Over the weekend we took a trip to the mall and while we sat and waited for some brunch I started this sketch (finishing it at home). This part of the mall was pretty empty – but surprisingly the main part (and the supermarket) was crowded….too crowded for social distancing that’s for sure.
I sketched this while out in the Market Market! mall last weekend… adding the colour when at home. Yellow seemed to be the theme! I used to like buying food at Bread Talk…they used to actually sell bread and savoury snacks, but now I find it’s all sweet cakes and (what can only be vaguely described as) bread, heavily dosed with sugar.
Yesterday I was out in Makati (trying to get my laptop fixed which I am told is a ‘vintage’ MacBook) and sketched this when I stopped for a coffee. This is Gloritetta 4 and I was in Gloriettta 5 …there are so many malls in Makati, you could probably cross the city without going outside.
You can tell that I’m back in the Philippines because I am sketching inside shopping malls. At least in this one I managed to draw what was out the window. This is Market Market! shopping mall drawn from SM Aura mall. Something went wrong with my perspective on the roofs – but I was pleased with the way the sky came out…it really did look that gloomy!
Last Saturday I popped into town to do some shopping and sketched this on the way. It’s actually the building where I work and is not really a mall – it’s full of government offices. I think it must have been damaged in the last hurricane…it’s missing a T.
Have you ever been in one of these massage chairs? I’ve never tried one but my wife did the other day and I did a very quick sketch while she was buried in the thing. I took a quick reference photo before starting the sketch and added the colour later. The owner of these chairs at the mall calls it a “positive living station” – and this one (which surrounds you completely – and I assume gives you a more thorough massage) is the most popular one.
I had very little time to sketch on Saturday when I was at the mall doing our weekly shopping…so what did I do? I did a 5 minute sketch, took a photo and added the colour at home. I was in such a hurry that I got the name of the taco stand wrong – it’s El taco Mucho …I missed out the “h”. I’ve sketched these orange chairs before and will no doubt do it again – I love the bright colours of the chairs and stand compared to the dull background. The woman working at the taco stand even had a shirt that matched the colour of the chairs.
Just for a change I have included my notes on this one: If I’m in BGC (Bonifacio Global City – a part of Metro Manila being developed as a new business district at a breakneck pace by the Ayala family) I can’t resist the opportunity to sketch – there is so much of interest to draw there. As I was there early morning (yesterday) I could also sit somewhere where I’d normally get roasted in the sunshine. I do like salted eggs but noticed that this place says they come direct from Singapore – why I don’t know because salted duck eggs (as well as century eggs and pregnant eggs …don’t ask a vegetarian) are a speciality in the Philippines.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – there really are some spectacular trees on the streets in Metro Manila. This one is outside the SM Center (a mall) in Pasig – of which Ortigas is part. I found a spot on a wall half in, half out of the sun and the bushes to draw this. A lot of the time I was grumbling to myself as procession of large cars decided that the perfect place to wait to pick someone up was right in front of me!
This is the third sketch I did with Quezon City Sketchers last Sunday. In one of the squares of Centris Walk there was a crowd of people waiting in front of a restaurant called Romantic Baboy Unlimited Korean Grill (Baboy is Tagalog for pig or pork and I assume the restaurant focuses on pork dishes). Their mascot is a pig in a dinner jacket with a rose in it’s mouth, his arm out and his fingers snapping. I couldn’t resist sketching this – Filipinos seem to have a penchant for peculiar restaurant names!