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

20180909 Goddess of Mercy Temple, Pitt Street, Penang

Posted: September 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Architecture, Chinese Ink & Watercolour, Tools | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink & watercolour on paper
Buy: available

This sketch was done with bamboo pen instead of twig pen with Chinese ink on watercolour paper. The bamboo pen is bought from art material shop but i sharpened one side of the nib to very thin like a mini size oil painting knife. It’s the same method as how i sharpen my twig pen (like i always show in the workshop). Bamboo pen is harder compare to twig pen and produced thinner and more solid lines. I love to work with more details recently and this bamboo pen is ideal to work with. I also DIY some bamboo pens using old broken Chinese painting brushes.

The Chinese ink used for the sketch also not the brand which i normally use. The type i tried this time is “Sumi Drawing Ink” that i get from DAISO, it’s also water proof after completely dry on paper. I added watercolour wash as you can see in the final sketch.


My Watercolour Palette

Posted: August 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Tools | Tags: , | No Comments »

Column 01
101. Lamp Black (Winsor & Newton 337)
102. Ivory Black (Winsor & Newton 331)*
103. Sepia Brown (Schmincke 663)
104. Sepia Brown Tone (Schmincke 662)
105. Vandyke Brown (Winsor & Newton 676)*
106. Burnt Sienna (Winsor & Newton 074)*
107. Burnt Sienna (Holbein 334)

Column 02
201. Permanent Red (PWC 512)*
202. Ruby Red (Schmincke 351)
203. Brown Madder (Winsor & Newton 056)*
204. Permanent Brown (Daniel Smith 284600068)*
205. Brown Ochre (Winsor & Newton 059)*
206. Raw Sienna (Winsor & Newton 552)
207. Burnt Sienna (Daniel Smith 284600010)

Column 03
301. Winsor Red (Winsor & Newton 726)
302. Winsor Orange (Winsor & Newton 723)
303. Cadmium Orange Hue (Winsor & Newton Cotman 090)
304. Cadmium Orange (Winsor & Newton 089)*
305. Indian Yellow (Winsor & Newton 319)*
306. Cadmium Yellow Hue (Winsor & Newton Cotman 109)*
307. Winsor Yellow (Winsor & Newton 730)

Column 04
401. Cobalt Turquoise (Winsor & Newton 190)
402. Perylene Green (Winsor & Newton 460)*
403. Winsor Green (Winsor & Newton 719)
404. Hooker’s Green (Winsor & Newton 331)
405. Olive Green (Holbein 274)*
406. Olive Green
407. Yellow Green

Column 05
501. Turquoise (Winsor & Newton Cotman 654)*
502. Cobalt Blue (Winsor & Newton 180)*
503. Ultramarine Deep (PWC 622)
504. French Ultramarine (Winsor & Newton 263)*
505. Winsor Voilet (Winsor & Newton 733)
506. Indigo (Winsor & Newton 322)*
507. Payne’s Grey (Holbein 356)*

*My favorite colours


My Sketching Tools IV

Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tools | Tags: | No Comments »



My Sketching Tools III, Graphite Sticks from Chee Kien

Posted: March 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Tools | Tags: , | No Comments »

謝謝啟建從老遠新加坡寄來的0.56mm鉛條。感謝!


My Sketching Tools II

Posted: August 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Tools | Tags: | No Comments »



My Sketching Tools I

Posted: May 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Tools | Tags: | No Comments »


Most of my sketch was done by using pencils and graphite sticks. The pencil / graphite grade i prefer to use are 2B, 4B, 8B & 9B.