Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Xmas Sketchcrawl Update

We had a few new sketchers and some young sketchers this round.  It's fun to watch them passionately sketching.  I was pretty sure they would only get better with time.
I saw USK Penang's Xmas Sketchwalk on Facebook and thought it's a wonderful idea to share sketches in the spirit of Xmas.  So I proposed to the Min and Azie that we have a Xmas sketch exchange.  I exchanged mine for a beautiful angel by Yen.
Today's line up; everyone facing a different view.
Pegs' : Looking at the old Bomba quarters from behind the main streets of Padungan
Azie's : street furniture of two-storey KMC flats
Sketches exchanged!  Merry Xmas!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Xmas Sketchcrawl 2012

Join us in our special Xmas-Sketchcrawl edition on Christmas Day! In the spirit of Christmas, we'll have a Xmas exchange after the Sketchcrawl, so please bring along one of your sketch (minimum size A5). You may also produce one during the Sketchcrawl for exchange.  

For more info, do give us a call:
Pegs @ 0128839769
Min @ 0198771436

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sketchcrawl - Dec 2012 Update

Started my day with laksa at Green Hill Corner, while waiting for everyone to arrive.  Since most of us agreed to a quick session today, we walked over to Ting&Ting Supermarket.  It was the first air-conditioned supermarket in Kuching.  In its early days, this was the place to go to for imported brands of groceries, and western food supplies.
L-R: laksa Sarawak, a local breakfast staple; squatting by the roadside; sharing sketches
Ting & Ting early in the morning, before the weekend shoppers came for their groceries
The line up of today's efforts

Wayang Street - Min

Ting n Ting - Min

Maybe today's session was such a quickie, it wasn't enough to scratch that itch to sketch together.  SO... we decided to sketch again on Christmas Day, this coming Tuesday at 4pm!  Can you join us?

We will be heading down to Padungan area.  Meet at carpark of St Peter's Church, facing the Fire Station.

For more info (or in case you get lost)
Pegs @ 0128839769
Min @ 0198771436
Azie @ 0104326832

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sketchcrawl - Dec 2012

Last one before we close this chapter of 2012 ...
All are welcome to join us! See you there!

For more info (or in case you get lost)
Pegs @ 0128839769
Min @ 0198771436
Azie @ 0104326832

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kuching General Post Office

 This is one of my favourite places in town; the Kuching General Post Office located at the corner of Carpenter Street and Jalan Tun Haji Openg. This building of architectural significance was designed  by Denis Santry of the architectural firm of Swan and McClaren in Singapore and was completed
in 1932. It served as a police station and stables for the white rulers before assuming its role as the General Post Office for Kuching. Other significant buildings in the vicinity include the Pavilion which house the textiles museum and the Round Tower; recently dwarfed by the insensitive and unimaginative insertion of a massive commercial complex next to the Pavilion , facing the GPO.

From the 2010 sketch crawl

 2012 sketch crawl - I only realised that I sketched from the same corner while looking through old sketchbooks

2010 - sketching with Tao and Sean Wee

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sketchcrawl - Nov 2012 Update

This month's session of sketch crawl brought us to the end of Waterfront. Fellow sketchers have the options to explore around the old Brooke Dockyard and the old state mosque but we all stayed at the old Brooke Dockyard instead and everyone seems to enjoy sketching various features they can find near Brooke Dockyard.

Helena and some of Limkokwing's students that joined us that day. From the front : George, Helena, Ann, Siti & Yasmin.

Some enjoy sitting near the jetty.

Here are some of the sketches from the crawl :

My sketch of the day. Was looking forward for some boats to sketch. Guess there wasn't any on that day :( Maybe we ought to try the other bridge in Padungan next time.

Sketch from Helena; The old Brooke Dockyard. There's Min in the background!!

Our newest sketchers, Ann!

A sketch by Siti.

Exquisite detail by George.

sketch #1  by min

sketch #2  watercolour rendering by min

The crawl ended with us struggling to find a kopitiam. Ironic enough that most of the malay's nearby kopitiam only runs at night.

Till next time, lets find more boats!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sketchcrawl - Nov 2012

Its November and its time for another Sketch Crawl around town!!

Since we've been covering Waterfront / Carpenter Street area a lot lately, lets try out some of it's neighboring area. This time we'll head to one of Kuching's oldest open air market in front of Electra House. Some of the historical buildings can be spotted around the area; the Old state mosque and the Old Brooke Dockyard.
Date : 11th Nov 2012
Time : 8.30am
Location : Open air market (in front of Electra House)

Time to sketch some boats!! All are welcome to join us, if you're interested you may contact the members; 

Pegs @ 0128839769
Min @ 0198771436
Azie @ 0104326832

See you!

Secret Rooms Tour at the Sarawak Museum

Sam attended the Secret Rooms tour at the Sarawak Museum recently, and was treated to exhibits seldom seen by the public as they are very delicate and rare. I did not go and therefore can only share my views of the Museum from the outside.
My Kuching skyline with the bottom half of the building cut off reminds me of old photographs taken with Instamatic cameras - often what the lens captures is not what is seen through the view-finder.

The porch of one of the small office buildings that line the driveway to the Museum

* roasted or steamed chick peas sold in rolled newspaper cones by (usually) Indian vendors

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sketchcrawl - Oct 2012 Update

There was quite a good turn out for today's sketch crawl.  We ended up mixing a bit of heritage trail with sketching stops.

At the Old Courthouse, where we started the route...

final line work completed on site

colours added later - the incorrect roof-line is camouflaged with trees in the background

sketch by Yeo
sketch by Gette
... and, at the General Post Office ...
sketch by Min
sketch by Yeo
 ... and some detail at the Chinese Museum.
sketch by Gette
 We did take a detour around the Anglican church grounds, and ...
... we even 'crashed' a wedding.  There's Min & Melvin throwing flower petal confettis.