Doodlewash by Siew Tin Starbucks watercolor sketch food illustratorMy name is Siew Tin, but most of my followers know me as “Timetotin” (follow me on Instagram!). I am a Singaporean, living in this little red dot. My interest in art started at a very young age. My art journey kind of ended when my parents did not approve of me taking up art as my full-time studies. But that did not extinguish my burning passion for art. Now that I’m working, I take up short art courses. I must say, it is an eye opener for me. The way you hold a pencil or a brush, the angle you use to shave your pencil, it never cease to amuse me.

Doodlewash by Siew Tin nasi lemak watercolor sketchMy paintings are mostly of comfort food that can be found around Singapore every day. I enjoy using watercolour to recreate food on paper (and post it online to make my followers hungry *evil laughter*). I believe an artwork should make people feel happy and pleasant. For my art pieces, I want the audience viewing them to be reminded of the food that brings them comfort, and experience a sentimental moment of nostalgia. I capture the simple fare in our everyday lives with delicate washes of watercolour, before finishing them with strong, untamed lines using ink.

Doodlewash by Siew Tin Bottles watercolor sketch food illustratorI usually share my pieces on Instagram, and it is truly heartwarming when you receive comments or even personal messages and emails from your followers telling you that they love your work. I guess, to many of those who have asked me how do I even start to draw, what materials to use, I would tell them to explore. Only by exploring and getting your hands on them, you will then get the feel of it. The softness that watercolours give you, the great mystique and buttery consistency oil painting presents and so on.

Doodlewash by Siew Tin Curry Puff watercolor sketch food illustratorWhy and how did I start this? Simple! I’m a HUGE food lover! Whether I’m bored, happy or even not hungry, I’ll be snacking away (LOL). On casual days, I like to sketch my food before I indulge. Rather than taking out your phone to snap pictures like everyone does now, I’d rather have my own unique picture; with my kind of “filter”. Like most of my favorite food, I prefer my drawings messy and untidy but harmonies together. On rarer days, you can see me putting out my set of brushes and oils.

Doodlewash by Siew Tin Traditional Breakfast Singapore watercolor sketch food illustratorI prefer to use watercolour. Watercolour gives the effect of soft and subtle effect. Watercolour leaves no space for mistakes, thus it trains me to be precise, spot on and daring. You can usually spot me with my art materials while having my meals. I usually have to do a quick sketch before I (or my friends) get too hungry. This also allows me to sketch and paint fast.

Siew Tin

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

22 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Sketching Comfort Food

  1. Timetotin, you make messy Asian food look … ummm….delicious! My cellphone/dSLR pix of that style of food NEVER look so good! Love the top pic, the bottles, the sandwiches. Excellent work! Keep goin’… 😀

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  2. This is fantastic! Love the comfort food portraits, and some can be a challenge to draw and paint I am sure…not only because of details, but avoiding the hunger. Really inspired that their art found a way to not only stay, but obviously thrive…great looking work, wonderful perspective on fitting art into life’s rhythm. Thank you for a great feature post. Now I am off to the kitchen, these paintings made me hungry.

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