Saturday, June 29, 2024

Result of June Sketchwalk at Marina South Pier

I came late and it started raining, the rain might block the view but we continued to sketch inside the Marina Gallery till the sky was clear again.

Marina South Pier is very busy pier with so many workers in blue and/or orange overalls taking all those boats in and out of the docks non-stop. These are the working people contributing to our economy!

In contrary, because it is a Saturday, the Marina Cruise Centre on the right that shaped like a big cruise ship was quiet without any cruise ship in sight. This is where you can find international cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and the new Disney Cruise. Usually I see the big cruise ships in the weekdays when I drive along Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE).

Etchr Accordion Sketchbook
Size: 650 x 210mm

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

June Sketchwalk at Maritime Gallery

Urban Sketchers Singapore x Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Hello sketchers! We have a special collaboration sketch event with @maritimesg at the Singapore Maritime Gallery this Saturday (29 June).

Located on the second floor of Marina South Pier, the Singapore Maritime Gallery offers visitors a deep dive into Singapore’s rich maritime history, tracing its journey from humble beginnings to becoming a global maritime hub. You can also access the Marina South Pier Rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of the Singapore Straits and the bustling pier activities, which connect passengers to Singapore’s southern islands. More info:


Event details:

Date: 29 June 2024, Saturday
Time: 9.30am – 12.15pm (Wrap up session 12.15pm – 12.45pm)
Nearest MRT station: Marina South Pier Station, Exit B.
Meeting point: Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Level 2, Fort Canning Room, S018988 (Next to Singapore Maritime Gallery)

NB: Do use public transport to get to SMG as parking lots are scarce. If you drive, do park at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (about a 10 min walk away).


Instructions for the day:

Please gather at Fort Canning Room for the welcome brief starting at 9.30am.
Kindly bring your own drawing materials.

Use the hashtag #usksgxmpa to share your sketches online and showcase your artistic creations from the event.

Post about your sketching experience and tag @maritime_sg for a chance to participate in MPA’s giveaway.

Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

Happy sketching!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tiong Bahru Estate

Etchr Accordion Sketchbook
Size: 1430 x 210mm

3 sittings to complete this sketch at Tiong Bahru.

1st sitting on 13 April here.
2nd sitting on 26 May here.
3rd sitting on 16 June to complete the panoramic sketch.

I will showcase this sketchbook at Etchr booth, Art Market, at 3:30pm on 4th day, 4 Aug, AsiaLink Sketchwalk Penang 2024. If you are in Penang, do come and support!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Istana Park

This place will be undergoing changes from 2025 so it was good to come and sketch before it happens. A 500m stretch of Orchard Road in front of the Istana will be pedestrianised, while the 1.3ha Istana Park will be expanded to about thrice its current size, incorporating existing green spaces such as Dhoby Ghaut Green and the Penang Road Open Space. I hope this iconic structure in my sketch will not be demolished as it is now our collective memory when huge red banners are hung during festive seasons especially during National Day celebrations.

More details here

Baohong Concertina Sketchbook
size 680 x 170mm

Friday, June 07, 2024

Cafe Sketching at Bites and Brew

We asked for stickers, they brought a very long one for us, having fun cutting it up at home and rearranged here with my sketch. It was such a fun evening catching up with friends, more chatting and eating than sketching.

Etchr Accordion Sketchbook
Size: 390 x 210mm

Saturday, June 01, 2024

I will be at the Art Market

Here comes the schedule for the free Demo for everyone in art market during the event 4 days at Asia Link Sketchwalk Penang 2024.

My time slot is on the 4th day, 4 Aug 2024 at 3:30pm together with James Lim at Etchr booth.
Open for public to enter.

ART MARKET at Penang Prestige Hotel,
VENUE: 4th Floor Rooftop Function Room
DATE: 1-4 August 2024, 4 days

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Work in Progress

I started a new sketchbook by Etchr accordion format on 13 April 2024 during "I Jio You" sketchwalk at Tiong Bahru. I went back to Tiong Bahru and continued to sketch. Work is in progress.

The first few pages of the book is this sketch at Tiong Bahru here.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Cafe Sketching

I decided to join the Cafe Sketchers last Thursday evening at Fengxiang Bak Kut Teh, Vivocity.

Ah Hong, the very shy Malaysian Chef and Jenny, the friendly Vietnamese counter staff signed my sketch and took a lot of photos with us all. Jenny said she would remember me and would give me discount when I return for more food. Their dishes especially the Bak Kut Teh and Fried Porridge were so yummy! Ah Hong is a great chef!

I also started the new Etchr Accordion Sketchbook and did this sketch over four pages.
Size: 520 x 210mm

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Capitol Building

The front facade of the Capitol Building anchors the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road across from Raffles City. Once known as the Namazie Mansions, it now houses the Capitol Kempinski Hotel. Right behind it is the old Capitol Theatre, one of the grandest theatres in Singapore in the 1930s.

During the Japanese Occupation, the Mansions' adjoined theatre operated under the name Kyo-Ei Gekijo, the theatre's English-language movies were later forbidden by the Japanese after a few months and replaced them with their own films and orchestras. The theatre operated until 1944, when a bomb planted by the anti-Japanese resistance damaged it and the Mansions itself.

More details on the heritage building here.

Etchr Accordion Sketchbook
Size: 520 x 210mm

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Result of May Sketchwalk at Capitol Building

An incredible turnout at the Capitol for our collab sketchwalk in conjunction with the Singapore HeritageFest 2024!...

Posted by Urban Sketchers Singapore on Sunday 26 May 2024

Friday, May 24, 2024

Sketching at Fengxiang Bak Kut Teh

Thanks James Ethos Klaus for organising. I decided to join the Cafe Sketchers last evening. Ah Hong, the very shy...

Posted by Tia Boon Sim on Friday 24 May 2024

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sketchwalk to celebrate Singapore HeritageFest 2024

Urban Sketchers Singapore x Capitol Singapore
Hello sketchers! This month we have TWO special collaboration sketchwalks with Perennial Holdings at CHIJMES (18 May) and the Capitol (25 May) in conjunction with the Singapore HeritageFest 2024 (
For the second sketchwalk on 25 May, we will be visiting Capitol Singapore ( The front facade of the Capitol Building anchors the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road across from Raffles Place. Once known as the Namazie Mansions, it now houses the Capitol Kempinski Hotel (,_Singapore). Right behind it is the old Capitol Theatre, one of the grandest theatres in Singapore in the 1930s.
Time: 9.30am - 12:30pm
Nearest MRT station: City Hall (NS25/EW13)
Meeting point: Outdoor Plaza, Capitol Singapore
Address: 13 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178905
*Please bring your own drawing materials. Participants will enjoy special post-event lunch deals. Happy sketching!
Timeline for the day:
9.30am: Welcome brief
9.45am: Start sketching!
1215pm: Start packing your things and make your way for Show & Tell
12.30pm: Show and Tell at Capitol Singapore Outdoor Plaza
Instructions for the day:
1. Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain necessary distancing.
2. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points.
3. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐬 #𝐮𝐬𝐤𝐬𝐠 — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output.
4. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them!
5. Happy sketching!! 😃
𝑰𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑵𝒐𝒕𝒆:
By participating this Event, you agreed with the followings:
1. My participation in this Event is entirely voluntary.
2. I am aware of and agree to assume any and all risks which might be associated with the Event and I will not hold Urban Sketchers Singapore (USkSG) and any admin/organiser responsible or liable in any way for and will not commence any action arising from the Event, or claim for any loss and/or damage (including, without limitation, personal injury and/or property damage) caused by or sustained as a result of my participation in the Event.
3. I will indemnify USkSG and keep USkSG indemnified against all losses, claims, demands, actions, proceedings, damages, costs, expenses, and any other liability arising in any way from my participation in the above Event.
4. For participant under 18 years old, his/her parent/guardian are aware and agree to the above clauses.
Event banner by Edric Hsu

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Sketching with a Aussie visitor

Sketching at Chinatown with John Wright and Mary from Brisbane. Francis Theo whom I have not met for a long time joined us too. Tony Chua and I had Prata breakfast at this corner shop in my sketch here. This shop used to be a store selling souvenirs which were also sold in most of the stalls in Chinatown. Restaurants especially those offered Chinese cuisines from different parts of China were occupaying the ground units of the shophouses. So it was rare to have an Indian Muslim shop selling prata and my favourite ginger tea in Chinatown.

Baohong Organ Sketchbook
Size: 510 x 170mm

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Live Turtle Museum

My sketch at the Live Turtle Museum on 11 May 2024 under "I Jio You" before they move to a new location. It was an extremely hot day and many of us were hiding under the vast shade provided by the lush greens next to the pond. I was very late as there was more than an hour delay at Chong Pang Food Centre for my noodles as breakfast. I swear I would not go back to the same stall ever again. Although sketching did calm my nerves but I was still very late so I had to sketch very fast to capture the expressions of all the buddha statues and a few live turtles on the spot. I added the colours at home as I was too tired and it was also too hot to continue.

Captured one live turtle on the left beside the huge green turtle statue.

Baohong Organ Sketchbook
Size: 510 x 170mm