Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anime Festival Asia 2008 Singapore

Taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2008 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Anime Festival Asia 2008 (AFA08) will showcase a wide array of Japanese Pop Culture related content, spanning over 5,000 sqm of space with 6 experience zones: Akiba Town, Anime Live, Anime Blockbusters, Industry, Mangaka and Planet Mech, where visitors will gain access to exclusive content, merchandise and live acts straight from Japan.

The festival targets children, youth, adults and industry visitors both locally and from around the region – with an expected turnout in excess of 80,000 visitors.

Anime Festival Asia 2008 (AFA08) is organized by I-Promo Events & Marketing in partnership with Dentsu Singapore. AFA08 is sponsored by Bandai, Japan’s leading toy manufacturer, with Animax as the official regional media partner.

The festival, made possible with support from the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, will be attended by directors, producers, manga artists and creative individuals from Japan’s entertainment industries.

The festival is a pre-event introduction for the Japan Creative Centre that is scheduled to open next year in Singapore. The Japan Creative Centre’s primary objective is to be a platform for showcasing Japanese-related content and culture in Singapore.

AFA08 will also provide an opportunity for international businesses and anime--related companies and organizations to network and participate in the fair. As interest in the Japanese anime industry increases throughout the world, this trade fair provides businesses and companies in South East Asia an opportunity to preview the latest anime content from Japan.

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Friday, September 26, 2008


I did this for about a week. I'm rather satisfied with the entire piece except for the gun though. I felt that I was too focus on the two characters that I haven't really put in more efforts into the gun.

Oh well..

Last Friday (19/09/08), was a fruitful day. I was supposed to meet up with Ben for some exhibition, The Singapore Bienalle, Zhang Jingna's Exhibition, "Something Beautiful" and a talk by Hollywood veteran animator, Roy Wilson, at The Lab, Youthopia. However, due to Ben's work commitments we could only met up for the talk.

Prior to meeting Ben, I went to the the Arts House for Jingna's gallery. I was the only visitor during that time. Jingna's PA was there. It was a beautiful environment, my first time visiting the place. The ambience was classy and I felt that the venue really suit Jingna's gallery which showcases High Fashion. Seeing her gallery makes me want to set up my own art gallery quickly too.

Ben and I met up for the talk. It was good to hear from Mr. Roy Wilson, a veteran animator in Hollywood, who's now retired. Listening to him helps me understand how the process of animation production works. There are a few things he mentioned, like budgeting and insurancing the productions; Mr. Wilson also shared how failure to complete a production would be costly. He shared of a one such incident during his time in Disney; whereby the crew had to book a seat just for the film and transport it all the way to another country so that they make it for the release date. The other guy from the destinated country simply had to wait for the plane to touch down so that he can collect the films. This goes to show how important it is to the production crew about meeting the schedule.

After the talk, Ben, who is well learned in arts history, shared with me that Mr. Wilson is actually the 2nd batch of the Hollywood animation pioneers. I guess it must be so, hearing from him how he gets to work with several top artis and animators like, Walt Disney himself! I was somewhat surprise to realize that although he is a veteran, he doesn't show any air at all. Mr. Wilson is very approachable. In fact, after the talk, he spent like 10-15 mins just talking to one person. Thinking back, I just recalled that the talk was delayed most probably due to us (Ben and I) being late, because as soon as we reached, someone mentioned that I have reached and they can begin the program. Oh dear.. Haha..


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Arts Education

Hi guys!

This is a piece I've done for the past weeks to practice on my anatomy. I feel that the mood can be enhanced. Probably, add some colors to it will do.

I've just found another art site which is as exciting as DeviantArts. It's called CGHub. The front page had already mesmerize me with all the kick-ass artworks. (drooling..) Go check it out => Click!

Recently, I've been thinking whether I should enrol into an Arts school. I was hoping to find one which will guide me into the style of art that I'm looking for.

As I was browsing CG Hub, I came across a thread on whether enrolling into an art school is necessary to be a successful artist. Guess what 90% of the professional artists and the general consensus says that you probably don't have to.

The two post which I stumbled upon in CGHub really got me thinking...

To quote Alex,

"... I think college get everyone in debt right out of high school. Unless you're going to be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or something else that requires that kind of precision and can pose a threat to people's livelyhood, its not really all that necessary. the information is out there, and anyone dedicated can learn it one their own. your average person will go to college, rack up debt, and come out with a degree they will never, ever use.

That goes double for artists, because at the end of the day ALL skill, is entirely self taught. Taking courses and being around other artists can speed up that process. but it's nothing some curiosity, passion for knowledge, and some artistic friends couldn't challenge (hello art communities). its all like solving puzzles. figuring out how things work. how colors, form, light, etc interact, what compositions look good. I always found that a good 90% of art courses/books tends to fall under common sense. Implementing it into practice is where the skill comes in.

From my experience many art students just want to be art students for the label. most don't care about actually taking the time to learn their craft and will try to take the easiest route to getting the degree as possible, which will get them a nice piece of paper that says they can take courses, and a mediocre portfolio that says they didn't really learn all that much in those courses. the ones who really spend their time on their craft outside of schooling are the ones who successfully grow.

The other thing school is good for is networking, but i've found you can quite easily get around that as well. especially in this day and age with the internet and things like art communities being so prominent.

I've had quite a few colleagues that have had no formal training, but are astounding artists. i don't think they're kicking themselves over not going to art school.

i left art school (went for a while, figured out it had nothing to offer and decided i'd rather make money than pay for nothing with money i didn't have) and i wish i would have left sooner. wouldn't have spent thousands of dollars on such a complete and utter waste of my time.

anyway, just my thoughts over my experience.
I'm sure others have had vastly different ones.

all depends on the type of person you are, i guess.
some people are better off with it. some can do fine without it.

The one thing I learned from school is that it wasn't really all that necessary."

Jingna is also a CGHub's member and she mentioned that...

"I agree with Alex as well. School's probably not the most necessary for people in the arts. 90% of the people I know from my school were there just to get a cert because they couldn't be bothered to go to a uni and just wanna get "something" so they don't have to start working. (as it is in the Asian culture, we live depending on our parents till we finish our degrees or masters, there are people who try to pay for it themselves via scholarships, but odds of that is pretty low)

I know a lot of great artists who're self taught. I think the only benefit of having gone to school is probably the connections... I never made any from mine. Maybe that's just because I left so early, no one has graduated yet, or I was too anti-social. Hahaha.

I think art communities/websites are great ways to get discovered, even though I do photography, my biggest jobs were offered when people saw my works online, not a degree (which i don't have anyway, oh well). Never once did an ad agency call me up to see my resume, it's just my portfolio.

In Singapore though, with a degree you get more benefits when working in a company (arts or not). But freelance wise, it's just how good you are, and word of mouth."

To quote another guy, Taron..

"We are in one of those rare fields, where the results count more than any certification. Additionally to that privilege companies can afford to give promissing artists a chance to proof their reliability, speed and understanding for the given tasks. All of that leads to the almost unique situation where the logical employment choices are based on visible talent as opposed to academical titles.
However, it wouldn't surprise me too much, if that was changing in the future. Too many people aspire the job of an artist and aquire their titles through schools, finding stunning shortcuts to present impressive looking results, which may have been from questionable origins. As a result faith will drop and proper degrees may become more welcome for employers to make easier choices. Showreels become more and more confusing as well. When you sit through literally hundrets of them it gets hard to look for what someone did one which shots and a beauty piece may well get someone hired, who did some layouting on it or lighting.

At the end, and I've been observing that within the last 10 years already, being an artist has become nothing but a job to many people. It therefore truely depends on you, whether you want to become more than just a specialist or if that is enough for you to do one or two things. If you want to transcent being a gear, you will automatically teach yourself, because you need a different connection to the whole idea of 3d art and animation and that is one I don't think any school is teaching, yet. You need a direct understanding of how one aspect works with the other, how modeling prepares the animation, how expressions allow controlling animation and texturing or shading. Technical thinking to simplify successfully and make more managable scenes is in fact a highly artistic process as well. And at the very end it is the ability to observe and translate, which incorporates so many disciplins that I just can't imagine any school to support such a scope. Unless, maybe, one day I start one myself, least that's what I would want to try teaching.

Make a good showreel now and shop for a job, because in 5 years the business will look very different at new artists, I think.."

Taron continues...

"Indeed, it's funny how becoming old turns us into those "I wish I could've gone to school" types, haha. But, yeah, I would have loved to go study traditional painting and classical understanding within a school environment, where there's room for doing studio work and opportunity to be messy with some guidance, haha! One day, who knows, I might still look for a chance to do that, too.

Most people are afraid or discouraged by self-teaching, because they don't understand how much time it requires. I mean, there's so much material out there and people, who are ready to help (much like myself), that it goes a lot faster than 20 years ago. But it still takes time to truely understand it all. And a lot of people are rather impatient. If I had any advice I would suggest to find a lifestyle that allows you to exist while training yourself with patience and passionate curiosity! Piece by piece you learn and if you direct it yourself, you can pursue things that you truely want to create and therefore find a lot more motivation to hang on and explore.

Especially in the US it is brutally expensive to go to any university and people drown themselves in debt before they can even hope to get a job. Take an easy job that gives you enough time and allows you to sustain life decently while studying yourself. You may find some courses for certain things or go for a few online sessions, if they meet and pick up on your level of skill. Participate in forums, share and gather and if you're truely passionate about it all and you were feeling it from the start, you will most likely make it quicklier and with far less baggage into the industry and a pleasant carreer. And now I'll get a deathsquad sent after me from all the faculties, hahahahaha.

It's just an idea, really... school rocks!"

To read the entire Thread, please click here!

I've decided to edit this last portion after spending some time thinking and asking around.

At the end of the day, art school is probably, not necessary required for everyone to become a successful artist. That's considering the fact that you're discipline on your own to look up to forums, art magazines and communites for tutorials and keep working on those lines. The old saying goes: Practice, Practice and more Practice!

Attending art school however, does allows you to have contacts and mcertainly make networking easier. Of course, without a solid portfolio, no connections and certs in any form of arts education will takes you far.

Artists are unlike lawyers, doctors, etc. in many ways. For one thing, people knows whether you are a real deal by looking at your art, not your certs.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Something Beautiful - Zhang Jingna

There are a number of artists I look up to, but perhaps not many are as inpiring as Zhang Jingna...

Something Beautiful - Zhang Jingna

After picking up photography only 2 years ago, the 20 year old Singaporean fashion photographer Zhang Jingna (aka zemotion) had already managed to turn professional, with a portfolio that includes companies like Ogilvy & Mather Advertising (Taiwan), Mercedes Benz Taiwan, Architecture International and Wacom, and organisations like The Arts House and Lasalle College of the Arts. She has also produced numerals fashion editorial work for magazines like Harper's Bazaar, BeautyBlackBook, Men's Folio and Project:Smitten.

In 2007, she was awarded recipient of Associateship in the Masters Photographers Association, making her the youngest ever to receive such an award. Jingna also received the Singapore Master Photographer that same year. She has received recognition for her work online, being one of the most popular artists at deviantArt, a community art site, with over 7 million views of her work and a loyal fanbase.

When looking at the wonderful works, you can sense that there is an ethereal, dreamlike quality with a distinctive cinematographic influence and a quiet confidence and maturity way beyond her age.

Great success will only follow after those who are serious to pay the price. Jingna's accomplishments did not come without sacrifice as she had to make a diifficult decision to leave her studies at the highly regarded Raffles Girl's School, and later, a degree in fashion design at the Lasalle College of the Arts. She was a former member of the Singapore air rifle team for 5 years, having to relinquish her spot in the team to pursue her passion for the arts. The professional fashion photographer was also the Sportsgirl of the year 2006, after winning gold in air-rifle shooting for Singapore at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2005. Her parents though, weren't that keen about her decision initially, but after much reassurance and proven results; they now encourages her to pursue her passion.

Jingna will be presenting her first solo exhibition and official launch of her first book, 'Something Beautiful' at the Arts House, Print Gallery. 'Something Beautiful' showcases a selection of her collection of photographic work created over the past 2 years.

The accompanying photo book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

12 - 23 September 2008, 10am - 10pm daily
at The Arts House, Print Gallery, Singapore.
Free admission.

More information on Jingna and her works can be found on the following site;
Zemotion Deviant Art
Zemotion Blog

Check out a recent local newspaper article by MyPaper click!

'nuff said,

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Guardians of Rice Padi.

Guardians of Rice Padi

This was initally done for Mangaka'08. The theme was "Band" - It can be a band of people or a band against another band. For this work, its a group of warriors guarding a rice mill against the Robots that came to steal.

Rice has special meaning for me. This artwork was also inspired by a Japanese anime called, Samurai 7.

This month I've bought 5 manga and a few artbooks and magazine, which is very unlike my usual spending.. Feeling a bit uneasy, but its part of my plan to mature as an artist. I think that for an artist to mature and grow, he needs to experience more, and to test out more of the styles so that he may judge for himself what he likes and what he doesn't.

The other day I was having supper at Subway with a ministry friend of mine, Zhen Hao. He's an architect. I think both of us believe in absorbing the creativity spirit and idea that comes out from the culture of that individual country. He encourages me to plan a trip to the land of the rising Sun, Japan. It's something I'm hoping to do so before I reached 30.

Life experience truly is very important to the artist. Just last month, another good friend of mine, Albert, shared something with me. He said that many people thought that they have lots life experience but actually what they do have are really mere life events. Passing through life are not life experience; they are simply life events. To accumulate life experience, you've to get your hands dirty and feet wet.=)


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Tribute: One Piece manga reached 50th vol.

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Hi everyone,

How many of you have been reading One Piece manga? One Piece manga just reached its 50th vol.!! I find it incredible that the artist, Eiichiro Oda, managed to keep up with the pace of producing manga every few months with all that details and story boarding given into it.

I got really excited and decided to come out with this.. Its a tribute to Teacher Eiichiro Oda for accomplished such a feat.

Wiki says,
["One Piece, behind Kochikame and Dragon Ball, is the third highest selling manga in the history of Weekly Shōnen Jump. It is currently their most acclaimed and all-time third-best-selling title in Japan. The manga is the first to increase the sales of Weekly Shōnen Jump in eleven years. Volume 27 of One Piece holds a manga sales record in Japan, with 2,630,000 units sold in its first printing alone; as of volume 46, the series has sold over 140,000,000 copies domestically; and is the fastest manga to reach sales of 100,000,000."]

Personally, I feel that One Piece's anime is not as well done as its manga. I got to know One Piece through anime, but have since been reading the manga version. There are many reasons why anybody would like One Piece, for most of the readers, I believe its what One Piece speaks of.. Throughout the entire series, you'll sense that One Piece conveyed these messages:

1) If you will believe, you can surely do great things!

2) In the manga you'll also find this message lurking, and gradually it becomes more obvious: "Not one character is good in everything; even superheroes have their weakness, how much more us who are mere mortals."

For example,
a)Luffy, the Ship's Captain, invincible in combat, yet tend to burge into unnecessary trouble.
b)Zoro is a fantastic swordsman, but is idiotic in direction - He often went the wrong way.
c)Sanji is a terrific cook and skilled in Kungfu kicking, however, he tends to fall heads over heels to women easily.
d)Chopper is an excellent Doctor capable of curing any injuries, but tends to be very naive and slow to understand proper conversation.

3) One Piece speaks of trust in friendship, pain of betrayal, defend the weak, and honor those who fight for the good.

Wiki says,
["One Piece started as two one-shot stories entitled Romance Dawn—which would later be used as the title for One Piece's first chapter and volume. The two one-shots featured the character of Luffy, and included elements that would later appear in the main series. However, as a whole, they were very different from the final One Piece series. The first of these short stories was published in August 1996 in a special issue of Shōnen Jump and later in One Piece Red. The second was published in the 41st issue of Shōnen Jump in 1996 and reprinted 1998 in Oda's short story collection: Wanted!.

Eiichiro Oda originally planned One Piece to last five years and he had already planned out the ending, but he found himself enjoying the story too much to end it in that amount of time and now has no idea how long it will take to reach that point. Nevertheless, the author states, as of July 2007, that the ending will still be the one he had decided on from the beginning and he is committed to seeing it through to the end, no matter how many years it takes."]

Gambatte Teacher Eiichiro Oda! Please continue to bring us more thrilling and heart-warming moments of One Piece!


*Informations extracted from Wiki: Click!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Royston Chia, Toy Collector.

Royston is a long-time friend of mine eversince Primary 1! On the 27th of June, the 816th of Friday's NewsWeekly(Xing Qi Wu Zhou Bao), he was featured for his incredible toy collections. I've known Royston to be an avid toy collector, but it wasn't quite as much as what I'd expected. His collections were massive! He even have 2 glass cabinet for them! (I need to get a closet for my books and artbooks too!)

I was thrilled when I found out that Royston even have one of Dragonball's concept vehicle, Future Trunks' Capsule Time machine! It've been quite a while since we've caught up with each other. Both of us were busy with whatever we're busy with.. ^^ So I couldn't miss this opportunity to probe more about his collections. We head down to Starbucks located at Orchard Road and begin this interview to find out more of his facinating obsession. Haha..

Joshua: When did you start collecting?
Royston: I started 4 years ago with different generes, like anime characters and Gashapon(or capsule toy). Then I began to get interested in Marvel Universe characters.

J: Did your parents object to it?
R: My parents were just wondering why I was spending so much money on toys, since I'm already all grown up. In the beginning, they questioned me on whether I was planning to play with them like masak-masak. xD I told them that the toys was meant for display only and they seemed somewhat relieved. They thought I was having a childhood regression or something. But that didn't stop them from entering my room from time to time to look and at my collections. Nowadays, they seem to be supporting me, reminding me that it is time for me to get more storage space for my newer toys. In the words of my dad "Buy so many, must find place to display what~"

J: What makes you start wanting to collect toys?
R: I always felt it would be nice to have your favorite characters coming to life. Also having been reading comics since young, you can't help but starts to generate a strong interest in some specific characters, example Marvel Universe's Wolverine. Nowadays, the toys are manufactured almost exactly as those in comics, so its really cool to have your favorite characters immortalized.

J: I think I can relate to that. Eversince I started reading American Comics, I have been a fan of Spidernan. Personally, I've quite a number of Spidies myself... Where did you normally get all your toys?
R: I'll normally get them through online auctions like eBay or Yahoo! Auctions. Alternatively, I'll head down to China Square Central, where there are located several toys shops. There is also a weekly Bazaar fair been held at ground level of China Square Central, you will never know what precious things you can find in that fair. At times, I also visited Far East Plaza.

J: Is there any purchase which is your most prized?
R: I think my most prized collections would be my Dragonball toys, some of them are very rare collections which you can hardly find in the market these days. They are very few in quantities and you would most probably find them in the 90s.

J: Which toy was your most lavished purchase to date? and How much?
R: My favorite and most lavished toy is the Dragonball Oozaru (Huge Saiyan Monkey) figure that I bought at $125. It's a game prize item back in Japan and is biggie in my DBZ collection, standing at more than 12".

J: Would you ever stop collecting toys? Where will you go from here?
R: I think I wouldn't stop collecting toys anytime soon, but there are some collections I would definitely want to continue collecting, like Marvel Universe characters. There is news that one of the Marvel heroes, Ronin is coming out soon and I'm waiting to get that. Also I would like to complete my Dragon ball series.

J: Is there any word of advice/encouragement for avid toy collectors out there?
R: Go forth with your passion and start small. It's good to know and reflect on what genre/type of toys you like and go for it. You can buy toys online, or visit specialty toy shops. Remember to bargain and be aware of competing prices. Try to get the best deal always. Do more researching on the prices. You may also need to identify your preferences. Some collectors are a M.I.B (Mint in box)/M.O.S.C (Mint on sealed card) kind of collector and some others are those who will remove the toys from their packaging for display.

Also, remember that it is important to have storage space for your toys, simply because, presentation is very important for a toy-collector. Next, which I personally feel is very important to take note of... that is buy only what you really like, and you'll enjoy the experience. Lastly, do remember to spend wisely, overspending is the "Achilles heel" to us collectors. Learn to control your budget lah. =P Happy Toy Hunting!

So there you have it guys!

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