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Happy New Year 2019 by erwin lian

Happy New year !

As 2018 comes to an end, I can’t help but to reflect on the things that I have accomplished.
Overall, I have been lucky and I am grateful for the opportunities that many of you have given me:

2018:

  • Curated group show INTERLACE with Bynd Artisan. Invited the finest international artists and prominent patrons to our show. Guest of honour: Miss Sim Ann. Senior Minister of State at the Ministries of Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry.  


  • Conducted Sketch Bhutan 2018 (Jun)

  • Completed Botanical Watercolour Workshop at Bynd Artisan.

Guess who attended my Botanical Watercolor Workshop at Bynd Artisan ? Stefanie Sun !

Guess who attended my Botanical Watercolor Workshop at Bynd Artisan ? Stefanie Sun !

  • Achieved 4.9 Stars rating for Sketch Singapore on Airbnb Experience with Francis Theo

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  • Lectured at Nanyang Technological University. Module, Concepts for Digital Imaging.


  • Lectured at Ngee Ann, Module leader for Drawing & Perspective, Visual Communication and 3D Form and Space.

  • Completed Commission work for National University of Singapore.

National University of Singapore Calendar 2019

National University of Singapore Calendar 2019


  • Completed Commission work for Bank of Singapore.

One of the many paintings that was commissioned by Bynd Artisan and Bank of Singapore for their corporate calendar 2019.

One of the many paintings that was commissioned by Bynd Artisan and Bank of Singapore for their corporate calendar 2019.

  • Made postcard souvenirs in Bhutan with Kencho

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  • Moved to Hong Kong and joined SISHKl. Obtained Cat 1 IB teaching certificate. Successfully implemented new foundation classes for S3 students.

My instructor Ms Ayoka teaching us about IB Arts at UWC college in Singapore.

My instructor Ms Ayoka teaching us about IB Arts at UWC college in Singapore.

Study of my classmate during class.

Study of my classmate during class.


  • Sold the rights of The Perfect Sketchbook to Etchr Lab and collaborated on releases of The Perfect Sketchbook in 2019. Etchr Lab has global distribution and I can’t wait to see what we can come up with. Don’t forget sign up for the mailing list !

 There’s been a few goals that I have fallen short on in achieving:

  • Publish a tutorial book on painting.

  • Establish online lessons.

  • Conduct drawing/painting workshops in Hong Kong

  • Paint for a solo show in Hong Kong.

Here are some sketches that I have made while I been in Hong Kong. Suffice to say, I haven’t been too productive with painting as I used to:

Demonstration sketch of drawing the hallway. I captured one of my student, working in the hallway.

Demonstration sketch of drawing the hallway. I captured one of my student, working in the hallway.

The only time I get to draw is during my daily 45 minutes commute to the school

The only time I get to draw is during my daily 45 minutes commute to the school

Studying the faces I met on the MTR

Studying the faces I met on the MTR

faces on the MTR

faces on the MTR

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Attended the 24 hours race and was on duty. Sketch our students at rest.

Attended the 24 hours race and was on duty. Sketch our students at rest.

The morning MTR. A time catch up with more sleep.

The morning MTR. A time catch up with more sleep.

MTR lines and my lines

MTR lines and my lines

Digital sketch of the urban sketchers HK at work

Digital sketch of the urban sketchers HK at work

My colleagues during meeting

My colleagues during meeting

Personal development day at the school. Principle giving us a lesson on discipline.

Personal development day at the school. Principle giving us a lesson on discipline.

Assembly during award ceremony

Assembly during award ceremony

My colleagues schooling a bunch of kids with great enthusiasm and energy..

My colleagues schooling a bunch of kids with great enthusiasm and energy..

Stem quiz in school. Intelligence all over the place.

Stem quiz in school. Intelligence all over the place.

Quick demonstration for the school’s CCA with the Ipad on the view outside our campus.

Quick demonstration for the school’s CCA with the Ipad on the view outside our campus.

Lots of assembly in our school

Lots of assembly in our school

How students are like during assembly time.

How students are like during assembly time.





Discovering Discovery Bay by erwin lian

My first month in Hong Kong:

I am still adjusting to life here and it has been quite an interesting experience thus far.
Restarting something is always more difficult, and I'm giving myself more time to acquire the necessary momentum and rhythm.

Since I don't have proper gears and equipment, I am making do with what I have and can do. 

Yesterday, I visited an old college classmate and experienced Discovery Bay. This place doesn’t feel like Hong Kong and offered some unique quirks.

I sneaked into the Marina Club but was kicked out after they discovered me. Didn't complete my painting and I have to walk around to find another spot. This spot really wasn't ideal and it was on a slope but I decided to give it a go.

I sneaked into the Marina Club but was kicked out after they discovered me. Didn't complete my painting and I have to walk around to find another spot. This spot really wasn't ideal and it was on a slope but I decided to give it a go.

No easel. no chair, plenty of mosquitoes and a scorching sun were some of the annoying issues I dealt with for this first plein-air.

No easel. no chair, plenty of mosquitoes and a scorching sun were some of the annoying issues I dealt with for this first plein-air.

Ta-dar ! I did it. Not exactly my best work but hey I stayed committed till the end. 

Ta-dar ! I did it. Not exactly my best work but hey I stayed committed till the end. 

Personal cars aren't allowed in Discovery Bay and people have to buy these over-priced golf bungees that costs a few million dollars if they want a  vehicle. 

Personal cars aren't allowed in Discovery Bay and people have to buy these over-priced golf bungees that costs a few million dollars if they want a  vehicle. 

Way less crowded in Discovery Bay and it felt like I been transported out of Hong Kong. 

Way less crowded in Discovery Bay and it felt like I been transported out of Hong Kong. 

I walked all over and couldn't find a good spot with shade to paint or sketch. Eventually, I just sat down and drew some people around me.

I walked all over and couldn't find a good spot with shade to paint or sketch. Eventually, I just sat down and drew some people around me.

couples and their poses

couples and their poses

Thankful to have great friends from College in Hong Kong. Hung out with Queenie and her family 

Thankful to have great friends from College in Hong Kong. Hung out with Queenie and her family 

Sophie posed for me and I did a fast sketch of her. 

Sophie posed for me and I did a fast sketch of her. 

My life in Hong Kong has been good thus far. The locals have been a lot friendlier than I have anticipated. Some of my friends have warned me about peculiar judgmental cultures....Since it isn’t something I have control over, I won't be registering anything of them.. just my jovial best when I'm here.