Mia: Ningbo Local Drawing Circle May 2015

Update: My favourite sketch is featured in Ningbo Focus July 2015. Page66. Stay tuned every month for other sketcher’s favourite scribbles.

Hiya guys, my turn had come to an end. I will pass the sketchbook to Karen, sure she will take a good care of it! Here are my favourites from the book.

Reflecting on my personal aim I stated at the beginning of my month, I would say it is been a successful attempt to certain extent although I will not say I have covered the whole Ningbo (nowhere near!). You will see bits of my daily life (get going with my research), personal interests and also my rambling about other stuff. Most importantly, I had fun!

Please do let us know if you want to contribute 🙂 You will have the sketchbook for a month. On your own pace and time, draw as much as you want. By the end of the 12th month, we’ll gather and talk about the sketchbook. Here for more info. Bfn!

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1 May 2015: starting the Ningbo Local Drawing Circle

Hi guys, hope you are enjoying your holiday. It is a glorious day in Ningbo. We planned on cycling and flying the quadcopter on mountains today and get some footage. While waiting for Matt, I started to draw on the brand spanking new sketchbooks. This month is my turn.

I woke up in the morning with our 450 quadcopter and the radio controller on the dining table. Quite an interesting shape with joysticks, switches and a display. So that’s my first couple of drawings. My personal aim is to show Ningbo to the world (the circle is the first one in Ningbo- possibly in China too actually) along with my day-to-day life and personal interest through series of scribbles. That’ll make me explore Ningbo more, downtown area and interesting places. Let’s see how it goes, shall we! For info about the circle, click here and here are the books. Bfn.

Link to other circles (BrewDrawingCircles) is here, VPN is needed though.

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Ningbo local Drawing Circle

Update: I have a green light to start a new Local Drawing Circle in Ningbo :) I chose a Local Circle because I like the idea of meeting somebody and pass a physical sketchbook. Along with the Local Circle, I am joining the Global Circle too but my focus here is the local one.

Here is the Local Circle in a nutshell: the start date is always first day of the month. While you have the sketchbook for a month, draw as much as you want on the same book. At the end of the month, you will need to pass it to the next person. Once we are done with the 12th sketcher (in a year time), the book will need to be sent back to the first person.

You do not need to have a design background, everybody is welcome. I am not the best sketcher myself to be honest.

Let me know if you are interested to join the collaborative local mission, I will put you in touch with Angela Brew. Membership of the circle is GBP6 (60kuai) through Paypal. Link to examples, other Drawing Circles and running circles are here (VPN is needed). You can always join other type of circles: National or Global Circles. One of the sketchbook  has traveled from United States-India-United Kingdom! Have a peep at the site. Update: If you are keen on joining but the fee/ the Paypal account puts you off, i can sort it out for you. 

There will be a “Thinking through Drawing” symposium, November 7-8th 2015 in London; to meet up and talk about the books. Regrettably I do not think I will stay until November in England, but we might be able to join it through virtual meeting/review. Note: I am thinking out loud, possibly we can reproduce some drawings and put up a small exhibition in Ningbo.

To sum up, let me know if you are up for the second month or subsequent months. Your own pace and time, very flexible. Please visit the circles site too (with VPN): https://brewdrawingcircles.wordpress.com/  Bye for now.

Other links: The sketchbooks, May 2015- I started the circle, End of my sketching month- May 2015, Featured in Ningbo Focus 2015.

(graphic was drawn by me for ICoRD conference poster, January 2015)


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