Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Sketchwalk

Sketch by Parka

Meet: 9AM, Raffles City shopping centre, outside Starbucks (take exit A, go up the escalator and you are there). We will have a short briefing then start our sketchwalk:

1st location:  Raffles hotel (915AM- 10AM)
2nd location: Seah St and/or Purvis St (10AM- 11AM) 
3rd location: The National library building (11AM- 12PM) Sketch this building from a lower angle or go to a higher level and sketch what you see out the window.

End point: Gather at 12PM. Steps outside Hans cafe at the National Library building.

Timing for the locations are only a suggestion. Feel free to roam and mix it up if you wish.
Go around and explore the 127 yr old Raffles hotel inside out.
Some background info on Seah St can be found here:
If you venture to Purvis St, look out for the 74 yr old chicken rice restaurant called Yet Con.
Along North Bridge Road, say hi to our friendly art supply store, Straits Art Co.
(Thanks to George Huang for the information tips.)

Anyone one can join the sketchwalks. All skill levels welcome. Just bring your own art materials. No attendance or fees will be collected. If you are late, just follow the route and you won't miss us.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Sketchwalk at Upper Circular Road

Above sketch by Tia

For this month's sketchwalk, we will meet at the bus stop outside The Central at 9AM (see map). After a short briefing, we will cross the road and walk through Upper Circular Road and then through Circular road. Take your time to draw what you wish. There will be shophouses, watering holes and cafes along the way. We encourage you to take your own detours. If you prefer to walk along the river, go ahead. But please take note that at 12PM we will all gather again outside the UOB Plaza along the Singapore river (see map).

If you come later, no problem. Just walk along the route in the map and you will find us. Look for people drawing along the side of the road.

Everybody is welcome. No permission to join or attendance to be taken. Just show up during the time stated. See you all there.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Final Mass Sketchwalk

I was still doing this piece and Orling called me to go over for the group picture. The group picture will bring fond memories in time to come. Can you spot moi?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 4 - sketching KK's demo session


Ch'ng Kiah Kiean from Penang whose demonstration sessions were so popular at the Symposium was having a session in the morning on the fourth day, also the last day. I was too tired to walk around so I sketched the group of Brazilian sketchers attending his session. We also met Teoh Wenqi in the group; a young Malaysian lady doing her internship teaching in another city about few hundred kilometres from Paraty. She was teachng English at an international school there. Rare to see Asians in Paraty and everywhere we went, we were mistaken by the locals as Japanese tourists.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 3 at Pereque-Acu River - Corsario


The open sketchwalk on Day 3 was at Rio Pereque Acu just next to a prominent curvilinear bridge accessible to cars and pedestrians overlooking an old church. I did not know when I was sketching it that this was the back of First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies in Paraty. My hotel was directly facing the front of the church! I totally lost my sense of scale and direction in Paraty. Blame it on the cobblestones that I could not walk straight and see what's was directly in front of me.

There were so many sketchers sketching alongside with me. I wish I had more time to speak to them. I was with Kumi from Japan and KK from Penang. Thais Lima Machado Canavezes, a young Brazilian sketcher was sitting next to me and I gave her some tips when she asked. I told her to squint both eyes to read the tonal values and added horizontal darker tones for the row of houses along the river. I also advised her to add some colours here and there especially the sky. She was very pleased with the result.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 2 of Symposium - Beautiful Cais Paraty


These are schooner boats turned leisure boats for hire at Paraty Pier. They are in candy colours - pink, purple, sky blue, turquoise, lime etc.

The Pier or Cais Paraty is next to Santa Rita church. This old church dates back to 1722 and stands beautifully against the backdrop of the lush, green hills. It was drizzling and I had my poncho while Liz Steel and the participants in her workshop next to the church were looking for corners to hide from the cold wind and rain drops while sketching the church surroundings. While I was sketching, I witnessed how cars and people trying to avoid the flood water that was just in front of me. People just took out their shoes while not many cars drove through the flood waters. Drivers reversed their cars before making a U-turn and disappeared very quickly in front of me. HA!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 911


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Day 1 of Symposium in Paraty, Brazil


This is Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Dores, The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, also the first loose ink and watercolour piece I did upon arrival at Paraty after a 5-hour journey on the road from Sao Paulo. This church was erected in 1800s on the initiative of the ladies of the aristocracy of the city. The church was abandoned around 1901, when the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows, composed exclusively of women, retired.
It is now known as "Chapel of Sorrows" or just "Chapel." There was only one tower now but originally it was designed to have two towers.

Similar to all Brazilian colonial towns, Paraty’s churches were built according to social status and race. There are four churches in the town, Santa Rita was for the ‘freed coloured men’, The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Benedict was for the blacks and two other churches for the whites.

Paraty is a beautiful colonial city paved with cobblestones which were left behind by the Portuguese who replaced them with heavy golds to ship back home in their huge vessels. Walking on these pavements was challenging although there were no cars at all. The small town was founded in 1667 around the Church of "Nossa Senhora dos Remedios", the patron saint. Paraty is famous for its sugar cane mills and the name "paraty" synonym of a very good sugar cane rum. I saw small bottles labeling "Cachaca" at local lifestyle stores catering for its large numbers of tourists and did not know it was a kind of distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Sketches Alight

Urban Sketchers Singapore had a little public workshop on the evening of Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 for the Mid-Autumn Festival at Transitional___02 on the rooftop of the National Design Centre. The idea is basically to create paper lanterns using paper on which quick sketches were done, which participants get to take home with them and use while celebrating with mooncakes and tea. More info on this workshop and Transitional___02 at:

Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)
Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014) Sketches Alight event at National Design Centre (6 Sep 2014)

photos by parka at

Friday, September 05, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I am back from Brazil!

I am not very good at scanning, gave up on that, took photos instead. Here is the cover of A5 Moleskine Japanese Album that I brought for my trip to Brazil. I will update all my sketches later.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Sketchwalk

 Above sketch by Parka

We have voted and the location for this month is the Haw Par Villa theme park. If you aren't familiar, read about it here: To get there, take the circle line to the Haw Par Villa circle line station located just across the road. It's the 3rd stop after Buona Vista Stn.

We will meet at 9AM sharp on the other side of the overhead bridge at the entrance of the park. (See map). We will have a short briefing and then head in to draw, free and easy. At 12PM sharp we will gather at a location that we will announce on that day itself. Take note of the time and don't get left behind in the Ten Courts of Hell.

There might be mosquitoes at Haw Par Villa, so take the necessary precautions. Good mosquito spray, long sleeves. I heard that mosquitoes like dark blue or something. Well do what you must to protect yourself!

Have your breakfast beforehand as I don't know of any food places around the park. For lunch, you can hop on the train to the next station, Pasir Panjang Stn. There is a pretty decent hawker centre just beside station.

See you all there! Everyone is invited, regardless of skill level. No attendance or fees. Just show up on time. If you do somehow get lost, please contact 91070735. But please call only if absolutely necessary. It will be easy to spot the Urbansketchers there. Just approach anyone drawing.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Attending the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium

I am ready for tomorrow flight to Brazil to attend the Symposium at Paraty, Brazil.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

my work place


I could have done it all in one go but colours were added another day after linework completed for animation purpose. I am here anyway, my work place.

size : 350 x 350mm

Monday, July 28, 2014

Result of July Sketchwalk at Sport Hub


This is the new National Stadium at the new Sport Hub. It is HUGE! The turnout is HUGE too.
Here are some photos of me in action taken by others.

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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, July 20, 2014

my work place in black and white


This was done for animation purpose on an office project. So the lines need to be sharp and clearn. Will add the colours later.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Result of June Sketchwalk at Whampoa

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

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.