It’s Not A Poker Face; It’s IGNORANCE


Posted in Uncategorized by moncube on September 27, 2008
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Guernica, by Picasso.

“iraqnica” is a political cartoon referencing Guernica.
I found this while surfing the net, and I thought it was interesting to share, even though I heard that political cartoons are not considered as art. Hmm….

I think I might add my thoughts later. I don’t have much to say right now.


Naughty or nice?

Posted in Uncategorized by moncube on September 19, 2008

I’m not so sure how I got this idea. I think it’s from Su Huan’s course work. The one where there’s a mirror and there are lots of labels under the mirror and one that says Guai Kia. LOL.

Please zoom in to check it out.
(3rd revised version, after I realized that I missed a line.)

(2nd version.)

the first ugly like sai version. Why did I upload it? to show that even simple things need refining, and I need drafts and revisions to see how I can improve.

I think the whole thing is, who is “guai”? Who isn’t? Am I a bad person for making this? Maybe I am. Maybe I don’t mean it, and I’m doing it for the sake of art. Does something being an artwork give someone the license to attack people? Of course not. No one calls me a guai kia anyway. It’s just a hypothetical situation that I found interesting.

BTW, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? The last sentence, I mean.
(And what’s with giving us an extra 6 hours to do our e portfolio? lol. Thank you teachers. :D)

Work In Progress

Posted in Designs,Drawings by moncube on September 18, 2008
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Yet another fanart. Haha, I have been pretty productive today (in terms of writing on this blog.) 

Time to call it a day. I’m going home. I will update with the finished wallpaper size thing.

Oh, and by the way, I’m REALLY not used to drawing wallpaper sized, if you haven’t noticed by now.

Comments I left on the blogs of others.

Posted in Uncategorized by moncube on September 18, 2008


Posted in Finished,Text Diarrhoea by moncube on September 18, 2008
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Ever since I finished my coursework, I have given it very little thought. I doodled my interpretation of young Hitler in my notes, but other than that it was completely forgotten. I never had the chance to talk about my experience of accomplishing such a big project (it’s big to me.) 


At the start of the project, I knew practically nothing about this guy named Hitler, except that he killed millions of Jews, and practically everyone hates him. (Some of my seniors wanted to name their group after Hitler, and their justification was that Hitler was a great leader, and they were quickly slammed for their “deviant” thinking.) So, I wonder to myself, why so much emotion about this guy who lived decades ago? Why do people react so strongly to that guy? And why does his name keep popping up in things that I read? My moral ethic notes, literature, and even my comic books mention Hitler. What’s the big hoohah? I mean, come one, he is just some guy who happened to do al these bad things. Everyone has a bad side, everyone has a good side. No one EVER says anything good about him, do they? Okay, maybe upon some thought, people would say “uhh… he’s a good orator,” but other than that, nothing. I thought that there has to be more to this guy than some Jew hating mass murderer, and no one is born evil. (Note: Christianity says that we are born sinners, but it never said anything being born evil. It’s different.) So, I did some research on his life, and then I realized that there are a lot of people out there who also wanted to know about Hitler in his younger days, hence the large amounts of information available on the internet. (I also found out that the school is really paranoid about Nazi material. Huh.) 

I learned a lot about his life. I tried to understand the personality he had when he was younger. Quite an interesting person, not too bad, but not someone I would want to get to know. He did wonderful water colour paintings. He liked Disney movies. (Wasn’t some of the disney movies commissioned by the government to lift the mood of the depression? And isn’t Hitler causing a lot of the depression at that time? Oh the irony.)

From this coursework, I got to understand a lot about Hitler in his younger days. He seems very ordinary to me, in many not unfamiliar. Who would be able to point out a future mass murderer who is still in his youth? No one knows. What I wanted to do with my coursework, was something along the lines of, “Hey, let me tell you a story about this fellow.” And the comic goes on, and most people get bored because it’s so uninteresting, so mundane. It’s slightly tragic, and so maybe that might be a tiny plot or something, and in the end, I want to tell my readers, “You know what? I haven’t mentioned the name of that person. His name is Adolf Hitler.” and wait for the reaction. Most people believe that I made it up. I only made up some of it. Some of the lines aren’t even written by me, if you catch my drift. 

All in all, I thought it was a good experience in drawing comics. I found out how much hard panelling was, and the feedback I got was that Comic Sans is an ugly font. I will keep that in mind for next time. Also, I managed to break past the 4 page barrier! (Whenever I draw comics, I can never get past the 4th page.)

Wall.e review

Posted in Text Diarrhoea,Uncategorized by moncube on September 18, 2008
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What I noticed about this movie, compared to other of its Pixar predecessors, was that it had less action. No chase scenes like in Ratatouille, no fight scenes like in The Incredibles, no adrenaline pumping race scenes like in Cars. the only reason why I wanted to state this at the first part of my review was that i heard that people were sleeping in the cinema during the course of this movie. I mean like, WHAT? That’s stupid. Even my dad said that he preferred Presto (the short about a magician and his bunny. Really witty.) compared to the actual show. I think, to people who love those hollywood epic feel with lots of (mindless) action and stuff, you will probably find Wall.e a bore.

I absolutely loved Wall.e. In a lot of movies, there were scenes where I found the character interaction very cute, or humorous. Wall.e provides a lot of these moments, and a lot of time to savour them, instead of the usual, “OKAY, NEXT ACTION SEQUENCE! KABOOM!” which may make Wall.e seem a little draggy to some, but I think it’s nice.

I think that one of the themes of Wall.e is the exploration of the human spirit (or rather, the definition of the human spirit from the point of view of the people who live in our time.). Well, Wall.e is a robot, but then he seems more like a human (character-wise) as compared to the humans who live on AXIOM. Okay, him and the robots from the maintenance place (which looks like a Mad People Hospital to me, by the way.) They can have fun, are not afraid to be a bit chaotic at times, and they are so different in their own ways. It’s very fun to watch. I bet that since they are really chaotic compared to the other robots and wired up humans, the animators have to put in a lot more hours just to animate the lot of them compared to the other AXIOM humans. Anyway, wall.e has a lot of heart. Very inquisitive, caring, sometimes careless, and really sweet. Of course, he gets into a lot of danger, and it’s a good thing that he can withstand these dangers. i.e. High temperature, lighting, going out in space, and so on. Eve on the other hand, is more task oriented, and it’s interesting to note how they influence each other’s decisions and priorities as the movie progresses.

I found that the ship’s captain (forgot what his name was.) seemed a lot like the guy that works in the bar in Pleasantville. In Pleasantville, that guy did the same thing in the same order every single day, and he looks forward to painting the Christmas murals every year because it was the one thing which he can do differently each time. He likes variety, just like Captain whatshisname, who has to go through the same routine every single day, checking the weather, temperature, population and other stuff (which doesn’t change at all.) and when he realizes that he is late for the morning announcements, he exclaims that morning announcements was the only thing that he gets to do on his ship, and quickly sets back the time so that he can do it. In both their societies, they have to keep doing the same thing over and over again, and they seem to be the only ones that actually like change, compared to the rest of their kind. That character immediately jumped to my mind when I saw that scene. And like in Pleasantville, the main

characters was the agent of change in the new environment, which both happen to be a very boring, seemingly idealistic place that seems to have it all, but in reality holding nothing of true happiness, and these characters wake the people up, show them something new, and make the new place more interesting. (Like Wall.e accidentally making this guy fall off his chair, and “detaching” the woman from her screen.)

Wow, I really don’t like Buy N large. It’s so freaky. Their commercials rhyme. It reminds me of the days before the great depression in the 1930s. (No, I’m not that old.) And life on Axiom is WAY creepy. The part which really disturbed me was the part when the babies were taught the alphabet (A is for AXIOM, you home. B is for BUY AND LARGE, your very best friend.) *shudders* It’s very creepy, the way they control the lives of everyone on the ship. And it also kind of reminds me of the consumerist culture of long ago because the people readily followed the advertisements without much thought. (then again, they don’t have to actually work or do anything anyway. ) Which is one reason why I really like the captain. He stood up to the robot and is determined to get the human population back to earth.

Did anyone notice that the credits have a few different art styles?

I could pick out the egyptian style (who wouldn’t?), but then it was some style which I didn’t recognize, then it was the impressionist style. I think it might represent the progress of civilization all over again. (Oh yeah, and the people gradually slimmed down. LOL.)

And finally, what ties the wonderful scripting, storyline and brilliant ideas all together to form a wonderful masterpiece is the art. It’s wonderful, rich, and very varied. It amazes me, that each and every environment looks and feels different. From the lighting used to how the objects in the environment reflect light. And i think that one of the most amazing parts is how they showed the vastness of space, and the dust that clouds the earth. Although I was skeptical of their success in using live action for the first time in their movies, it actually turned out pretty good and it blended in so well with the computer graphics. (I just hope that they would not overuse this effect.) Pixar movies never fail to make me happy.

Yet another fanart

Posted in Drawings,Finished,Uncategorized by moncube on September 18, 2008
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I tried out a new painting style, with a few brushes, less lines. more contrast and modeling with colours, shadows and stuff. I think it’s quite different from my other works, and I’m really happy with the result. 

A bigger version can be found here.

AEP Block Test

Posted in Uncategorized by moncube on September 17, 2008

Three dimensional art arranged to form something. It should be seen and/or experienced as a complete whole in the environment it is in. It can and should be seen from any angle that the viewer wishes, like a sculpture. But unlike a sculpture, an ‘Installation Art’ may convey different meanings, evoke different emotions in different settings while a sculpture is more unwavering in the sense that its meaning does not change when put into another setting. The viewer may or may not interact with the ‘Installation’, according to the wishes of the artist. An ‘Installation’ requires the viewer to be in the same environment that the artwork is in. And the art may be the environment. A person would then experience the artwork, from a view inside the artwork, and the person would feel a stronger sense of being drawn into the artwork as compared to a casual viewer observing a sculpture or painting from a distance. Two Buffaloes in an installation. Its subject matter is two buffaloes. Buffaloes are highly revered in Boonma’s culture.. It is something that the farmers cannot live without. And that are a very common sight, hence playing a big part in people’s lives. Two Buffaloes shows two buffaloes, one with its head covered by the other, and the other with its tail covered. The installation is made out of two 10kg (just to illustrate how big it is.) sacks of probably flour or rice, each resting on a four legged wooden square stool with wood connecting each of the legs like so. (INSERT IMAGE) Both of the connecting sacks (which are made out of rough, thick cloth) have a single bluish-green stripe running down its middle. The two chairs are placed right next to each other, with the sack on the ight slightly behind the chair sack on the left. A single natural, brown horn sticks out vertically from the top right of the right sack. The horn makes a 90 degree turn such that the horn is pointing to the left. On the left sack, a “tail” about 70 cm long comes out horizontally from the left side of the opening of the sack, and coils in front of the left sack. The “tail” has a rough texture, probably made out of dry coconut husks or similarly rough plants. The tail starts off thin, widens in the middle, and becomes thin again as it reaches the end and it is coiled up. There is a slight indent in the right sack, suggesting the facial shape of the buffalo facing to the right. All of teh materials used are non-artificial. All of it is natural, and although some have been modified to suit human needs, most of it is more traditional, handmade, rather than machine made. I think the materials show how buffaloes are a center point between nature and man, as illustrated in the installation by how people use nature to make things, and then make the buffalo, while in real life farmers use buffaloes to help plough the earth. This then shows the interaction between man, nature, and buffaloes. Lastly, the fatness of the sacks resembles the stout buffalo, which is its strength tha is used for ploughing. c)It shows the texture and bumps and folds clearer. 2a) Teh subject matter of “Seated Model” (1953) is what seems to be an Indonesian model sitting sideways on a green rattan chair, resting her arm on the top part of the back rest and putting her head on her right arm. Her right hand is holding her left shoulder. Her facial expession is contented and calm, her balck hair is pulled back, and there is a red rose of the top of her head, somehwere near the middle of the crown. She is wearing a white sash around her waist and red, loose traditional “pants” with gold and green lining at the bottom. She is holding what looks like a few white daisies in her right arm, and she is wearing a white circular earring on each earlobe. She is naked from waist up. She is in a garden, as in the left background there is a part of a brick structure and a coconut tree growing at the left of the picture. There seems to be an almost black, waist high wall and plants growing near it. The model is composed to be in the center of the painting and she seems to be the main, or even sole, focus. The colour choice of the artist are naturalistic tones.

Hendra Gunawan’s “Bandung as a sea of fire” (1972) depicts a nightmarish, state of chaos, horror and doom. His colour tones are vivid reds and yellows, with a mix of earth tones for painting the people, as well as the occasional grey, hardly saturated tones for buildings, concrete and the like. The painting uses a lot of black to emphasize the dark, scary pessimistic mood of the painting. In the centre foreground of “Bandung as a sea of Fire”, a man lies on his back on the ground with his hands clutching his bloody chest, his hollow eyes staring at the viewer. He is very simply dressed. Blood can be seen on his face, chest and clothes and he looks as if he is about to die. Less than a metre away from him lies the bloody head of a woman lying with her belly facing the earth. She seems to be crushed under the weight of the fallen debris. A dark sloping line from the top left downwards seperates the foreground from the background. The background is mainly composed of fire and thick black smoke billowing from it. At the right of the picture is a building being torn apart by the fire. Silhouettes are shown of various villagers running up the hill to safety. There seems to be a family close to the foreground. The poor (monetarily) father struggles up the hill with his child secured on his back. His wife is also having difficulty going up the hill. She is carrying one baby in her arms and at the same time carrying another child in the same manner. She is hunched over, visibly tired. This artwork conveys a highly emotional state of stress and destruction.

b)Liu Kang wants to paint a photorealistic artwork. He stays true to teh colours as seen in reality and transfers that onto the canvas. Almost every detail is faithfully reproduced on canvas. Hence it leads me to believe that this painting is an exercise for Liu Kang to exercise his skills in rendering naturalistic paintings, or that he wants to record what he sees to remember his experiences.

Hendra Gunawan’s painting is highly dramatized and emotional, as seen in the vivid, bright colours in his paintings which are not at all naturalistic
. It leads me to believe that he is trying to convey something he feels very strongly about to the viewer. I thin he wants to show the situation his countrymen went through, probably due to a political conflict which caused their houses and village to be destroyed, forcing them to flee for their lives. I think that he wants to inform the viewer of how horrible that experience was, and that he feels very strongly and maybe is very angry (red can also mean anger) about what happened.

c)Liu Kang’s “Seated Model” (1953) makes me feel at ease. The whole naturalistic look of the painting makes me feel a sense of familiarity as that kind of colour palette is something commonplace.The peaceful smile of the model and the flower in he hand also suggests a calm, restful, easy-going, relaxed and slow-paced environment. The trees and the sky (and the lack of modern building) in the background make that place seem spacious, further easing any tension. The painting has a soothing effect on me.

Hendra Gunawan’s “Bandung as a sea of Fire” is a nightmarish scene, like something out of a horror movie. The sense of death and the frantic state of the people in the painting of fire, destruction and blood is shocking and scary. The colours are highly saturated, giving the emotion conveyed a lot more intensity. When I look at it, I get a very negative and scared feeling. This picture impacts me a lot more due to the strong colours and highly emotive subject of death and doomsday. But it is very negative, compared to “Seated Model” (1953), which in contrast is calm, and expresses beauty and relaxation. Liu Kang’s painting has a positive though less dramatic effect on me.

AEP Essay

Posted in Finished,Text Diarrhoea by moncube on September 3, 2008

1) Describe on of Han Sai Por’s sculptures

Spring, made by Han Sai Por in 1997, is a brown fountain made out of what seems to be earth-toned stone. It consists of a cylindrical base, with a smaller black holder in the proportion of a mentos in the middle of the base. An upright circular tube bent into a shape of a zero rests on the black holder. Water comes out from several holes along the top of the zero, flows down the sides and forms a miniature waterfall in the middle of the zero.

2)Describe one of Antony Gormley’s installations in relation to the concept of land art.

Time Horizon, made in 2006 by Antony Gormley, comprises of many human figures cast out of iron in what seems to be a park. Thay are placed at varying heights and depths with respect to the ground level, with some elevated on rectangular white pillars while some are buried in the sand, with the deepest as seen up to his neck. One feature of Time Horizon which sets it apart from other sculptures and causes it to be classified as land art is the presence of this varying element of height, and this effect cannot be replicated indoors as it is not practical to drill holes to “bury” some of the sculptures. It faces varying directions. It changes the effect of the environment in a few ways: Firstly, the presence of the statues generates a big difference in the landscape, from what was once flat land. The tones of the statues also blends in well with the environment, with the yellow parts matching the ground, and the grey parts that were worn off matches the slightly muted green tones of the surrounding trees.

3)Compare and Contrast the works by the artists, paying attention to their concerns in art.

Han Sai Por’s piece of art is aesthetically simple and straightforward in meaning. She wants her art to be popular with visitors and hence it is no surprise that her art is more of aesthetically pleasing than thought evoking.
Her art is more varied and each detail is interesting to look at, as seen in Shimmering Pearls. Antony Gormley’s Time Horizon has a strong sense of repetition and the whole artwork would be seen as the whole landscape rather than each individual figure.
Spring is more of a sculpture rather than land art, since it does not interact with the environment. Her specialty is the use of stone in her artworks, so she differs in that way from Antony Gormley who used iron in quite a few of his works.
Lastly, Han Sai Por makes references to elements of nature in her art, such as seeds and water, while Antony Gormley’s main subject is the antithesis of nature: man.

16th July 2008

Update on coursework

Posted in Drawings,Finished by moncube on August 18, 2008

I’m surprised that this picture reflects how I feel right now. D:

So emo. 😦

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