Calling all posers/ patrons- Don’t miss this special OIC Portrait session at NOISE2010!
Back to Jago Close again – with a vengeance.
We ordered half a (steamed) chicken just for 2 of us – my wife and myself. Then I suddenly remembered what Drew said to me once, “Don, why do I have a feeling that you are always eating?” I beg to differ. I am not always eating but I blogged about my meals a lot, both on Bloggers and Facebook. Singaporeans barely stop eating and everywhere we go, there is always a coffee shop somewhere. It would always be filled with people munching on something; it is either Mee Pok or Cha Kuey Teow!! Eating is a pass time here!! And it is a blessing to eat too!
Title: “台上一分钟， 台下十年功” / “One minute on stage, ten years of training”
Here is a glimpse of my latest series, which seeks to celebrate failure, pain and perseverance.
So often in life we are used to seeing people praised and celebrated for their successes but we rarely even get an inkling of the pain and suffering they have endured. Using the training life of Acrobats to express this idea of behind-the-scenes training; the idea of having to try and try harder and harder again.
As an audience, all we ever see are the acrobats performing all sorts of acts in perfection and grace but we have never seen them or been backstage, where the real performance is – the training to achieve the seemingly impossible.
This series is an outright documentation of: failure, process, training, preparation , suffering, bruising, not giving up and a toast to “the beginner’s spirit”. It serves as a reminder that success never comes easy and its the journey that builds character. It is a series seeking to encourage all who are in difficulty, to remind everyone who trudge the tough road that it will be worth it in the end.
” Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Oliver Goldsmith
Technique – Pencil drawing / colouring , digital colouring in Ps.
Illustrations by MessyMsxi
Something inspiring for illustrators who likes doing portraits : http://poppopportraits.blogspot.com/ . I first came across this Helena’s water-colour pencil portraits when I was browsing through my favourite Australian magazine, Frankie, which features many young illustrators, collectives and interesting stuffs. I was especially attracted by the colours and facial expressions in Helena’s portrait characters.
Image from http://poppopportraits.blogspot.com/
Sketched from a photo from the book Black: A Celebration of Culture by Deborah Willis.
More Hong Kong Sketches here… Click image to go to my Flickr site.
Well it was really a memorable trip for both my wife and myself. I reckon that sometimes it is good to put ourselves into a chaotic location just to get out from a structured environment like ours, though I wouldn’t want to live in a place like Hong Kong for long. My favorite was the wet market. We chanced upon it by accident not knowing what we would see. The sight surprised us. We saw fishes that were decapitated but remain alive fighting to survive; pigs’ hearts and internal organs lying in trays staring out at us. For the first time in my life, I saw a full cow’s liver! Anyway I wouldn’t mind going back to Hong Kong for more if I am ready to fly again.
In general, 2 thumbs up or 4 stars for Hong Kong airport’s efficiency. One thing which is very important, trolleys are free. There are 2 types we can use, the bigger ones for the bigger check ins, then once you are entering the lobby to the gates, smaller ones for your hand carries. In America, it cost USD4 or USD7 to use a luggage trolley.
Customs are cool and quick. Custom officers are super polite. They direct you to the lines that are shorter, and they did everything for you from putting your stuff into plastic containers and giving you a tag for identification. We saw a long line but it shorten progressively very quickly without fuss and WITHOUT ANY FORMS OF SHOUTING. I wasn’t shouted at, I wasn’t pushed around, noone looked at me suspiciously, I wasn’t asked to take out my shoes an so forth.
Then I was done. I remained a happy tourist.
OIC is having a special Portrait Day at NOISE2010.
OIC needs Artists and helpers ( assistants, video, photographer ).
Participation is FREE. But I need comfirmation that you are attending so that I have enough artists.
Your drawings are still sold at S$10/- each ( All proceeds goes to YOU )
Note- its on 2 separate weekends
Sat 27 Feb (2-5pm)
Sun 7 March (3-6pm)
venue: Raffles City Shopping Centre Level 3
Email me at if you can commit and join us and if you want to help ( state role ):
info [at] oicsingapore.com ( Title of email - “Special Portrait day session OIC@NOISE 2010″ )
In conjuction with the 26th world wide sketchcrawl, and together with urbansketchers-singapore, we will be doing a sketchwalk around little india area. Moving off time is at 9am (sharp!). Meeting point is City Square Mall’s toastbox (just outside Farrer Park MRT). People who want to join us for breakfast can meet us at 8.30am at toastbox. Travel light and breezy. There will be walking, sketching, sweating, chatting, and lots of fun. We will conclude the sketchwalk with lunch. Call Andrew at 91070735 for info. Just show up if attending. invitation open to everyone with an interest in outdoor sketching. ps: You may leave earlier if you are participating in oic portrait day at Raffles City.