Friday, January 30, 2015

Sketching Garden By the Bay

We had a family staycation at Marina Bay Sands to celebrate hubby's birthday over last weekend. There was a time I was alone so I took the opportunity to sketch the view from our 12th storey hotel room. It was meant to be black and white sketches only for this sketchbook but I added colours to kill boredom since I was left alone for more than two hours. On the right, Laneway Festival sent very loud music especially the beats by the base to the hotel room across the highway from morning till very late at night.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diamond Kitchen at Laguna Park

Diamond Kitchen was so popular that we had to book a table one week in advance, the dishes were a little too salty for me, otherwise, they were yummy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Breakfast at Changi Airport

Crowded Kopitiam at Changi Airport T3. We were there to send Pramote off early morning and before taking the sky train from T1 to T3, we met Tony Chua. What a strange day at the Airport.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

another completed sketchbook

This Moleskine Large Japanese Album started from last Nov at the National Museum to the recent sketch at Marina Bay Sands hotel room. It literally spent across from 2014 to 2015. Feeling great!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jan Sketchwalk

For the first official sketchwalk of the year, we are going to do something special! We're going to do an Island-wide sketchwalk! The reason is because we want all of you to capture sketches for the upcoming Urbansketchers Singapore Vol.2 book. And all sketches need to be compiled by February! Very soon!

Let me tell you a bit more about the vol.2 book. It is a team-up with the National Library's Singapore Memory Project. So the focus of the book this round are sketches of places that have special meaning to you and your personal stories behind the places. In the book, your sketch and story will be displayed something like this: 

Got it?

Sketch can be landscape or portrait. We will adjust the layout.


We all have places in Singapore that are meaningful to us. It may be your old school, the neighbourhood playground where you used to play with your friends,  the place you got married, the shopping centre your parents used to take you to, where you used to hang out in your teenage years, or where something very happy or sad or important happened to you. We all have different locations in mind. So we can't all go to the same place. Therefore, this month, we splitting into mini groups.

You may form your own mini-group, do a solo, or join one of the mini groups that have been set up already (if your meaningful location is very close to theirs). To join a mini group listed below, simply show up at 4pm at the location stated. Call the mini group leader only if you are lost. No sign up or fees necessary. They are all friendly so make friends with them:) 
Name: Ignatius
Place/s you want to go: Tiong Bahru
Phone number: 97450038
Meeting point: Tiong Bahru Food Centre. Ground level next to the escalator. 4pm.
Time: 4-7pm 

Name: Tony Chua
Place/s you want to go: In vinicity area of Telok Kurau till Still Road.
Phone number: 97898637 
Meeting Point: Penny University, Artisanal Coffeeshop, 402, East Coast. Just outside the main entrance. 4pm.
Time: 4- 7pm 

Name:  David Liew
Place/s you want to go: Holland Village / Chip Bee Estate 
Phone number: 96896312   
Meeting point:  Holland V MRT (in front of Old Chang Kee) 4pm.
Time: 4-7pm

Name:  Don Low
Place/s you want to go: Race Course Road
Phone number: 84183032
Meeting point:  Farrer MRT Station Control at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Jenny Sim
Phone number: 94891416
Place/s you want to go: About Street 11, Pasir Ris
Meeting point:  Pasir Ris MRT station counter at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Francis Theo
Phone number: 90021001
Place/s you want to go: Tras St and Peck Seah St area
Meeting point: Tanjong Pager MRT station counter at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Ban Pang
Phone number: 93858391
Place/s you want to go: Kampong on mainland Singapore, Kampong Buangkok
Meeting point: Meet at Shell Station next to Gerald Dr. at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Lim Ham Seng and Dawn Lo
Phone number: 97414633
Place/s you want to go: Sunset Way Park Connector
Meeting point: Blk 308 Coffee Shop Clementi Ave 4 at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Phone number: 96968080
Place/s you want to go: Prinsep St and Waterloo St Vacinity
Meeting point: Outside Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Andrew Tan Tsun Wen
Phone number: 91070735
Place/s you want to go: Serene Centre along bukit timah road. And then take a bus to Bukit Timah Plaza.
Meeting point: MacDonalds at Serene Centre at 4pm
Time: 4-7pm

Name: Alice Lim
Phone number: 96369780
Place/s you want to go: Dakota crescent 
Meeting point: Dakota MRT at 4pmTime: 4-7pm 

To form your own mini-group, you can do it informally with your own friends. Or Facebook PM me, Andrew Tan Tsun Wen, so I can list it here.

By the way, even if you not intending to contribute to the book, you are can still tag along and draw for fun.

It will be an online Facebook "show and tell" this time. Between 7-8pm, you are encouraged to post your drawings you have done that day! You could also informally meet with other mini-groups for dinner!

No hurry on this. Go sketch your meaningful sketch location. Let the location jog your memory. Then go home and type it up. Keep the story short. 1 or 2 paragraphs will do. Do not write pages and pages as we will not have enough room in the book.
Don't worry if you feel you aren't a good story writer. We just want you to write from the heart as if you are writing in your own diary. Simple and heartfelt. And we will help you edit any spelling mistakes or grammer errors. To help you write a simple short story, follow this rough guideline (you don't have to answer every question):
1. What is this place you drew?
2. What do/did you see, hear, smell here? 
3. What happened to you here that makes this place special to you?
4. How has it changed?
5. How did it make you feel then? And now?
We are still sorting out the best way you can submit your sketch & story. For the time being, find a scanner and scan your work at 600dpi, RGB, and saved as in the .jpg format. Make sure the sketch is clear. 
Ideally, we will want to include everyone who submits. But the editorial team will have the right to select and reject submissions based on quality and suitability.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Art Apart Fair 2015

Together with nine other artists, I took part in the Art Apart Fair 2015 held at a local Hotel ParkRoyal on Pickering. Each gallery is given a hotel room on the 14th storey to display. Very unique concept. The longer pieces here are moved to Presidential Suite by the organiser. I will only be there on Sunday but my friends will be there.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

dinner sketch

We love the steamed Salmon head at Megumi, the Japanese restaurant just outside our house. It came steaming hot and I had to sketch fast as I never like cold dishes.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Dakota Crscent

150103_DakotaDakota Crescent will be cleared by 2016, please save these old charming SIT flats.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

lunch sketch

My first day of work on 2 Jan I went to The Old Malaya Cafe at Tampines Mall for lunch. My usual dishes - wanton noodle, a popiah (spring roll) and Kopi O gau (think black coffee). Three generation at the next table after shopping at Isetan. The mother and grandmother was taking care of the toddler on baby chair and the very big size young girl about 13 or 14 years old was finishing up all the food left on the table. Slurp! — with Chang Yee Soo.

Friday, January 02, 2015

first sketch into 2015

150101_SeahSt_photoFirst sketch before dark. I was sleeping a lot on first day of 2015 under the effect of cough medication. But an urge to do a location sketch today was too strong that I rushed drove to town. Feeling good after completing the sketch. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Result of December Sketchwalk

I attended the last sketchwalk of the year with a tired body but high in spirit as I was not going to miss the sketchwalk again.

I did not sleep at all the night before after arriving in Singapore from Hong Kong at around 11pm on Friday. By the time I reached home, it was 12am and I was tossing on the bed since. However, I made up my mind I had to attend the last sketchwalk of this year even if I were to turn up late!

I did one quick line sketch on the Moleskine before the loose watercolour piece. Look at the photo, where were the people and traffic? Orchard Road was too quiet during this festive seasons. May be it was still early but I thought everyone was out of town and there were visibly more tourists on the streets. It was the same in Hong Kong on Boxing Day when our taxi driver told us his business dropped during this time of the year.

Orchard Road has also changed so much beyond recognition. There are so many mega malls sprouting up here and there except old granny like Mandarin Hotel with the pointed fins at the top is still there standing high and tall. So I decided to sketch it as it is the Orchard Road that I remember.

250 x 250mm, 300gsm Daler-Rowney Aquarelle paper. Hero9018 fountain pen with Noodler's ink and watercolours, about two hours for both.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Last Sketchwalk of the Year

Sketch by Daman Angir

Merry Christmas! For this month's sketchwalk, meet us at 9AM outside McDonald's at SCAPE. The closest MRT station is Somerset. We will have a quick briefing and then start on the sketchwalk toward Plaza Singapura.

The route in the map is only the general direction and you are encouraged to take your own detours to discover other views of Orchard Rd than the obvious. For example, take Somerset Road instead. There is a skateboard park there. And if you go up to the 3rd floor of Orchard Gateway, you will get to sketch the new Library@Orchard. Climb up to the top of Orchard Central and you get a bird's eye view of the area. Yes, explore both inside and outside of the malls. Or around and behind. Turn up to Emerald hill to sketch shophouses. Or stop by a cafe, relax and sketch.

Pace yourself so that you can gather with the group again at 12PM sharp OUTSIDE of the entrance to Plaza Singapura. If it rains, look for the nearest shelter there.

See you on saturday. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join. No drawing skill level required. No fees either. Just bring your own drawing materials and show up on time. If you are late, just look for anyone with a sketchbook drawing along the way. Only in case of emergencies, call 91070735.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The entire Moleskine sketchbook

The entire spread in the Moleskine Japanese Album large format.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dinner at Bedok


One of the last pages on the Moleskine filled with sketches from Malacca trip, so I continued the Moleskin with a sketch during dinner at Bedok Hung Kang Fish Soup stall. The old Teochew couples spent long hours daily at the stall and they must be pleased there was always a constant queue.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beca or Trishaw

Beca or Trishaw in Malacca. They are gaudy, colourful, decorative, kitschy, and some will think it's silly to sit in one of these trishaws with the kiddy hello kitty, stuff toys and butterfly roof in pink, shocking pink, bright blue or red! There are also adorned with fake flowers. However, the tourists love them, locals don't hate them. Some say the rides are the best way to enjoy Malacca. Plus, they blink at night with blaring pop music.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lunch place

Did a quick sketch on the exterior of the Peranakan restaurant while waiting for others in the coach.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Peranakan Cruisine

Lunch at Ole Sayang. Quite disappointed at the Peranakan or Nyonya food especially when you have high expectation. Every single dish was just too salty. We asked for belachan chilli and it was like eating salt. I will probably give it a miss if I visit Malacca again. Perhaps the only consolation is the ambiance and the Peranakan style interior.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Another sketch scanned, more to come. This view was from our hotel room at Hatten Hotel just opposite the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall looking at Malacca skyline. The famous Jonkor Street is in the middle with the yellow end wall. Overall, the impression of this trip was not up to my expectation but our spirit was always high.

We were lucky to have a room with a view at Hatten Hotel on the 16th storey. The room was very big with 2 TVs. It was love at first sight but later on, we had to call for bath towers and the curtains did not work that I had to use the paper clips I brought for sketches to hold the curtains together. I noticed some rooms like those opposite our corridor faced the 5-metre narrow internal courtyard overlooking each other's room.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

hotel breakfast in Malacca

Breakfast at the hotel, i was very relax and calm although the place was crowded with tourists.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Norris Road in Little India

This was done in August inside the comfort of air cond car. The weather was scorching hot and humid. I think I park at the double yellow line at Norris Road in Little India. The highrise public housing at the rear and the lowrise shophouses in the front formed an interesting composition. Again, love the URA carpark sign in the sketch.