Category Archives: Urban Sketching

Koh Tao Diaries

Just back from a very fulfilling trip to the Koh Tao island in Thailand. Sea-Sun-Sand is the best combo always, but this time it was very special. I did this solo diving trip for a week and did 8 dives, including 2 night dives. (In the past 8 years, I had done 12 dives!)

Some glimpses  (and of course, sketches) of Koh Tao coming up

Started my sketches from Mumbai airport itself. I had to spend nearly 8 hours on the airport. But when one has a pen and paper, and an urge to sketch, there’s no place for boredom!

The sketching continued in the plane from Mumbai to Bangkok and then to Koh Samui.

There was a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. This was done while waiting for the ferry at the pier.

Koh Tao was another magical place where I got many sketching opportunities.

These were done from the restaurant belonging to the diving resort (Big Blue) where I did my diving.

And I did this one of a taxi boat near the shore and gave the soft copy to the boat owner (Faan), who was ecstatic to see it.

Faan’s friend requested me to sketch his boat as well. So I did that too!

Koh Tao had experienced massive floods in the months of Nov-Dec, and though the cleaning has been done, so aftermath is still visible in broken roads and water clogging at places. This is a glimpse of the road where my dorm was located.

The group of islands like Koh Tao, Phi Phi and Samui enjoy great rock formations alongside lush greenery. I tried to capture some of it in this sketch.

After a week  of diving in Koh Tao, I returned to Samui via ferry. Sketched this one at the pier when waiting for the ferry.

And ended the sketching adventure with this sketch of Samui beach, just behind the hotel I was staying in.