A couple weeks ago I was finally introduced to the new and revolutionary Apple Pencil.
I was surprised as soon as I arrived in LA Harlan said, “You gotta try this”. He quickly booted up Procreate, flashed out the Apple Pencil and drew a few lines showing me what it could do. To say the least, I was mystified.
I scribbled a few things, to find myway around and to getting the hang of gliding the Pencil on the iPad. The response between the two is almost immediate and the process felt somewhat similar to the way I sketch. However the surface of the iPad is not the same as sketching on paper. Very slippery, I had to make an effort to control what I intended to draw. I soon found my bearings and started to explore the way to hold and navigate the pencil, and of course to understand the different types of lines Procreate can produce. Quite revolutionary technology to a Novice like myself. Anyhow I though I would just stick to simple sketching, instead of trying to explore Procreate’s other numerous capabilities. I love it…!
Back in 1993 as I struggle to find a place to live in Hong Kong, I found an interesting configuration of a Condominium Tower: A One-Bachelor suite per floor Tower!…and even a 2 floor One-Bedroom suite for the price of HK$2.668 million!
The only other city one would probably find such a plan would be in Tokyo. Seems this Developer is convinced that his Hong Kong property is of prime importance, and that the spectacular view from the apartments would sell the units. Such buildings are dubbed “Pencil Towers” in Tokyo.
The promotion was a full page advertisement in the South China Morning Post news paper. The net to gross floor area seems very poor, but it appears the developer is confident the market would support such a building. It did not say if the building was already completed. A site plan was not included, but the address was given as 26 Court, Chancery Lane, Mid Levels, Hong Kong.
As I continue in my struggle to find a place to live, my luck changed when I came across an interesting flat on Hill Road that overlooked the Pok Fu Lam overpass, just North of Sai Wan and to the East of Mid Levels. However I could only stay there for a short period while the owner was away in South Korea. Since I was desperate, I volunteered to stay there in spite of the short term.
It proved to be one of the more memorable places I lived in. The elevated Pok Fu Lam flyover ‘ran’ past my 7th floor living room window, and I could tell the time of day according to the traffic noise. Neat I thought. Never had this experience in North America, and the views of activities through my windows were always interesting.
Views from my 7th Floor Windows.
My Ground Floor Neighbourhood.
Three years ago, my son Harlan and I took a trip to New York to visit Miloux, my first grand daughter, in Brooklyn. Needless to say we had a fabulous time, and as a memento to the special occasion for the few days we spent there, I sketch this view of the Empire Stare Building on the 20th August 2013, moments before departure.
New York’s Empire State Building as seen from Brooklyn Ferry Terminal.