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Colours of the sky, and larch trees in autumn

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Is it too early for a reflection-on-the-whole-year sort of post? Well I didn’t intend it, but I wanted to post a sketch from Mongolia, and I think reflection necessarily comes with thoughts of Mongolia.


(Again, kind of surprised that I still know how to use Photoshop, sort of.)

2016 is, as a whole, a pretty sucky year. Except that I went to Mongolia this year, and that may very well make up for the rest of the year. I’m not sure if I can put into written word the special-ness of that trip without being incoherent. I spent almost the entire trip fretting and praying that I would not fall off my horse and down the hills and to my death. And then I spent the following week back homeĀ feeling, in place of those said worries, not relief but hollowness. I think, maybe, that may just about sum it up and anyway I never intended this to be a wordy blog.

And then, of course, since Mongolia, a lot of things happened… both far away and closer to home.

Much more recently, I finally visited the new National Gallery of Singapore, with Mas. I really enjoyed Iskandar Jalil’s Kembara Tanah Liat collection. But the beauty of the shapes and the colours are quite difficult to capture in drawing. So on my journey home, I embarked on attempts at Georgette Chen instead:


out of shape/proportion.


still pretty out of proportion in the facial features, but I liked it enough to play around with.

I guess despite all the sucky things that happened this year, it has been a sobering year. And I am quite thankful for that.

As the Foo Fighters say, “It’s times like these / you learn to live again; It’s times like these / you give and give again”.




Or maybe that’s all bullshit, but I don’t want to stop trying.


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December 25, 2016 at 11:02 am

Winter is coming.

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wolf-2014-2015 sketch

Finally, something recent! \o/

Last week, in the midst of closing submissions hell, I decided to stick it to the man and use the office scanner to scan in my new-ish doodles. This one is from late 2014 / early this year… when I was still in the midst of my ASOIAF / GoT obsession. (I still like it of course, but I’m no longer walking around with my nose buried in the book.)

Decided to give it a little snazz too… pleasantly surprised that I still sort of knew how to use Photoshop!!

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October 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

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Nothing but summer rain

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Doodle from a month or two ago (have lost track of this concept of Time) and colourified in…1 hour/2 hours? *marvels at procrastinating ability*

currently loving this deep dusty red/brown/pink colour. Need to learn to be braver with colours (but it is just so much quicker and more fun to just doodle in pencil).

Jude again — I don’t think she had blue hair before this, now I realise it looks nice (well anything can look nice in a picture I guess) and kind of suits her. So, Jude is a small-time musician (without really big aspirations for fame) and the title of this post comes from the song she is singing. I draw her more than Ted because guys’ hair is hard to draw. T_T But I should pay him more attention because his story is actually a bit more interesting.

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November 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

introducing Mr. Charlie Poplin

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another sketch from 2010: (colourified in 10 mins :x)

Mr. Poplin walked into my head as I was helping Denise with one of her art school projects… It was a project to create a brand and one of her ideas was to create a name out of fabric names like poplin, herringbone and twill. Herringbone => herring, poplin => chaplin, and hence I found Mr. Charlie Poplin. I also found the idea of a dandy gentlefish (marine equivalent of a gentleman) quite amusing. He he :-p

The scanner is not really working now so I will keep digging for old things that I still like, to post. :’-D In the meantime I will keep up the drawing. I hope. Yesterday I drew a snail. …Yeap. Totally on a roll!

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October 1, 2011 at 9:03 am