After being back in the Philippines for only a few days, I had to fly to Hanoi for a day to attend a meeting. It’s pretty exhausting doing all this travel, but what to do. I drew this on the way back at the airport in Hanoi – trying just to use black and white and one colour…easy in an airport!
Here is my last sketch in Vietnam – done as usual, on my way out, at the airport. Finally getting to like my current sketchbook – but you can see on the left how the surface get’s all bitty when you add more than one wash of colour. I’ve been delayed by a backlog of pictures … I hope soon I can post some more recent ones, including life drawings.
Here is another drawing I did on arriving in Bạc Liêu. This is Cao Van Lau Theater – also called Non La (conical hat) Theatre for obvious reasons. When I saw this I couldn’t resist drawing it. It didn’t come out as well as I wanted…I’m never satisfied!
When I arrived in Bạc Liêu, I had a bit of free time, so instead of crashing out in the hotel (like I usually do), I went out to do some sketching (and find some food). I sat in the square on a supremely uncomfortable metal perch (some architects idea of a vandal free bench) to sketch this, while I ate some sweetcorn. Apparently this sculpture is of a dan kim (a two-string guitar), which is the symbol of Bạc Liêu (I saw it in gold embossed certificates and even wall clocks during my trip). I was a bit dissatisfied with the drawing – and felt it was not bold enough.
This time for my Vietnam work trip, instead of going to Hanoi I flew into Ho Chi Minh City and made a long drive from there to Bạc Liêu. It took a tiring 5 ½ hours, some of which I used up doing this wobbly sketch, the rest of the time snoozing….at least I didn’t have to drive all that way – thanks to Mr. To.
Here is my last sketch in Vietnam – late at night at the airport on my way back home. There is only one flight direct from Hanoi to Manila and it leaves at 1:15 am – so no sleep that night!
This is the sketch I did last Sunday. Having wandered round the old quarter in Hanoi, I sat down at a quiet cafe near Hoan Kiem lake for an iced coffee and drew this.