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“Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting…”

“It was a little bit frightening…”

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Looking Back at my Hungary Trip.

My quick Freehand sketches while touring Budapest…

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Sketches at the City of Venice: 2010

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Yau Ma Tei Street Market, Kowloon, HK

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Revisiting my Sketches

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My Second Sketch with Apple Pencil & Procreate

Here’s my 2nd try at sketching with Apple Pencil on Procreate. I will be bolder and attempt to add color to the sketch. But first I will introduce you to Harlan’s garden which will be the subject of my attempt.


After several minutes of patiently observing and sketching the composition I managed to capture the essence of the settings. I began with the outline and details of the cute elephant sculpture to set the scale of the composition within my iPad.



Needless to say this process had my full attention since I was just beginning to understand the medium that I am challenged to sketch with. Not anything similar to sketching with pen and paper, for sure. I am now about to enter into the most challenging stage of my attempt: to add color to my composition…!


 It may appear to be a simple process to just add color similar to what I did as a youngster during my childhood years at kindergarten school…! Actually it’s wonderful once you surpass the difficulty of understanding how to create different tones of color using the color wheels. The challenge is to understand how to apply color to achieve depth and also how to create highlights to the composition.


Success…! Here’s the final product…! You need to get hold of an Apple Pencil, the latest iPad and the Procreate program to give it a try…!  I should mention Procreate program has a Time-laspe Replay function that allows you to see and follow each step of the way that you took to create your masterpiece. Good luck and happy sketching…! I love it.

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My First Sketch with Apple Pencil & Procreate

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…!




My Early Years in Hong Kong Part 1

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.

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