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

26 May 2015

May Sketchwalk

This month, we explore the vibrantly restored neighbourhood of Ann Siang Hill and Club Street in Chinatown. Please note that this session will be in the afternoon, after lunch.

Hong Ban Pang will lead the sketchwalk of the area, assisted by Chris Ng and Andrew Yeo. Ban Pang can be reached at +65 9385 8391 on the day. 
*please refrain from overwhelming the sketch leaders with queries before properly reading up on all information

We will start and end the afternoon at The URA Centre, with the sketching area just a quick climb up the slope behind. 

You can fuel up at Maxwell Food Centre, or any of the cafes and restaurants along the two streets.

See you there!

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19 May 2015

We Draw Singapore Together: Exhibition and Workshops

We Draw Singapore Together is a collaboration for SG50 between Urban Sketchers Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic.  

20 May 2015, 7 pm
This will be a small affair for the exhibiting artists and closest supporters. Light refreshments will be served.


Runs from 21 May till 12 August 2015.
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 6pm.

24 June 2015, 7 pm
This will be graced by a Guest-of-Honour, and y
ou can also join the event on Facebook.

30 & 31 May 2015
Places are still available for this workshops, so do spread the word to anyone you believe will be interested. You can register here and follow the programme on Facebook.

Update: The registration is close. Thanks for your support.

Singapore, a city rivalled by few and marvelled by many, was oft-seen as an ultra-modern metropolitan with beautiful skyline, slick urban architecture amidst lush greeneries, a bustling node with modern menus, swanky rooftop-bars, catwalk couture and anything contemporary. It is almost too easy to overlook the layers beyond the glossy façade. However, beyond these new thrills is a place with history and depth, contrast and unity, contradiction and reconciliation.

As urban sketchers, we seek to illustrate the dynamic city state that presents a smorgasbord of inspiration, both old and new, east and west, simple and sophisticated, nostalgic and visionary. From the smoky temples and heritage buildings in the shadows of skyscrapers to art-deco buildings amongst high-rise public housing in Tiong Bahru to a harmonious blend of cultures in Little India, Kampong Glam, Chinatown, see Singapore unfold through the artists’ lenses, showing the world every corner of Singapore, one sketch at a time.

We draw Singapore together. Join us in this journey.

Featuring artists:
Alice Lim
Ang Qing Sheng
Chanel Hu
Chia Kwek Fah
David Liew
Eve Tan
Erwin Lian
Fish Wu
Francis Theo
Ignatius Yeo
Jace Lee
Jenny Sim
Ken Lee
Kevin Tan Ngee Chye
Lim Han Seng
Lisa Huang Li Shan
Ng Heng Leng
Ong Whee Teck
Pacholo Estremos
Patrick Ng
Paul Wang
Phyllis Chong
Rafidah M D
Raul M. Saria
Sathyapriya Subramaniam
Somali Roy
Tia Boon Sim
Tan Hock Choon
Tony Chua
William Sim
Wong Si-Y

17 May 2015

Book Launch for "Urban Sketchers Singapore: Volume Two"

Thanks Parka for the video. Our second book "Urban Sketchers Singapore: Volume Two" was launched on Saturday, 16 May 2015 at National Library Board. Free copies were given out to the public who registered for the event. For readers who are interested to get a copy, you can like our book page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/usksgvolumes to find out more.

05 May 2015

Bandung Sketchwalk #25 video

Check out the video I made while at the Bandung Sketchwalk #25, the international edition with friends and fellow sketchers from other countries.

Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia and the country's third largest city by population.

28 April 2015

Submissions for upcoming exhibition at Creamier is now open!

As announced at the end of the Toa Payoh sketchwalk, Creamier wants to team up with us to hold an exhibition on Toa Payoh in their store. This will be the first print exhibition for USK-SG, meaning that it does not involve original pieces. All art will resized, framed and be exhibited as prints (like posters). The exhibition will focus on Toa Payoh only. This exhibition will last 1.5years with a rotation of artworks every six months (because it is a small shop). This will be launched tentatively in September 2015. These framed prints will be for sale to the public. If sold, the artist will get the full proceeds. If it does not get sold, the artist will keep the print including the picture frame. It being a very small exhibition, Creamier will carefully curate the pieces and only the most suitable few will be selected. But submit anyways! They are open to a wide range of styles and you don't necessarily need to draw like Tia or Don Low to get selected:)

If you are keen to take part , please follow the guidelines to submit before end June 2015.

1. Please note that this exhibition represents the works of the Urbansketchers group. So you must have attended a few sketchwalks and consider yourself a member before submitting.

2. Make sure that your sketch is drawn on location in Toa Payoh.

3. Scan in colour. Make sure your art work is 600dpi and is not blurry.
This is so they can enlarge it. If you need help with scanning, you can contact victor@trine.com.sg or tel: 64764533. Their office is at Toa Payoh near SPH and Epigram. If your file is bigger than 10mb, please use wetransfer.

4. Zip the file before you send it off. 
(You will need to do this if you use wetransfer too.
Right click and you will see compress "file name". That will create a file like "filename.zip".)

5. State your name.

6. Add a short description of your sketch
eg. hawker centre at blk XX To Payoh Lor X. You can put it in the file name.
Eg: 186 Toa Payoh Central-Andrew Tan.jpg

7. Email it to creamiersg@gmail.com

That's all! Creamier does the rest!

Important note: The images submitted may be resized, cropped and cleaned-up. But you will get the final say and will get to approve the image before it goes to print.

26 April 2015

Sketches from the Toa Payoh Sketchwalk

When you draw from a view that people don't normally see, such as from high up a building or from the ant's eye view, it has a good chance of being interesting.

Here's a sketch from the HDB flat. It's a quick sketch. The composition wasn't planned properly so there's a lot of white space by the right. *laughs*

This was drawn at the market below.

After the sketchwalk, I went to Tiong Bahru to continue sketching.

This one was drawn slowly. I tried to keep the watercolour within the lines.

This one was drawn very quickly. Just quick experimentation with colours.

I'm currently using QoR watercolours. Trying to finish using them up before going back to Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton.

- Parka