Friday, November 29, 2013

some sketches in celebration of a wedding (결혼식장)

Last weekend, I attended the wedding of my colleague's son at Ofelis Wedding Convention(오펠리스 웨딩) located in Seosomun-dong(서소문동) near Seoul City Hall. The wedding hall was so elegant and crowded with guests including our intimate friends. We celebrated the beautiful wedding and enjoyed reception festively. While wedding ceremony, I sketched several scenes of wedding ceremony cautiously and quickly among the guests. In the wedding hall, painting is prohibited. So after leaving the wedding hall, I added colors as I saw. It was quite a pleasant sketch time. 

the opening of the wedding ceremony (개회사), pen and watercolor,

officiant's message(주례사), pen and watercolor, pen and watercolor,

the groom sang a nuptial song(축가) for his bride, pen and watercolor,

two families are gathered in commemoration of the wedding, pen and watercolor,
( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
결혼식장은 우아한 분위기와 커플의 예쁜 모습,  북적거리는 라운지와 피로연장.... 
정숙함과 떠들썩함이 혼재하는 ~~ 긴장감 속에 흥미진진한 스케치 장소입니다. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

sketches of scenes from the observatory tower at Incheon wharf (인천 연안부두의 조망탑에서 본 풍경)

pencil, watercolor, 10.4 x 15 cm

car ferry(Willenius), Weolmido(island) in back of the ship
pen, watercolor, 12.5 x 18 cm

Yeongjongdo(island), apartments(named 'sky-city')
pen, watercolor, 12.5 x 18 cm

an old man in the observatory tower(7th floor)
pen, watercolor, 12.5 x 18 cm

a woman seeing the seascape through the observatory telescope
pen, watercolor, 12.5 x 18 cm

Though it was so cold outside the inside the observatory tower was warm by sunlight enough to be there without strong wind. The view all around the tower was wonderful by clear weather,  ships in rows, and islands far. And I could see the Incheon bridge and Yeongjong bridge through telescope. I spent three and a half hours there. Citizens or tourists came to see the scenery from time to time. The old man in wheelchair was one of them and showed interest in drawing and told that he was learning literary paintings, kinds of oriental style painting.  He was there reading newspaper for an hour and left saying 'bye' to me just after I drew him. 
날씨가 여러날 춥지만 오늘 인천연안부두의 조망탑안은 견딜만하여 여러시간 바다 경치감상도 하면서 스케치를 했습니다. 심심치않게 엘레베이터로 관광객들이 찾아왔구요. 그분들을 통해서 이곳 저곳의 지명도 알 수 있었어요. 월미도도 이제는 매립이 되어 섬이 아니라구요. 날이 맑아 인천대교, 영종대교도 망원경으로 볼 수 있어 좋았습니다.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

some buildings around Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu

Gwanhun-dong (관훈동) is known as a gateway to the Insadong-gil, the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. The area is bordered by Anguk-dong(안국동) and Songhyeon-dong(송현동)to the north, Gyeongun-dong(경운동)to the east, and Insa-dong(인사동) to the south, and Gyeonji-dong (견지동) to the west. There are numbers of galleries standing closely together like Insa-dong. I sketched some small galleries and other buildings on my way to Insa-dong occasionally.

Ara Art Center(아라아트센터), pen and watercolor,

Baegak Art Space(백악미술관), pencil and watercolor,

a building construction site near the galleries, pen and watercolor,

Bon Gallery(본 갤러리) at Gyeonji-dong, brush pen and watercolor,

Seoul Jungang Church(제7일안식교 서울중앙교회), pen and watercolor,
( 14.8 x 21cm sketchbook ) 
가끔 인사동 들를 때 지나가는 관훈동 골목에 모여있는 건물들은 작지만 독특하고 서로 다
른 느낌을 스케치에 담기에 좋은 소재들입니다.

Monday, November 25, 2013

married couple

<21x29cm,6B pencil>
in the No.4 subway the  two married couples

Sunday, November 24, 2013

small sketches in downtown

resting place across the Chosun Ilbo gallery (조선일보 미술관)
15 x 10.4 cm

part of the Anglican church of Korea
15 x 10.4 cm

nside the Anglican church of Korea
pen, watercolor, 15 x 10.4 cm

sketch at Unhyeongung, pen, watercolor, 12 x 16 cm
I sketched this one sitting on the wooden floor under warm sunlight. I felt as if I were living there.

Seoul has lots of treasure as subjects for sketchers. And sketchers can bring them on small paper by a moment's attention with affection. 
날씨가 화창한 날은 스케치하기가 참 좋습니다. 스쳐지나 가던 쉼터도 그리게 되구요. 늘 보던 성공회, 운현궁도 작은 종이에 옮기니 재미가 있었습니다.

USk 2014 PARATY Symposium

Nov. 23, 2013

Call for Submissions for Symposium Programming

We have a city: Paraty, Brazil. We have dates: August 27-30, 2014. Now it’s time to create programming for the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium! To do that we need YOU, urban sketchers of the world, to submit proposals for workshops and extra activities before December 20, 2013.

Teach a Sketching Workshop
These are the workshops that have been a mainstay of past Symposiums. You can see some samples here.

In previous years we offered 3-hour workshops in the morning and the afternoon. This year we are tentatively planning for 3.5-hour workshops during the morning only, with other programming in the afternoons.

Selected proposals will be announced in January.

Compensation: If your proposal is selected, the Symposium organization pays for airfare and five nights of accommodation. Local instructors who will not need to travel will receive an honorarium.

In addition to the workshops, we are planning to offer a diversity of other programming in Paraty. What could you propose? Here are some ideas:

Lead a Sketchcrawl
Organize a "follow me" sketchcrawl in Paraty. People will draw where you lead them and rely on you for tips to become better urban sketchers. This is your opportunity to earn some cred and promote your work! We are looking for sketchers with previous experience organizing sketchcrawls.

Give a Lecture
Enlighten participants with a sketching-related talk. Whether it is about your own sketching, or the findings of your research on 19th century artists reporters, we want to learn from you!

Do a Demonstration
Show us how you do your magic! What can you show other sketchers that will inspire us while promoting your work?

Surprise Us With Something We Haven’t Thought Of!
Do you have another activity idea that can take place over a few afternoon hours? Yoga for sketchers? How to find the best fire hydrants for sketching? Tell us how you can catch the sketchers’ attention and passion with something different from a workshop.

Compensation: If you are selected for an extra activity as mentioned above, you will receive free registration for the Symposium.

Some details to keep in mind while designing your proposal:
  • We recommend you to get to know Paraty’s possible workshop locations before you create your proposal, in order to match your workshop theme with the city’s environment. Click here to view photos of the locations posted in our Facebook page.
  • You can propose a workshop for a general location or for a specific spot.
  • You should keep in mind that workshop locations are subject to change and the Workshop committee reserves the right to make the best arrangements / combinations of workshops and locations.
  • Keep in mind the weather: "Dry season (May through September) - The average temperature in Paraty during these months ranges between 17 and 25 °C (62.6-77 °F). We recommend bringing a light sweater for the evenings and chilly nights, as well as sunglasses, a cap or hat, and shorts for the hot days."


All proposals must be emailed to
If you are proposing a workshop, you must use this form and include sample sketches..


All proposals are due by Friday, December 20, 2013 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

miscellaneous sketches around Jogyesa Temple, Gyeonji-dong (견지동)

This year, I went sketching to Jogyesa Temple( 조계사) several times. The temple has a number of colorful subjects  for sketching. Here are some pieces not yet posted on usk blog.

looking at the main gate, One Pillar Gate ( 일주문을 보며), pen and watercolor,

temple office (종무소), pen and watercolor,

outdoor shelter in front of the temple office ( 신도용 쉼터 ), pen and watercolor,

 connection bridge to the annex sanctuary ( 별관 연결 브릿지), pencil and watercolor,

an angle rafter of Daewoongjeon ( 대웅전 추녀 ), pen and watercolor,

a camera crew waiting for inauguration of supreme patriarch ( 종정 취임식 촬영 준비 ), pencil and watercolor,

two monks guided followers to the rally ( 집회장을 안내하며..), pen and watercolor
( 14.8 x 21cm sketchbook )
최근의 조계사 스케치 중에서 usk 블로그에 올리지 않았던 그림들을 올립니다.
도심사찰은 정숙한 분위기보다는 활기차고 조화로운 장면들이 생동감을 줍니다.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Gangnam area. Earth Angel Inn in Gangnam. Lamy fountain pen. 14x9cm. After the meeting was briefly sketched.
강남역 주변.
강남대로 엔젤인어스에서.
미팅후 잠시 스케치 했습니다.
채색까지 한 스케치도 있는데
못올릴정도라 ㅋ 다음 스케치 모임때 보실수있을까요? 으으으으 쉽지않은 채색으로 고민중입니다

merchants in street near Inwang market, Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (인왕시장 근처의 상인)

a female merchant selling vegetable, seen from Mcdonalds, Hongje-dong, 
pen and watercolor, 13 x 18 cm

merchant on street near Inwang market, Hongje-dong
colored paper, pencil, pastels, 19 x 25 cm

Around Yujin shopping mall a big traditional market Inwang Market has been formed with various kinds of mongers around it. I feel like to sketch the merchants on streets when I pass them who live hardly and sincerely.
홍제동 인왕시장 주변은 야채, 과일 등을 파는 제법 큰 재래시장이 형성되어 있습니다. 그 주변을 지나노라면 따뜻한 햇살 아래에 그들을 마주보며 스케치 한장 하고 싶어집니다. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

명동성당이 보이는 길가에서

명동성당이 보이는 길에서.
남산 3호터널 입구.
이제는 밖에서 서서 스케치할수있는 날씨는 아닌것 같아요.
손이 떨려서 빨리 그렸어요.
Myeongdong Cathedral, seen from the road. 3 Namsan Tunnel entrance. Lamy fountain pen. 16x20cm. Now, I do not think the weather outside the stand that can be sketched. Quickly drew a shaking hand.

sketches at Okcheonam Temple, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Okcheonam (옥천암) is small and beautiful temple in Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. The temple is located at the foot of the hill of Samgaksan Mountain, and beneath the precinct Hongjecheon stream flows throughout the year. Okcheonam dates back to the 14th century during the Goryeo dynasty, and is also famous for a carved Buddha. The granite carving is concave and painted in a lovely seashell white, and so called " The White Buddah(하얀 부처)". The temple buildings are built on narrow and steep bedrock linearly, nevertheless the hierarchial linkage of architectures seems very interesting and beautiful features harmonized with the natural landscape. I sketched the neat and beautiful temple looking at the harmonious roof lines fascinatedly.

front view approaching the temple, pen and watercolor,

looking at the sequence of roofs, pen and soft pastel,

entrance into the precinct, pen and soft watercolor,

"White Buddah" in Bodogak, pen and watercolor,

side view of Bodogak, pen and watercolor,

looking down the One Pillar Gate, pen and watercolor,

a scenery along the Naebu Expressway on the opposite side of the temple, pencil and watercolor.

another sketch on the same spot, pencil,
( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
삼각산을 두르고 세검정 맑은 물 계류를 따라 호젓이 앉아있는 옥천암.
홍제천 다리를 건너 가까이 갈수록 첩첩지붕이 절 내음을 살며시 풍기며~
"하얀 부처"가 맞아주는 동네 사찰의 훈훈한 맛에 인정미가 흘러나온다.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

상암 월드컵경기장

World Cup Stadium in Sangam.
Charcoal Conte soft.
FC Seoul VS Jeonbuk.
Watching a quick sketch of football.
상암 월드컵경기장.
콘테 챠콜소프트.
FC 서울. VS 전북.
축구경기 관람 중 빠른 스케치.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

some sketches at Yedamso restaurant, Gapyeong County (가평군)

Last Sunday, I participated in Korea Outdoor Watercolor Artist' group (한국 야외수채화가회) at Yedamso (예담소) restaurant. At the restaurant, the closing ceremony of the annual outdoor sketching of 2013 season was held festively. After the ceremony and lunch, I couldn't help sketching indoors with some of watercolorists due to the windy and cold weather outside. 
I was satisfied with my works in a pleasant mood inside the restaurant. 

sketch of figures, pen and watercolor, 30.5 x 40.5cm

an indoor scene , pen and watercolor, 30.5 x 40.5cm

an outdoor scene, pen and watercolor, 30.5 x 40.5cm
2013 야외사생 마무리 축제 분위기 속에서~~ 
바깥 풍경, 실내 정경, 다정한 인물 모습들입니다. 
야외 수채화와 현장 스케치는 일맥상통하고, 
서로 같은 연장선에 있다고 늘 생각합니다