Monday, December 9, 2013

Some sketches on brown paper sketchbook that my friend makes.

Panoramic Sketches

I bought a Derwent panoramic sketchbook recently. Been trying it out. Quite nice.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Queenstown Sketches

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fort Canning Park #1

Fort Canning Hill is just next to the hotel where my church is currently meeting at (our building is not big enough for our congregation, so we have to rent the ballroom). I've been visiting the place to explore and sketch for the last 3 weeks, and I really like the place. It is a place rich in history, nature and architecture. What more could an Urban Sketcher ask for?

Fort Canning is a place that is rich in Singapore's colonial history, but its history goes further back than our country's founding by the British in 1819 to the early days of Singapura's first rulers in the 14th century. Back then it was called Bukit Larangan, which in Malay means "Forbidden Hill", for the Malays back then would not ascend the hill unless summoned by the ruler. Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, was said to have been told of how local settlers were wary of ascending the hill as they believed it was the site of palaces built by their ancestral kings (

After the founding of Singapore,  Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, built his first residence there, as well as Singapore's first botanical garden. The place served as a residence for the colony's governors, and the hill earned the name Government Hill. Not long after, however, Fort Canning was fortified as a military outpost and named after Fort Canning after Viscount Charles John Canning, the then-Governor-General, and has served as a military base through the Second World War up to the mid-late 1900s.

Today Fort Canning is a hill-park which serves as a venue for recreational, educational, and cultural activities.

In the following weeks, I hope to pay more visits and do more sketches of the different features and sites around Fort Canning Park. Here are 3 to start the ball rolling:

Fort Canning Light
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Back of Hotel Fort Canning
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Orchard 22
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This row of colonial style buildings in the shopping district of Singapore
lie a few hundred metres from the northern foot of Fort Canning HIll

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Recent Sketches at Orchard Road

Here are a couple of sketches I did before a recent dinner appointment at Orchard Road. I was supposed to meet my friend at 313 Somerset, but I decided to go earlier to search for and sketch the old Singapore Chinese Girls' School campus at Emerald Hill that my friends told me about. I went back to Emerald Hill and found the following building and did this sketch with a cheap Parker fountain pen loaded with Calli brown ink:

It was only after posting it that I realised that this was not the main campus. Looks like I'll have to make another trip down again...

While waiting at the restaurant for my friend to arrive, I decided to do another quick sketch of the chefs preparing xiao long bao (a kind of Chinese meat dumplings). I did this using a Pentel Pocket Brush very quickly. The man on the right was weighing out the dough lumps on a scale, the one on the left was flattening them into flat circles, and the one in the middle was wrapping the minced meat mix into the skins that the left guy had flattened out.

What I found most surprising was that after I uploaded this sketch on Facebook, it quickly received the most likes out of any of my FB photos, crossing the 60 mark in just a couple of days! I find it interesting that some of the drawings that I make the least of turn out to be the most popular.

Sketchwalk at Portsdown Road with Urban Sketchers Singapore - Jan 2013

I made this video of our first sketchwalk for 2013 when our regular photographer/videographer wasn't able to join us.

Shot with Canon G12, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Music: Si Tu Savais by Arsen (downloaded from Jamendo)

Fan Art - Gatchaman, Silverhawks, Deadpool, Captain America, Spock

I always saw Gatchaman and Silverhawks as western-oriental counterparts...

Red and black Sakura brush-tip pens

Red, black and blue Sakura brush-tip pens;
warm grey Faber Castell brush-tip Pitt pen

Why is Spock wearing red?
Because it's Chinese New Year!
Have a prosperous new year!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

People and Random sketches

I bought the Nico Marlet sketchbook recently and got inspired to start using my A6 sketchbook again. The quality of sketches he manages to squeeze into that small A6 volume is simply amazing. Here are my not-so-amazing sketches done recently.

A colleague of mine
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A Facebook friend posted on her wall that she liked
men with droopy eyes and crow's feet.
This image came to mind...
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Character sketch of Liz Steel from USK Australia (Sydney)
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There's something very wrong with this drawing... Guess what.
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Pixar Fan Art Challenge

A friend of mine started of this fun activity of drawing fan-art of cartoon/movie characters. She started off drawing Merida, and I did mine, and then she roped in another of our friends. We've done Brave, Up, and Monsters Inc. so far. Thought I'd share some of my sketches here :)


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bedok Sketches

Epigram's 3rd installment of NeighbOURhoods with the Singapore Urban Sketchers will be on Bedok. I was in the group that covered the sports hub, and I hung around after lunch for an extra session to cover some areas in Bedok North.


Portsdown Road and Wessex Estate

Here are some sketches besides those drawn at Colbar the last time:

Old Colonial Flats at Woking Road, Wessex Estate
Hero pen, Calli ink; A5
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Old Water Tank at Wessex Estate
Pencil, Watercolours; A5
Copyright © Favian Ee Jan 2013

Back Side of Old Colonial Flats at Woking Road, Wessex Estate
Hero pen, Calli ink; A6
Copyright © Favian Ee Jan 2013