Joined USKSG for a weekday sketchwalk at Balestier Road yesterday afternoon. It has been raining almost every afternoon this past week, and yesterday was no exception. It started raining once we stepped out of Loy Kee, the chicken rice restaurant. Once we arrived at our first location, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, it started pouring. The Memorial Hall is now a museum, and I ended up spending more than an hour inside the museum before I started sketching.
This was done at the Loy Kee Chicken Rice place, while waiting for other sketchers to finish their lunch. The waitress were folding some pandan leaves.
First sketch at the first floor of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, looking out to the Phang Pheng Mei Temple. It was raining heavily outside. Just when I finished sketching, a staff came and said they are closing in half an hour. So I packed my stuff and went to look for other sketchers to see how they are doing.
One of them was sketching the tower of the Burmese temple at the other side, and I decided to do a quick one before leaving.
Sketched this outside the main entrance of the Memorial Hall while waiting for other sketchers. We then walked to the Burmese temple next to the Memorial Hall for the first part of the ‘show and tell’ session.
We took some group photos outside the temple, and sketched a bit more.
It was a great way to spend a weekday afternoon! Hope to join more sessions like this in the future.
“Deepavali, which literally means “row of lights,” is celebrated by Hindus across the world and is the most important festival in Hinduism. In Singapore, the Festival of Lights, as it’s endearingly called, falls on 26 October 2011 and is a public holiday.” – read more at the YourSingapore.com web site.
I went to Little India yesterday, the day before Deepavali, trying to capture the festivity. I took a bus there, but the bus moves very slowly and took more than 10 min just to align to the Little India station and to turn into Serangoon Road! The road was jam packed with cars and people!. The Campbell Lane was closed and turned into ‘Deepavali Festival Village’. It was so crowded and all I can see from the outside are people’s heads! This reminds me of the flower market in Chinese New Year.
All the flower shops seem to be very busy too – people keep coming and going to buy stuff.
I’ve been wanting to draw Belilios Road for a personal reason and finally did it yesterday. The road is just next to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and i can hear the prayer and music from the temple while sketching.
The sketch below was drawn at the corner of Serangoon Road and Belilios Road. The festive decorations on the left are all over Serangoon Road. The white building is a coffee shop / restaurant, and the blue cover at the right bottom corner is the flower shop in above sketch.
This is the back alley of the coffee shop / restaurant.
This is another view of the coffee shop / restaurant, drew near the junction of Belilios Road and Belilios Lane.
This is ‘Taste of India’, a restaurant on the junction of Belilios Road and Belilios Lane.
I was at The URA Centre this evening, for the book launch and the exhibition of Urban Sketchers Singapore. The exhibition features sketchbooks, sketches, photos, and videos of the fellow SG sketchers. I’ve also contributed a small sketchbook, 2 small sketches, and a collaborative drawing for the exhibition. If you are in SG, please drop by the URA center and check it out! The exhibition last until 24 Dec 2011.