Holiday sketchpad


I’ve been a bit quiet of late, mainly as I’ve been on a stupendous holiday! I’ve just returned after three weeks in the amazing Philippines, and I kept myself busy while there with a trusty moleskin sketchpad.


From the beautiful beaches of Mindoro, to the rice terraces in the Highlands, I tried to get a few sketches in. Mainly to draw as relaxation instead of working, but also to keep my hand in.philippines2

Batad rice terraces.philippines3

Palm trees. Lots and lots of palm trees.philippines4

Traditional Ifuagaon hut in the Highlands.philippines5

Some incredible ramshackle buildings in the area.philippines6philippines7



Jeepneys are the main source of transport in the country, a mutant extended form of the basic jeep. They also had elaborate decorations and some choice english phrases on them.philippines10

Tricycles are also ever present, noisy and stinky.philippines11

Three weeks was not enough to explore everywhere in the country, but that just means that some day I’ll have to get back there again. With a pencil and sketchpad in hand.


About Donough O' Malley

Irish Illustrator based in the UK.
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4 Responses to Holiday sketchpad

  1. Brian says:

    Wow! I love the sketches Donough, I feel like I know the place!

  2. Hi Mr Malley! I love the sketches especially the pencil drawing of the terraces! Our mountaineering club is going to Ifugao on May to give away school supplies to children there. Will you mind if I use your sketch to be a component of a promotional poster I am doing? I would be glad to share to you my final layout. Thanks a lot! Your yes, would go a thousand miles!

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