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err & nikonMy name is Errol Hugh, I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and now reside in Hong Kong. In 1962 I studied Building Technology at University of Technology, (formally College of Arts Sceince & Technology) in Kingston, and graduated with Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1970 and Master of Architecture in 1973, from the University of Manitoba.

Over the years I kept sketchbooks of my architectural designs and have always encouraged my colleagues to sketch and produce free-hand drawings during their conceptual design stages.

The act of sketching is the process that extrapolates interpretations of our intuitiveness and at the same time activates our understanding of what we are sketching. For me personally sketching involves establishing a close harmonic connection between seeing, perceiving, understanding, exploring, and executing. It is a process where ideas from the perception of our 3D world are expressed and translated on to a 2D medium.

Those we term “artists” also make such translations. Some have found what were at the time new techniques for doing this – techniques to which the worlds of art criticism and art history have given specific terms such as Impressionism, Realism, Modernism, etc. The apparently more modest art of sketching can be a means of initiating and incubating “works destined to be art”. Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and others made sketches as initial steps towards creating great masterpieces. The act of sketching was not, I venture to say, merely a means for them to record what was later to become the subject of a “work of art”. Rather, it was the initial stage in their creative process.

Thousand of digital images will never replace the experience of the act of on-site sketching.

As Chairman of the Academic Exchange Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2003-2008), I chaired the exhibitions, Remaking the Framework of Architectural Education for the 21st Century, City of Life: Hong Kong Architecture & Art Influence, and New Trends of Architecture 2004/2005. I was also Chairman of the Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum Committee for Experiencing Architecture in 2006, and Chairman and Moderator of the same Committee for Living Heritage in 2007, both being public symposia organized by The Home Affairs Bureau of The Government the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In December 2009 I published my first book: A Personal Journey through Sketching: The Sketcher’s Art, which is available at Amazon. It is not a beginner’s book, but rather a document on the techniques and style of my personal way of sketching. It is printed in color, A4 landscape format with 100 pages and hard cover. Since that time I find pleasure in compiling sketches of my architectural works and drawings, and have produced a personal series of A5 books which I call My Series. As time goes by I shall discuss these in my Blog.

Update 7th February 2016

Returned to Canada in July 2015, and am now residing in Toronto…great city to be in again. Do continue to watch my blog. More artistic postings to continue and I look forward to imaginative exchanges with all…

  1. Hi Errol! I see, you’ve jumped onto the ‘blog-wagon’ as well~ great sketches you got here ..keep ém coming! 🙂

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      Hey Alden, nice to hear from you! Yes you are working and keeping busy! I have to find things to keep myself busy. My sketchbook will be published before Christmas and will be available in bookstores as well as from Amazon. Will keep you updated!

      How about having a drink someday soon?

  2. Shafali permalink

    Dear Mr. Hugh,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Though I’m still trying to unravel your mysterious comment, I should say that it aroused my curiosity and brought me here.

    Your sketches are charismatic – I’d much rather look at your sketches than the photographs:)

    Warm Regards,

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      Dear Shafali,

      Thanks for visiting.

      Your caricatures are great. By devious I meant that the expression on the faces seem to suggest that the person is about to play trick!

      Best Regards,

  3. Shafali permalink

    Dear Mr. Hugh,

    I’d like to add your blog to my blogroll – with your permission:) Could you please help me decide whether I should address you as Mr. Hugh or Errol? (I know this seems to be a funny question – but I’ve never been able to figure out how an artist’s mind works – and that includes mine:)

    Warm Regards,

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      Dear Shafali

      Great to be on your blogroll. Errol is my fisrt name so you may want to use that. Where in the world are you? Your blog gives no reference.

      Best regards,

      • Walking in the prsence of giants here. Cool thinking all around!

  4. Shafali permalink

    Hi Errol,

    You are on my blogroll now:)
    I’ll be happy to answer your question but through email. I couldn’t find your email id (I am short-sighted, I confess – so I could’ve missed it out entirely, even if it were given on this page…)

    I intend to draw some scenes in pen and ink…I hope they come out well. I am not as adept with the medium as you are, but I hope to learn from you.

    Warm Regards,

  5. Shafali permalink

    I’ve sent you an email:)

    My email id? I think it’s the easiest to find…it’s there in all my caricatures…and also in the About section of the blog.

    Did I miss yours too?

    Warm Regards,

  6. It’s hard to search out knowledgeable people on this subject, but you sound like you realize what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  7. Sir, you are a fantastic sketcher as well as a storyteller. I have enjoyed your blog very much; I’m really honored that you took the time to comment in mine.

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  10. You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I have read something like that before. So good to discover another person with a few original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with some originality!

  11. Hi Errol,
    I find your blog and sketches most captivating. I am keen on learning how to sketch – I have no prior experience, and am not particularly artistically inclined, though I do consider myself an hobbyist street photographer. How and where do you think I could learn how to sketch? Would you have any courses or classes to recommend? (I’m also based in HK)
    Many thanks, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work here!

    • Thanks for your interest Mary. Sketching is not difficult at all. However it does require perseverance and a bit of know how and an understanding of perspective together with geometric drawing rules. My Blog will be published on the 26 July 2013 which will give you a handy reference on the techniques that I use to create my sketches.

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