Architecture in an Urban Sketch Setting

Architecture in an Urban Sketch Setting

Around 2010, is a transition in the design firm I’m in. In this period, rendered 3D started to replace manual drafting. As much as possible, my boss did not want to remove manual sketches to prepare us for upcoming board exams but even the professional regulations giving body removed it as part of the examinations. Even clients are more pleased with the lure that 3d perspectives give. Since then manual sketches were out of the picture.

event poster

Source: Event Poster of UAPS

After more than half a decade without practice, I read this announcement from UAPS (United Architects of the Philippines Singapore Chapter). It was 25th of March when me and my colleagues participated in a UAPS Activity entitled: Urban Sketch walk. Our organization arranged to join the Urban Sketchers Singapore in one of their regular sessions which was held at Sungei Road Thief Market Jalan Flea, Basa Market.  Same as the type of work I longed for years, the only difference is that instead of putting into paper what is non-existing it is the other way around, capturing the urban scape – manually.

on the go

Photo credits to UAPS

Upon alighting to the nearest bus stop, we saw some of the participants lined up on the streets seating with comfort while doing their sketches. While observing their work, I must say they are no first timer on this. In fact they can be considered pros already. I wonder how many years they have been doing this. A few blocks and we met Madam Tia Boon Sim, the founder of Urban Sketchers Singapore. She showed us her accordion sketchbook which she filled during her recent vacation in Japan. We were encouraged by her dedication to her artwork. She not only captures tourist spots on her get-away but also her train and plane rides as well.

artworkMdm Tia Boom

Photo credits to UAPS

The moment of truth, our UAPS Officers handed a piece of A3 water colour paper. We decided to go to a nearby parking area to select our prospect. There are passers-by but they are cooperating, they don’t make much of destruction to us. Unluckily I was not able to finish my work; some of our friends also shared the same sentiment.  Time was not enough or I simply lack preparing techniques to quickly finish a work in a limited time. Well yeah… reasons.

Our artworks were collected and the top 3 voted by UAPS members were donated to a charity event (more of this story on the next post). There are seven of us in the group but it is amazing to see the differences in the manner of capturing our respective subject. I also noticed some uniqueness in approach between architects and artists.

photo op

Photo credits to UAPS

 It felt so inspiring that day and a bit frustrating at the same time because I could have performed better. So I decided to capture another perspective and do it at home. I’m showing this because I don’t want to close this article with frustration, so here it is.  The procedure in making this from preparation to self-evaluation will be elaborated on succeeding article. Feel free to send in your comments to the enhancement of this article.

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