Friday, April 27, 2012


Derwent Drawing pencils

Parallel pen

Parallel pen

Parallel pen + ecoline ink + photoshop

the zoo

Charcoal pencil + Dewent Drawing pencils on Moleskine.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Urbansketchers visited Mr Chan Chang How

The Urbansketchers visited Mr Chan Chang How at his house today. He showed us his painting, showed us his tools (A Wanbao fountain pen from China. He dips it in ink. He uses it as a dip pen rather than a fountain pen), and also gave us each a good china charcoal pencil. I like his line work.
Pentel pocket brush pen

My dad gave me his old rotring set. This was drawn with a Rotring 0.7 micronorm pen. No line variation but still rather enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Editorial Illustrations

Although on Sabbatical, I've still been drawing for Young Parents and Men's Health Magazine. They are good clients. Here are some of the illustrations from their past issues. The style for Young parents is still pretty much unchanged. But for Men's Health, I've been using a japanese brush and ink for the lines. A brush is much quicker than using photoshop and wacom. And I think it looks a lot more fluid too. But the urbanathon one was done with a parallel pen. 

For Young Parents Magazine 
©Young Parents, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd. Reproduced with permission.

For Men's Health Magazine

Drewscape stamps

I did a series of stamps for the Singapore Post office. They are scenes from various wet markets in Singapore. Ballpoint pen + gouache + photoshop touch up. If you like stamps, you can buy them today or down the week at a Singapore Post office while they still have stock.

I gave the vegetable seller his stamp and left him smiling. I gave the fish seller his stamp but he could not see what it was because he didn't have his glasses. He placed them in a transparent plastic bag so the fish guts on his hands wouldn't get on the stamp.

Friday, April 13, 2012

a nonsense comic

A nonsense comic before bedtime. waterman + diluted ink + brush pen on brown paper + photoshop.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

People, pens and photoshop

I don't like drawing guns. But I do like powertools. This could be something like a nail gun.
Parallel pen + black ink brush

I test out various pens. And out comes strange people.
The parallel pen is one of the more hassle free pens.
I like the vintage waterman for it's flex.
Noodler's Ahab isn't soft enough to see much flex when I draw.

Waterman 52 + watercolour. Pelikan 4001 ink bleeds a little but it's semi waterproof
as you can see. And it's cheap.

Pentel brush pen + Pilot Falcon + gouache + photoshop for the flat whites.
I really like the Pentel brush pen because it has longer bristles than most brush pens.
and it handles thick and thin lines pretty comfortably.

Saturday, April 07, 2012


It was a raining this afternoon. I drew this from my car while my wife went to buy a plant from Ji Mei Flower near McRitchie. Ball point pen + watercolour + correction fluid on white double A paper (strangely, it could hold the paint but it did buckle a bit).

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Outside Spruce Taqueria

It's hard to find good and cheap tacos in Singapore. So when my wife and I heard of this place at Pheonix Road, we were quite excited. The last time we tried tacos was in Chicago. It was made by real mexicans, the tacos were cheap and very very tasty. At this restaurant, it cost $9 for 2 tacos, salsa and chips and a drink. It looked alright, when we bit into it, it was almost tasteless. The meat could have been more marinated better (it tasted like they didn't marinate it at all). And was quite watery. And the salsa could have used more salt. Quite tasteless too. The chips which probably came from a packet tasted fine. I hope they could at least make the meat have some taste in the future. It was at a nice quiet location and the price was not bad. If the food were better, it would be a great secret food joint. Anybody know of any other good and cheap taco places in Singapore?

Noodler's ahab flex + mixed brown and black pelican ink (doesn't seem to smudge much)

tiong bahru parking

Drew this from my van while waiting for Yvonne's sewing class to end. Black ink brush + photoshop. Fountain pen for words.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Wacom kindly let me try out their latest Intuos 5 tablet for a few days. So for a few days, I had this nice sleek matt black wacom tablet placed on my desk in place of my old Intuos2 tablet which I've been using for the last 7 years. Has it been that long? I guess it goes to show that a Wacom tablet does last pretty long. And I didn't need to buy another one since it never broke down. Since I've never owned the Intuos3 or 4, I'll be comparing my old Intuos2 with this new Intuos as I do my review.

1. I really liked the overall look of the Intuos5. It had a nice matt texture to it which gave it a very nice tactile feel. It had rounded edges. It was like the designer for the bat mobile designed this. Overall, it looked very basic, which I like. The buttons did not stick out as knobs, instead they were neatly indented into the tablet's surface. The Intuos2 looks like a vintage tool compared to this new tablet.

2. The drawing surface also had a nice texture to it. It gave me the same feel as drawing with a pen or pencil on watercolour paper. That's a good thing for me since I do like feel the paper texture as I draw. My old Intuos2's drawing surface is smooth which feels more like drawing on an ice skating rink. My only concern with this is, will the  nib of the Intuos5 wear out faster since there is more friction? Or is the nib made of some stronger than plastic material? I don't know.

3. This new tablet has an optional wireless set up. Which means, I insert this wireless connector into my computer and it can perform without any wires messing up my desk. And my desk can be very messy already. The only slight inconvenience with this is that I need to turn on the tablet every time I start my computer (by pressing the big circular button on the tablet) Also, there is a battery in the tablet. So when the battery is low, I have to connect the tablet to my computer with the wire cable again to charge it. If not, there might be no connection at all. It's a slight inconvenience but something I'm sure I could get used to easily.

4. The wacom pen is very well designed in my opinion. Balance and weight can make a difference when you are using the wacom to draw. And this pen is made very very well when it comes to balance and weight. It feels good when drawing. And it has a nice comfortable grip. I think they put a lot of thought into getting this pen feeling right for the designer/artist.

5. Buttons. The buttons seem to be set on the left side of the tablet. I'm not sure if I can turn the wacom the other way around and use it (like I could do with an iPad.) But that would help me. I'm right handed, so I place my wacom tablet on the right side of my keyboard. When I'm typing on my keyboard, I seem to keep pressing the tablet's buttons accidently with either the palm of my hand or my arm. That calls up the wacom setting displays on my screen. I'm not sure if there was a setting to shut the buttons off or rotate the tablet.  But I wish the buttons were on the other side of the tablet where my hand doesn't press on so much. The Intuos2 doesn't have this problem because there are no buttons on it.

6. I liked the interface for the adjustment settings of the tablet. It felt like I could really fine-tune the tablet so I could get just the right sensitivity and "softness" for the pen - A plus point for any artist who thinks of a drawing tool as an extension of their hand.

Overall, It's a tablet I'd like to own. It looks good and works well as a tool for professional artists and designers.
Below are a few drawings I used the tablet with. Maybe not too different from what I've been doing, but it did feel different drawing with the Intuos5.

Photoshop + Intuos5.

 hero pen + photoshop + Intuos5.

nib pen + photoshop + Intuos5.

nib pen + photoshop + Intuos5.

Fountain pen + photoshop + Intuos5.

Fountain pen + brush + photoshop + Intuos5.

Monday, April 02, 2012