Trying out new Brush Pens

[by TIA, Singapore] I was trying out the new SAI Japanese brush pens brown and dark brown from On this stretch of the road, YMCA is on the left and Orchard Road Presbyterian Church in the middle and Fort Canning Hills on the right accessible by a huge outdoor spiral stairs after the church. […]

Sketching public housing estate

[Singapore by TIA] I was sketching with the Urban Sketchers Singapore last Saturday and it was another big turnout again. Commonwealth Drive is such a charming mature public housing estate with big trees that provide shades everywhere. Do you know these early public flats at Commonwealth and Queenstown areas in Singapore have no water tanks […]

Sketching Industrial Estate

[Singapore by TIA] Last Friday, we brought students to an old industrial estate to sketch. I began the left side as a demonstration to the students and continued to sketch in my Moleskine concertina sketchbook when they started sketching on their own. Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate comprises 18 blocks of single-storey terrace workshops for clean […]

A Sketch Outside National Gallery

[Singapore by TIA] Colour washes were added later to a sketch I did on location on the steps outside National Gallery on 18 May. On that day I did the sketch, there was no more ink and no more pages to sketch and I did not bring any colours and brushes. I don’t always go […]

Last day in Hong Kong

  [By TIA in Hong Kong] 8 pages of Moleskine Japanese Album at International Financial Centre or IFC, Hong Kong on the last day after check-in at the Airport Express at Hong Kong Station. It was windy and shady in the afternoon on the open terrace at IFC. Tourists and visitors were giving me the […]

A glimpse of sea view

[TIA from Singapore] Now I only stay at Hotel Jen when I visit Hong Kong because it is just a stone throw from Belchers where my granddaughters are staying. It is very rare for me to do a sketch from the hotel window since I rather spend more time with the two cuties. It was […]

Sketching in Hong Kong

[TIA from Singapore] I was in Hong Kong visiting my granddaughters from 13 to 17 Oct, 2017. There was no time to sketch and there was even a T8 typhoon warning on Sunday morning when we got out of the hotel looking for my favourite porridge shop. However, on Tuesday; the last day of our […]

Sketching an Old Estate in Singapore

[By Tia Boon Sim] My first post here in 2017. Dakota Crescent is older than Singapore. It was built by Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in 1958 and handed over to Housing and Development Board (HDB) in 1960. The name Dakota was taken from the American transport aircraft Dakota DC-3, which commonly landed at Kallang Airport before […]

Homeless vs With Home

[by Benedetta Dossi, Rome] HOMELESS vs WITH HOME Every time I go to sleep I think about how lucky I am to sleep in a room with a roof over my head. In Rome it is common to find homeless, sleeping rough, often little conscious or drunk. It is amazing how we have so many […]

Holidaying in Japan

[By Tia Boon Sim] I spent my last Christmas holiday in Japan with my son’s family from Hong Kong. This long sketch was done at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills. Great view when we arrived at around 3:30pm. I was fortunate to witness the beautiful sunset when the sky was already getting darker at 4:30pm. […]