On our second day in Shanghai we got on a hop on-hop off city tour bus. It rained most of the day and we were pretty soaked. Towards the end we visted the Oriental Pearl Tower area and took shelter in a Starbucks for a much needed coffee. I took the chance to draw the surrounding towering buildings.
On our first day in Shanghai we foolishly decided to walk (in the heat of the day) to the Yu Gardens (a historic garden first built in the Ming Dynasty). We were hot and tired by the time we got there and had our first experience of the incredible crowds you get at major tourist spots in China. Even so we enjoyed the visit and I had a chance to do this sketch.
So…this is the beginning of my sketches in China – I’ll post them one by one, so sorry for the deluge of posts over the next few days. The internet in China is strictly controlled and we usually had dismal access anyway, so I couldn’t post anything much.
This one was done during the few hours of layover in Guangzhou on the way to our first stop, Shanghai.
Here is the second drawing I did while waiting in Manila for our flight.
First drawing in my new strathmore sketchbook and first sketch on my China holiday trip… done at terminal 1 in Parañaque.
Work has taken over and I’ve missed a few days. Here is one from af few days ago – a quick late night sketch on the last page in my sketchbook.
When I told my daughter I was going out to sketch yesterday she commented that I’d be drawing the swimming pool for the umpteenth time….so I deliberately didn’t. This is the entrance to the area where we live. The lower-rise apartment blocks are dominated by the massive high rise buildings. I’ve avoided drawing this before because I don’t enjoy the repetitive windows.