10 April 2010

I have been drawing cartoon dogs, can you believe it? Cartoons of Shetland sheep dogs. Heh.

The Well in the Forest

Pigment ink drawing. This was first drawn in outline about two years back with lighting and textures defined. I put it off for a long time. I did not get to complete it until last week.

09 April 2010

Chinese Warfare IX

'Fighting Techniques of the Oriental World A.D. 1200 to 1860: Equipment, combat skills and tactics' by Michael E. Haskew, Christer Jorgensen, Chris McNab, Eric Niderost, Rob S. Rice. The sections on Chinese warfare is sparse in this volume. It's mostly about the Mongols, Japanese and others. The Chinese? Defeated city-dwellers!

'Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900' by David A. Graff.

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08 April 2010


Pigment ink sketch. This had been in my sketchbook for a while now, well, since 2008. I finally finished it last week. Like the preceding piece, this is a scene of a lake with a mysterious building on an island.

07 April 2010


Pencil doodle. I was just messing around with pencils while I was in the office reviewing some documents. Heh. Well, I liked the slopes and the trees and I could have expanded further. Anyway, back to work. Haha.

Midnight dip

Illustration Friday theme: Dip.

Pencil doodle. This was done during lunch hour in the office. Heh.


Pigment ink sketch. This was swiftly sketched in pencil in 2008 and finally the proper ink rendering was done in March of this year. I decided on a light touch instead of one with more textures as the place is fairly open without much shade.

06 April 2010

Clarke Quay

It is pleasant sitting by the riverside and enjoying the breeze. I was there one afternoon with my sketchbook.

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Blue skies, little fluffy white clouds, hot day. So dreary.
"I couldn't recognise my photograph
Me, I disconnect from you."

'Me, I disconnect from you' by Gary Numan

05 April 2010

Courtesy Lion

This little forlorn figure, a now forgotten mascot from the old government courtesy campaign was spotted at Hill Street one night.

I am doubtful if campaigns such as this one, exhorting people to be courteous really helps. There are numerous ugly Singaporeans out there, ungracious, angry, bitter, etc.

As for behavioural modification...

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"We are turning words into different shades of blue
While we hide from all the things that cannot come true.."

'Resurrection' by God Module

04 April 2010

Chinese Warfare VII

Given the amount of material on samurai warfare out there in English, I would really like to see more volumes on warfare in China, and please, not another volume on the Mongols! Enough! Five thousands years of military history and every other book on warfare in China in English are about Mongols! What about studies on the conduct of warfare during the Warring States era? What about the scholarly reconstructions of campaigns and battles of the Three Kingdoms era? A book on the Manchu banner armies?

I would like to see detailed reconstructions of well-known Chinese battles. The study of these reconstructions should include order of battle, logistics, casualty figures, leadership, battle plans, equipment (arms and armour), and more. Good illustrated volumes would be greatly welcome.

I would also like to see significant military campaigns of that era studied through rigourous lenses which should include grand strategy, operational planning, geopolitical realities, and more.

I would also like to see studies tracing the development of Chinese arms and armour.

Lastly, I really wish that Western scholars would abandon the Giles-Wade and adopt the pinyin system. I find that the Giles-Wade system does make for very confusing reading. If not, at least provide both transliterations, side by side and not in a glossary.