Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Sale

Recently I sold the first of my sketches to James who wanted it as a birthday present for a friend, I was not able to name a price for the A3 sketch and suggested that he simply paid a donation to the Sarawak Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), which he did handsomely.

James has the idea that I can display some of my sketches in his new bar for sale - I am torn between displaying scanned prints of my sketches, and producing originals which takes more time and commitment but contains the trace of hand and therefore, a touch of soul.


  1. Dear Min,

    I'd like to say I am a fan of yours but that might be too tacky. I purchased a print of this very sketch of yours from a bar called Zinc. When I stumbled upon it, words cannot describe how emotional I was - mainly nostalgic and sentimental. So much of my Kuching memory is captured in that single sketch. Odd, but true. I knew I HAD to get it and convinced my dad to purchase it. And it flew all the way with me in the cabin to Melbourne and it now reminds me of home.
    Funny, I was googling "print sketches of Kuching" in hope to find something purchase-able and ship-able to Melbourne. But I found the blog which belongs to the artist himself! I am ecstatic! However, I MUST say, the urge to illegally print all your sketchers and frame them myself is too darn high. But I haven't done so. :)

    When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of that playground on riverside... which apparently no longer exists. I was so sad. Because I was about to tell my architect dad/brother *where are their sketches, really!* to go and sketch that for me. I spent about a few hours of my childhood on that playground but they were one of the best memories I have. Sketches like these can be so powerful. I think I could cry from an overwhelming sense of nostalgia if something like that was painted. But trust me, this Lao Ya Keng temple nearly did. I'm glad you are selling prints of it. Now I want more. Haha! Oh please, do something online! I honestly can't wait for another year to go home and purchase them (if they are even available; and where do I find them, Zinc again? ha.) and how do I even hand carry the potential many framed prints I'm going to purchase.

    Okay, rant over. This is beginning to look like a serious case of fan mail. I'm sorry. It wasn't intentional. But I'd like you to know that your sketch meant a lot to me - more than words can ever say. And I am looking forward to owning a lot of your sentimental, unique Kuching prints in my Melbourne home. :)

    Kind regards,
    Kimberly, who moved to Melbourne in the name of Education and is immensely proud of her Sarawakian background.

    Ps: I'm so glad I found your blog.

  2. Oh, and here is an *outdated* photo of it in Melbourne (outdated because it has since moved to another location):

    1. Dear Kimberley,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I am glad that you enjoy the sketches. If you have a P.O. box in Melbourne, I ll send you a postcard. :-)
      You mentioned that your dad and brother are architects, are they practising in Malaysia?