Hello! I'm Justin

I am an architecture student and I record and share my life and travels through my sketches.

I started sketching on location in 2013 and I have since fallen in love with it. Through each drawing, I observe, distill, and record the places I visit. This allows me to gain a far deeper understanding of my surrounding, from the architecture and culture to people I meet on the streets. All of these in turn influence the drawing, giving it life and energy.

As an aspiring architect, each sketch teaches me a new lesson on architecture and design, influencing each project I work on. If you are interested in my design work, I post them here.

I dream of having a bookshelf full of my sketchbooks in my living room when I am older. Occasionally looking back on my life and be reminded of every little detail about each place I visited and the stories behind them.

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what I bring along


These are the things I bring with me when I go sketching.

I tend to set up the scene of my sketches with a pencil. I use a mechanical pencil, simply because they are so convenient. I also rarely draw with pencil alone and therefore do not require the many properties that a real pencil would have.

I really enjoy the stronger lines produced with ink and I find that fountain pens produce the most beautiful lines.

I use a Lamy Safari for inking my drawings, as it is relatively affordable for such a durable fountain pen. For ink, I use the waterproof ink by Noodlers, which allows me to apply watercolour on it afterwards without ruining the ink.

When it comes to colouring, I have a basic watercolour palette consisting of ten colours. Because I wanted to have control over my colours, I bought an empty watercolour box and added my own colours into the pans.

I use a waterbrush to paint, they are like normal brushes that can be filled with water, which means that there is no need to bring a separate water container.

The whites in my watercolours are produced with a white gel pen. This is a lot more practical than leaving the whites of the paper visible, especially when the locations of the whites must be very precise.