Uhky-Uhky, that is what my friends call me (follow me on Facebook!). And before anything else, I’d like to thank Doodlewash, especially Charlie O’Shields, for inviting me to be featured on his website! I am a Filipino Interior Designer based in Singapore with my wife and my two children.
I have always been very passionate when it comes to sketching since I was a kid. Though many times, it was a reason to get away with some house work. My parents were both teachers and are equally supportive as my family now, towards my hobby.
And this is my story… though my work requires me to design, my passion for art was in a roller coaster. I kind of lost my edge a few years back, the urge to draw and to sketch.
Until late last year, I have been sketching non-stop, in almost every opportunity I have. As little time as I have on lunch breaks, I always make it a point to sketch at least something, “a sketch a day” of anything. And I’ve never missed joining Urban Sketchers Singapore’s sketch-walk every month and their ad hoc sketching trips around the city every Saturday with my cousin who actually introduced me to this group.
I started with pen and ink, like most of us in urban sketching with architectural background. I focused more on the proportion and height on human figures, cars against structures while trying to get the right tone and texture- light, medium and heavy ink density to tell when a structure or a figure is near or far while being more conscious on shades and shadows. It was all about layering.
A few months later, I have gained the confidence to try watercolor again and it was one of those critical moments whether to decide and stay with pen and ink or to continue with watercolor. After several attempts while keeping my urge to draw, I came to recognize that watercolor for a beginner, will work out when you simplify objects and shapes- it’s practically going back to basics- the process of determining the big and prominent shapes first and foremost before going into smaller objects in order to compliment. Keeping in mind, it is only an impression of an object and it’s always been about simplification.
When things are easier to comprehend and understand mainly because it is simple, then then the rest will just follow, e.g., techniques, shadows, composition, colors.
Being creative, I believe personally, comes from these pointers that I am still trying to keep, solve, and develop respectively, every time I do my art piece…. URGE, LAYERING, and SIMPLIFY.
Opps…and have FUN along the way! Keep on Sketching! With your right hand and perhaps with your left hand on your next art piece! A trick we use to loosen up a sketch.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!