Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Displays at Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC


Fun museum at UBC with tons of displays to sketch! I ehm....only had time to get through 2 aisles, out of more than 30

Borrowed the crayons (in the kids activities section) to colour~

Scenes from Seattle: Space Needle, Fremont Troll, Pike Place Market, I-5 North

Space needle with the holiday lights on top. Fremont troll under the bridge, somebody decided to paint one of its eyes bright red (which is quite...eye-catching in the grey and rainy Seattle weekend ;A;)

Afternoon sun at Pike Place Market (more like afternoon-cloud-with-5-mins-of-weak-sun) w/ I-5 north by its side

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Boathouse, Aquatic Park, Berkeley


Finally got around to sketch the colourful boathouse! I swore I'd come back with colours when I first started out with sketching in ink (black and white). First time attempting reflections in water too! And as I was looking at the water, I realized that I forgot to bring my water jar...(as always happens when I try to pack for more than one thing) So I had to make do with my spray bottle...because I wouldn't forgive myself if I bike home with a black and white boat house lol!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Marin Circle Fountain, Berkeley


Lived my fifth year at Berkeley yet haven't seen this landmark up close before. (Since it is in a purely residential area) The vague shapes on the fountain are bears standing side by side (with holiday red ribbons around their neck) To bad the sun shone through for only about 3 one-minute sessions...which means my fingers and knees were freezing after this 1+ hr session ;A;
Thankfully a handful of kind passer-bys offered their compliment :D

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hawk Hill overlook, Marin Headland, SF


Second time on Hawk Hill and first time seeing the bridge not covered by fog! The lights on the bridge and from the cars started to show through as dusk set in. The Bay bridge is also visible in the distance on the left...and I crammed the hills on the right together just to fit in the TV tower haha

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sunset before Thanksgiving!


I used to get restless during sunset everyday because I could see the setting sun getting reflected by the building across the street from my apartment window. Now I need to get out of my apartment building to get any decent sunshine...
Some rare splashes of autumn colours in Berkeley!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Farmers Market, Ferry Plaza SF


Finally remembered to replenish my (unfiltered) honey stock this Saturday! And...I just realized I forgot the colour in the cute Corgi standing beside the second tent from the right lol

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kearny at Columbus, San Francisco


From the all too colourful and interesting Columbus Avenue. Was sent out as a postcard. Glad that it made it all the way to Singapore!

SF City Hall


Extra windy at the San Francisco City Hall! (which made talking on the phone almost impossible) Nice Giants banner!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley


Went for another Thursday night sketching with the Bay Area Urban Sketchers. I was the only one who braved the chilly night outside (need to keep watch over my bike), which wasn't bad at all since I had my bike helmet on. But there was some people idling around on the other side of the street...with hard metal music thundering through...that was interesting. But for the palm trees outside, it's all worth it!


There was no one on the 2nd floor, so I took a sneak peak into the kitchen from above :P

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

SF Fleet Week - HMS Calgary


A Canadian ship docking at San Francisco's piers! Stirring up all my patriotic feelings! Beautiful weather too!

Queue for the tour of the ship

Friday, 3 October 2014

Nightfall at Fentons Creamery


First time sketching in the new sketchbook I sew together! And first time drawing on professional 140lb paper! (hence the shaky brushstrokes lol) This is the view across from Fentons creamery. The sun was still visible when I coloured the church on the left, but it was completely dark when I got to the right. (my ice-cream totally melted when I was too absorbed in the drawing...)

This time looking towards the creamery when standing in front of the church! First attempt in capturing a night scene in colour! (definitely needs a lot of work!)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Point Reyes


I remember seeing a photo a friend took of this stunning view, and this past Sunday was the perfect time to visit! Got to the entrance just before 4, just got enough time to get a quick stamp (always my main objective!), have a friendly chat with the NPS staff at the visiter centre, quickly finish an ink sketch from the overlooking platform, before dashing downhill to see the lighthouse before it closes at 4:30!  (on the right is the much weathered fog signal building.) Love the colour of the roofs!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Lunch break scribble!


Did this quick scribble while munching on my lunch sandwich. Since the cafe is right across from the crosswalk, I basically take a bite while the light is green (while people is walking) and as soon as the light turns red, I identify a target to sketch while he/she is waiting for the light~ Timing is perfect!

Sketchcrawl at Preservation Park & Pardee Home Museum (Oakland, CA)


I went for a day sketching with the Bay Area Urban Sketchers at the Preservation Park and the Pardee Home Museum right across from the street! Apparently neither of them are normally open to public... It was quite a surprise to find such a serene and perfectly maintained neighbourhood (or more like an extended driveway) in Oakland! But there was barely anyone except the 10 or so sketchers scattered around the neighbourhood. Judging from the nameplates, almost all of the buildings are over 100 years old, most of them now rented out as offices. (The one in the drawing in the White House, built in 1875, now serving as the office of Preservation park and cafe)

Couldn't resist doing a panorama of part of the place. Judging from everyone's sketchbook at the end, the palm tree was clearly the crowd favourite lol! (from 10AM onwards, there were people continuously trickling into the Nile Hall, apparently a speech or rally is going on there. And everyone who drove past were giving us sketchers the @@; confused look)

I'm actually not sure what this structure is for....but it is in the backyard of Pardee Home Museum, the original resident of former Oakland mayor (also Californian Governor) George Pardee. The slanting sun was amazing! but also gave me vicious sunburns ;A;

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Food Chain Display at Keelung National Museum of Marine Science & Technology


This is drawn after a very well-made food chain model display at the Keelung NMMST while my friend was off watching the featured 3D film (I get motion sickness from them) I had to manoeuvre carefully around the kids who were jumping and screaming and crying, but it was fun all the same. I meant to put in lines to label the food chain (the model has lights displaying the prey and predator of the species you choose), but I was short on time... I like how Keelung chose to build a museum for marine science instead of an aquarium. Personally I find informative displays and models more practical and engaging than dolphin shows and live fish tanks. But it really depends on whether the audience prefers to be entertained or actively engage themselves in being educated... Also, since I've been learning bits and pieces about the deep sea for sometime, I really liked how the entire first floor was dedicated to this topic! Learned a bunch of stuff!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Scenes from Taipei (trip made during O-bon holidays)

Young pastry cooks at work at Din Tai Fung. 1 rolling out the dough, 2 scooping in the fillings, and 3 finishing the folds and sealing the bun. Yum! (as an onlooker, I could only distinguish them from the numbers on their hats...)

Taipei Confucius Temple. Not at all crowded and there was this retrofitted arcade game that you're supposed to ride a horse-drawn carriage and shoot the boar (?)

View from the main gate of National Taiwan Museum. To clarify (also for the future me), the yellow shapes on the street are taxis and the black ones are motorcycles (I was pretty short on time that day...)


Monday, 25 August 2014

Lotus pond at Shukugawa Community Center


Despite the overwhelmingly famous Cherry blossoms at Shukugawa (even the local JR station is named as Sakura Shukugawa), the lotus pond was still worth the visit (and the mosquito bites thereof) There's even Nishikigoi swimming between the weeds!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hyogo Profectural Mansion (or what I think the name should be)


Drawn during a drizzle while fending off the mosquito attacks. It used to be the main administration building of Hyogo Prefecture over 100 years ago and is still within close proximity from the one right now. Believe me, the building is much bigger than it seems in the drawing (shows how important framing is lol)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Kita-no-saurs and Naniwa bridge, Osaka


This cute little statue was in JR Kita-shinchi station. The sign underneath reads: Kita-no-saurs, it stretches its neck so long, in hopes of meeting you soon. Apparently few Osaka dwellers know about this statue, even though it was unveiled in 1997. Love the eyebrows!


The other half of the page, the iconic lion statue guarding Naniwa bridge (Naniwa-bashi). But history of the bridge traces back hundreds of years, but the current structure dates back 1912, closer in age to its neighbours in Nakanojima. In the back ground is everyone's favourite, Osaka city public hall (1918)!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Museum of Literature (former Kansai Gakuin University Chapel), Kobe


The journey afterwork to the Museum of Literature started in the worst possible way; sky suddenly clouded up and an electrical malfunction down the line trapped tons of people in the train station. But after I finally got on the train 20 minutes later and headed towards Kobe, the sky cleared up and there came a perfect sunset! Well worth the wait!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sanjusangendo, Kyoto


Literally means the temple with thirty-three spacings, hence the long hall. As I was almost done sketching the buddha on the left, with only the facial features left to finish, a staff approached me and said, Please do not sketch here. I replied with, well, I know photography is not allowed, why not sketching? She said, it will cause trouble for other visitors, especially when it's crowded. Please ask for the permission to sketch from those monks sitting over there. I was like, great, even this temple works on strict company hierarchy. And so I got a long lecture from the monk in charge of how pens and inks are not allowed in the building, blah blah blah it may potentially harm the precious buddhas. So I guess had I pulled out my watercolour gears instead of my pen, I would be sitting in detention right now lol

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Snap shots from a cat cafe!


Top row from right to left: when there was nothing going on, being slightly annoyed when petted (I'd rather sleep!!), and...the sound of the fridge door opening! FOOOOOD!!!

Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka


A popular summer festival in Osaka. Drawn while standing on high grounds because it was impossible to stand still in the fast moving crowd. Other than the brightly lit food stands, it was just the constantly moving heads lol. It's hard to see from the way I coloured it, but there is a river (Yodogawa I believe, which actually sources from Lake Biwa) between the crowed and the buildings in the background, and festival boats make their away along the river.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Bund, Shanghai


As a former-Shanghainese, I couldn't recall the last time I looked onto the Bund from this close...I need to get to know my city better! From the right, the HSBC Building, the China Merchants Company Building, The Great Northern Telegraph Company building, The Russel & Co. Building, the NKK Building, and cut off on the very left, The Union Building. I suspect none of the original namesake owners got their buildings back...

Getting high! in Shang-hai! :D


View from the 94th floor of IFC Shanghai, overlooking the back of the head of Grand Hyatt and their big brother Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Huangpu river was a refreshing green (?) on this sunny day! From someone who was used to admiring these skyscraper neighbours while straining her neck, this was a pleasant change!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Shanghai New World (shopping plaza)

Came back to visit my parents for the long weekend. Did this sketch near People's Square after a middle school class reunion. Apparently this building dates back just about 100 years and is one of the earliest concrete high rises in Shanghai. Who knew before sketching it!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Kobe Harborland at Sunset

Went to Kobe after work in search of Kobe Port Tower, but ended up sketching the cranes and Harborland across from it~ Stamp is from JR Kobe station

Bank of Japan - Osaka Branch (Old Building) at Nakanojima, Osaka

The old gentleman manning the gate of Osaka City Hall kindly allowed me to stand there and sketch the Bank of Japan across the street. Sketched and coloured during a constant drizzle :D

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Home for the summer! Ashiya city, Hyogo Prefecture #afterwork

Drawn at sunset from the platform of Hankyu Ashiyagawa station

Quick montage of Hankyu Nishinomiya-kitaguchi station


Waiting/resting area inside the station with a few greens, a cute tree of bells, and a nice skylight! The phoenix adorn the front door of Hankyu Department store. Has a quite dignified aura lol