Monthly Archives: September 2010

I know it’s past the SIA dateline but

I feel the need to post. and since it’s past the dateline, this is gonna be part of Ramblings.

I just read Keer’s post, and read the comments too.  I feel like I’ve just discovered this hidden… Magical Truth of How Grandchildren Feel About Their Grandparents under a rock.

I never knew there were that many people who felt so detached and distanced from their grandparents too. I only knew one other friend who felt the same way when I explained my idea to her. And after reading the comments on Keer’s post, it’s seriously like Whoa. Before that I thought that only I had this problem , so it’s really interesting how common it actually is. Maybe that’s why there was a period of time last year ( i think) where there were so many articles raising awareness about the elderly being sent to old folks’ homes and their children being unwilling to take care of them.

Maybe the a Grandparents And Grandchildren Day should be set up (yes another holiday!) to promote awareness and improve relationship between both parties.


Keer. Ben. Lisa. (A pinhole project)

This was the pinhole project we did in 2009. I think my Snoopy pinhole camera got kinda… lost in transition. I last saw him in the Mac Lab (and I didn’t even bring him there).

For the project, I chose to create a story revolving around the male toilet sign. I can’t really remember how I started, but this is roughly how it went.

So here we go.

This is Keer. Keer has an imaginative mind. She likes to swim, and when she’s bored, sometimes she thinks of fishes. And water. And maybe, toilets.

Now we shall dive deep into her imaginative world and come to know of…


Ben works as the male toilet sign. He’s been at this job for many many, years. He’s kinda sick of it, but he can’t quite do anything about it. After all, he’s ever only been in front of the toilet.

One day, he decides that he’s really sick of his job and sets his mind to escaping. To adventure! And fun!

And he does! He manages to escape! Oh! The joy! He runs across the large fields, climbs over tall fences, and hangs dangerously at cliffs. What a whale of a time he is having!

Until one day during his adventures,

he meets a girl.

Named Lisa.

And falls,

in love,

with her.

Oh Lisa! Ben had never been confronted with such strong feelings for a person before. And so after much thought, he decides that he shall propose to her. Married they shall be!

But as the Gods would have it, Lisa didn’t want to marry a Stick Man. For goodness sake, he worked as a toilet sign.

Ben was devastated. He couldn’t handle it.

Hours later, he committed suicide.


Keer. Ben. Lisa. (Comments)

I started a new post to comment for the Keer. Ben. Lisa. post. Not because I want to add more posts! But I think if I continued to write comments after the entire story, it will lose the effect of the story (because you still go on to read my comments) and I might sound long-winded. :/ I linked it under Artworks but whatever. It’s an extension! :/ And I changed to the timing so that it will appear under the post.

So anyway, I liked the pinhole project. It’s cool that we are able to produce images mainly based on just the light exposure. Makes me think of how wondrous physics can actually be (oh no if Mrs Wong sees this, she will be sad.) because it feels very un-technology-like (I’m thinking more of digital stuff).

Ok enough ramblings.

1.Keer’s photo was a little dark on the left. And there are two fingerprints on it. Careless handling of the paper! tsk tsk. I did a stencil for the fish and went to spray paint it. I also did a cat stencil (spray painted too) which I had originally planned to do something about Ben being chased and attacked/ made friends with a cat at the school’s guardhouse. But it failed cause the cat was disproportionate for the corner I had wanted to use. Too small, I think. And I would have to create a large Ben to fit. And I still have both stencils!

I also like how my pinhole Snoopy can is small, which gives the fisheye effect for larger pieces of paper inserted.

2.I must confess, the second picture of Ben escaping was a photo taken with a camera, because the original one didn’t come out as ideally. The presentation was gonna be on soon, and I didn’t have enough time to take another ( I placed the pinhole atop the dustbin in front of the toilet for a pretty long time, and I don’t want to block the way) So I had to cheat with the camera. Which explains the sharp details. The Escaping Ben image was also spray painted on. “MALE” was markered.

3. The third picture is overexposed. Too much contrast. But you can still kinda make him out.

4. This picture wasn’t zoomed in enough, so you might not be able to see Lisa at the window. She’s a little uh, shadowy. :/ The proportions of Proposing Ben was actually life-sized so that he would be able to go with the  scale. I mean, 0.15m tall Ben proposing to (insert normal height here) Lisa (haha, Lisa.) wouldn’t be too impressive, would it? But I think I based him on myself, so he’s a little short for a guy. Plus I shortened him more still because my proportions could not fit into the 4 A3 sized papers, I think. Or 6.I gave him a flower too, because the details of a bouquet of flowers might be lost in pinhole photography. And a ring is too small to be seen.

And there’s this large flash of light at the bottom. It’s the sunlight (reflected from something, maybe. Or the grass). I had to take this from afar because the grass was unstable grounds.

5. Lastly, the last photo was a really clear pinhole (you can actually see the textures of the wall!). Unfortunately there aren’t much other details. And I think I could have added one of those “Crime Scene tapes”, to make it seem more like a suicide site. Plus those dotted silhouettes around Ben. Or do those come after they remove the body?

And Ben’s right arm is a bit long. Oops.

On the ending, I think it was rather abrupt. Si Hui suggested explaining what happened to the male toilet sign after he dies, so I decided to add on a bit more below.


After Ben’s death, Ministry of National Toilet Signs (MNTS) decided to open the Male Toilet Sign job to interested applicants.

Another guy, Tom, applied for the job and got it. A few months later, MNTS felt that the job was tiring and decided to offer some part time jobs. A couple of others came. This is the reason why we now have so many variations of toilet signs around the world now.



This is one of the artists around Deviantart that I watch.
If You Love Them Set Them Free by `jasinski on deviantART
Traditional Frequency by `jasinski on deviantART

I like his painting style, that isn’t photo realistic but kinda graphical. And his backgrounds are very painterly, with short, thick brushstrokes. Very Impressionistic, which gives me the “In-the-moment” feel.
Progress on the Horizon by `jasinski on deviantART

There are a series of paintings that are based on the subject matter of robots. Now I remember, this is where I got the inspiration for the robot in my lino cut. I like how he portrays the robot in a really cute, almost endearing manner, which contrasts the destructive activity they seem to be doing. There’s a lot of irony in it. I think I like ironic stuff cause they make have a lot of mixed feeling, so that I have to think more about it in order to decide on how I feel about it.
Home is Where the Heart Is by `jasinski on deviantART

He also uses bright colours that are very attractive, and the people depicted in his paintings often have his sort of vague feel, which I like. Their mouths are never widely opened in that forceful, expressive way that makes the paintings kind of peaceful and soothing. Like in the above painting, the two people are just looking at each other with a knowing smile on their lips. It’s a sweet image, and sometimes it makes you smile.

He inspires me to make me want to do things that can make others smile. You have this sense of satisfaction when you can make others happy. So that’s why I like whimsical, happy things (though Jasinski’s themes don’t exactly revolve around that.)

Go to his deviantart! It’s worth a look around. 🙂

The Shoemaker’s Wife

A stop motion video done last year, with Jezamine, Natalie, Ming Zhen, Halynne, Meizhen, for a competition by the Spanish Embassy. Our video got nominated, but we didn’t win in the end. Hui Ling’s group did, though. 😀

Happy Birthday!

This was done in ICT in Sec 1. And I have pretty much given back whatever skills/knowledge that I have learnt about creating an animation back to the ICT teacher. Oops.

It’s a simple animation. Basically the storyline is of a boy writing a birthday card secretly (yours, actually). Then he discovers that you are watching him. He panics! Then decides that he might as well give you the card already. So, Happy Birthday!

Jimmy Liao

Jimmy Liao is one of my favourite author-illustrators.

I really enjoy reading his books. The first book I read by him was 向左走,向右走, when I was young and was instantly hooked. His colourful drawings really appealed to me. However I can’t quite seem to be able to find his books around Singapore. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough.

I love how he uses pictures and short sentences to create a story. And the stories are usually quite thought-provoking too.  Last year when I went to Shanghai, I bought this whole stack of his books. 🙂 I love the way he uses water colours. I like to study how he paints and draws, and try to learn from there to improve my water-colour skills. His style is rather unique, especially when he juxtaposes all sorts of seemingly non-related objects together. It makes the story rather dreamlike/surreal, and you have to think hard about what he is trying to say, and link the image to the story. To me, this makes the reading really enjoyable because I like to be able to “understand” something. That kind of feeling when you feel… enlightened? Also, I like to note that instead of cross hatching, sometimes he shades by drawing short, choppy thin lines on that object. Then paints to add in more tonal values.

He takes on the theme of loneliness fairly often, so perhaps subconsciously I had been thinking about loneliness too, which led me to the theme of my coursework.

Influences, influences. I guess everything  just falls into place sometimes, doesn’t it?


This is a personal project done at home after last year’s EOYs. They are drawn with pencil on the wall below the window of my parent’s room. Which is around the size of.. 1m x the length of the room(3/4m?) At least, I’m planning to use the length of the room. The below portion (the most presentable one) is around 1/4 of the space, I think.

I was really bored. I was inspired by the lino cuts. I was also surprised that my mother actually let me draw on the wall. I feel like a kid. Because I tried to erase it the other day and none of the pencil marks would come off. I’ll try with water some other day.

After looking at this, I finally remember why I was drawing eyes during the time of the Personal Expression piece!!! I was practicing for the self-portrait prep works for the lino cut!

Basically so far it’s somewhat like a self-portrait too. But I used my shadow to trace myself out. It makes me look skinnier anyway (like HAHAHA). The sunglasses idea came from one of the lino cut preps. The scarf is in reference to my fave korean group, Big Bang. I drew the watch on because I feel that my watch is really important to me. I wear it like almost 24/7. That’s why my watches have to be water-resistant. Or they’ll die real quick. The eye/leaf outline above my self  is based on the cracks that formed on the wall. I got inspiration from one of the works in  the Laselle Grad Exhibition that I went to somewhere around that time. The swing/chrysanthemum bit beside the eye/leaf is kinda like a whimsical random idea.

But anyway, this is an uncompleted project. Although I had willed myself to complete it during that Dec Hols, I never did. And till today it remains that way. (Goodness I sound like im talking about some historical artifact.) I think I’ll continue on it after EOYS. I will!!!

The Clothes Peg Frame

Size: 11cm x 13 cm x 7 cm

Medium: Wooden clothespeg, glue, dried flowers, badge.

I did this some time ago, for the fun of it. I had found some leftover wooden clothes pegs from a primary school project years ago. I like handicrafts (another reason why I chose to do installation for coursework.) The dried flowers came from a bunch in the kitchen that had been there for years and years. The badge, I added to make it more complete. I forgot to measure the dimensions for a photograph, and it turned out that it was too small. So I ended up having to cut the photo. I like the photo in it. It’s a picture of me, my brother and my cousin when we were in Australia. Good days, when we were such happy kids. Haha.

BT 2 Q1b)

Umm. I can’t remember the question, so I edited it from Audrey‘s. (-Edit- Ok I have now taken the question from Yi Jing’s blog.) It’s funny how I’m always so insecure and leave a couple of lines (in case I need to write more) after each answer in aep block tests. And this happens only, in aep block tests.

1(b) With the reference to another named work by Piet Mondrian, discuss the two major influences on his earlier paintings and the progression of his practice from 1908 to 1921.

A later painting done by Mondrian was called Composition with Red Black, Yellow Black and Blue, 1921. (I must confess: this title is bogus. I had gotten confused with the name, and was only sure that it had been done in 1921. and that there was a “Red Black” somewhere. So I kinda went with my gut feeling and wrote that.) This painting was a huge jump from Grey Tree as the painting consisted of only the primary colours, red, blue and yellow and of only black, bold vertical lines. Such a jump was fueled by the Industrial Revolution and the belief that paintings should achieve a higher reality to convey the language of painting and composition. Earlier on, Mondrian had been influenced by the Industrial Revolution and believed in man’s progression in man-made things like rubber and metal. He hated nature, and felt that it would not last forever, as compared to man-made materials that were not bio-degradable and would last much much longer than that of natural materials. He was influenced by Neoplasticism and started his own art movement De Stijl. During this progression, he slowly turned to using horizontal and vertical lines, eliminating diagonal and curved lines. He hated diagonal lines are he believed that they contained “too much emotion”. He felt that one should throw away man’s subjectivity for God’s objectivity. Eventually, as seen in Composition with Red, Yellow Black and Blue in 1921, his paintings had been reduced to only horizontal and vertical lines with block of pure primary colours. He pursued to achieve the higher reality to convey the language of painting. Mondrian’s paintings were about composition, and were used to spark feelings of harmony, unity and happiness in viewers.