Pink lady is here. The Spring.

Lately, I have been overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. [This is actually how it should look like, considering Typography. If not, I suggest that you could imagine the scene from The Shinning (HERE): “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“.

School work, friends, social life, personal space, family time, part-time job… Really, it is not a huge list but there is a lot to do if I sincerely want to learn something overtime.  Past two weeks, I was really frustrated with a potential friend of mine. Regardless any kind of relationship topics, I found myself lack confidence, and in return, I found it hard to think about what I have accomplished, compared to other person.

I turned to sketching again. SKETCHING, SKETCHING, SKETCHING, SKETCHING,Sketching.

Sitting outside around Canada Place , I feel the heart-warming sunshine. He sometimes moves around like a child playing hide and seek. He gives the cold and the warm through second difference. I see Spring, walking in pinky high heels, independently, strongly and proudly. After all that coldness.

People in suits, and they seem like black ants when I look down from the top of hotel buildings.

People are crossing the streets, talking through cell phones, picking up phone calls, eating and drinking. Every second, every moment, makes me want to sketch the flow. I t  i s  n o t  p o s s i b l e, o r  i t  i s. I believe the latter. I tried to catch the spring, probably you are doing the same thing.

Paper. Ink. 10

Tip: Strong colours would sometimes indicate feelings that saturate artists the most at that particular moment. The cherry blossom is pink, creamy white, and it looks like the colour of candy floss (the pink one). It is not cherry pink that is bold and fresh; however, it reflects the message I want to deliver. That’s why I used it instead.

I learned a lot from my friend, and I guess it is just because he is older and has more experience in life. Somehow, I feel a bit jealous that I cannot see things that clear enough. But, I really glad that I have sketching as a tool that provides me personal space to rethink, reconsider, re-judge, re-criticize, re-organize…

Note: The Georgia Hotel feature is postponed due to certain reasons. But, it would be up soon.

Did you catch your spring in your own way ?

Assignment: Peer Review. Essay I.

“The Shift from print to digital literacy” by Maaza Ali.

When it comes to peer reviews, I often find it challenging. First, English is my second language, and secondly, giving constructive criticism is difficult. Nevertheless, I will do my utmost.

The shift from print to digital literacy is a broad topic, and moreover, it is challenging to pick one specific topic; like networks, the digital is wired like a giant mess, sometimes. Ali’s essay is easy to follow through to the end with references where they are appropriately cited. “The aspect of people from two different generations” is introduced along with the changing features of technology that delivers information/ data (cited in Ali, 2015, p.1). Definitions of two generations, digital immigrants and natives, are well addressed together with examples of how people would adapt to such technology changes (cited in Ali, 2015, p.1). The use of physical lexicon is rarely the choice for people who search for meaning of a word; online searching becomes the primary tool for most people (Ali, 2015). Ali’s interesting divisions of different generations prepare the direction of essay for audience. A great shaping technique in the introduction. This makes me wonder about the generation that is far beyond the profession (technology use).

The economical benefits, such as the comparison of investment on print & digital media, and the advertisement market change are both features that Ali has selected in the essay (2015, p.1-2). Regarding the effects of this shift that makes user range of technology wider, I think it is crucial to mention the results. Unlike Ali’s opinion, I think this is a feature of the shift from print to digital literacy as well; it is much deeper feature that is hidden among human behaviors/ adapting feature (I might be wrong about this). The potential adverse effects of brain cognition (memorization) has been discussed in Carr’s article (2008). This is also mentioned through Ali’s example: the researching and studying for exams may not be necessarily better (2015, p.2). Ali’s selected examples are convincing, which reflects her excellent summarizing skills of selected articles as references.

Through her opinions on the accessible, fast tools to the World Wide Web, I think her target audience would be students and educators (probably just former one). The critical thinking about resources through sites should be the primary weapon for online users in order to get trustworthy, qualified information (cited in Ali, 2015, p.2). “Adding onto the importance of understanding social media sties” is introduced with following references and examples (Ali, 2015, p.2). The only recommendation from myself is to make a statement like ‘online users/ students, again, should learn this online critical judgement and decision making when they face such abundance of applications’ after the feature of storytelling.

The conclusion is stated in a concise form of restating opinions for online users. The overall assigned topic is broad, but Ali managed to select examples and guide readers throughout the essay. It has been a eye-opening experience of reading someone’s work.

Note. The reference order could be reordered alphabetically.

Out of options this week?!

First of all, I have to say “Happy Valentines’ Day” to you all. Hopefully, you and I have tasted the chocolate today/ tomorrow.

This week is kind of boring; nothing new place is discovered to be featured in my blog. I guess it is not fair to say that I am running out of options to sketch in this rainy city -Vancouver. There is always one place or two you would pick randomly to sketch again and again. It is actually a terrific way to refresh your old eyes on the same view you remembered.

Sketch (Paper. Ink. 8) is completed later, based on the photo taken on Burrard ST, Downtown Vancouver. A Monday during the reading break, with the rain drops seemed to fall nonstop, but it did not.

As I have mentioned before, it is very difficult to sketch sometimes due to various reasons. Previous post introduced you two techniques you could use at the scene. This time, I would like you to try taking a picture of the sightseeing/ view, and sketch it later as references. Sometimes, I find it challenging to present the sketch based on the broad image.
This sketch is not particularly interesting, neither the infrastructure nor the pedestrians. The ‘black & white’ sketch does not show the all building (without more selected spacial relation).
Colour use is the perfect final weapon to polish the sketch, or eliminate some weakness. I don’t know the specific explanation, but I think the focus is changed due to different colours.

To some extreme levels, it is hard to explain exact ways of sketching to new learners. I think it is important to figure out individual techniques that you are willing to utilize later on.

Talk about lazy techniques, try them out!

I am appreciated that you all show up again, or perhaps this is your first time visiting my site.

For this week, I am going to ask you to try our some lazy techniques of sketching (especially when lost interest to finish the whole view, and it happens 2. you have limited time)


Sketch (Paper. Ink. 6)

The whole picture is taken on campus (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC) in Vancouver, and obviously it is unfinished, if it means to sketch the whole artwork (I forget to write down the title. I will update soon). The key point here is to show you how I finish the bottom part by using random lines, lazy technique I use often. The boundary of one particular object depends on artists’ feeling; if you will, think about a thought/ opinion you come up quickly, but not able to explain at the moment. Sometimes, it takes several times to sketch the same object well to satisfy yourself.  In my case, I had limited time sketching prior to my lecture that day.

Sketch (Paper. Ink. 7)

This piece is really done out of my expectation; I was waiting for a friend way too long in the restaurant, and that’s why sketching took over (Ah huh). To be short, two lights from the ceiling are actually far away from the bar table. This means that I could not sketch it in a proper order/ arrangement if you will. Being lazy to express the space between the table and ceiling, I rearrange/ redraw their positions instead.


Book, “The Art of Urban Sketching” by Gabriel Campanario is highly recommended if you are interested in more tips from artists. Here is one example, and perhaps my following blogs would consider using techniques from book, and explain them to you.

(the splash of interest makes the point)*

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“If you’re just doing a quick sketch, try splashing just a little colour at the point of interest. It is not necessary to get it all -just hit the focus and draw the eye to what attracted you to that particular location” –Marc Holmes

Sketchers, it is worth a try

The rapid development of technology is unpredictable, and the only feeling I can describe to you now is the awkward moment when standing among people, sketching the building in front of you. I was, at least many times as one young adult sketcher, pretty shy, uncomfortable. I believe that this is also related to the confidence level, regarding sketching in public.

However, it is worth a try, each time, and every time.

The more you sketch, the more comfortable you are with your pens & brushes. Continue reading “Sketchers, it is worth a try”