23 September 2015

September Sketchwalk at Changi Airport

The September sketchwalk session will be held in Changi Airport, Terminal 3 on Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00noon. 

Named countless times as the world’s best airport, this hub of aviation in the far eastern end of the island is a part of many memories. Whether you’re flying or not, the three terminals present lots of different spaces for hanging out, and was even a favourite haunt of students mugging for their examinations. The soaring interior spaces, views out to the open landscape and planes in slow motion, as well as plenty of eateries and cafes.

We will be meeting at Changi Airport, Terminal 3, Level 1. We will be near the escalators up from the MRT station, so just look out for the big SG Heart Map inflatable. From the meeting point at Terminal 3 at Level 1, sketchers can explore the entire airport by foot and Sky Train, in cool comfort out of the haze, and then meet back again to share what they’ve captured of the world’s favourite airport.

20 September 2015

Drawing on location without using perspective

Here are some video tutorials with tips you may use while sketching on location.

This first video is a reply to a common response that I get from people who say they can't sketch because they don't know perspective.

You can use the techniques of creating a strong silhouette to improve the clarity of your sketch

Someone said he/she could draw small objects but not big buildings. You can by starting with the general shape of the building first.

This is a technique to improve depth in your sketch

28 August 2015

August Sketchwalk at Clementi

Our August sketchwalk session is a tie in with SG Heart Map, as the third in a series of five sketchwalks in August and September.

Clementi is a mature HDB estate that has undergone major upgrading, so there is a good mix of old and new hangout places.

From 9:00am, starting at the town centre between block 447 and 449, sketchers can explore places such as the sports complex and swimming pool, their favourite coffee shops, or take a shuttle further out to the Ulu Pandan Park Connector where there is an old railway bridge over the river/canal.

19 July 2015

Urban Sketchers Symposium 2015 Day Minus 4

It's four more days before the Urban Sketchers Symposium. Shari Blaukopf has arrived.

Today we went to Chinatown for sketching. Chinatown is not one of the locations for the symposium workshops but it's definitely on the must-sketch list if you're in Singapore. Here you can see the early shophouses that have been restored, and one of the oldest temples in Singapore, the Sri Mariammann Temple, the new Buddha Tooth Relic Temple that was built a few years ago, and the Mosque Masjid Jamae. That's three different places of worship just along a short stretch of street at South Bridge Road.

Below are some sketches.

That's Pagoda Street. It's probably the busiest street in Chinatown.

This was what happening in the morning. We have Shari, Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes at the bottom left sketching the shophouses, and talking to people passing by who were too curious and got closer to check out their work.

These are the shophouses. I drew these sketches using the Wacom Bamboo Paper on the iPad.

That's the Sri Mariamman Temple.

Here's the video I made today:

- Parka

18 July 2015

Symposium 2015 Day Minus 5

Hi, Parka here. I'm one of the correspondents who will be providing updates and news on what's going to happen here in Singapore during the sixth edition of the Urban Sketchers Symposium.

The event is five days away and there are already early birds who have flown here. Today I went out with Liz Steel, Marc Taro Holmes, Omar, Paul Wang and Isaac Liang. Liz and Marc are both teaching a course each next week.

We sketched around Peranakan Museum which is going to be one of the venues for the activities and workshop.

Here's a video (4K) of what we did today.

It was great catching up with friends.

- Parka

05 July 2015

All the Hong Kong sketches coloured

After three weeks, I've finally completed colouring all the sketches I drew in Hong Kong and Macau. There are a few still in black and white because I had forgotten to take reference photo for them.

I like Macau more than Hong Kong because the wider range of architectural styles. In Hong Kong, it's mostly high-rise residential or commercial buildings. In Macau, you have those, but you also have the flashy casinos and the European style buildings from the Portuguese colonial period.

Hong Kong is quite impressive though. You can look at Hong Kong Island's skyline from Tsim Sha Tsui and not be able to see any gaps in between the buildings. Cost of living there must be high. Yet when I look at those Cost of Living charters, I see that Singapore is higher than Hong Kong. However, I can't find a place in Hong Kong that sells a bowl of noodles cheaper than I can easily find in Singapore. That's weird.

Below are selected sketches from the 97 I drew.

Big Buddha at Ngong Ping Village.

Ocean Park

Macau General Post Office

Ruins of St Pauls

Statue at a small garden beside Ruins of St Pauls

Prosperity tree at Wynn

View from The Peak

People are still protesting

You can see all of them on my blog and the original black and white sketches on my Google+ page.

- Parka

26 June 2015


Sketch by Paul Wang

For this month's sketch walk, we will be drawing Bukit Pasoh. 
To get there, take an MRT to Outram Park MRT station. Come out aboveground using exit H. That will be the start point (circled in red). We will gather there for a quick briefing at 9AM and then you can explore Bukit Pasoh and the surrounding areas, free and easy. 

If you venture behind the shophouses, you might find Duxton Plain Park to be quite pleasant. If you go up Bukit Pasoh and diagonally cross the road junction, you will find the Everton area which has nice coffee joints. Then, there is also Keong Saik Road with its eateries, cafes, and interesting back alleyways. It might get hot by 10am so bring a cap or find shade under the shophouses there. 

At 12pm, the end point will be Duxton Plain Park, under some shade. Look for the group there.
See you there and have fun!

11 June 2015

Back from Hong Kong

I just came back from Hong Kong a few days ago with a bunch of sketches.

It was my second time in Hong Kong. I had visited Hong Kong back in 2008 before my sketching days and I realised I wasn't able to remember much about the trip.

This time round, I had a more memorable trip because I sketched all the places I went to.

That's pretty much the default view of Hong Kong from most places unless you're looking towards Hong Kong Island where the well known cityscape is (below). Most of the buildings are so tall, including the residential ones, that you would have to strain your neck to look at the sky, that's unless you're looking down the street.

Once I step out onto the walkway from my hotel, I could see crowds of people everywhere. Even on a weekend when offices are closed, the streets would still be packed. Amazing. I can imagine how stressful it is to live here.

Most of my sketches were drawn in black and white since I wanted to spend more time drawing rather than colouring. The rest of the uncoloured ones will be coloured in the coming days and weeks.

That's the Big Buddha at Lantau Island. You can only see it by buying the cable car tickets to Ngong Ping Village. It's huge and is located at the end of a long flight of stairs.

The train frequency for Hong Kong's MTR subway is very high. There was once I alighted from a train, and before I could even reach the escalator (because of the crowd), the next train on the same line had arrived.

I also made a short trip to Macau and what you see above is its most famous Ruins of St Paul's. Macau is a really interested place. There are all these high rise residential buildings and office, the many flashy casinos and then there are the many beautiful European architecture style buildings mixed here and there. I wish I could spend weeks to discover all the secret places and interesting alleys. It's definitely a place you must visit if you happen to be in Hong Kong. The ferry ride to Macau is affordable and can be bought at Shun Tak Centre even at last minute.

There are more sketches and you can check them out at

- Parka