Sunday, March 23, 2014

El Hogar Building

I love to sketch and I am loving it more.  As I search for new subjects to draw, I am often surprised to discover something new in a place I am very familiar with, and I start to appreciate the beauty in things that may seem not worthy of one's attention or even unattractive at first glance.

For instance, I have never known that there is such a building called El Hogar, the subject of my sketch, in Binondo until now, even though I had lived in this area for 20 years.  The building is old and not well-maintained, but if one would only spend a few minutes to look into the intricate architectural detail of the structure, one would surely agree that it is actually an impressive building.

I learned about El Hogar upon visiting the website of Urban Sketchers Philippines; El Hogar was the theme of the group's sketch walk last February.

El Hogar Building, located in Juan Luna Street, facing Pasig River.

My Sketch.  Faber-Castell Black Fineliner on Moleskine Sketchbook.

I am really looking forward to the surprises awaiting me in my next sketching adventure.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sketch Walk: Intramuros

What I came to appreciate about sketching with a group is the relief I got from having to worry about the odd look of curious onlookers for the obvious reason that I am not the only one doing the thing that may seem strange to others --- sketching on location.  The downside though is the need to give up my usual control over the time I spend on a sketch,  resulting to the unfinished sketches of the Manila Cathedral.

My Sketch.  Faber-Castell Black Fineliner on Moleskine Sketchbook.

My Friend Rachelle's Sketch.  Pencil on Sketch Pad.

Thankfully, ample time was given in our next stop, Fort Santiago.  The wall below depicts Saint James's slaying of the moors.

My Sketch.  Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen, Black Fineliner on Moleskine Sketchpad.  

My Friend Rachelle's Sketch.  Staedtler Pens on Sketch Pad.

Overall, the experience was fun. Looking forward to the next sketch walk