Thursday, January 31, 2013

commemorative sketches at Gwanghwamun Square

 sketched looking up the the statue of King Sejong the Great

Sejong Center just across from the Square 

Jongno Fire Station building on the opposite side

( pen and watercolor. 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )

Gwanghwamun Square is a national landmark in the heart of Seoul, and is one of the most favorite places for Seoul urban sketchers.
It was a little cloudy and chilly yesterday. We sketchers met together and sketched around the statue of King Sejong the Great at the center of Gwanghwamun Square. I took a seat on the stone chair by the roadside consistently, and sketched looking around the various cityscapes. I'm deeply grateful to Mr. Huh Young Jin, for planning the meaningful event encouraging our urban sketchers.

at Gwanghwamun Square

pencil  A4

drawing by YH Lee

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

KYOBO Man interviewed Seoul Urban Sketchers!

When I arrived at the Gwanghwamun Square there were lots of people in a circle with cameramen and staffs. I asked a policeman why. He answered that the Hong Kong TV staffs came for covering story about the Korean culture. 

in front of the King Sejong's statue

At the same time Mr. Huh, Kyobo bookstore staff came to interview with Seoul Urban Sketchers for posting to Kyobo Bookstore, Booknews about our activities and history.

H S Hwang

K W Jung

19.5 x 26 cm

Y H Lee and Mr. Huh having an interview

After the book, Korean Version of  "The Art of Urban Sketching" was published by EJONG, ART PROFESSIONAL Mr. Huh Young Jin, staff of Kyobo Bookstore, Booknews, asked an interview with us. We met him at Gwanghwamun Square today. While sketching he interviewed one by one taking photos. We had lunch at Melodies, food court in Kyobo Bookstore, moved to coffee shop and finished the interview well. Thank you, Mr. Huh Young Jin, very much for giving the precious chance to let people know about our blogs and activities. Hope many to join us soon!

Friday, January 25, 2013

concert for 2013 Pyeongchang Winter Special Olympic

I visited Seoul Station for sketching. At first I looked around Lotte Outlet, Seoul Station Branch where lots of people were shopping. It looks like a good area for passengers or tourists to spend time and buy goods. After enjoying eye-shopping I moved to the station. I sketched one at the lobby.  While sketching I heard an announcement that there would be a concert wishing the successful "2013 Pyeong Winter Special Olympic(2013 평창 동계 스페셜 올림픽)". The special olympic will be held from Jan 29, 2013 to Feb. 5, 2013 for 8 days at Pyeongchang. I went there and took a seat. It was promoted by Korail, Seoul headquarter under the slogan, "Sharing-Hope Concert(희망 나눔 음악회)" for the Special Olympic. The host(MC) told that the players of the performance and the participants of the special olympic would be the intellectual disabled. So the meaning was very special too.

Kim Ji-hee and her mother on the stage
Her mother told how she became to begin the music and like so much. Ji-hee originally liked art at first and found her talent in the guitar later. Mother kept her seat till her daughter finished her playing. 

Six young dancers of the group "Momzit(Gesture, 몸짓)"
They played the famous song "Gangnam Style" in the ending program.

Samulnori(Korean traditional percussion quartet), of "Ddamtti(heat rash, 땀띠)" group
Everybody liked the exciting and rhythmical beats and sounds of Samulnori.

I enjoyed the concert and sketched. While sketching I recorded some piece for a minute with my mobile. I added them here. Hope the Special olympic's  great success!
The MC asked all the audience to go to Pyeongchang and to encourage all the participants of the Special Olympic. All said "YESSSSSSS!"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

meetup once again at Gwanghwamun Square

"The Art of URBAN SKETCHING" by Gabriel Campanario was translated into Korean language by Hong Seung Won and published by EJONG Art Professional. Much thanks to them! It is on sale in bookstores.  Mr. Huh, staff of Kyobo Book Center, asked us an interview to introduce all about the urban sketching to the readers. We promised to meet at 11:00 am on Jan 30th, 2013 in front of the King Sejong statue at the Gwanghwamun Square near the Kyobo Book Center, Gwanghwamun.  We'll show how the urban sketching is going on the spot. Anybody can join us. Hope to see you there! 

가브리엘 캄파나리오의 "The Art of URBAN SKETCHING"이 홍승원씨의 한국어 번역으로 미술 전문 출판사 이종에 의해 출판되었습니다. 영어판이 주문에 의해 판매되고 있는 줄은 알고 있었습니다만 한국어로 이렇게 빨리 출판되어서 많은 분들이  도시 스케치의 멋을 접하게 되어 기쁩니다. 수고하신 한국의 번역가와 출판사에도 감사합니다. 이번 출판을 계기로 교보문고 허영진씨께서 서울 어반 스케쳐 여러분의 스케치하는 모습의 취재를 제안하셨습니다. 다음주 1월 30일 오전 11시에 만나서 스케치도 하시고 스케치에 대한 의견을 나누시면 좋겠습니다.  만나는 장소는 광화문 광장의 세종대왕 동상앞입니다. 관심있는 분은 누구라도 참여하시면 반갑겠습니다. 그날 뵙겠습니다.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

38th Sketchcrawl at the National Palace Museum of Korea, Seoul

 Main entrance of the National Palace Museum of Korea, pen and watercolor

Heungryemun - South Entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace, pen and watercolor 

 Gwanghwamun Gate viewed from the inner court of the Palace, pen and watercolor

 Vehicle of Empress Sunjeong, ( made in 1914 ), pen and watercolor

 Vehicle of Emperor Sunjeong, ( made in 1918 ), pen and watercolor

 open exhibition hall, pen and watercolor

on autovisual teaching, pen and watercolor

visitors at the exhibition hall - Royal Court Life, pen and watercolor

a cityscape over the wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace, pen and watercolor

( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul. The museum shows and presents the exhibits of kingdoms history and culture during Joseon Dynasty. 
In celebration of the 38th Worldwide SKetchcrawl, We Seoul urban sketchers were together in our familiar Palace, and enjoyed sketch time inside and outside the museum pleasantly.

#38th World Wide SketchCrawl in Seoul, Korea

We, Seoul sketchers, have met at the National Palace Museum of Korea.
At the time there is an special exhibition of  Late Princess Deokhye. 
She lived a very tragic life. We can see very many things about her and history at that time.
I feel really sorry for her tragic life. She suffered all things because of her status, royal family member of Korean Empire, princess. I became emotional.
I realized that it's not the old history but only about 24 years ago.
Here are some quick paintings with pen and  warer color and Galaxy note 2.

Late Princess Deokhye. 1 year-old. She took afer her father, King Gojong.                   
Late Princess Deokhye's dress when she was about 6.
Her little adorable dresses bring us sadness.

Late Princess Deokhye in wedding dress 
at her age of 20.

                Late Princess Deokhye's Japanese husband.                             
Image of Late Princess Deokhye's sad life.
Galaxy note2 with sketchbookX app.

Here are some paintings at permanant exhibition of  the National Palace Museum of Korea

Vehicle of emperor Sunjong(1907~1910). a cadillac limousine made by GM
Galaxy note2 with sketchbookX app.

Vehicle of Empress Sunjeong(1894~1966). a limousine made by Daimler
Galaxy note2 with sketchbookX app.

Palanquin of the King, Joseon dynasty 
Galaxy note2 with sketchbookX app.

Phoenix Palanquin (봉황 가마), Joseon Dynasty
Galaxy note2 with sketchbookX app.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Urban sketch

                                    Formal Military Uniform

incense Burner

                                            Silver Ewer and A silver cup

#38th World Wide SketchCrawl at the National Palace Museum of Korea

Grand Ceremonial Robe of the Consort of Imperial Prince Young (영친왕비 대홍원삼)

Children's Coat with Multicolor Striped Sleeves (까치 두루마기), Early 20th Century

Ceremonial Hairpins of the Consort of Imperial Prince Young, Early 20th Century

Phoenix Palanquin (봉황 가마), Joseon Dynasty

Palanquin of the King, Joseon dynasty

Barrel Drum with Splendid Decoration, Joseon Dynasty, Replica, 건고

Bell Chimes with Restored Stand, Pyeonjong (편종)

children who were writing reports after visiting the museum at the resting place in the museum

Gwanghwamun Gate seen from the museum
A 4

It was not cold rather than we had expected. Lots of citizen including children visited the National Palace Museum of Korea located inside the Gyungbokgung.  Special exhibition "Late Princess Deokhye" was on show apart from the permanent exhibition of royal family's clothes, vehicles, furniture, and musical instruments, and so on. Six sketchers participated in including a new comer Kim Goo Young who was very enthusiastic in sketching. Thank you all the participants, especially, our old friend Kim Mi-kyung. Hope to see you and your great drawings often!