I am in Penang!

The Borders will be having Children’s Program during the Georgetown Literary Festival and I will be showing a presentation of my sketchbooks and later sketching activity. The event will start from 3.30pm – 5.00pm at 179, Lebuh Victoria. My new books will also be on sale. Do come!

Below are random sketches from my Moleskine sketchbook. I will upload good resolution soon.


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Art & Places: Tugu Negara, KL

Went to Tugu Negara as per suggestion of UnsungHero (UH). Thank you so much for the idea, if not for you, UH, I will be taking my own sweet time to go. Frankly, I have never visit the National Monument simply because it’s here at home.

I spent the morning to walk around the area with my son, Yassin, before sitting down to sketch the monument.

Tugu Negara
Yassin was actually lying on his stomach to be in his comfortable position to draw. Haha.

Tugu Negara (National Monument) sketch. I made one round before finding a good angle to draw. Save me the time to draw all 7 statues! Pencil and colorpencil on Moleskine Plain Notebook. 

The sculpture depicts a group of soldiers, with two slumped at the base and one holding the Malaysian national flag aloft. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice. The granite base of the sculpture bears the old coat of arms of Malaysia, flanked on either side by inscriptions in English in Latin script and Malay in Jawi script: ‘Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom, May the blessing of Allah be upon them.’

The monument was designed by sculptor, Felix De Weldon who was also responsible for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia, United States. Completed early 1966, the sculpture stands at 15 meters (49.21 feet) tall and is the world’s tallest bronze free-standing sculpture grouping.

Yassin at Tugu Negara Malaysia, KL

And here’s Yassin’s drawing:

Yassin said the monument is too hard to draw (left) so he later a soldier with gun (right).

Reference: Wikipedia – National Monument (Malaysia)



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Magic Tree

Insyirah asked me the other on what to draw. I told her to draw magic tree as I, myself, like to draw magic tree when I was little.  She drew it very fast! It took  me a while because I draw when time permits.

Let’s take a look at Insyirah’s magic tree.

Watercolor on watercolor paper. Magic Tree by Insyirah.

Description of Insyirah’s painting:
When you go under this tree and wish it will come true only if you had a kind heart. Example .*sits under a tree* ( you say = ) I wish I had some sandwiches and a drink. I’m hungry.*then a picnic basket hits your head*( you say = ) Hey look! this basket has what I wanted! 

I surely love to sit under this magic tree with Insyirah.

And this is my version of magic tree:

Pen on Moleskine sketchbook.

Description: You can live on this tree and pick stars or berries from your window or door. If you pick a star, you can wish for anything you want. You just need to say, “Twinkle, twinkle little star, please grant me a (fill in your wish). Thank you.” If you pick a berry, it will turn into any food you have in mind.

When you feel like playing, you can just step down the ladder and get on the swing. If you are too lazy, the ravens can help carry you down. Hehe talk about fantasy. You can make anything happen in your mind. 

Do you have your own version of magic tree? Show me and leave me your link in the comment box.

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Art & Places: Statue of Minerva, Romerberg, Frankfurt

Here is a statue of Minerva situated in front of timbered houses at Romerberg, Frankfurt.

Pencil and color-pencil on Moleskine plain notebook.

Minerva  was an ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and reason, of warfare for a good cause, protector of handicrafts, arts, schools and sciences. She was the daughter of Jupiter, the king of the gods.

Minerva was built from red sandstone by sculptor Friedrich Schierholz  in 1893/94. It was half destroyed in 1944 during the WW2 and again in 1951 by the Romans. Later in 1983, sculptor Fritz Klimsch sculpted an exact copy of the statue. Minerva wears a lion head’s helmet with a crest decorated with a head of a woman (not sure what this means) and feathers.

She holds a spear on her left hand while the head of Medusa on her right. She is wearing a toga protected with an Aegis, a shield or buckler, on her body. She stands on a column decorated with floral ornaments.



Kunst Im Offenlichen – Minerva Fountain



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