The show must go on. Last-minute I-forgot-to-post stuff. Friday, Sep 19 2008 

The Candy one looks like an anti-drug or anti-smoking cmapaign. Hehe.

Second one is called Guilt.

Third one is Prejudice.

Fourth one is Penetrate and Manifest -a rotting root-

Go figure. Don’t be lazy. Don’t be stuffed in your cotton candy fluff.


Sparse Friday, Sep 19 2008 

scan11 by you.

(stupid black line courtesy of sad sad scanner)

The ‘trunk’ is quite obviously a man, Hyde to be exact. Back in the old days when rockers had long, flowing hair. Drawn from a photo of him singing live. Then I looked at the way his right hand was ‘covering’ his eyes as if the sun was too bright, and the way his slim body twisted, and thought of that woman-turns-into tree myth. 

scan5 by you.

Jumping girl.

scan6 by you.

And her mom. No, not really. Anyway, look at the wings. Limbs, anyone?

Ahhhh Friday, Sep 19 2008 

scan9 by you.

It’s just this creepy guy who appears in your dreams and tries to kill you. Or something you.

scan8 by you.

Original by Kaori Yuki. Forgot his name from Boys Next Door. Orignal size was a pretty small panel, like less than a third of the book. Don’t you just love his forlorn expression? Check this manga out. *^^*

scan7 by you.

Old lousy pencil work. Only like the hair and the dress. Shoes…uhm…

Ignore the face XD I just had to put something there. And it’s old.

Uwaaa Friday, Sep 19 2008 

Uhm…my first few attempts at fashion design. Obviously lacking the skills and practice in both the linework and depiction. *hides in one corner* But I hope that the designs themselves aren’t too bad…I mean, I can’t really tell since I have zero experience and not much exposure. Or I’m just not cut out for it. But I kinda like it doing it.

Oh, and there’s lack of shading. Decided to leave that out for the meantime, as I think it’d only make it look worse since I’m not all too good with that.

scan by you.

scan2 by you.

Had to scan in two parts since my scanner…has a weird problem. Poses were copied, selected to fit the certain designs I already had. Hairstyles done by me…am also lacking experience in that *droops head*

Left: Semi formal casual onepiece. Pockets are fun. I think it’d look good as a party dress or something without the translucent top, but then it’d have to be a two-piece or have a slightly different design so it can be tied arund the waist belt or be let down to be a secone layer? Suggestions, anyone? =D

The shoes were kind of London inspired. Kind of, because I can’t say I really know what London fashion is about, but it gives me that English feel. I know has something to do with the ‘grids’  though -.-

Don’t ask me about the hair. No comment. Boring? Typical yet stylish? Old? Lame? I don’t know. I’ve got even less exposure to hair styling. I pretty much only know a bit about Korean and Japanese hair trends…tsk.

Middle: Girly coat dress. Kind of inspired by Korean fashion, that likes simple, clean form with some fanciness (as what I’ve tried to derive…). I’ve been looking at too much Korean stuff these days. Oh no, K-wave. Moving on.

The booties look really oriental with the black fastening thing like in Chinese dresses, as well as the clouds…pretty cute (I’m turning more and more girlie by the minute, help).

I quite ike the hairstyle, wavy dark black. Sophisticated yet funky. Though the fringe might be too round. Eep. The straight-cut bangs are in style now. Looks nice if it’s done properly and suits, or else it’d just look wannabe.

Right: Simple ladies’ coat with long sleeveless dress. The scarf-like piece is attached, the two parts hanging down can be tied together(as shown) or be left untied. The overall look reminds me of Manhattan, particularly the skirt, and I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s the clean, cool CBD look, where office women like simple touches to add style to their typical everyday wear.

I thought that it would good to have short parted hair, it feels more womanly than girlish and also appears more forthright and confident.

scan3 by you.

Alright, let’s admit it: Japan inspired. I’m so unoriginal. Slightly avant garde dress, with the high socks and platform shoes, and most of all, the almost-afro hair. Yes, the drawing is….wai. *slaps self*

That’s all~ before I embarrass myself further.

(just realised that my ‘photography’ tag is ‘photgraphy’. oops)

For the love of it Friday, Sep 19 2008 

scan13 by you.

Apparently I was supposed to be trying a more fauvist style…it was unsucessful. Me and colour pencils is a no-no.  But it was pretty fun. This (attempted) style brings out his flamboyancy. And ooh, look at his figure, waist, hip and everything. Yay for Bowie. Is there life on Mars~~?!?!

scan12 by you.

Neil Young. Black pen(s). There’s a reason as to why i dn’t like drawing guitars -_-;;

Must be one of the last most detailed work I’ve ever done and will ever do in the near future. Killa. For the record, I’m no good with cross-hatching. No patience => lots of mistakes => awful => please don’t make me do it.  

scan10 by you.

Ah, dear pencil and dearest Cobain. Guess I don’t have a thing for pencils either. But I like his hair…

Hmm…looks too stiff? He doesnt appear to be too into the guitar.

…lousy interpretation >_< And all my other coursework sketches are not with me…damn. Idiot. 

Site with larger pics. Not that there’s much to look at, but just in case.

Short Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

 Han Sai Por, Spirit of Nature

  Anthony Gormley, Angel of the North

Compare and contrast + concerns

Compared to Angel, Spirit is much smaller and more organic in form. It is more abstract, roughly resembling seedlings while Angel is just a simplified human. Spirit is made of white marble, while Angel is made of steel, making it seem heavy and intimidating, while spirit gives an illusion of lightness.  Also, Angel has “grids” and line that are solid and stern, as contrasted to the plain, flowing form of Spirit that represents the simple beauty of nature.  Angel is open and bare, very exposed to its surroundings, while Spirit encloses within itself. Spirit appears more personal and intimate, dealing with nature, as well as being polished and clean as compared to the majestic Angel that overlooks the lands, which is rusted, showing the wreariness of time and the modernisation.  Spirit looks complete, the five pieces come together to create wholeness, whereaes Angel stands alone looking like an abandoned construction, a bit like a skeleton.

NZ Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

…large gallery. Rather lousy if I have to say so for myself. Except for a handful… 

Feel the cold country…

…… Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

Flower power photo from Summer of Love 1967. Anti-war protest.

Analyse the comopsition of the photograph and discuss how effective it is in bringing across a sense of conflict between opposing forces.

Though the civilians take up a near equal amount of the copostion, they are surrounded by the military men at the top, left, and bottom sides of the photo. This depicts a sense f repression. The military wields more power over the people, bringing out a sense of forcefulness. However even when surrounded, the civilians do not shrink back, but rather, overwhelm the compostion with their brighter contrast. Even with less official authority and power, these civilians are able to create a significance through non-violent methods, probably portraying the power of ‘peace and love’ over violent tactics. The military men are lined up in a stringent line, while the civilians are grouped without proper order. This sows a sense of freedom conflicting with order.

The uniform of the militeay appears stiff and rigid, and is very formally attired, contrasting with the civilians’ soft, casual clothing. The military men are also wearing headgear made of very hard material, while the civilians have none. This is a conflict between their position in society, and the roles that they have to play and portray. The ilitary men appear very stoic, while the civilians looked muchore relaxed. The guns held by the military men are pointed directly at the civilians, appearing harsh and look to be alost as sharp as swords. The civilians on the other hand seem to ‘cofront’ the guns with flowers, as one blocks up the barrels the guns by sticking stalks of flowers into them. This portrays peace conflicting with the intrument of war, where ‘peace’, although appearing to me more fragile, has the power to stop the violence. This also appears as a soft versus hard solution for the war.

Compare and contrast the mise en scene of the two films stills and discuss what kind of mood Todd Haynes if trying to achieve in each scene.

Fig 3a

(can’t find fig 3b)

Fig 3a shows Cathy surrounded by her family and her servant. The room in the scene appears cluttered, with mostly luxury items such as a painting and an elaborately designed mirror. The colour is very bright, consistng of ostly warm colours such as yellows and browns that fill the room. Cathy is smiling to her children who are standing firm and straight, with her husband behind her, who is also smiling. He is standing in a very rigid manner even when in midst of taking his coat off. They are all very well-dressed and even the servant appears meticulously tidy. Cathy herself dons a large, expensive-looking coat, which is being taken off by the servant.

The cluttered room gives a sense of entrapment, overwhelmed by the luxuries of newfuond modernity. This portrays the attitude of the American 1950s, where families indulged in luxuires, and conformed to idealistic, materialistic comfort. The colours, though bright, appear very saturated and garish, briging out the obvious facade of society living  a very prim life, where beauty is overly done and ends up appearing unnatural and fake. The rigid standing positions represent the rigidness of society then, where proper conduct was constantly required and expected from everyone. The servant, standing behind Cathy, appears insignificant as she is left in the background. Her attire also much less extravangant, a portrayal of the social standing of the black Americans in a predominantly white-ruled scoiety where there was very strong racial prejudice.

Fig 3b shows Cathy situated right in the center of a dark room by the window, where some light penetrates through the curtains. The room is even more cluttered than that in fig 3a, and the objects , mostly luxury item as well, are covered in dark shadows and come off as mere silhouettes, including Cathy who is the most outstanding one as the back lighting falls directly on her.

The scene gives off a sense of entrapment, with many objects that appear to be forcing the character into a corner, suffocating and overwhelming her presence. The lack of light and the darkness emphasises the gloominess and solitude of Cathy as she looks out at the light of the window almost ironically, as instead of being in the light, she is covered in shawdows because of it, as well as trapping her within a frame. Her standing position is very casual, far more relaxed than seen in fig 3a, reflecting the despair she is in. She appears lonely and sunken, helpless.

Fig 3a, with its use of over-saturation, brings out a fake beauty from the brightness of colours, where everyone appears happy and everything looks well, but the truth is far from that, as contrasted in fig 3b. Without the beautification of a garish facade, everything is just a silhouette without meaing. The trth, instead of being covered by, is brought out by shadows, and Cathy ends up appearing as a character who looks a far cry from what she was in fig 3a. Her blonde hair and usually colourful clothes end up monochrmatic, relfecting the truth of society, which has covered up the darker side by maing use of superficious ideals and shallow materialism. People are not as happy as they make themselves think they are, and refuse to look at the truth shrouded in shadows.

Both scenes are shot in an objective viewpoint. As a third party and an onlooker, the audience is able to see the flaws of 1950s America without partiaiity.

Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

AEP block test

1)a) Explain in your own words, the meaning of ‘Installation Art’.

A 3-D work, designated to be at a certain, particuar place, in a partiular manner or direction. Unlike sculptures, installation art is usually not able to leave its surroundings. The high importance placed on venue and area of installation is because the environment  pertains to the meaning of the piece and can even be considered to be part of the artwork itself. For example, juxtaposition can be used to convey a certain meaning, such as use of irony and contrast. Installation art is more focused on the placement of objects within themselves or their surroundings, and is mainly conceptual. Its purpose is mostly meant to convey a message, rather than only representation or concentrating on sculptural aesthetic.

b) Describe Two Buffaloes, highlighting the significance of the materials used.

A 3-D installation art piece representing buffaloes, made out of rice sacks, straw, and what is assumably an animal’s tusk. It is mainly brown of  warm tone, giving a rural, earthy feel. There are two large rice sacks, each placed on two sepreae stools, with one in front of another to portray a sense of depth and suggesting the muscles of the buffalo. However, since the title states that there are two buffaloes, when what can be seen is only one, it is unclear where the second buffalo is. The two stools coold represent the legs of the buffaloes. Coming out from the top right corner of the rice stack on the left, is a great, long bndle of straw that slowly curves inward to the right, forming a ‘c’ shape. This represents the horn of the buffalo.

On the right sack, there is a large sharp object coming out from the extreme top right corner, seemingly a buffalo’s horn that curves ina 90 degrees angle, pointing sraight to the left. The horn is slightly shiny, and appears very solid, a dark brown colour with a relatively smooth surface. 

The materials are all natural, made of wood, straw, and animal horn. It rings across rural impressions, of farmers, with the rice sac, and the straw tail with its ruggedness. It portrays nature and its rawness. The basic untainted nature an be represented by the siple, singular colour schemem also portaying the life of the rural people and the farmers. It is well blnced, consisting of both organic and geometric shapes

2) a)Describe

Hendra Gunawan- Bandung as a sea of fire, 1972, oil on canvas

This painting consists of many people in a setting of a fire disaster. Right in the middle, near the bottom, is a manwho is barefooted, and wears simple clothes. He is lying on his back, upon rubble. and appears to be severely injured, with a gaping wound on his chest, blood from his mouth and bleeding from the head. His head lies in the pool of blood seemingly dead with his eyes open. Just to the left, slightly above him, is another victim who might also be dead, crushed under a pile of rubble, with only the head and arms visible, both covered with blood and the hands hanging limp. In the background, there is a whole stream of people fleeing from the fire, running uphill. Most prominent is what appears to be a family, as the parents carry their young children upon their backs as they run with their bodies slightly bent, poiting forth.

b) Analyse and interpret the artist’s intentions.

Bandung as a sea of fire

The artist portrays the horror and devastation if the fire as it kills people and forces them to run for their lives and flee from their homes. The palette is dark, with browns and blacks, contrasted, and at the same time complemented, by reds and yellows that represent the blood and the fire. This brings across a feeling of despair and fear, in which the environment is monotonous, engulfed by the fire that destroys the place. The brushwork is rough and thick, showing the raw quality of the emotions and fear. It also brings across a sense of movement as the people flee. The scene is chaotic, as people ignore those who have fallen, showing their panic and natural instinct for survival. This shows the devastation of a disaster, created through the horror of the victims.

The Hangings Wednesday, Sep 17 2008 

Taken when I was in the art room, all by my lonesome. And when one is alone, one thinks of stupid things. Haha. Alright, whatever. A new perspective of our dear, rarely ever used, easels, and their dear hanged friends, pegs.

Resembling a stairway, you walk through the rows of hangings. They are lined up in a rather orderly fashion, like a sacrificial ritual, and sway, begruntled, swaying, restless, they look at you with invisible eyes, like zombies. What are you doing here?

Ok, the technical part is oviously missing, in which I would like to make the excuse that I was using my 1.3 mega pixel camera phone which has survived, I vaguely repeat, many many damaging encounters. So just…appreciate the composition. Yes, the simple things in life.

I know I make you go, -_-;;. Smile ^_^v

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