兩個家: Two Cities I Call Home

90mm X 212mm, Ink, Watercolour and HB Pencil

Singapore and Hong Kong. A place where I was born and a place where I was raised – not surprisingly I grew to have quite a few emotional attachments to both cities. As a tribute I decided to portray the cities’ skylines at night and dusk respectively.

The main style I was working around was to draw the buildings out in pencil and paint the surroundings with the sky’s colour which was portrayed in the images I was basing on. I think this somehow allows the buildings to stand out more, especially with the Hong Kong ones as they are tightly packed together across Victoria Harbour. I think this effect also gives Hong Kong a busy and lively sensation to it when viewed visually. On the other hand, Singapore looks more silent and peaceful, probably due to the scale of the “panorama” but also the scene I am portraying isn’t the entire scene of the CBD (more or less the whole CBS is portrayed in the panorama of Hong Kong).

The purplish-bluish sky worked quite well, contrasting the monochromic cityscape of Hong Kong island. However I think the Singaporean sky needs more work to it – it seems quite plain and the ink isn’t really evenly distributed across the sky, making the panorama seemingly visually unbalanced. To sort that out, I could probably use dilute bleach around the buildings so that the ink is partially bleached, giving a sensation that the buildings are glowing with an aura of light around it. It might also be worth trying reworking these panoramas on a larger scale so more detail can be included and being able to provide a visual impact for being large in size.

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