KL Ink

07 November 2016

Local sketch community KLSketchnation brings a newfound appreciation for architecture through urban sketching.

KLSketchnation is more than just about getting people to go out and partake in some urban sketching; it’s about getting people of all ages and backgrounds together, united in their shared love for drawing.

Since its inception in 2014, KLSketchnation has grown from just a group of keen architecture students and graduates to an entire community of sketchers from various disciplines, going on to become a key movement in Kuala Lumpur’s local art scene through collaborations with major organisations for festivals and events around town, on top of working with local universities to host sketch workshops and talks.


By KLSketchnation founder Ahmad Hakym Ahmad Hilmy

Making up the core KLSketchnation group are its founder Ahmad Hakym Ahmad Hilmy together with Syukri Shairi, Qaisy Jalenda, Huda and Zaki Salleh. Among the group’s signature activities include organising the fortnightly Sketchwalks, where participants explore a certain area in the Klang Valley by sketching their surroundings at pre-determined checkpoints.


By Ahmad Haryth Ahmad Hilmy


By Nor Mohamad Safuan Fikri bin Rosli


By Atilya Putri Ahmad Hilmy

Other similar activities include Sketchmob (where sketching kits are distributed and participants sketch in a group to ultimately see their work hung laundry-style) and Sketchjam (one of the group’s ice-breaker activities in workshops that involve collaborative sketching and brainstorming). 


By Alwani Ismail


By Nik Ayshah Nabeela Binti Hanipah


By Dina Khairudin

As KLSketchnation grew immensely, founder Hakym expanded the network beyond Malaysia with Sketchnation Global in 2015. Based in Manchester, England and working closely together with Manchester Urban Sketching Group (in which Hakym was an active participant while he was studying at Manchester School of Architecture), Sketchnation Global brings KLSketchnation’s cause to an international scale and engages with UK art communities to organise events and workshops.

While urban sketching is at the core KLSketchnation’s activities, Hakym wishes to grow the social enterprise towards research and education in the next ten years by engaging with more universities and strengthening its ties with Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia to become an art school for the community.


Follow KLSketchnation on Instagram (@klsketchnation) or get in touch at klsketchnation@gmail.com.
Featured sketch by Ahmad Hakym Ahmad Hilmy.

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