I have now begun sketching the monks set within zen gardens. Many years ago I had visited Kyoto and I guess the impact still remains.
The experience as I wandered through the gardens soaking in the effect of calm that permeates the space was spellbinding. Kyoto gardens was on my bucket list for the longest time and I am glad I could actually go for a day.
We were at sentosa, Singapore to watch the dolphin show. Suddenly the sky turned grey and heavy rains ensued. Lightning and thunder followed and after an hour of waiting, they called off the show for safety reasons.
I pulled out my sketchbook and tried to capture the moment. The rains, the wind and the Dolphins that swam nervously.
While Travelling to Singapore, I did a few sketches at a Starbucks on orchard street. It was midnight and raining outside.
While I was sketching people around me, I suddenly realised that on each table sat groups of friends busy with their phones. They were hanging out but not conversing or acknowledging each other. Smiling into their devices wrapped in its glow they hardly looked up at each other. Then they paid the bill and left.
Here’s another page that’s an ode to coffee!
And here’s one more exploration from my monk series that’s an attempt to add more color to my illustrations and also attempt a much larger format. It explores the meaning of equanimity.
I haven’t been documenting everyday moments much while exploring hand lettering or doodling funny animals or monks.
Note to self: carry sketch book around and explore interesting snippets of every day life on paper.
I have been having a blast exploring while attempting to learn hand lettering. Meanwhile, the monk has also been making guest appearances in a few pages and Rumi stays the flavor of the season.
Note to self: get more colors than just Blues in the pages. 🙂