2019년 2월 19일 화요일

sketches at IKEA Goyang, Gyeonggi-do

the building facade of IKEA Goyang, pen and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

restaurant on the 2nd floor, pen and watercolor crayon, 
(29.6 x 42cm)

showroom on the 2nd floor, pen and watercolor crayon, 
(29.6 x 42cm)

home furnishing accessories on the 1st floor, pencil and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

entrance hall on the 1st floor, pen, (36 x 51cm)

a sketcher, Lee Kyu Young is absorbed in drawing, pencil, 
(29.6 x 42cm)
Yesterday, we Seoul urban sketchers visited IKEA Goyang, situated at Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, close to Seoul. IKEA is Swedish home-furnishings chain store, and Goyang store is the second branch in Korea, which is projected to attract residents in the northern part of the province and more consumers in Seoul. The huge store sells furniture, accessories, and many kinds of stuffs that we need at home every day. It was a bit cold outdoors, so we gathered at the wide and comfortable restaurant on the 2nd floor and sketched the colorful interior scenes and some figure drawings. After lunch, despite the cold weather I went out of the building and sketched the facade of IKEA Goyang. Then I entered the huge home furnishing accessories on the 1st floor and sketched the large store scene with a high ceiling. I impressed the wide and long space of showroom, home furnishing accessory and huge amounts of products throughout the building. Lots of colorful displayed goods and bustling mall gave me unlimited subjects of sketches. I could draw colorful scenes of the huge shopping mall in the crowd of visitors. It also was very useful sketch time trying to draw various forms and movements on such a long and complicated space. 
홈 퍼니싱의 모든 것, IKEA 쇼핑 컴뮤니티~ 
단순하고 거대한 공간 스케일의 느낌으로부터
미로처럼 길고 좁은 동선의 방향을 따라가면서 
수많은 아이디어 상품들이 연출하는 실내 파노라마~
한 자리에서 크게, 작게... 가까이, 멀리... 높게, 낮게..
소재를 탐구해가며 스케치를 즐기는 쾌적한 장소입니다.

2019년 1월 27일 일요일

62nd World Wide SketchCrawl at Seoul Folk Flea Market

front view of the flea market building, pen and watercolor, (36x51cm)

 viewed from hall around ramp on the 2nd floor, pencil and watercolor, (36x51cm)

a herbal shop on the 2nd floor, pen and watercolor crayon, (29.6x 42cm)

traditional Korean restaurant on the 1st floor, pencil and watercolor crayon, (36x51cm)

a quick sketch of indoor scene, fountain pen, (29.6x 42cm)

Last Saturday, for the 62nd World Wide SketchCrawl, we Seoul urban sketchers met at Seoul Folk Flea Market, Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu. The market is well known as the largest flea market in Korea, and all the street around market were crowded with customers and vendors all the year round. There are lots of sketching subject matters such as various kinds of regional specialties, antiques, craftworks, pottery, variegated necessaries of life, rare objects and many others.
It was very cold and windy outdoors, but inside the market building was so warm by many heaters and vibrant atmosphere for enjoying sketch pleasantly. I've visited here to sketch many times before, so all the colorful scenes were not stranger to me. I tried to sketch the familiar scenes in and out of the interesting flea market with a new perspective. It's a certainly useful experience to repeat sketching on the same spot many times.
찾아갈수록 세월의 켜가 쌓여가는 서울풍물 벼룩시장~
훈훈한 옛날시간 속으로 들어가 변해가는 오늘을 보는 장소..
일상의 흔적이 담긴 생활소품들에서 추억이 새록새록
골동품, 중고품, 갖가지 희귀한 잡동사니가 뒤섞이면서
그려도 그려도 소재가 넘쳐나는 생활 스케치의 명소입니다.

2018년 12월 11일 화요일

Enjoyable sketches at Mecenatpolis Mall, Seoul

surrounding scene seen from the open corridor on the 2nd floor of Mecenatpolis Mall, pen and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts restaurant on the central plaza, 
pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

scene of the central plaza which opened to the sky with colorful umbrellas suspended above the mall, pencil and watercolor crayons, (29.6 x 42cm)

Mecenatpolis complex buildings viewed from outdoor garden, pencil, (36 x 51cm)
On Monday of this week, despite the cold weather, usk Seoul members met at Mecenatpolis Mall nearby Hapjeong Subway Station. Mecenatpolis is one of the most famous landmark complex buildings within sight of the Han River. I have visited this attractive location several times to sketch various drawings. I enjoyed and sketched the interesting spaces among buildings, soft curves of the colorful walls and decorations embroidered on the shopping mall. Although it was very windy and cold outdoors, various sketching materials made me forget about the cold. Thank you for all the participants including new comers!
직선과 곡선의 하모니, 사람과 도시의 스케일과 대비감,
닫힘에서 열림으로 이어지는 자유로운 공간의 흐름~~
차거운 유리빌딩 속에서도 인간적 풍요로움이 배어있는,
번잡한 도시속에 스케치를 위한 열린 콘서트 무대 같습니다.

2018년 11월 24일 토요일

Sketches at the Jeongdong observatory

a panoramic view of Seoul from the Jeongdong Observatory, 
pencil and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

a scenery around Seoul Anglican Cathedral (대한 성공회 서울교구), 
pen and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

Seoul City Hall and surrounding buildings, pencil, (36 x 51cm)

inside view of the Jeongdong Observatory, pen and watercolor, 
(30 x 42cm)

Yesterday, the weather was a bit cold and the first snow fell from dawn. The sudden sketch meetup was planned abruptly. When I went out of home it kept snowing. On the way going there the bus didn't move for long. There seemed to be a minor collision by slippery road. I arrived at the main gate of Deoksugung before 10:30 am but I couldn't find anybody looking like sketcher. I waited for somebody to join till 11am. It was so cold that I couldn't be there any more and moved to the Seoul city hall annexed building located at Seosomun near the palace. At the Jeongdong observatory (정동전망대) on 13th floor I took a seat and sketched four works. Though I couldn't meet Nick or any sketcher I could concentrate on studying and capturing the changing scenes from snow-covered roofs to shining planes. The place became to be one of attractions in Seoul. So many visitors such as tourists, citizens, and students with their teachers came and was surprised by the beautiful scenery. Snow and cold weather tested me with a difficult challenge. But I felt so happy for finishing the sketching with four sketches. It was a good "Special Experience Day" to me.
하필이면 첫눈과 진눈깨비, 폭설의 번개스케치날
약속되었던 Nick도, 스케쳐 한사람도 보이지 않았습니다.
빙판길 야외는 포기하고 혼자서 정동전망대 13층에 올라
한자리에서 뜨지않고 창너머 같은 장면을 다른 구도와 시각으로
삼매경에 취해 그린 "특별한 경험의 날"이었습니다.
백날 그려도 항상 새롭게 보이는 명당입니다~~

2018년 11월 19일 월요일

Sketches of colorful scenes around Insadong, Seoul

panoramic scene sketched at the 5th floor of Insa Art Center, 
pencil and watercolor crayon, (36 x 51cm) 

sketched at the Maru building (마루빌딩), pen and watercolor, 
(36 x 51cm)

 scene of the alley viewed from the Insadong-gil, pencil,
(33.5 x 48.5cm)

 scene of the alley by the side of the Nagwon Musical Instrument shopping mall(낙원 악기상가), pen and watercolor, (33.5 x 48.5cm)

Last Saturday weekend, usk Seoul members met at Ssamziegil building (쌈지길 빌딩) which is well-known as one of the famous tourist attractions in Insadong, downtown Seoul. There are lots of sketching subject matters such as art galleries, characterful tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and small shops selling arts and crafts. So I used to sketch this familiar hot place many times before.  A crowd of people including foreign tourist surged toward the Insa-dong street from morning. At first I went up to the rooftop terrace on the 5th floor of Insa Art Center (인사아트센터) across from Ssamziegil building, and sketched the panoramic scene around Sueun Assembly House Building (수운회관) and Chundogyo's Central Headquaters (천도교 중앙대교당). Two historic buildings surrounded by irregular buildings are well-matched together harmoniously.
After lunch, I sketched some attractive scenes with crowded people, walking along the streets and narrow alley around Insadong and Nakwondong. It was a very nice day for urban sketching together in an attractive place. Insadong and surroundings are so impressive and the most perfect location for urban sketchers in various ways.
쌀쌀한 날씨임에도 인사동 거리는 따스한 분위기입니다.
전통문화와 예술, 독특한 먹거리와 관광객들로 인산인해를 이루고~
사라져가는 고풍스러움이 현대식 빌딩과 다문화 거리로 바뀌어가는
인사동 주변은 다채로운 현재진행형 스케치의 명소라 하겠습니다.

2018년 11월 1일 목요일

Sketches at the competition of seniors' art performance

panoramic view of KBS Sports World building, pen and watercolor, 
(24 x 32cm)

entrance of KBS Arena Hall, pen and watercolor, (24 x 32cm)

scenery inside of KBS Arena Hall, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

a cameraman is filming the performance, pen and watercolor, 
(21 x 29.6cm)

classical dance performance, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

folk dance performance, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

Taekwondo playing, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

guest stage of Seoul Policemen performing publicity, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

Korean traditional fan dancing, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

beating Korean traditional drums, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

scenery of audience hall, pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)
Last week, Oct. 23rd, I attended a competition of physical exercise for the seniors. It was held by Seoul Association of Senior Welfare Centers at the KBS Sports World building. The Seoul Senior Welfare Center where our sketching group, Seoul Urban Sketchers, was invited for the exhibition last year. Therefore I thanked for it and registered as supporters for the players. Because it was my first visit to the big building and to participate in such supporting event I felt excited expecting for the performance and sketching too. It began on 10 am and ended on 4 pm. From the start the big hall filled by supporters from 35 welfare centers in Seoul and kept cheering all the teams. All the while I enjoyed both sketching and joyful music and various dances. Dynamic energy from the stage and the hall made my pen move on papers dancing with the beats and beautiful melodies.
Though I couldn't spend much time for supporting itself I thought being there and capturing their energetic features would be a great record for the performance of senior members from all districts where I was living together. And what a big joy that our team has won 2nd prize for the supporters! Thank you all the players and big supporters!
강서구 등촌동 KBS 스포츠월드 아레나에서 열린 시니어 생활체육 경연대회는 감동적인 장면으로 가득찼습니다. 포크댄스, 한국무용, 난타, 라인댄스, 사물놀이, 태권도... 와 더불어  우정출연한 서울경찰 홍보단의 역동적 무대는 일품이었습니다. 노익장을 과시하며 열정적으로 삶을 불태워가는 에너지에 찬 시니어 공연은 "나이는 숫자에 불과하다"는 것을 실감케하는 멋진 무대였습니다. 스케치도 시종일관 흥에 겨운 퍼포먼스였습니다.

2018년 10월 22일 월요일

Sketches at the Sewoon Shopping Center, Seoul

front view of the Sewoon Shopping Center from Jongno 3-ga, 
pen and watercolor, (36 x51cm)

scenery of the the cityscape of old and new buildings viewed from the rooftop garden, pen and watercolor, (36 x51cm) 

scenery of Cheonggyecheon viewed from the bridge on the 3rd floor between the Sewoon Shopping Center and the Daelim Shopping center, pen and watercolor, (36 x51cm) 

entrance of the electronics shopping mall from sidewalk and road, 
pencil and watercolor, (36 x51cm)

the Daelim Shopping Center viewed from the bridge on the 3rd floor, pencil, 
(30 x 42cm)

a quick sketch of the Sewoon Shopping Center, pencil, (30 x 42cm)

Last Saturday weekend, our Seoul urban sketchers met at open square in front of Sewoon Plaza building in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Sewoon Shopping Center (세운상가) is the most famous electronics shopping area located between Jongno 3-ga and Toegyero 3-ga, which was well-known place as a symbol of the modernization of the electronics industry from the 1960s. But the Sewoon Shopping mall complex became old and deteriorated over the years, it has been remodeled from time to time as the need arises. Recently, The Dasi Sewoon Project(다시세운 프로젝트) transformed the old Sewoon Shopping Center into a hub of new industry through urban regeneration(도시재생). 
It was so fine weather for sketching the newly renovated Sewoon Shopping Mall. I was impressed by the mixture of old and new buildings under the colorful urban skyline, walking along the three-story overhead pedestrian bridge between Sewoon Shopping Center and Daelim Shopping Center, which provided us with various attractions. Furthermore, Sewoon Plaza rooftop garden on the 9th floor is the best place to sketch colorful panoramic scenes of Seoul in all directions. I sketched the various scenes spread out horizontally before my eyes. While sketching the urbanscapes along the high-level pedestrian bridge and the rooftop garden, I experienced the diverse feeling of different eye level, new perspectives, free spaces from the crowds and vehicles, and so on. It was a pleasant and valuable sketch time in the bustling downtown Seoul.
서울 역사도심 속 50년 전통의 세운상가~~
경제발전 세월의 성장통에 녹아있는 전자상가 상징물..
낡은 주변과 소음 보행로, 슬럼화 되는 복합빌딩 연결 이미지가
도시재생을 통해 "다시세운"상가로 거듭난 모습입니다.

남북으로 길게 이어진 3층 보행데크와 9층 옥상정원를 거닐면서
새로운 시점에서 보는 넓고 다채롭게 펼쳐진 도시경관 요소들~
어반스케치를 위한 "이동식 갤러리 스튜디오"라 하겠습니다.