September 14th, 2015

Back Alley at Jalan Bahagia

Artist: Vincent Pang – CitiSketcha, Singapore
Artist Statement: I grew up in this housing estate that was built in the 60’s under the local government’s housing administration, HDB. Being built then meant that there was a mix of 10-storey apartment buildings as well as 2-storey terrace houses which still stands today. The view of this back alley in the afternoon was done on location during a sudden bout of nostalgia. The afternoon scene hasn’t changed much over the decades: neighbours still catch up over the partition fences, while the birds twitter in the heat of the overhead sun, filtered through the shrubs and trees in the backyards of the homes of weekend gardeners.

I did a quick outline of the drawing with a Derwent aquarelle pencil and made the original painting with Daniel Smith watercolour on a Stillman & Birn Delta Series square sketchbook (7 x 7). I was inspired by Japanese anime artist Makoto Shinkai to create the misty sun-kissed effect. Post-drawing, I enhanced the drawing digitally, using the lens blur and glamour glow filters on the Google app, Snapseed.

MEDIA: Watercolor and digital effects
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Vincent Pang, the Citi-Sketcha, is an educator, a weekend freelance artist and member of Urban Sketchers. He paints and sketches whenever he finds the time, especially on weekends with pencil, ink and watercolour. Vincent’s work can be found at and on his blog:

Jalan Bahagia back alley


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