Monday, July 21, 2014

July Sketchwalk

Sketch by Parka


This month's sketchwalk will be held at the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub. At 9AM, please meet in front of the Sports Hub Library outside exit A (see map below) of Stadium MRT station (circle line). 
We will have a quick briefing and then by 9:15pm(latest), a Sports Hub guide will be taking us into the new National Stadium to draw. Please note that entry into the Stadium is restricted and you will only be able to enter with the Sports Hub guide. If you are late, and the group has gone in, you will not be given entry but you can still draw around the Sports Hub. You are encouraged to be early if you'd like to enter the National Stadium area.

Around the Sports Hub, there should be lots to see indoors and outdoors so pace yourself. At 12PM sharp, please be back at the meeting point outside the Sports Hub Library for a small gathering where we see everyone's work, take pictures and have the prize giveaway. The leader for this month's sketchwalk is James Tan. So call him at 98787140 if you get lost. But please call only if absolutely necessary because he will be busy sketching too.

Like all our sketchwalks, this is open to everyone, regardless of age or skill level. No fees or membership sign-up required. Just show up at the time stated and join us.

After lunch (which you could have at the Kallang Wave Mall at the Sports Hub), Marvin Chew is inviting a maximum of 20 people to visit his studio nearby. He will be setting up a facebook post for that and the first 20 people who sign up will be able to visit his studio. Look for him immediately after "show and tell". Marvin's number is 81132851. Contact him if you can't find his group after lunch.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Result of June Sketchwalk at Whampoa

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I intended to sketch the right half and was enjoying talking and sketching at the same time to sketchers, strangers, uncles, aunties and kids. Then I was demonstrating and continued with the trees and buildings and sketching away the left half. Half way into the sketch, an uncle stopped and asked "Are you ppl from China on a painting trip? Such great skills u all have". I answered proudly "Uncle, we have many local talents here in Singapore lah!"

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Young faces at sketchwalk

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Another big turnout at Whampoa. This June sketchwalk we have many young faces. Many are students from NUS, NTU, SUTD and even returned scholars from Beijing University and Cornell University. It's their vacation time and so wonderful for them to join us for the sketchwalk.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Sketchwalk



For the month of June, we will be having our sketchwalk at the old and beloved residential area of Whampoa! We will meet at 9.30 in the morning, at the eating place at Saint Michael BusTerminal (buses at this station: 21, 124, 125, 131, 186).

You may arrive earlier and have a bite to eat or sketch the place while you wait. The terminal itself is a landmark and icon. We will say hello before we depart and commence on our own sketch trails thereafter. After which, we shall meet for our customary show-and-tell in the afternoon at 12.30 under the shelter, located on the right of the basketball court at Whampoa Community Club.

Whampoa Community Club
Meeting place at Saint Michael's Bus Terminal (Red Circle) and Show-and-Tell at Whampoa CommunityClub (Blue Circle)
The area is a precinct located at Novena, Singapore and was named after Hoo Ah Kay, better known as "Whampoa" (due to his origin from China) during the early years of Singapore as a British settlement. His many contributions to the Straits Settlements, accompanied with the fact that he could speak both Chinese and English well thus made him an important bridge between the two communities. The respect for his contributions thus resulted in this area being named after him.

The area is mainly a residential area, consisting many blocks of the HDB flats, within the estates of Bahagia, Tenteram and the main one, Whampoa. Whampoa estate contains many of the primary amenities such as a wet market and a hawker centre,  a community club, a mosque and an NKF kidney dialysis centre. The Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal serves as the precinct’s principal transport hub, linking the area to the city and other precincts.

For recreation, there is the Whampoa Waterpark, which runs along Whampoa River and links the parks of Saint George’s Estate, Whampoa Estate and the Jalan Rajah Estate. In addition, there is a park, which used to extend from Whampoa to Saint George’s but was contracted in the mid-80s to accommodate the construction of the Central Expressway.

Summary:
Saturday, 28 June, meeting at the eating place at Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal (red marker, see picture attachment below) at 9.30AM and ending at 12.30PM, at the shelter at Whampoa Community Club (blue marker).

There are neither fees nor attendance taken. While there is no coaching or teaching involved, all drawing-skill levels are welcome. This sketchwalk (like all sketchwalks) is open to everyone and anyone. All you have to do is show up on time.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Temasek Poly seen from Bedok Reservoiur

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This piece was done at the first sketchwalk of this year in January 2014. However, it is a larger format that I finally find time to scan in small parts in my small printer and merge them with Photoshop. It is really hard work.

Bedok Reservoir Park is a beautiful park in the east just next to Temasek Polytechnic where I work. The building on the left is School of Design and the tall structure is the library. The green roof which is the icon of the campus is copper roof which when it was first completed in 1995, we were told it was the most expensive copper roof contract in the world.

size : 680mm x 240mm

Thursday, June 12, 2014

food court at Punggol

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Last Sunday, I was hungry so I stopped at this place in Punggol for a quick bite before attending the first-month baby party for my new grand niece at the Punggol flat. The weather was so hot but the foreign workers were resting comfortably under the highway / viaduct just outside this food court.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

sketches done at SUTD

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I did not scan and post these two sketches before, they were done on the last day of class at SUTD in Dec 2013.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Collage of sketches for April to May 2014

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I have not done the collage for a long time. This collage format is good for record so I know what are the sketches in that particular sketchbook.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

five-minute quick sketch

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Today I was having lunch with a design student who wanted to have a consultation with me on his current project. When he was having his lunch, I did this sketch to show him how I pick up lines, shapes and textures for a quick sketch. We spent almost 2 hours to discuss about his project. We both enjoyed the session very much and I think he learnt a lot from the discussion.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

KOPI at Singapore General Hospital

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I visit Singapore General Hospital (SGH) quite often these days as my mom is undergoing daily treatment since early May. Doctor is very surprised and tells us my mom is a very stoic and optimistic lady. I often take my lunch at this KOPI eatery located near the hospital entrance while my dad and the family helper are attending to my mom at the treatment clinic. The hospital is always crowded so to find a seat for lunch and sketch is a luxury.

Monday, June 02, 2014

what a big turn out!

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What a big turn out! The announcement was released much earlier this time and look at the big turn out! I could not attend because My youngest son and I had to deliver a talk at the National Design Centre in the afternoon and I had to work with my son who had just booked out from the army camp the night before. Some of the sketches presented here are posted on our USKSG Facebook group and they are great sketches!

Here is the link to USKSG FB group www.facebook.com/groups/usksg, check it out!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

I was speaking at National Design Centre

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I was speaking at the National Design Centre last Saturday and the topic was "Dialogue: Can Creativity be Taught?". It was a fun-filled event with presentation, interaction and sketching!

I did this sketch from the speaker's view. Richard Koff was taking the video and he was sketched twice here since he moved from left to the centre.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Sketchwalk at Lavendar


USKSG - May Sketchwalk.
Hosted by Eve, Paul, Vincent & William.
For the month of May, we will be having our sketchwalk within the vicinity of the up-and-coming hipster place of Lavender/Jalan Besar area! We will meet at 9 in the morning, outside Lavender MRT Station, at the space outside of Wendy’s (the junk food joint) and thereafter, depart and commence on our own sketch trails at 9.30. After which, we shall meet for our customary show-and-tell in the afternoon at 12.30 under the shelter and outside Jalan Besar Sports Complex, opposite the shophouses along Horne Road.
Lavender, with its once-famous landmark of the Kallang Gasworks (if you are, ahem, grown-up enough to remember) used to be the sewage area of the island during its colonial past. A popular anecdote of how the place got its name, was the colonists, who simply could not withstand the pong around and in the area, so decided to christen the place ‘Lavender’ – a term associated with perfumery and laundry. Oh, how dry and ironic, the typical British wit.
Jalan Besar was part of Serangoon Road, the main transport artery of the island way back when expressways were unheard of (PIE-what?), and was the stretch what some of our grandparents might refer to as ” [sah-bey-lor (Hokkien); sah-beh-lou (Teochew); sam-mah-lou (Cantonese)].
The place, though not earmarked as a heritage site or for conservation as extensively as Little India itself, has enough history of its own. Many of the area’s buildings have been given a new lease of life, conserving its façade through grassroot business projects and businesses. The most prominent cases in point would be Kam Leng Hotel and Chye Seng Huat Hardware.
Otherwise, the spot, which had seen its hey-day in the art-deco 1930s, when New World Amusement park was all the rage, has a brilliant collection of that modern, rectilinear-styled shophouses and buildings.
Now breezing in on the location’s second wind, is a whole parade of cafés, lifestyle stores and multi-label boutiques that have lend their hands in creating the quirky, hipster vibe of the place.
Summary:
Saturday, 31 May, meeting outside Wendy’s at Lavender Station (red marker, see picture attachment below), 9AM, commencing at 9.30AM and ending at 12.30PM, outside Jalan Besar Sports Complex (blue marker).
There are neither fees nor attendance taken. While there is no coaching or teaching involved, all drawing-skill levels are welcome. This sketchwalk (like all sketchwalks) is open to everyone and anyone. All you have to do is show up on time.
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

elderly at the polyclinic

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It was so crowded on a Saturday morning at Polyclinic. I needed my cholesterol pills so I had to go to see the doctor. So many old ladies on the wheelchairs and most of the seats were reserved for the elderly.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tiong Bahru Bakery

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I was chilling at Tiong Bahru Bakery with a sketch after work.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

P. Bistro at 142 Owen Road

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Last night we had a great time at P.Bistro. Dinner was good, coffee and cakes were wonderful. A very satisfying meal with great company.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sketching at Starbucks

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Did 2 sketches at Starbucks.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Drink and Draw our Kopitiam Style

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Drink and Draw our local Kopitiam style. It is more like La beer session though. Thanks Milo Sudaria for the meal too. Sell more paintings so we can do this again. HA!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

at the polyclinic

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This morning at the super crowded Polyclinic for a regular blood test. Our public health care is affordable but they really need to solve the overcrowding problem. I am sure they are people who avoid seeing the doctor even when they are ver...y sick knowing it is time consuming and troublesome. I was also worried for the young families with newborn babies at the public clinic where the visibly sick adults not wearing masks at all.

I am sure the public clinics can be improved in its circulation and physical design layout for different patients.