2017년 10월 16일 월요일

Waterfront sketches at Yeouinaru, Seoul

riverside scene viewed from the Cruise Terminal, pencil and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

waterfront scene of 1 Terminal, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

foreground scene of 2 Terminal, pen and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

JS Han, a member of USK Seoul, pencil and watercolor, (36 x 51cm)

a member of a water board club, pencil and watercolor, (29.6 x 42cm)

Last Saturday, the weather was so fine with clear sky for sketching. Seoul urban sketchers met at Yeouinaru(여의나루) in the Yeouido Park, which is famous for nature, culture and sports for all citizens and visitors. Especially, Yeouinaru is well known as a riverside family park where Han River's water taxis and Cruise Terminal(크루즈 터미널) locates. Tourists and visitors can enjoying the leisurely view of Seoul's modern skyline and the surrounding sceneries such as Han River bridges, colorful ships, boats and Cruise Terminal crowded with people.
At first, the familiar Eland Cruise caught my eyes, because I sketched the quay scenes for the 45th World Wide SketchCrawl at this location three years ago. I was attracted to the vivid riverside scenes and absorbed in sketching around Yeouinaru like for the first time. After sketching various scenes around Cruise, I drew portraits of two people near me on the spot, one is an urban sketcher and the other is a member of a water board club. And I presented the sketches to them as a memorial of Yeouinaru sketching.
여의나루는 한강변의 다채로운 풍경이 담겨 있습니다.
명물 선착장과 유람선, 한강 브릿지와 고층빌딩...
단란한 가족공원 인파들, 도시 스케일과 시원한 원근감,
시시각각 변화하는 물그림자와 색상들의 하모니~~
워터프론트의 두 모델도 물결 배경 속에 인상적입니다.
3년전의 스케치크롤 감흥이 되살아나는 멋진 하루였습니니다.

2017년 9월 25일 월요일

watercolors at the Seoul Children's Grand Park

scene of various playing facilities at the amusement park, pencil and watercolor, 
( 54 x 72cm ) 

the botanical garden, pen and watercolor, ( 26 x 37cm )

the elephant house, pen and watercolor, ( 21 x 29.6cm )

scenery of tropical zoo, pencil ( 29.6 x 42cm )
Seoul Children's Grand Park (서울 어린이대공원) is eco-friendly park located in Neung-dong(능동), Gwangjin-gu(광진구) in Seoul. The family theme park is one of the most suitable places to sketch various drawing matters such as animals, plants, throng of people or diverse facilities for children surrounded by greens in the heart of Seoul. I've been sketching the colorful scenes in the fantastic Children's Grand Park for a long time.
Last Saturday, the weather was so fine, we Seoul urban sketchers met at the interesting park to sketch together. From early morning, I began to sketch the dynamic playground scene and painted in watercolors using 54x 72cm size watercolor paper at the amusement park(놀이동산) for 3 hours. I was absorbed in the large painting carefully from composition to details on the spot without moving. After lunch, I walked around the park and sketched the botanical garden, the elephant house, tropical zoo, and so on. It was a very pleasant and experimental sketch a day. 
서울 어린이대공원은 그리면 그릴수록 빠져드는 무한한 소재가 매력적이며
놀이동산의 생생한 장면들은 스케치를 위한 테마 파크 같습니다.
아침부터 놀이기구 속에 동심을 싣고 나르는 스펙타클한 장면을 그리면서
이곳이야말로 가까이 열려있는 웰빙과 스케치의 낙원이라는 것을 느꼈습니다~~

2017년 9월 10일 일요일

sketches at Yonsei University, Sinchon Campus

street scene in front of Yonsei campus, pen and watercolor (29.6 x 42cm)

Luce Chapel (루스 채플), pencil and watercolor, (54 x 72cm)

Yonsei Cancer Hospital (암센터), pen and watercolor, (21 x 29.6cm)

I've been working in my office near Yonsei University for many years. So I'm familiar with the Sinchon Campus and used to sketch the various scenes of the campus buildings from time to time.
Recently, Yonsei University has completed the campus remodeling project including underground parking lot for several years. So the Baekyang-ro, main axis of the campus, was closed to traffic and changed into the pedestrian mall as a meeting plaza and rest area. It is a great change to the pleasant atmosphere around the campus. 
I sketched some new scenes that I didn't draw before and enjoy the fresh atmosphere around the historic campus.
어반 스케치를 하면서 서울의 다양한 캠퍼스 시리즈를 수없이 그렸지만,
캠퍼스의 축을 따라 시원하게 전개되는 분위기는 연세대가 매력적입니다.
연대의 상징 백양로가 쾌적한 보행과 휴식, 만남의 광장으로 바뀌면서
차량이 없는 캠퍼스의 자유롭고 경쾌한 스케치 캠프로 태어났습니다.
캠퍼스는 항상 활기차고 성장하면서 변화해가는 좋은 스케치 테마입니다.

2017년 8월 7일 월요일

Invitational Exhibition of Topgoal Art Center / Seoul Urban Sketchers

billiard-room(당구장), 21 x 29.6cm

Gateball court(게이트볼장) on the rooftop, 21 x 29.6cm

exercise room(체력단련실), 21 x 29.6cm

singing on the stage(가요무대), 21 x 29.6cm

practicing traditional fan dance(부채춤), 21 x 29.6cm

library(도서실), 21 x 29.6cm

main lobby on the 1st floor, 21 x 29.6cm

the front view of the Senior Welfare Center of Seoul, 29.6 x 42cm
(pen and watercolor)
Days later, from Aug. 10 to Aug. 25, Seoul Urban Sketchers will have the 6th exhibition invited by the Topgoal Art Center. The gallery is located in the first floor of the Senior Welfare Center of Seoul(서울노인복지센터) in Jongno district of Seoul. The title of the exhibit will be "My Merry Jongno" symbolizing the location "Jongno" district. In this exhibit 14 sketchers will participate in.
The welfare center runs kinds of classes for the seniors and the users in lunch time amount to 2800 to 3000. I visited there from time to time for sketching having delicious lunch and juice and tea at cafe run by senior female members. For the coming exhibit I sketched more to introduce the activities and the features of the building. Though the center opened on April 2001 the increasing users show how much the programs held for the senior people have been necessary. And the gallery was opened on May 2013. It's very impressive that lots of male senior than female frequent to the building compared to the other welfare centers. Program and location may be some reasons. Sketching these ones many senior members showed interest in sketching and liked sketches.
최근에 종로 그림 전시를 앞두고 탑 미술관이 속해 있는 서울노인복지센타를 방문하여 이모저모를 그린 스케치 모음입니다. 훈훈한 분위기 속에 다양한 프로그램을 즐기는 어르신들이 이번 전시회에 많은 관심을 보여주셔서 좋은 결실을 맺기를 기대합니다.

2017년 7월 31일 월요일

56th World Wide SketchCrawl at Common Ground, Jayang-dong

food truks(푸드트럭) on the central square market, pencil and watercolor

a scenery viewed from the 2nd floor terrace, pen and watercolor

Common Ground building in front of the central square, pencil

sketches on the central square market, pencil

(36 x 51cm, watercolor paper)
Last Saturday, for the 56th World Wide SketchCrawl, we usk Seoul members met at Common Ground (커먼 그라운드) located at Jayang-dong(자양동), Gwangjin-gu(광진구), Seoul. Common Ground is the largest container shopping mall complex in Korea built with 200 shipping containers, and is capable of transforming into different structures or moving into different places. The architectural form is based on a center square connecting two buildings. On the central square, a weekend market is held with different themes, and visitors can enjoy the light snack at the colorful food trucks that offer an exotic dining experience. 
It was a little hot and humid, but a fine day for sketching, I took a fancy to the exotic food truck on the market ground at first sight. After sketching that in watercolors quickly and I drew the impressive container building connected with over bridge and hanging placards in pencil. Then I went upstairs and sketched a scenery of the connections between different buildings in perspective. While sketching, I enjoyed expressing the movements of people coming and going immediately in my picture. We had a very pleasant and lively SketchCrawl !
블루 컨테이너, 원색 잔치의 푸드트럭, 이벤트 광장의 젊은 함성...
쇼핑과 엔터테인먼트의 틈 사이로... 빛과 색, 열기와 바람이 교차하며
단순미로 살린 건축의 명소가 알뜰한 스케치의 명소로다시 태어났습니다~~

2017년 7월 22일 토요일

two sketches of DDP and the surroundings

DDP and the surroundings viewed from 13th floor of DOOTA, 
pen and watercolor

the panoramic view of DDP, pencil

(36 x 51cm sketchbook)
I have been skeching the DDP(Dongdaemun Design Plaza) building for years. DDP is located at Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, which is huge and unique landmark in Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Yesterday, usk Seoul members had sketch meeting along the Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs to Dongdaemun Gate. The weather was so hot and humid, I sketched DDP building and surroudings looking down at the top of the 13th floor inside of DOOTA building across the road. So I could see more elements at the same scene that I sketched before. I worked one piece in watercolors and another in 4B pencil having a different feeling. Thanks to all the participants in the hot weather.
DDP빌딩의 거대하고 특이한 형태와 주변 모습들은 많은 스케치 요소를 담고 있으며 오래전 건축현장부터 많이 그려왔습니다. 13층 높이에서 본 장면은 종전보다 더 많은 원근감과 새로운 스케일감을 느낄 수 있었습니다. 펜, 수채그림과 연필데생의 다른 느낌도 재미있었고, 머나먼 지역에서 스케치하러 오신분을 포함하여 무더위에 참여하신 모든 분들께 깊이 감사드립니다.

2017년 7월 15일 토요일

sketches at Bukchon village, Jongno-gu, Seoul

a streetscape of Samcheong-dong Street of Culture, 26 x 37cm

the Dongsipjagak(동십자각) intersection viewed from the 3rd floor 
in Beomnyeonsa Temple(법련사), 36 x 51cm

a scenery seen from the hillside of Samcheong-dong(삼청동), 36 x 51cm
( pen, pencil and watercolor )
It rained off and on yesterday. We Seoul urban sketchers met on Sagan-dong(사간동) near Gyeongbokgung Palace and sketched around Bukchon Hanok Village(북촌 한옥마을), where lots of traditional houses and new buildings coexist side byside harmoniously and has become a major tourist attraction. Despite the badweather, the rainy sceneries of the beautiful village seemed like an atmosphere of "Watercolors in Rain". I couldn't but sketch inside building or take shelter from the rain under the eaves while painting watercolors. It was a very exciting sketch time practicing finish the sketches within a short period of time on rainy days.
경복궁과 주변의 북촌마을은 잘 정돈된 전통한옥과 고궁, 문화시설들과 카페거리...  종로 스케치에서 빼놓을 수 없는 다양하고 무궁무진한 소재를 지닌 명소입니다.
온종일 장마비로 인한 애로가 많았지만, "비오는 날의 수채화"를 그리면서 색다른 분위기를 느끼고 또한 악천우에 대처하며 그리는 실전 경험도 큰 소득이라 생각합니다.

2017년 7월 13일 목요일

sketches around Jongno-gu office

a streetscape in Susong-dong(수송동), 29.6 x 42cm

Jongno-gu office(종로구청), 29.6 x 42cm

installing signboard in new office building(간판설치중), 26 x 37cm

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts(세종문화회관), 29.6 x 42cm

a street scene of Anguk-dong(안국동), 26 x 37 cm

a scenery of Insa-dong (인사동) viewed from the Nagwon building, 29.6 x 42cm

( pen, pencil and watercolor )
For the last few days, I kept sketching various scenes in the center of Jongno to prepare for the exhibition. The colorful streetscapes around Jongno-gu office attracted my attention. I sketched some buildings along the old streets in Jongno, downtown Seoul. 
I was absorbed in midsummer sketching and cooled off from the heat with a cup of iced coffee. 
주중 며칠간 점심시간 이용해서 뜨거운 종로 한복판에 그늘과 시원한 곳을 찾아
펜대와 수채물감, 연필가루 날리며~ 냉커피 한잔에 땀을 식히면서 
새로운 소재들과 마주하며 "스케치 피서"를 즐겼습니다.

2017년 7월 10일 월요일

weekend sketches at Jongno

Topgoal Art Center in Seoul Senior Welfare Center  (29.6 x 42cm)

a scenery of Insa-dong viewed from Anguk-dong Mcdonald's 
(36 x 51cm)

an old street scene near Tapgoal Park viewed from inside the Nagwon building (36 x 51cm)

indoor scene of the senior movie theater located at 4th floor of Nagwon building (26 x 37cm)

a scenery of Jogyesa Temple (26 x 37cm)

street scene of Gongpyeong-dong (26 x 37cm)
(pen, pencil and watercolor)
The rainy season began. Last weekend, despite the bad weather to sketch outdoors, I tried to draw new subjects I didn't sketched before around Jongno. 
During rains, I sketched some old street scenes and an indoor scene inside the Nagwon building and the Mcdonald's. And after rain, I sketched outside the Topgoal Art Center where we'll exhibit next month. I'll continue working on my sketches around Jongno in my spare times.
무더운 날씨에 여름장마까지 겹쳐 온갖 시끌버끌 북적거리는 종로이지만, 
소재를 찾아 탐구하며 그리기에는 잘 정돈된 시가지보다 참으로 매력있는 장소입니다.
그동안 도심을 수없이 그렸지만 안그린 장면을 찾아보면 볼수록 소재가 무궁무진합니다.
이번 전시회는 무심히 스쳐버리는 주변을 소중히 챙겨보는 좋은 계기가 될 것 같습니다. 

2017년 7월 7일 금요일

Travel sketches of Beijing(북경), China

seen through the window waiting for departure in Incheon Airport (인천공항)

Pailoo(Chinese monumental gateway 패루), entrance to Eatery Alley

Chinese circus show (서커스쇼)

circus performers (줄타기 곡예사)

The Great Wall of China (만리장성)

entrance of The Great Wall

entrance of Longqingxia (용경협)

a scenery of Longqingxia

Yiheyuan (The Summer Palace in Beijing 이화원)

at the lobby of Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River Hotel (쉐라톤 호텔 로비)

Huang qiong yu(황궁우) in the Temple of Heaven (천단공원)

 Hall of prayer for Good Harvest in China (기년전) in the Temple of Heaven

a sketch seen from the precincts of the Temple of Heaven 

an old fashioned village nearby The Forbidden City 

Dien Thai Hoa (태화전) in The Forbidden City (자금성)

the musical "Golden Mask Dynasty"(금면왕조)

Hyatt Regency Tianjin Hotel (천진 하야트 호텔)
( pen, pencil and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook ) 
At the beginning of July, I took a four-day trip joining a package tour to Beijing with BH Yoo for urban sketching. Beijing, the capital city in China, is larger than Seoul, both by area and by population. There is a lot of most popular attractions, historic sites, iconic valleys and lakes and other tourism resources. Despite the scorching sun and busy schedules of sightseeing for three days, I sketched everything continuously as much as I could everywhere we went.
It was an invaluable travel sketch time and a good opportunity to improve my drawing and to overcome difficulties. 
역사도시 북경의 스케일과 명소들, 생활상을 체험한 소중한 여행이었습니다.  
처음 가는 북경여행이라는 설레임 속에 스케치도구를 많이 준비했지만,
3박4일 관광투어의 빡빡한 일정에 숙소가 멀고 자유시간이 너무 짧아서 아쉬웠습니다.
수많은 인파속에 가이드 따라다니랴 주마간산식으로 스케치하랴, 공연장 관람석 여건등...
현장에서 물감칠을 못해서 아쉬웠읍니다만, 내공을 쌓아가는데 크게 단련이 되는 
값진 어반스케치 여행이었습니다~~