A collection of life sketches of the places I have travelled, as well as the quick studies of life animals, figures and other subjects. They provided important resources and references for my final pieces.
The last drawing draft of 2020, it pretty much sums up the year, dark yet there's light of hope.
Journey To The West
Two wee clown monsters from Monkey King, Journey to the West. A quick drawing for fun. Pen and ink A4.
Beautiful autumn colour in Strasbourg, a cozy warm afternoon by the canal. F&B colour pencil with pen and ink. A4.
The Camerata Rco band live concert drawing in Dordrecht. A4 with pen and ink.
Rosengarten from Tiers
Life drawing during my trip to Dolomites. View of Rosengarten from the top of Tiers village. Pen and ink A4.
Street in Chiangmai, Thailand. One week before the global pandemic. Pen and ink. Completely based on my oil painting.
Elm Hill Road
The dreamy snowy night in Elm hill road, Norwich, based on my oil painting. Slight different technique, without clear outline for major shapes. Pen and ink.
Man working in laundry in Sri Lanka. Pen and ink. I made a few versions of this study including an oil painting.
The Tibetan villagers queuing for a holy funeral of a Lama, study, pen and ink.
Putney Bridge Bath
Putney bridge, Bath, one of my favorite cities in the UK. Pen and ink A5.
The dramatic clouds in Shuhe town, elevation 2470m. Pen and ink A4.
A commission illustration for a friend's project, about Athens and Greek history. Pen and ink.
Play with value, contrast and composition. Nepal, Pen and ink A4.
Life drawing on the balcony of Boao town, Hainan island. Pen and ink.
Pen and ink polished over life drawing of Berchtesgaden valley, April 2007. I sat on the hill slope in two days around 6 pm during sunset and made the sketch. A4.
The Grote kerk of Breda
The Grote kerk of Breda. Pen and ink A4 from life.
NuanQuan Town Market
Pen drawing from the sketch. Based on a visit to a rural village in Hebei, China. The sunny day of a local market. A4.
Life drawing of the Norwegian fjords in Flam. A4.
From life drawing with colleagues in Hutong near Houhai, Beijing small alley are becoming a major tourist attraction. Pen and ink with colour pencil, A4.
Watzman from Berchtesgaden
Based on life drawing in Berchtesgaden in 2007, view from the hotel towards the second highest peak in Germany, the Watzmann. Pen and ink A4.
The mountain view of Flam, Norway, life drawing A4.
Life drawing in Fenghuang, Phoenix old town, west Hunan. Pen and ink, A4.
The Norfolk coast, half from life drawing in Norwich, half from imagination. This one was done by pencil only. A4.
Red Sand Bay
Red Sand Bay near Macau, the peaceful moment before a storm, F4 with pen and ink, straight from life drawing.
Breda haven, pen and ink from life drawing, A4.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu, 2019, pen and ink directly on life drawing. A4.
Bagel Brother Cafe Lubeck_S
The life drawing from the window of Bagel Brother Café in Lubeck, I drew this piece in 2007, made some changes in 2019. Pen and ink together with colour pencil, A4.
a quick base drawing for a client asking for loading screen of a WW2 board game, 2B and 4B Pencil and pen on A3 paper.
Added more shading and details for my 2009 Pont Neuf life drawing. A4 with pen and ink.
Chamonix Mont Blanc
Chamonix, France, view towards Mont Blanc from the valley. Life drawing on the 1st April and coloured with F&C pencil.
Frank on the train
Frank on the train, the 60 year old historian sat next to me and we had a nice chat from oberwesel to Koblenz. I made a quick draft of him with pencil. F4.
The young puppy, Princess. A4 pen and ink, Colour pencil.
It's a base of my digital painting, the piece features bishops bridge in Norwich, the Salzburg castle and Romania buildings, all the places I have visited.
Norwich from Castle
Castle view towards north east in Norwich. Pen and ink, F4.
Bacharach Beer Garden
Beer garden in Bacharach, with pen and colour pencil. F4. Life drawing and memory only.
The rundown XiChang street in Changsha, 2016, A5 pen and ink.
Ponte Veccio, Florence. life drawing from the balcony of a wine shop on the left bank, it was freezing cold. F4 with pen and ink.
Life drawing in Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong. Pen and pencil A4.
Cingelstraat, Breda, based on life drawing on location. A4 with pen and ink.
Norwich Cathedral From Wensun
Based on my life drawing from a Norwich paint out event, A4 with colour pencil and pen. Autumn of Norwich, England.
New Summer Palace
The study of new summer palace in Zhuhai, China, I will draw more traditional and historical oriental subject in the near future. A4, pen and ink. Directly from life drawing.
Life drawing in Gent, 2017, A5 pen and ink.
New Island café, Hong Kong, based on life drawing when I was dinning there and memory later on. A4 with pen and pencil.
Afternoon view of the Constantine & Helen church in Bruges. A5. Life drawing with colour pencils.
View from London Eye
Last piece of 2015, based on life drawing from London eye! Pen and ink, A5.
A sunny winter day in Rome. View from the colonna traniana square towards east. F4 with pen and colour pencil. Life drawing.
Chester East Gate
The famous east gate of Chester, a very picturesque elegant city with so many historical landmarks, pen and ink, A5, life drawing.
Life drawing of Norwich Cathedral during the first week of the new term, pen and ink polished later in office. Finally I had the chance to draw the magnificent cathedral from my favourite angle, I could even see the peregrine near the spire. A3 full size.
I visited Istanbul in May 2012, a wonderful and colorful city! I made a A4 drawing afterwards. The location is from imagination, doesn't actually exist, it's a reflection of my impression of Istanbul.
King's College through a gate
Rainy day of King's College through a gate, the finished drawing of Cambridge, pen and ink, A4.
Ruins of the Great Wall
The Huanghuacheng section of the wall may not be the most dramatic part of the magnificent wonder, but it changed my initial impression of the wall. F4 from life draft, ink only.
I visited my favorite place in Taiwan in 2013 summer, the guest house located at the top of the hill, I made this drawing early in the morning around 6am before the temperature got too hot. Pen and ink on A4 paper.
During the outdoor life drawing session, I transformed the courtyard of NUA campus into a more fantasy world. Created different layout and composition for the building structures, added figures and other stuff from imagination. When the sun came out, the shadow really brought everything together.
Life drawing at Coffee Island, Syntagma Square, Athens. A4, Pen and ink only.
Life sketch of Hale station in the morning, pen and ink on A5 paper.
The bridge connects the Norwich castle and mall, life drawing in the morning of 19th September 2015. Pen and ink on A5 paper.
A very atmospheric drawing, depicting Japanese warrior rides a small boat in storm. Pure imagination drawing inspired by "Lone Wolf and Cub"/Kozure Okami. Smaller than A4, pencil and pen.
Various life studies from Norwich castle gallery, the typewriter is a good example of speed drawing, about 30 minutes, the penguins took about 25 minutes. Pen and ink on A4 paper.
Sculpture life study in Athens War museum, amazing art and civilization almost 2500 years ago. Pen and ink within an hour.
A sketch I made eventually for my 3D scene, a girl is painting a rusty iron penguin, 10 minutes with pen and ink during a meeting at Francis house.
Late afternoon in new forest, brockenhurst, life drawing with pen and ink, polished a year later. A5.
Fight in Elm Hill
My favorite street, the Elm Hill, where the fight begins. I widened the road for better composition. Pen and ink on A4 paper.
Some random drawings of wildlife from museums in Norwich.
Elm Hill Fantasy
The life drawing session with students really inspired me, made this fantasy world of Elm Hill, the lower part of the drawing are purely from imagination, and of course the dragon, one day work with pen and colour pencil.
Norwich Market towards Castle
The view from Roman market towards Norwich castle, I stood in the sun for an hour and made the draft, coloured with pencil later. A4 size.
Norwich Castle Keep
The life drawing of Norwich Castle keep, for memory with my students in the Uni. Pen and ink, A5.
A quick 40 minutes study of the lion from Norwich castle museum, and the bushes behind the forget me not church. Pen and ink.
This small A4 draft drawing is based on my impression of the great Malaysia coast town Melaka, used to be a very important port from 17-19 centuries. The town has very rich culture and history of early Chinese immigrants and local Malay people.
St. Peter Mancroft
St. Peter Mancroft, Church of England, Norwich. Afternoon at 3pm, about an hour. Pen and colour pencil.
Pont Alexandre III
Based on an old pencil draft I made in Paris in 2009, the Pont Alexandre III, just finished the ink lines, changed the composition, added a few figure in the foreground and cloud.
A 1 hours study alone Wensum river near Norwich University of the Arts main building. I made this as a demo for life drawing session of my first year students. Pen and ink on A5 paper.
Feng Huang Impression
A quick drawing finished in the office, smaller than A4, nearly 2 days work. It combines the impression of west Hunan province, 3 hours away from home town. Amazing culture and landscape there.
Dumnoen Saduak Market
Dumnoen Saduak Market. Thailand, 2012 Christmas. Draft with pen and ink. Size A4. This piece formed the basis of my final drawing in A2.
One of the quick draft after visiting Heidelberg in July 2010, combine with some fantasy elements and imagination.
Life sketch I did in central Taiwan in 2013, Cingjing Farm is a famous tourist holiday resort, 30 minutes with pen and ink looking down from the castle towards farm.
40 minutes quick life sketch, the view from Monastery towards Wensum river, pen and ink, coloured with Faber&Castel pencil.
Some random drawings of people, from various places, airport, museums etc, Many of the mini head portraits took merely 5-10 minutes.
German WWII Soldier
The drawing I made for a WWII online game, as a base for the coloured splash screen.
The Cat Woman
40 minutes of life drawing, with Holly in Cat woman dress. Pen and ink on A4 paper.
A very quick draft of the famous mosque I made during the visit to Istanbul in 2012 May.
On the train
A very quick sketch, during the 15 hour train jouney from Beijing to my home town Changsha, two travellers sleeping in the lower bed of the carriage, one is reading and another is checking his mobile phone.
Looking down to the bridges from the hill on the west, the view offers more than what you expected from a legendary city. Pen and black ink on A4 paper.
Life drawing in SG39 with A2 paper, 40 minutes each.
After a short to Sri Lanka, I made a drawing on the busy chaos street of Kandy, their historical town. Finished with coloured pencil after came back.
British 6th Airborne
The drawing I made for a WWII online game, as a base for the coloured splash screen.
Bacharach Burg Stahleck
The old castel turned into a youth hotel, over river Rhine in Germany.
Life sketch from the field trip in Wells, I always wanted to draw the typical Norfolk coast line, with a very cloudy grey sky, with a few moments of sunny spells.