Shophouses of Penang

Today is the first day of easing restrictions from the third lockdown, in England. With light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel I’m starting to feel a little hope (mostly hoping that it’s not a train!).  As always, art and fellow artists have kept me from going crazy during this time. 

Yesterday’s sketch was done during  another fun Instagram Live with 4 amazing sketchers, Alvin (@artofalvin), Marek (@marekbad64), Siu-Lan (@slc.scribbles) and Leslie (@montrealsketcher). This time, drawing the shophouses of Penang from a photo taken by Barbara Weibel. Hilarious banter and some fantastic sketching was achieved before Alvin broke the internet!

Instead of just using the pencil, I went in with permanent black ink with a fountain pen before adding watercolour. There’s always room for improvement but for now, here it is:

By Sasala Wickramasinghe

Urban sketching and watercolour is my hobby. I'm a biochemist by training and work for the NHS full time as a healthcare scientist. Most of my free time, outside my day job is devoted to art and urban sketching. I am a self confessed nerd when it comes to watercolour and art materials in general. I approach them with the same curiosity and passion as I do for biochemistry - because after all, colour is science! I travel to sketch and sketch to travel. I'm an active member of Urban Sketchers London - part of a global sketching community which I only discovered in 2017.

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