Monday, January 11, 2016

Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink Workshop

Sketching with Dry Twigs & Chinese Ink
See the city in monotone black & white and sketching it using handmade dry twigs with Chinese ink as main medium. Leaving white or blank space doesn’t mean nothing, in traditional concept of Chinese ink painting, blank space is also part of the drawing. I will teach the participants how to leave empty space in their sketch creatively.

Learning Goals
Sketching with non traditional tools but handmade twigs. Participants will experience the inconsistent line works created with the twigs. They also learn the three important elements: dots, lines and shades in black and white sketch.

Workshop Location
Lisbon, Portugal

6, March 2016

Workshop Duration
10h30 - 13h00: morning session (venue: Miradouro N. Sr.ª do Monte)
13h00 - 14h30: lunch
14h30 - 17h00: afternoon session (venue: Alfama)

Workshop Schedule
Morning Session
30 mins: introduction (tools and sketching techniques overview)
15 mins: preparing the sketching tools
30 mins: demo (line works only sketch)
60 mins: part I: line works only sketch
15 mins: review
Total: 2h30

Afternoon Session
30 mins: demo (lines + shades sketch)
90 mins: part II: lines + shades + ink/dry wash sketch
30 mins: review
Total: 2h30

Maximum Number of Participants
25 pax

Minimum Number of Participants
15 pax

Registration Fee
General registrations: 50,00€
USk Portugal members: 45,00€

For registration or more info, contact Mário Linhares at

Supply List
  • Your normal sketching tools 
  • Drawing Paper: Saunders Waterford Hot Presseed (HP) and Cold Pressed (NOT) 300 gsm
  • Twigs / Wood Branches: soft / hard wood, cut to pencil size
  • Pen knife
  • Small Bottles: as ink container
  • Gauze: cotton type
  • Oil Painting Brushes: flat / round head, different sizes
  • Dish Washing Sponge: with container

Meet the Instructor
Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, born 1974 in George Town, Penang. He was trained in architecture from Universiti Sains Malaysia and loves art, design and photography. He is a blog correspondent of Urban Sketchers and also one of the founder members of Urban Sketchers Penang. He published Sketchers of Pulo Pinang in 2009 and Line-line Journey in 2011. Find out more of his work at

Some example of his works:

20130720 Aerial View of Madrid
Size: 28 x 38 cm x5
Media: Chinese ink on paper

20140829 Rio Pereque Acu, Paraty
Size: 28 x 38 cm x4
Media: Chinese ink on paper

20151010 sTigun Cafe, Nagore Road, Penang
Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink on paper

20151018 Kuan Yin Temple, Burmah Road, Penang
Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink on paper

20151115 Shih Chung School, Love Lane, Penang
Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink on paper


  1. nice work
    اعمال شركة تنظيف بالرياض متميزة داخل المنطقة التي تعمل بها لانها تعمل علي تقديم كل ما هو جديد في عالم النظافة لتقديم خدمة متميزة للعميل فتعامل مع شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض ستلاقي فريق من العمال لدك مختصين في اعمال نظافة الفلل وهذا يحدث ايضا مع شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    والتي تعمل علي نظافة الخزانات وتعقيها للقضاء علي الاوساخ والبكتريا الصغيرة التي توجد بها معكم ايضا شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض التي تعمل علي الصيانة والتنظيف بواسطة اثنين من الفنين المختصين في مجال المسابح واليك خدمة اساسية تلبي لك العيش في بيئة خالية من الحشرات الصغيرة من خلال قسم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض الذي يعمل علي القضاء علي جميع الحشرات المنزلية كما يوجد قسم اخر في مجال مكافحة الحشرات وهو شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض التي تقدم خدمة الوقاية والقضاء علي هذه الافات بواسطة مبيدات طبيعية