2014년 4월 15일 화요일

sketches around the large parking lot at Apgujeong-dong, Seoul

Hyundai Department Store in Apgujeong,  pen and watercolor
The large parking lot of Hyundai  Department Store in Apgujeong, pencil and watercolor
nearby Hyundai Apartment complex, pen and watercolor
members of Outdoor Watercolor Artist's Group waiting for the bus, pen and watercolor
Gangnam City Tour bus, pen and watercolor
the overpass crossing Apgujeongno,  pen and watercolor
FarEast Sports Center across the road, pen
Hyundai Department Store viewed from the parking lot, pen
Neighborhood Facilities across the road, pen and watercolor
watercolorists in bus, pencil and watercolor
parking lot gate, pen and watercolor
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( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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In spring every Sunday morning, members of Korea Outdoor Watercolor Artist's Group used to gather at the large parking lot of Hyundai Department Store in Apgujeong for outdoor painting to the countryside by chartered bus. I've participated in the group frequently for 20 years. Recently every Sunday morning, I arrived on the spot a little earlier, and sketched here and there while waiting for the bus to departure.
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20여년 간 틈나는 대로 일요일 야외 수채화를 그리러 나간 압구정 주차장이 나에게는 그림의 산실과 같습니다. 강남 개발의 개척지인 이 곳도 이미 오래 되고 낯익은 도시처럼 아기자기하고 매력적인 풍경과 인간적인 소재가 넘쳐납니다. 현장 그림에 매료되어 그려 왔던 수많은 전원마을 사생 작업의 나날들이 오늘의 어반 스케치의 밑거름이 되었다고 생각합니다~~
개발의 역사와 더불어 황무지에서 태어난 압구정은 그림의 고향처럼 느껴집니다.

2014년 3월 16일 일요일

sketches around Seosomun Park and Yakhyeon Catholic Church


the memorial tower for Catholic martyrs
statue of martyrs
the scenery of Seosomun Park
front view of Yakhyeon Catholic Church
complete view of Yakhyeon Catholic Church
side view of the Martyrs' Memorial Chapel
The Martyrs' Memorial Chapel
neighboring buildings viewed from Yakhyeon Catholic Church
the surrounding scenery viewed from Seosomun Park
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pen and watercolor, ( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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Seosomun Park (서소문 공원) is so called "Seosomun Martyrdom holy land (서소문 순교성지)" located in downtown Seoul. The park is now surrounded by lots of high rise buildings and is isolated between roads and railroads.  Many Christians were martyred on this site, where 44 Korean martyrs are buried, and the site is close to Yakhyeon Catholic Church(약현성당). Yakhyeon Catholic Church, built in 1892, was the first Gothic style brick structure in Korea, and the church is at the heart of Korean Catholic culture, including the Martyrs' Memorial Chaple. The Seoul Metropolitan Government seeks to connect the park with other martyr shrines so that the belt can serve as a tourist attraction and a pilgrimage route for Catholics.
I visited the holy place of martyrs from Seosomun Park to Yakhyeon Catholic Church with Seoul usk members, and sketched around the religious heritage reverently.
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약현성당에서 스케치는 자주 했지만~~ 서소문 순교 성지와 함께 스케치 순례를 하면서 새로웁고도 더 많은 역사와 공간을 체험하는 계기가 되어서 보람이 있었습니다. 앞으로 서소문공원 일대의 역사관광 명소로 변하게 될 모습을 상상하면서... 오늘의 도시에 충실한 스케치가 내일의 역사의 장을 빛내어 가기 바랍니다. 처음 나오신 신선하고 젊은 분들을 환영합니다!!

2014년 2월 17일 월요일

sketches around Hyhill Outlet at Gasan Digital Complex, Seoul

Last Saturday, I visited Hyhill Outlet (하이힐 아울렛) at Gasan Digital Complex ( 가산 디지털 단지) with Seoul urban sketchers for February sketch meeting. Gasan Digital Complex Fashion Outlets including Hyhill Outlet can be accessed from Gasan Digital Complex Station, and all the numbers of outlets are within walking distance. There are lots of buildings including industrial facilities and some outlets of various styles around the station. Hyhill Outlet is a premium outlet and a one-stop shopping complex for families. Famous brands are sold at discounted prices year round, so visitors can purchase quality goods at the lowest prices. In addition to fashion stores, the outlet mall features various convenience, cineplex and dining facilities for enhanced shopping experience. Lots of colorful buildings and bustling mall gave us unlimited subjects of sketches.
I sketched in and outside the attractive Hyhill Outlet building excitingly all day long.

 Hyhill Outlet building, pen and watercolor
 other buildings across from the Hyhill Outlet, pen and watercolor
 scenery inside the mall on the 2nd floor, pen and watercolor
 scenery inside the mall viewed from the 8th floor lounge, pen and watercolor
scenery inside the mall on the 6th floor, pen and watercolor
 customers on the escalator, pen and watercolor
mannequins at a clothing store, pen and watercolor
 buildings near Gasan Digital Complex Station, pen and watercolor
background scenery viewed from roof garden on the 7th floor, pen
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( 21 x29.6cm sketchbook )
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공장 굴뚝 연기는 사라지고, 화려한 빌딩과 패션으로 거듭나는 가산 디지털 단지~~수많은 이들의 땀이 스쳐간 공단의 발자취 속에 현대화로 탈바꿈하는 오늘을 스케치하며... 우리의 저력에 자부심을 갖고 새로운 물결 따라 희망을 그려갑니다.

2014년 1월 26일 일요일

42nd World Wide Sketchcrawl at Nagwon Music Mall, Seoul

The subject of musical instrument market such as Nagwon Music Mall(낙원 악기 상가) is very exciting and of absorbing interest to urban sketchers. I used to go there and sketched a lot of colorful scenes with our sketchers several times. Nevetheless, each time I sketched at the very place, I got in the fantastic mood as if to visit for the first time. I'll always visit the attractive place and sketch in a fantastic mood whenever I can.

a drummer is performing enthusiastically, pen and watercolor,
a woman in front of the music store, pen and watercolor,
grand pianos, pen and watercolor, pen and watercolor,
a percussion instruments store, pen and watercolor,
various musical instruments, pen and watercolor,
a violin shop, pen and watercolor,
Nagwon Building, residential and commercial complex, pen and watercolor,
the facade of Nagwon Music Mall, pen,
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( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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국내 최대의 낙원 악기 상가는 재미있는 그 주변의 풍물과 더불어 음악 40년 추억과 낭만의 명소입니다. 그동안 여러번 스케치를 했지만 갈 때마다 새로운 느낌으로 살아납니다. 
악기를 그리는 것은 집중, 관찰, 컴포지션의 고민이 따라오지만,  신비스럽고 매력적인 음악의 분위기 속에서 그림을 즐길 수 있는 축복(?)의 장소라고 생각합니다.

2014년 1월 17일 금요일

sketches around Times Square at Yeongdeungpo, Seoul

front view of the Times Square complex
main entry plaza in front of the atrium (아트리움)
Shinsegae Department (신세계 백화점) store within the Times Square complex
another view of Shinsegae Department store
Multi Zone Times Square
Dae Sun Flour Mills Co. LTD (대선 제분) across the street
old houses near Times Square 
a scene from the passage under complex building 
a scenery in the spacious atrium
an interior scene of shopping mall connected with the atrium 
another sketch inside the atrium
quick sketch of the girls sitting around small stage
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( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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For the first time in the new year, I went to sketch the Times Square located near Yeongdeungpo Station. "Yeongdeungpo Times Square (영등포 타임 스퀘어)" is one of the largest shopping malls in Korea, and boasts of a major symbol of urban living where commerce and leisure come together in a mix of modern conveniences as department stores, hotels, shopping malls, and cultural spaces.
I drew some sketches from place to place excitingly around such a gigantic complex building.

2013년 12월 31일 화요일

2013 year-end sketches around Seoul YMCA Building

Seoul YMCA Building and Jongno Tower Building, pen and watercolor,
a scene viewed from the backyard in the building, pen,
the buildings across the road, pen and watercolor,
a restaurant on the 1st floor in Seoul YMCA Building, pen and watercolor,
at Woori Bank(우리은행) YMCA branch on the 1st floor, pen and watercolor,
at Daiso(다이소)-Jongno2-ga across the road, pen and watercolor,
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( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
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I often passed by Seoul YMCA Building(서울 와이 엠 씨 에이) on business affairs. From time to time, I sketched some sceneries around the historic building alongside of Jongno Tower Building(종로 타워 빌딩) which is a famous landmark near Jongno Crossing(종로 네거리). Some pieces posted here are sketched on this December whenever I stopped off at the building once in a while. 
A Happy New Year to all urban sketchers with the Watch-Night bell!
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송년을 맞을 때마다 제야의 종소리와 종로 네거리를 떠올리게 됩니다.             2014년은 어반 스케쳐들이 새롭게 비상하는 말(飛馬)의 새해가 되기를 기원합니다.