Kuala Lumpur, seen from Chinatown towards the old railway station

We spent a month backpacking around Singapore and Malaysia. Despite all the excitement, I took the time to do a few sketches…

Here’s one of the wonderfully chaotic architecture of downtoen Kuala Lumpur. That’s Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the foreground.

Shanghai sketches

Smoggy Shanghai, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

I was in Shanghai for two weeks, working. I managed to do a few sketches.

The Cathay theatre, Shanghai
Great art deco movie theatre

Shanghai architecture, old town
Piece of retro architecture in the bazaars outside the old town. ‘Ye Olde Cathay’ – style

Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Sketched from the Bund on my first day. The Jetsons-looking tower is the Pearl of the Orient Radio Tower.

Travel Sketchbook – Stockholm

The view from our hotel window, on Sturegatan.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

It was a great and sunny fall day, so I stopped to draw the view. The next day we visited the East Asian museum to see the Terracotta Warriors, and the best new Swedish art show at the Museum of Modern Art, both located on this island
Gamla Stan and The Royal Palace, Stockholm

Beautiful sunset on the old town, seen from the courtyard of the East Asian Museum.
Louie Louie, Stockholm

We stopped at this hip café while walking around in Södermalm, a young and artistic neighbourhood.

Alberga Manor, Espoo – the Sugar Castle

I often pass through the grounds of this pink manor house on my way to work. As the weather was nice I decided to draw it.

There has been a manor on this site since 1620. This latest incarnation was built in 1876. I don’t know if this neo-renaissance building bears any resemblance to the original. It’s also known as ‘Sugar Castle’ as its owner Feodor Kiseleff made his wealth trading sugar, and wood from sugar crates was used in its construction.

The Old Church, Helsinki

The Old Church, Helsinki, originally uploaded by Brin d’Acier.

This wooden church was built in 1826 to serve as a temporary structure while the older cathedral was demolished and a new stone church was built to replace it.

The architect was Carl Ludvig Engel. He was responsible for most of the neo-classical buildings in the historical centre of Helsinki.

It’s almost impossible to draw this church from the front in the summer because of the big trees. It’s the same “Plague park” as here and here.