4 days of sketching and cycling Taiwan / by erwin lian

Took part in Taiwan's Brompton World Championship racing event last weekend at Chang Hua.
Went a few days early and did a little bit of sketching and cycling here and there.

Tools:
1) My Brompton
2) A pocket sized Accordion Moleskine.
3) Clutch Pencil, Kneaded eraser and a sharpener

Day 1:
Started from my hotel, near Taipei Main Station to Dihua Street. Was planning to sketch some of the beautiful buildings there but ended up cycling aimlessly.... until I stopped at a beautifully lit building.

 The lights falling off this building and trees caught my attention.

The lights falling off this building and trees caught my attention.

 Sketch of a Street Scene near Dihua Street.

Sketch of a Street Scene near Dihua Street.

Rode up north and cycled along the river near Shilin. 

 Saw a dead bird when I cycle back to Taipei Main Station.

Saw a dead bird when I cycle back to Taipei Main Station.

 Stop by Yuan Shan to attend a figure drawing session. Model switch poses like clockwork. 5 minutes, clock vibrates and she switched.  There's a rather distinctive Taiwanese feature on her and I couldn't pin down what it is. 

Stop by Yuan Shan to attend a figure drawing session. Model switch poses like clockwork. 5 minutes, clock vibrates and she switched.  There's a rather distinctive Taiwanese feature on her and I couldn't pin down what it is. 

Stop by CCH Studio to attend a figure drawing session. It was a great gathering and I sat beside a retiree.  The studio was packed and the instructor was very welcoming and friendly. I really dig it. 

Day 2 : I woke up early to cycle along Tamshui and check out the market. 

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 My Sketching Companion & Tools 

My Sketching Companion & Tools 

 Stop by Jian Tan and noticed that the shops have changed from a few years ago. New bicycle shops and this Louisa Coffee Cafe

Stop by Jian Tan and noticed that the shops have changed from a few years ago. New bicycle shops and this Louisa Coffee Cafe

Day 3:
Taipei drizzled a little and its time I escape to Taichung via HSR. When I got to Taichung, I have assembled my bicycle again and got some Milk Tea at a local 85c Cafe. Sketched some scooters here before I cycle my heart out just to Taichung Confucius Temple. Only 30 minutes to sketch this scene. 

 Taiwan's national commute = The Scooters. Their daily dosage of hugs and snuggles.

Taiwan's national commute = The Scooters. Their daily dosage of hugs and snuggles.

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 Got to rest early before I take part in the cycling race tomorrow at Chang Hua 

Got to rest early before I take part in the cycling race tomorrow at Chang Hua 

 Gotta look sharp when riding a bicycle in Taiwan. 

Gotta look sharp when riding a bicycle in Taiwan. 

Day 4: Brompton World Championship day at Chang Hua

 Didn't bring a cover and was hoping to not get caught in the Train.. hehe lucked out 

Didn't bring a cover and was hoping to not get caught in the Train.. hehe lucked out 

I woke up early to take the local train to Taichung HSR but jumped on the wrong train. Instead of one-stop south to Changhua, I went on an express train and it shot passed all stations and reached Zuoying. I love the HSR and actually didn't mind this incidental round island affair. Jumped onto the next train North and got to the race, on time. Nope. they didn't charge me extra .... this is probably the trick to get a total HSR ride down and up for a fraction of the real cost :P 

 I made it to the race on time, after all !

I made it to the race on time, after all !

 Race of 12 Km and the fastest guy finished in about 19 minutes. 

Race of 12 Km and the fastest guy finished in about 19 minutes. 

 My entire trip in a piece :) 

My entire trip in a piece :) 

Overall, a great trip. 
Thank you all my Taiwanese friends who came out to spend time with me.