Monday, July 21, 2014

Running Happy

On a windy night in July, three thousand people gathered at the Kuching city hall to run distances from 5 to 25K to raise money for local charities. Some of us used the 25K as train for the Kuching Marathon in August - I joined them for one loop of the two loop run and enjoyed myself overtaking runners who normally race past me.

The sketch was done in the following morning, as a part of a visual journal - showing the end of the run as we headed towards the city hall.
Some people have no decorum...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sketching Georgetown

View of Komtar Tower from Lebuh Chulia
These sketches of Georgetown were done during different times but with the same type of ball point pen (BIC Cristal) in a cheap note book. By varying the pressure on the page, I am able to produce a variety of line weights and shading.

Cathedral of the Assumption, Farquhar Street

The interior of the cathedral

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trees in the Drive

This is a one of my house projects under construction - this photo of the front elevation includes a tree which happened to be right in the middle of the crossover from the road. It would have to be cut eventually, which gave me the idea of planting trees in the driveway - in line with the car parking bays so that the owners can park their cars in between the trees.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Putting lines on paper

A few months ago, I was pleasantly surprised when the Architecture Malaysia magazine asked me to write an article about sketching as it gave me an opportunity (and reason) to look through my sketches and compile a cross section of my 'work'. After putting together a short-list of favourites, the final pieces were selected carefully to represent a phase of my hobby.

The editor of the magazine accidentally left out the captions which I provided, so I explain my choices. I like the sleeping man for its spare lines that were captured quickly as he slept after his in-flight meal. The Kim Joo piece is a culmination of my running with sketching and my favourite ritual of breakfast with Sam in my favourite part of town. Brunelleschi's Dome records a memory of our first trip to Italy flavoured with an expresso wash while the sketch of downtown Pratunam recalls  our office trip and colouring-in on the floor of the Bangkok Airport.

The last one was done on board a flight back from Penang, I chose it to demonstrate the frugality of sketching - putting lines down with a hotel pen on the back of the air-sick bag. No need for posh pens and fancy paper.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sketch 30/30 - Looking back

Sketch 29/30 - Carmen

One warm Florentine evening a long time ago, Robyn took us to watch "Carmen" at St. Martin's Church. The church pews were moved aside and chairs arranged in a semi-circle in the central nave.