2015년 5월 26일 화요일

some sketches at the Seoul Forest Park

a peaceful scenery in the Seoul Forest Park, pencil and watercolor, 24 x 32cm 
Visitor Center and Management Office(방문자 센터 관리사무소), 
pen and watercolor, 24 x 32cm 
Community Garden, pen and watercolor, 21 x29.6cm (시민참여 텃밭)
Insect Garden and Butterfly Garden (곤충식물원과 나비정원),
pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
Outdoor Stage for culture and art (가족마당 야외무대),
pencil and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm 
Mirror Lake and Sculpture Park (거울연못과 조각정원), 
pencil and watercolor,21 x 29.6cm 
                   
Giant Statue for playing new types of creativities (거인상), 
pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
                    
Children's Sand Playground (어린이 전용 모래놀이터), 
pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm 
Deer Corral in the Eco Forest (사슴 우리 생태숲), 
pencil and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
Foot bridge over the forest park(공중 보행가교), pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
Miss Anna from Germany joined Seoul sketchers, 
pencil and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm 
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Seoul Forest is a large park in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. The park is an eco-friendly zone appreciated not only by the people of the city but also those visiting Seoul. Seoul Forest Park (서울숲) is rapidly developing into the premium city-park of Korea like Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York. Seoul Forest Park  was opened in June 2005. The park has a long and diverse history over the years. A water purification plant was established here in 1908 to provide water for the royal family and citizens. Another area of the park was turned into an industrial area in the 1950’s. Seoul Horse Race Track, a golf course and a sports park were built here. In the early 2000’s the area was developed into a park. It consist of five parks : a Cultural Art Park, an Ecological Forest, a Nature Experience Study Field, Wetlands Ecological Field, and Han River Waterside Park. There are many people enjoying their weekend with friends and children all over the forest park.
Last Saturday, the weather was very fine, we Seoul sketchers met at the park and enjoyed sketching  in a very friendly atmosphere. I was excited by the colorful sceneries and sketched rapidly here and there in the pleasant park.
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서울숲...뚝섬 경마장과 골프장이던 곳이 한강변의 생태공원으로 되살아나서
시민들의 레저와 문화 예술을 즐기는 복합공간으로 자리잡아 가고 있습니다.
시원한 강바람과 울창한 초록빛 자연속에 스케치의 새로운 마당이 펼쳐집니다.

2015년 4월 27일 월요일

47th World Wide SketchCrawl, Gyeonggi English Village, Paju City

Main Gate of Gyeonggi English Village (영어마을 입구), pencil and watercolor, 24 x 32cm
City Hall,(시청) pen and watercolor, 24 x 32cm
a scenery around the main street (시청앞 중앙로), pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
Concert hall(공연장), pen and watercolor, 24 x 32cm
a scenery around the market street (마켓 거리), pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
Science Safari and Exciting Adventure (체험교육관), pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm
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Last Saturday, It was very fine and clear weather to sketch outdoors. In celebration of the 47th World Wide SketchCrawl,we usk Seoul members met at Gyeonggi English Village(경기영어마을) in Paju city(파주시) close to Seoul. As soon as I entered the village through castle shaped gate, a new world of fantastic atmosphere with beautiful buildings and diverse performances impressed me.
The street is lined on each side with the typical western style buildings where English programs are conducted, with the the restaurants and convenience stores drawing the interested visitors and tourists. All facilities have been newly built to simulate a village in an English-speaking country. Students can learn English by enjoying a cultural experience in an exotic environment. 
Though it is located near urban areas for easy access, it is a suburban English village in harmony with its surrounding natural environment. We enjoyed an exciting sketch time across the fantastic village in the outskirts of Seoul.

2015년 4월 2일 목요일

some sketches of different buildings on the street, Seoul

a scenery around Hansung University (한성대) Station, Seongbuk-gu (성북구)
a part of Wangsimni Station (왕십리역) Complex, Seongdong-gu (성동구)
a new apartment building near Kijach'on Church, Jingwan-dong (진관동), 
Eunpyeong-gu (은평구)
a cityscape viewed from Jungnim-dong (중림동), Jung-gu (중구)
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( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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I usually sketch the various buildings on the street by chance when I feel good composition of the adjacent buildings matching together. Especially old downtown in redevelopment, there are lots of old-fashioned buildings and modern buildings coexist irregularly but harmoniously with each other. Whenever sketching buildings by the roadside, I used to be absorbed in a lively scenery with the noise of the busy street.  
These works are recently sketched on the street here and there in my spare time.
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익숙한 거리를 지날 때마다 수많은 빌딩들의 다양한 표정들이 흥미롭습니다.
개개의 건물보다도 서로 어우러지며 섞이는 장면들은 새로운 컴포지션을 끌어 냅니다.
길을 걷다가, 혹은 약속 시간을 기다리다가 인상적으로 다가오는 장면들을 만나면서
도시라는 무한 주제에서 순간순간 아름다움을 스케치로 채워가는 시간이 즐겁습니다.

2015년 3월 2일 월요일

various types of buildings around Jongno-3ga, Seoul

a large building under remodelling (former Dansungsa theatre단성사) 
viewed from Jongno-3ga Station
Lotte Cinema Piccadilly(피카딜리) opposite the former Dansungsa theatre  
KookilKwan(국일관Dreampalace), service and recreation facilities
Pimatgol(피맛골), means "avoid horse alley", was over 600 years ago 
during the "Joseon Dynasty"
Jongno Catholic church(종로성당) and the surroundings
the main gate of Jongmyo(종묘) Shrine
shabby buildings in a narrow alley
Jongno Tower(종로타워) Building viewed from Jongno-3ga Station
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(pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook)
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The area around Jongno-3ga(종로3가) is the origin of many famous film theatres, and a large number of shops and jewelry stores along the street near Jongmyo(Royal Shrine). In spite of the old downtown in central Seoul, redevelopment and reconstruction projects of this area are highly restricted now.So this area contains some interesting attractions from diverse cultures of historic Seoul between old and new buildings. 
I enjoyed sketching the various scenes from the buildingscapes along the street around Jongno-3ga.
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600년 넘도록 서울의 큰 축을 이루어 온 종로통의 중심지...
종묘와 탑골공원으로 이어지는 "서울과 삶"의 테마 문학 발상지...
시끌버끌 젊음과 삶에 지친 실버들이 뒤섞이는 다중문화 속을 헤치며
도시의 껍질을 하나씩 벗겨가며 스케치하기엔 더없이 새로운 장소입니다.

2015년 2월 2일 월요일

46th WorldWide SketchCrawl at the National Museum of Korea, Seoul

a panoramic view of the National Museum of Korea (18 X 29.6cm)
the museum and a Korean traditional pavilion reflected in the water (21 x 29.6cm)
approaching the musem building (21 x 29.6cm)
entrance plaza in front of the Exhibition Hall (21 x 29.6cm)
Great Hall(으뜸홀)on the 1st floor (21 x 29.6cm)
Buncheong Wares(분청사기) are displayed in the exhibition room on the 3rd floor (21 x 29.6cm)
a scenery inside the museum (21 x 29.6cm)
Ten-Story Pagoda from Gyeongcheonsa Temple Site (경천사지 10층탑)(21 x 29.6cm)

statue of the Buddha named 'Pensive Bodhisattva.' (반가사유상)(21 x 29.6cm)

a beautiful lounge(버금홀)in front of the Children's Museum (21 x 29.6cm)

a rear view overlooking Namsan Mountain (21 x 29.6cm)
apartment complex across the street from the museum (21 x 29.6cm)
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(pen and watercolor)
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The National Museum of Korea is located about 1.5 km away from Yongsan Station. It is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era. The architectural style harmoniously blends traditional and contemporary styles. It was built to house more than 140,000 national relics and artifacts, and also to serve as a complex cultural facility with a sculpture garden, open plaza and outdoor exhibition area. Also, artificial falls, streams, and green fields have been cultivated to create a beautifully landscaped space for visitors.
Last Saturday, in celebration of the 46th World Wide SketchCrawl, we Seoul usk members met at this magnificent museum and had a good sketch time.There were so many sketching objects that I couldn't help drawing busily in and out of the museum despite the cold wind. Nevertheless, it was informative and very interesting work to me.
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용산의 명소----국립 중앙박물관 건물의 거대한 스케일 속에 간직하고 있는
국보 문화재의 수많은 볼거리들과 문화행사는 연중무휴 쉴 날이 없습니다. 
한국식 전통과 서구식 공간 사이에서 구석구석 조화로운 면들을 찾아보면서,
역사 공부와 함께 인물들과 풍물을 스케치를 하는 최적의 장소라 하겠습니다.

2015년 1월 3일 토요일

some sketches around Seoul City Hall

 Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building (Jeong-dong Observatory on the 13th floor)
 Seoul City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Library (서울도서관)
 a panoramic view of Seoul from the Jeong-dong Observatory
 Junghwajeon(중화전) at Deoksugung Palace
 Hamnyeongjeon(함녕전) at Deoksugung Palace
 a scenery around Seoul Anglican Cathedral(대한성공회 서울교구)
 Chungdong First Methodist Church(정동 제1교회)
 Newspaper publishing companies around Seoul City Hall
 a scenery around Chosun Ilbo Gallery (조선일보 갤러리)
 a scene looking at Namsan mountain
 a scene around Kyunghyang Shinmun Newspaper Building(경향신문사)
 office buildings near Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building
 another scene looking at Namsan mountain
 inside view of the Jeong-dong Observatory
 inside view of the Jeong-dong Observatory
 a panoramic view through the window
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( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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In the year-end holydays, I visited the Jeong-dong Observatory (정동 전망대)on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Annex Building(서소문 청사), just across the street from Deoksugung Palace)덕수궁). The Observatory itself is rather modest in appearance: just a few chairs, coffee and refreshments and a photographic display of historical landmarks on the walls. The real attraction is outside: the panoramic views spanning from Seoul City Hall to the Ganghwamun Area and beyond, including Inwangsan and Bukhansan, moreover, Namsan mountain. The panoramic views of numerous buildings also reflect the history of Seoul. Many visitors enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and various forms of architecture at Deoksugung Palace and neighboring areas around Seoul City Hall.
I sketched the various compositions from the fantastic panoramas through the window, moving here and there all around the building.
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연말연시 이틀간, 덕수궁 돌담길 따라 서울시 청사 서소문 별관 13층의 정동 전망대를 찾았습니다. 시청 주변의 도심 스케치를 많이 했지만, 고층 실내에서 창밖을 시원하게 내려다보며 파노라마를 그리면서 느낀 점은~~ 시청과 덕수궁, 정동의 조선시대와 근대를 넘어 현대를 잇는 공존의 공간을 한 눈으로 체험하며 다양한 스케치를 날씨에 구애받지 않고 그릴 수 있는 훌륭한 장소라는 것이었습니다.