Tuesday, November 3, 2009


its has been a long time i haven't been sketching . The only reason is school holiday been very busy with the kids. caught my partner reading anovel about an autism child and a dog. quite interesting there...Its late at night and we caught some time on our own after a very busy daytime.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

old and new Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur a changing city every day. A simple sketch around Jln TAR a busy shopping street. An old colonial building still standing surrounded by a office block and hotels.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

old grocery store.

In my country as any modern, developed country the hypermall is everywhere. The old grocery family owned store is not attractive anymore. This is the last store still standing in my village where I used to repair my bicycle 30 years ago.. I dont think it will still be standing there next year... damn TESCO, carrefour...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

seoul again

the economy is really bad . The airport is quiet all around. Strangely people do take business class!!. Here is seoul again .

Friday, August 14, 2009

bob dylan

I was browsing on the art book and stumble on a painting book by bob Dylan. Hard cover and quite expensive. At home i saw bob again in a magazine doing some wrist watch commercial and I decided to sketch him. No bad as a singer writer painter and modelling..

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

national art gallery Kuala Lumpur

Nothing to do and the H1N1 virus seems to be everywhere and my youngest son was bored but instead of going to the shopping mall I decided to bring them to the national art gallery. The only building in Malaysia which is always quiet year round. The cafeteria serves nice food and I do like the traditional Malay pancakes (lempeng) from flour and coconut.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


back home and my garden need some TLC. Its good to have a green finger neighbour making my garden more green and ecofriendly, sometimes he gives us some to taste the sweet banana if the squirrel doesn't get it first.

Friday, June 19, 2009

london last sketch

one last sketch of london victoria station after a nice lunch of fish and chips.

all the sketch of london

bath, behind london tower and a typical booth in UK.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

london and beyond

here are another sketches 100km from London stone henge and the countryside. I have to count the stones zillion times so that I will not jumble it up.....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

london bridge

I met a friend Endo from Japan sketching london bridge and we sat together. He is more equip with all the gadgets and details on the drawing while I only have my faithful moleskine and a pen but its a good feeling....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

big ben

so this is the big ben...6am we arrived and thebig ben is just across the road ..while waiting for our room to be ready and Mc donald to be open a view of the big ben across river thames is just awsome...

london yes london

I havent post any sketches lately because too busy preparing my next trip and guess what LONDON...for a week lets forget about swine flu..here is the first sketch at a hotel lobby in county hall area...

Monday, April 20, 2009

bangkok cab long live the king

i have never seen a country where the king is highly respected as in thailand . The king is following us everywhere....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

floating market bangkok 2

As promise another floating market scene. Damnersaduak market around 1 hour drive from Bangkok. A must visit place for tourist. I tought only bangkok suffers traffic jam but wait until you are here, the boat scretching with one another and mind your fingers..I saw a boat full of local fruits and DURIANS..local fruit found in South east asia only thorny surface but so good inside.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

floating market bangkok

It took us 1 hour to visit the floating market and after spending 1 hour there we headed back to bangkok that took us 3 hours to reach the hotel. But the visit was good minus the overcrowded tourist , infact there are more tourist in the boat then the locals..so i did a quick sketch of a genuine local trader selling noodles to the shopkeepers along the river banks.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Ahhh.. bangkok again..traffic is terrible.. friendly people. big city. I always like to ride the traditional transportation wherever I go. In Bangkok it is called tuktuk..noisy, but fast I mean very fast..

KL Bangkok by Malaysia airlines

they sure have cut the cost heavily.. The food is getting into a smaller container , but I do like the satay..The quality is much better quite tasty for Asian palate, my westerner passenger beside me do not seems to like the fried rice, but he took the satay quite fast..sorry buddy..

Friday, March 6, 2009

another sketch of batu pahat

another sketch at the jetty...I think I have to open Moira Huntly 'how to draw a boat' again and again....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

my village by the sea

yesterday i visited my father back home in Batu Pahat Johor. our place is near the sea ( malacca straits) where fishing is one of the main income. I sat down under the tree near the jetty and began sketching the boats and people around it . It is a quite morning... I found out it is not easy to draw boats and water..

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

my instruments

Everybody have their own working instruments . So am I, my instruments is quite complicated. Everyday I am looking and using it and yesterday I decided to sketch it on my moleskine with fountain pen and ink.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Just to publish my sketch in the blog for safekeeping. This is vietnam Ho Chi Min city .. a busy with lots and lots of motorcycles. I like the telephone wire jumble up in the sky and its friendly people. Lots of the building reflecting a french colonial era but many have been torn down for the same reason...

Friday, February 20, 2009

ibrahim husein (1936-2009)

two days ago (feb 19) one of our nation great artist passed away. Since my younger day I never missed to visit the national gallery every weekends just to see his paintings over and over again. Never had a chance to meet him and now he's in haven. Ibrahim or Ib once said:

My paintings have parallel lives of personal emotion and social commentary. Artists, creative people, we're not practical, we work from the heart. It comes out of your private world and into the world everyone knows.
Here's to you Ib...

Sunday, February 15, 2009


its my turn to sent the kids to music school and the sketch made with ball point pen I found lying on the floor (as I forgot to bring my favourite pen) with watercolor and moleskine watercolor paper. I began to like the moleskine watercolor paper.

Friday, February 13, 2009

my son 2

sketch of azib while watching his favourite cartoon network channel.

Monday, February 2, 2009

old sketch

old sketch from time magazine year 2008.

Friday, January 30, 2009

my father 2

My father is suffering from mild Alzheimer and I am praying hard his memory will not deteriorate badly. I am not an exemplary son but dad, I am trying my best to make you not to forget my name….

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

van gogh (hoh) aka vladimir of texas

I was reading a booklet given to me by my sister who visited van Gogh pronounces as van hoh museum Amsterdam. As ardent admirer of his work I try to sketch his self portrait but it did not come out right and turn out to be Vladimir from Texas. pencil , moleskine, watercolor.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ratu/ queen

I had a very limited time for the past few weeks and managed to use my every ready available ball point pen with some touch up with my old hard gouche that was lying on the floor. blue ball pen gouche on moleskine.