Half a Day in Chinatown, Singapore

chinatown-relic2btooth2bpagoda2btemple-1791848Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a relatively new compound and building smack right in the heart of Chinatown. According to some information, it was modelled after the Tang Dynasty architectural style and took about 2 years and SGD62 million to build. Its comes with its own website too but it just looks terrible. There is not much information about the temple simply because its a modern building without a history but a means to attract tourists and visitors from other neighbouring countries such as China. To me its just another horrible looking building that Singapore is fond of making. In most times, I won’t sketch the temple since it has no historical significance, even though it housed an ancient relic that belong to Buddha himself. ┬áBut if you are visiting it for the first time, it is quite worth it to take a look at the interior, which is very beautifully decorated with ancestral tablets, huge buddha statues and many interesting artefacts. I would try sketching inside the temple one day, and hopefully no one drive me out then. Normally I really try not to draw it also because it looks darn too complicated to draw. That day I felt like drawing it because I had a lot of time to spare, and I was up to the challenge to draw every single detail I can see. I was waiting for my students to finish their assignments too. This was done on an A3 sketch block with cartridge paper. I told myself to take my time to do this but I was able to finish it within an hour or less. Done with a brush pen, I was able to make my brush strokes more gestural and instead of drawing details, I am using shapes to suggest details. I posted this and to my surprise it garnered more than 600 Likes on Facebook. Here’s the screen grab: screen2bshot2b2016-06-302bat2b5-14-582bpm-2056379 I am not sure what people like about this drawing, maybe it just looks complicated. Of course this was not the only drawing I did.


This was done as a warm up. Brush pen on A3 sketch paper.


Fountain pen on A3 sketch paper. This too has a lot of details but there weren’t that many Likes on Facebook. I do include some drawings of people too.


At the end of the day, I did a small watercolour painting on the Perfect Sketchbook at Katong 112 after delivering some paintings to a neighbouring hotel, Hotel Indigo which is opening in July.


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