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Sketches from Hong Kong / August

My family and I are settling into our new life here in Hong Kong, our home for the next year, and my illustration studio is up and running. So far we've experienced two typhoons, made some new friends, explored some new neighborhoods, and eaten extraordinary food. Here are some selections from my sketchbook made since our arrival last month:
Man in saffron, Kowloon.

The world's smallest locksmith store? Seen at a Mong Kok street market.

A fishmonger in her boat in Sai Kung harbor.
Some random thoughts:
I'm becoming more comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road.
I love the exciting thunder and lightning storms. How can I capture them in a sketch?
I've been listening to a lot of jazz while I work: Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Monk. As always, music is providing an important anchor to my life.
I miss hearing my daughter practice her piano.
I'm glad that I bought that inexpensive classical guitar that I saw at the local music store.
I'm proud of our children who are adapting so well to life here and to their new schools.
That spider is as big as my hand!
I saw a monkey that lives in the woods near our apartment.
I will miss playing music with Joe, Barry, Chris and Kenny at the Society of Illustrators.
There will be flowers blooming in the middle of winter. Will we miss the cold and the snow?
Woman on the East Rail Line.
Vintage neon sign in Sai Kung.

Hong Kong Disneyland. The heat and crowds made even the most intrepid mouseketeer tired and cranky.

Street scene in Kowloon before a thunderstorm.

The bus of lucky charms.
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