Drawing Pieces of The UK

I am a failed urbansketcher. But I like drawing buildings, and I like making drawings of interesting buildings that I spot overseas. I take pictures of buildings I want to draw, but I sometimes miss out crucial angles and have to search on the internet, recollect, or simply, reimagine.

We were in the United Kingdom back in February, and thus far I have only managed two pieces. (I do not know when I might get to the US pieces – we were there in September 2014 – and the Tokyo trip in spring.)

Well, the first piece is of the Eilean Donan castle. The landscape of Scotland is so beautiful but I don’t have the flair for drawing landscapes. So when I saw this castle, I thought this shall be the piece I do for Scotland.

The building I saw that cloudy day was just a dull, dull brown, and while I have seen watercolour interpretations that include the use of purple, red and orange, I am more into realism.

Oh, I love the blue of the flag of Scotland, but you get the idea here. Next, is a piece of my recollections of the houses in Chelsea. I recently learnt from a TV show that Chelsea is considered to be desirable real estate, but we were there because we were going to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, and it was a beautiful, chilly day decked out in a blue sky and the rare London sun.

A Travel Journal Experiment: Melbourne


I don’t commonly do up a travel journal. I mean, I intend to, I try but it is hard to see it through. This time in Melbourne, though, I managed to somewhat complete it!


The notebook I chose for its optimistic mint colour. The paper was supposed to be thick and smooth and I was keen to try it to see if watercolour would seep through. In any event, I couldn’t find my travel set and hence brought markers. And then I realised the real problem! The paper was so thick it didn’t quite absorb ink properly. Much was smudged. So I tried to cut down on the colouring.



It was fun, drawing and writing and knowing when to stop drawing and writing before the tedium got me down.

As you can see, I cheated a little by writing the topic on some pages and leaving it blank for the time being. I may draw something or put down something in point form. Hehe.

My favourite page is this one of Brighton Beach. A pretty sky, feet kicking sand, colourful boxes and seashells in our pockets. It felt great.


A Short Review: Sketch Your World

Sketch Your World

James Hobbs has a new book out for lovers of location sketching.

I gleefully picked it up when I spotted it in Kinokuniya [even though Kinokuniya’s Bookweb stated that it was not available yet]. It goes for quite a bit more at Kinokuniya (I paid around ~S$30) but if you can wait and are price-sensitive, Book Depository has it too.

It is a light read, and covers various topics. It would be a good reference book, for beginners and for those who have already started a way into the urbansketching path. There are some really useful bits here and there, and what I really savour are the artist features littered through the book.

Sketch Your World

Sketch Your World

I think it’s a worthy addition to the bookshelf! Hope it is a source of inspiration to all sketchers out there.