Jess Chua: content specialist and award-winning writer/artist. Passionate about UX, writing, and design.

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I sketch occasionally as an outlet for self-expression. It also serves as a great form of therapy.

  • Preferred tools: pens, mechanical pencil, watercolors.
  • I’d like to explore figure drawing (!) in 2023.
  • I’d like to offer some art prints in future.

2023 Updates

Beginning of the End. Bronze award in “5 for 5” (J. Mane Gallery)
Japan Street. Special Recognition award in “Cityscapes” (Light Space & Time)

Older Updates

I started sketching when I was 16 years old. I enjoy using mechanical pencils, ballpoint pens, and pigment liners because of their precision.

It’s a diligent practice that improves my visual skills and offers mental relaxation.

Here are a few of my sketches from 2003 – 2018.

I’d like to do more bird drawings in future as they’re my favorite subject.

Blue Jay. Pencil. May 2005.
Kingfisher. Ballpoint Pen. 2017.

Plant copy drawing exercise from “The Elements of Drawing.” (Unfinished) pencil version on the right from 2008; blue pen version in the back from 2018.


John Ruskin’s “The Elements of Drawing” is an old and very academic book. It was the best drawing book I ever read and learned from 😀


Edgar Allan Poe pencil portrait. 2006.


Reference Pic: Lisa from Black Pink (K-Pop girl band)

english countryside sketch

English Countryside, ballpoint pen. 2017.


Sketch of Ninja Kawasaki bike. Pilot gel pen with PS filter.

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