My sketches from George Town, Penang

These are all the sketches from my George Town Penang trip last week. It was a really fun trip to be drawing with friends. Everywhere you turn, you can see sketchers with paper, pens and brushes.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
This was the first piece drawn somewhere along Chulia Street in front of a chicken rice stall. Food stalls there have a tendency to use the word 'famous' to describe their dishes. E.g. Famous Prawn Noodles, Famous Chicken Rice, Famous...

They are still using the coin operated parking meters.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
There are plenty of shophouses in George Town. They look quite similar to Singapore's on the exterior. However, they are much older, and they still retain much of the exterior characteristics. Many Singapore shophouses in Chinatown have glass fronts.

The shophouses are usually two floors high. The ceiling for the ground floor seems higher than Singapore's. Quite a few hostels were in shophouses.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
This is the Kwan Im (Goddess of Mercy) Temple along Pitt Street. It was built in 1728, much older than any of the temples in Singapore.

This piece was drawn with ink and Graphitone on a 9 by 12 inch Cotman paper. I wished I had a wider format paper.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
Armenian Street was really crowded on a Saturday with some event going on. I didn't want to draw a big piece only to be blocked by cars and people. A wise choice because that was just what happened later.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
This is one of the back streets along Armenian Street. It's not too different from Singapore's with the exception of overhanging wires. The alley is very well paved.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
This is Amelie Cafe along Armenian Street. It was drawn on a Monday after and the place was quite deserted except for a few tourists. The cafe was closed on Monday. It's quite a contrast from the crowd just two days earlier.

I love the decor of the cafe. The plants have almost enveloped the whole shop front. There are many novelty shops along the street. Some are still in traditional trade.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012

Chew Jetty in George Town, Penang
The third day's location was at Chew Jetty, one of the several clan jetties around the waterline. It's actually a village on stilts. The whole place is on reclaimed land as George Town extends outwards to the sea.

There are temples, convenience stores, gift shops as well as the homes for the people there. Locals there can just ride their bikes straight to their door.

It was quite crowded on a Sunday with all the tourists and sketchers.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012

Chew Jetty in George Town, Penang
This is somewhere along the common corridor.

I didn't like how this piece turned out. It's not easy mixing browns. Both pieces were coloured only back in Singapore.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
This is along Beach Street. The buildings are too complicated so I attempted something easier. They are sketchers from Johor.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
More sketchers. They are from Taiwan and Penang.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
Vivian, Rinna and I-Hsuan, They are from Taiwan and Thailand.

China House in George Town, Penang
This is China House where the exhibition on the last day was held. I drew this before the exhibition official opens. It's a beautiful place with nice old furniture.

The space is on the 2nd floor and if you enter China House from Victoria St, it's the first staircase up. The opening dinner reception was on the ground floor.

George Town Charm
A column for the local newspapers using the sketches.

And this is the video I made while I lost concentration while sketching.

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