Ben Luk is an urban sketcher in Hong Kong. He is an engineer by profession and a freelance artist. His artwork draws inspiration from the urban environment, including architecture, streetscapes, food culture, people and their everyday lives. From the banal to the most extraordinary, he sees and records the world with his on-location sketches.
He studied and lived in London for more than 10 years, eventually moving back to Hong Kong, his home town, in 2012. Having a background in construction and building conservation, he was initially attracted to the traditional temples and colonial architecture in Hong Kong which became his subject matter in his early sketchbooks. Having immersed himself in the world of urban sketching in the last 10 years, he has expanded his subject matters into boats, vintage cars, exotic museum exhibits, festivals and food culture. He often works with pen, watercolour, ink and mixed media.
In 2013, he became one of the founders of Urban Sketchers Hong Kong (USkHK). He actively promotes urban sketching in his local chapter, and often help the group organize local events, sketch crawls and group exhibitions. He has taught urban sketching workshops in Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Auckland, where he was one of the instructors at the 2013 Urban Sketchers Symposium. Recently His work can be found in the Urban Sketching Handbook series, including “101 Sketching Tips” (2019), “Spotlight on Nature” (2022), and “The World of Urban Sketching” (2022).
When sketchers go socializing over a drink or a meal, they often end up being very quiet as soon as they pull their sketch books out and start drawing.
When a beautifully presented dish is served, how could we capture it fast without going hungry? More specifically, how do we record shapes, textures and flavours of our food or beverage as they are being presented, and be able to capture food and drinks at speed without going hungry whilst sketching? How can we improvise, when your dessert melts in front of your eyes or gets eaten before you can finish the sketch?
This workshop aims to achieve the socializing, sketching and eating all at the same time!
0.7 mm Uniball gel pen in dark blue (I can provide)