Sketching the World 2

Hong Kong, for me, is an urban sketcher’s treasure trove. It’s intense urban density is squeezed between sea and mountains. Where centuries old traditional chinese shops sit next to 21st century skyscrapers it is a modern city in an ancient culture.

Chun Yeung Street is a daily street market with a tram running down the middle. image

My wife’s ancestral village gate, now surrounded by the city  sketched during an ancestor’s festival.image

Lei Yue Mun, some of the freshest seafood dining in Hong Kong. It is a former fishing village with a view of Hong Kong Island across the harbour.image

A shop on a slope with goods stacked to the ceiling.image


Winter Urban Sketching

Last summer I was able to take advantage of the sunny warm weather and do a series of sketches on the Stephen Avenue mall, some of which are posted below. Last November, I was fortunate enough to be in Hong Kong where the subtropical sun made outdoor daily sketching a pleasure. I shall post and describe those sketches in a another blog.

Back home in Calgary, in the cold and the dark, I wondered if it was possible not to mention practical to do the same in our northern winter. Here is what I found out!

On January 14, the forcast was plus 6 degrees, I grabbed sketchbook, pencils, pens and watercolours and headed to Olympic Plaza. Nothing says urban winter like skating.5C3E28A7-0139-4616-817D-9DD03E7E8505

On January 30, I was less brave and sought out an indoor yet mostly public and still urban in a sense. Taken from the fourth floor food court where coffee is available.image

On February the tenth, my courage returned and I headed over to the old courthouse. At minus four degrees my fingers got cold after 30 minutes and its hard to draw details with gloves on.imageDid the water-colour later, at home!

February 13, Chinook conditions, have sketchbook will travel, Stephen Avenue.image

My conclusion about winter sketching is that it is quite possible, best above plus 5 degrees. Dress warm, have a hot drink and a seat pad or stool because benches and concrete steps can sap your body heat afer a time. Looking forward to meeting everyone on a future sketchcrawl

Sketching the World

Vietnam was a pleasant surprise! I began only 2 years ago to carry my sketchbook with me when I travel so while on a rather intense tour of Vietnam last October I was ready when we had free time to make a visual record of our visit.

The first sketch is of an historic storefront in Hoi An Ancient Town across from which is a comfortable coffee shop serving that delicious thick Vietnamese coffee.image

This one was sketched from another coffee shop ( my favourite condition for sketching ) in Ho Chi Minh City.image

I started this one on the street trying to capture the vendor ladies but finished it later from my photos. The bustle of the street life, the colours and diversity were a challenge to capture.image