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

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