Tuesday, February 16, 2016

50 Metres: Our Swimming Pools

This isn't my first solo book project, but it can probably be considered my first collaborative one. With support from the SG50 Celebration Fund, I created all the illustrations in the book, which was authored by Jocelyn Lau and Lucien Low.

The book contains sketches of all of Singapore's public pools past and present. For the pools which are still open today, I paid them a personal visit and sketched most of them on-location. For those which have since been closed, demolished, or privatized, I had to draw them from photographs sourced from various quarters. The drawings took several months to complete and were done in a variety of styles so the book doesn't start to look boring after a while. It was a very interesting project and it helped me appreciate our government's efforts at providing such facilities for the general public. The interaction with the staff of the various pools was eye-opening. This is a somewhat neglected aspect of Singapore's history, and I'm glad to have been part of this project.

Here are some photos from the book. The book contains some 55 drawings. It is not on sale in shops at this point in time, but they can be borrowed from any local public library or school library. There are plans for a second edition for commercial release in future.

Urban Sketchers Singapore Vol.2

Some 4 years after the publication of Urban Sketchers Singapore Volume 1, the team undertook to compile and publish a second volume with support of Singapore's National Library Board. Unlike the first volume that featured only sketches, this volume required us to share a story about each of our sketches. It makes the book more personal and nostalgic. Truly a thing of beauty. Here are some of my sketches.

Let's Draw! Singapore

This book was the initiative of a bunch of friends I got to know through Urban Sketchers Singapore. With the help of the SG50 Celebration Fund, we produced a book of sketches and stories of our familiar neighbourhoods. For my piece, I went to the top level Sky Garden of Fusionopolis where I was working then. For about 4 mornings before work I went to the office early to sketch a panoramic view from the Sky Garden overlooking the National University of Singapore, Ayer Rajah Expressway and Industrial Park, and some parts of Buona Vista Road and Dover Road. I used pencils, one of my favourite media.

View from Level 23 Sky Garden, Fusionopolis
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And here are some photos from the book launch:

My panel!

Handover photo 1. I digitally comped this one cos there was nobody
to take the photo for us and we took 2 shots - each with only 1 of us in it.

Handover photo 2 with my answer to the question above.

The original sketch in an A4 Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook

SG Heart Map

SG Heart Map was part of Singapore's 50th Jubilee celebrations. The Urban Sketchers SG were invited by the Housing Development Board (HDB) to cover several neighbourhoods and submit our sketches to be displayed at the Heart Map celebrations. It was quite a big thing! I submitted 2 sketches, and did some at the event itself. Here are some photos.

Civic District Sketchwalk

Botanical Gardens Sketchwalk

SG Heart Map Launch

Never seen my sketch so big before!

Meeting the ministers!

This lady recognized me from the photo and requested a photo with the artist!

Me, my original sketch, and my printed sketch!

The National Library recently revisited the SG Heart Map exhibition
and reprinted all the panels, featuring a smaller selection of sketches

Shaw Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanical Gardens
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The Fullerton Hotel
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SG Heart Map Sketchwalk sketches
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