Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sampling the Big Apple

Late last year, my friend (let's call her Milk) and I embarked on a whirlwind 2 week trip to the U.S. and Canada. It's whirlwind, because we had less than a week to plan our itinerary, buy all the necessary tickets, exchange currency, pack, etc etc. I've had at least 2 groups of friends planning to go U.S. this year and asking me for itineraries, so I thought I might as well blog about the trip here in greater detail.

Empire State Building

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Canadian Impression

My limited impression of Canada prior to visiting her was always of her ski slopes and her maple trees. And her ski slopes was the inspiration behind this sketch. It's from my imagination - of a ski slope and ski lodge in Vancouver, Canada.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Library of Congress

On my recent trip to Washington D.C., we made a trip to the Library of Congress, a popular tourist destination and also a must-go for fans of the movie 'National Treasure'. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures of the reading room, where the National Treasure characters, Ben, Riley and Abigail were seen, flipping through the book of secrets and then making their getaway. You see the reading room here.

The library interior reminds me of many of the cathedrals in Rome, with its ornate mural ceilings and intricate carvings.

Here's a picture of a portion of the ceiling in the library, in the Thomas Jefferson (or main) building.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sketches inspired by Taiwan

These sketches were inspired by 2 separate Taiwan trips I've made.

This sketch was inspired by my first night in Taiwan in my recent trip in 2010, mentioned here. We released heavenly lanterns that night, and the feeling was quite magical.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Origami Heaven

Once upon a time, my friend and I stumbled upon a most delightful place in the Land of the Rising Sun. We did not even have to step out of the airport, because it's located right inside Narita Airport, at the departure terminal.

It's an origami shop and I practically swooned and flew straight to origami heaven at the sight of all those beautiful works of art. Truly, I am a sucker for all beautiful things made of paper (you can find my previous posts on paper sculptures and origami here).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mission Accomplished!

After 125 days and 40 sketches later, I am pleased to announce that I have finally completed the Sketchbook!

I have uploaded most of my works (24 so far) here. I haven't finished uploading yet, but it should be done pretty soon considering my progress.

I know most people post about their progress gradually, either on a week on week, day by day, or some kind of regular basis. In my case, since I speed-sketched/painted my way through in the last 2 months without regular updates, to make it up, I will update you 'post-mortem' instead.

You have already seen my earlier posts here , here and here. So I'd pick up from where I left off.

Here's a picture I took of the Washington Monument and the reflecting pool in front of it when I was in Washington D.C. I never knew how pretty an obelisk could appear against a cornwall blue sky with wispy clouds and a low skyline with an overall lack of skyscrapers to compete for attention.


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