莊嘉強的素描日記 Sketches Diary of Ch’ng Kiah Kiean

10 things about: Urban sketcher Ch’ng Kiah Kiean BY OPALYN MOK

Posted: May 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , | Comments Off on 10 things about: Urban sketcher Ch’ng Kiah Kiean BY OPALYN MOK

GEORGE TOWN, May 22 — Known for his graphite and watercolour sketches of buildings and streetscapes of Penang, Ch’ng Kiah Kiean’s rise to fame in the art world is one that is almost meteoric.

The 42-year-old has been sketching and drawing buildings since his school days so naturally, he went into architecture and graduated as an architect.

He worked as an architect for a short period before venturing into graphic design for 10 years. Though he only became a full-time artist two years ago, Ch’ng held his very first solo art exhibition back in 2000, the same year he graduated from USM with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

He held another exhibition in 2002 and by 2009, held another solo at Seni Mutiara Gallery and also published his first art book, Sketches of Pulo Pinang. The book was an instant hit. He is also one of the founder members of Urban Sketchers of Penang and is a blog correspondent of Urban Sketchers.

In 2011, he published his second compilation, Line-line Journey, which was also snapped up almost immediately after its release. By then, Ch’ng already had a large following of fans and started getting invitations to give talks and lectures on urban sketching.

He published two more books, Sketches Diary of Penang published by National Taipei University and Sketches of Asia-Pacific published by Yuan Ze University, Taipei, last year.

This year, Ch’ng showed new works after he started experimenting with twigs and ink paintings back in 2011. He recently held the Ink-Between solo exhibition at Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, his first series of ink and twig paintings of his interpretation of Nature.

Here, Ch’ng shares his story on his love for sketching and painting.

Read more.

An Illustrated Journey by Danny Gregory

Posted: February 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on An Illustrated Journey by Danny Gregory


莊嘉強|墨‧行‧旅‧憶 dpi流行設計創意雜誌

Posted: August 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on 莊嘉強|墨‧行‧旅‧憶 dpi流行設計創意雜誌

My Bali sketches featured on DestinAsian Feb/Mar 2012

Posted: February 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on My Bali sketches featured on DestinAsian Feb/Mar 2012

BALI, INDONESIA “Traveling is definitely more fun when I have my sketchbook with me,” says Penang-born artist Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, best known for his graphite drawings of George Town’s old
streetscapes. “Sketching brings me closer to the places that I visit, and leaves me with indelible memories that are far more personal than images recorded through a camera. As with these three
scenes from Bali, which I sketched during a trip to the island last July, I look for scenic locations where I can also interact with locals and listen to their stories. People teach me more about a place than any amount of observation can, and the Balinese are among the most genuine and hospitable people that I have met on my journeys, with a vibrant spiritual culture to match. Bali also happens to be incredibly picturesque, whether amid the shimmering rice terraces of the highlands or down on a temple-studded beach. I can’t wait to return—and when I do, I’ll be sure to have my sketching tools
along. They are as important to me as my passport.”

From top: The venerable sea temple of Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most popular sights; Mount Batur, an active volcano in the Balinese highlands that rises above the largest crater lake on the island; the picturesque rice terraces of Ceking village, near Ubud.

The Art of Urban Sketching

Posted: September 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Art of Urban Sketching

The Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. This beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. It includes profiles of leading practitioners, a discussion of the benefits of working in this art form, and shows how one can participate and experience it through modern-day social networks and online activity.

The book is illustrated with over 600 beautiful, contemporary illustrations, and includes artists’ profiles and extended captions where these urban sketchers share their stories, how they work, sketching tips, and the tools behind each drawing. With sketches and observations from more than 50 cities in more than 30 countries, the book offers a visually arresting, storytelling take on urban life from different cultures and artistic styles, as well as insight into various drawing techniques and mediums.

About the author

Gabriel Campanario is a staff artist at The Seattle Times and the founder of Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Campanario’s newspaper column, Seattle Sketcher, was recently awarded first place for blog writing in “The Best of the West” journalism contest. The blog and weekly print column, which combine location sketches and written stories, have quickly become popular in the Seattle area, where Campanario has been featured in TV and radio appearances.

A native Spaniard, Campanario moved to the U.S. in 1998 and has lived near Seattle with his wife and two children since 2006. His journalism career spans two decades, working for newspapers in Barcelona, Lisbon, California, and Virginia. Campanario has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

Publisher: Quarry Books, an imprint of Rockport Publishers

Sketching George Town

Posted: July 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Sketching George Town

Text: Sharon Cheah @ Art in the City

ONE can see him sketching away, a pencil or a twig in his left hand, on Sunday afternoons, usually in a shaded five foot walkway in the city named after Britain’s King George III. In the last few years, 37-year-old Ch’ng Kiah Kiean has made a name for himself as an urban sketcher and an artist of shapely lines as he immortalises George Town’s 18th and 19th century buildings – the core collection which is now bounded within an area listed under the World Heritage Site – on acid-free paper.

Ch’ng captures the elaborate outlines of Chinese clanhouses and Indian temples, the simpler silhouettes of the Straits Chinese shophouse, and eclectic details in facades in graphite and black Chinese ink – drawing them not as photo-perfect representations but with lively lines and exaggerated angles, infusing the buildings with personality and a joie de vivre.

In his second solo show, Line-line Journey, he spreads out from George Town to Bangkok and Macau, having been inspired by a global online sketching group called Urban Sketchers. He has also started sketching with twigs sharpened to variously-sized points, dipped into Chinese ink.

My favourite sketch, I think, is the one of Cheah Kongsi which he uses as the cover sketch of his catalogue/book for this exhibition. The quintessentially Chinese outline of the row of buildings in Armenian Street, seen from within the clanhouse’s administrative building, is like a glittering necklace worn against George Town’s skies.

Line-line Journey, 10-24 July, 12noon – 6pm, at Galeri Seni Mutiara, Lot No. 2 & 4, First Floor, The Whiteaways Arcade, Church Street, 10200 Penang

Find out more at: Art in the City

路過留筆‧線牽3城 莊嘉強展出40幅素描

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on 路過留筆‧線牽3城 莊嘉強展出40幅素描




莊嘉強在2009年加入全球性的城市素描家(URBAN SKETCHERS)網上聯盟后,作品量大增。他積極畫了多幅以喬治市老建築為對象的作品,並張貼在布落格中與全球的素描愛好者分享。




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为文化与艺术燃烧生命 — 庄嘉强

Posted: April 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Comments Off on 为文化与艺术燃烧生命 — 庄嘉强


(一) 庒嘉强简介

庒嘉强, 1974年4月26日出身于槟城,马来西亚。1994年,毕业于槟城钟灵国民型中学,1995-1999年,槟城理科大学(房屋、建筑与策划系)。1999-2000年,槟城理科大学(建筑系)。同年,担任Arkitek Dayamuda建筑设计师,2001-2002年,陈耀威文史建筑研究室研究员及建筑设计师。从2002年开始担任清荷人文空间(执行董事【人文画廊】),KaKi 设计工作室的主持人至今。庄老师非常积极与踊跃的参与艺术创作与古迹保卫活动。他也是槟城水彩画会和槟州书艺学会的会员及槟州画廊委员会委员之一。

其个人画展有,2000《庄嘉强创作个展》槟城伍拾号人文空间,2002《我的素描日记》槟城清荷人文空间及2009 《线条的故事》槟城珍珠画廊。参与的画展有2009 《台湾国际水彩展》,2009《韩国仁川国际艺术嘉年华博览会》等。










庄老师的理想为全职画家,现暂开了间设计公司做平面与广告设计等相关工作。公司名字的相当有趣,叫Kaki Creative,取名为Kaki Creative有原因三,“Kaki”为庄老师 “Kiah Kiean”的简写,二, “Kaki”在国语是“脚”的意思,告诉我们做人应脚踏实地,还有另一层意思是跟大马福建话有关的,福建话里“Kaki-Lang”,正是“自己人”的意思。连取个名字都那么有创意,让我们对庄老师的创意思维深感佩服。












(五) 捍卫本土文化










但此话才说完,他马上向我们介绍推荐其好友,来自日本的女高音独唱家蔵野兰子Ranko Kurano。谈起蔵野兰子,庄老师佩服不已,他马上把电脑打开并播放着蔵野小姐的视频让我们欣赏。他说,虽蔵野小姐是国际知名女高音,但却可以以槟城的五脚基为舞台,在人来人往的小巷口表演,对着路人与车辆高声歌唱,她那洪亮的歌声和专业精神,感动了众人。



(七) 后记








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素描老檳城 Sketches of Pulo Pinang

Posted: December 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , | Comments Off on 素描老檳城 Sketches of Pulo Pinang

Kiah Kiean has a keen eye for the essential details and essence of things, fortified by his architectural training at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and his flair in graphic design. He is able to distill a chaotic street scene and reduce it to his now distinctive streetscape. Though his subject matter may be rustic buildings, his drawings exude an obvious elegance and stylishness which are most pleasant to the eyes.

Lee Khai



Kiah Kiean’s love for the city and its heritage is conspicuous in this book. By representing the nooks and corners often ignored by the passer-by, he accentuates and thus elicits thought-provoking questions from the viewer of his works.

Ambiga Devy



Kiah Kiean experiments with and explores all possibilities of expressing lines with graphite, giving his viewers much thought-provoking experience. As a direct approach to communicating with lines and tones he opts for just black and white sans colours so that his audience
may enjoy his works without other distractions.

Tan Lye Hoe