Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Candle rally sketches at Gwanghwamun, Seoul

Scene of the demonstrators with various flags in front of Gwanghwamun Gate

Scene at Gwanghwamun junction viewed from 10th floor of Officia building

Stage for the free speakers and singers at Gwanghwamun Square

pencil sketch drawn at the steps of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Participants in candle rally

Reporter and cameramen of YTN on the outside broadcast van at Naeja-dong, Gwanghwamun

Reporter and cameraman of JTBC at Cheongun-dong near from the Blue House

Demonstrators and duty policemen on police bus at Cheongun-dong, 200meters distance from the Blue House(President's residence)

Charcoal sketch of same confrontational situation between police and demonstrators 
( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook, pen and watercolor )
I think that lots of people in the world would know about the candle rally on Saturdays in Seoul. I participated in two times on Nov. 19 and 26. The number of participants increased to 1.5 million in Seoul and 1.9 in national scale. And it was amazing that all the demonstrations were absolutely peaceful. The organizers proceeded like festivals with volunteer speakers and famous singers. Sketching among the moving demonstrating citizens from all the nation was really valuable experience to me. I was impressed so much by the waving candles like stream on broad street in nightscape. 
격동의 함성이 광화문의 지축을 울리는~~
주말 촛불시위는 거대한 축제 같았읍니다.
정치를 떠나서... 광화문의 150만 촛불의 물결은
밤하늘을 수놓는 스펙타클의 감동이었습니다~~
종군작가(?)의 흥분을 안고 열심히 그렸습니다.


Susan said...

Hi YH and BH. This is Susan from Vancouver, Canada. I am so moved by your sketches and reportage drawings from the demonstrations in Seoul. I have been seeing this news on the internet. It is incredible that so many people have come out for such massive and peaceful demonstrations. Your work is a powerful way to record these events.

I wanted to let you know that I will be returning to Seoul in January 2017. If you have time to meet, please send me an email and maybe we can find a time to sketch together. robsterr@telus.net

warm regards,

Lee Yong Hwan said...

Thank you, Susan! The massive demonstrations at Gwanghwamun appeared truly magnificent. I want to meet you again in Seoul and sketch together one of these days.

BH Yoo said...

Much thanks for your kind concern and encouraging comments!
And it's so nice to hear that you will come back next January.
I'll send mail as soon as possible. See you soon! :)