Spotted! Tanky

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In an alternate universe, I think I might become an astronaut or theoretical physicist.
I want to explore the unknown by harnessing the greatest power of our mind – imagination … or a spaceship.

A comic artist and illustrator working across genres and subjects, Tan Kwang Yang aka Tanky caught our eye with a poster he submitted for the Illustration Arts Fest 2016.

“I’ve been dabbling in different styles and media and subjects but I haven’t been able to set my heart on a particular one. Recently the fog’s cleared and I’m able to see the horizon much more clearly. I finally have a clear picture of my direction and a definite goal that I truly believe in. It’s not going to be an easy journey, but truly nothing satisfies me more than being immersed in the creation process; the moment I’m able to translate thoughts in my head to a physical form, whether it’s an illustration or comic.”

Tanky’s work can be found at http://tanky.sg and http://www.bigeggcomics.com.

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Christal J. Kuna at the 24-Hour Comics Day

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To round off our segment about the 24-hour Comics Day, “veteran” participant, Christal J. Kuna speaks about this year’s challenge: “This is my fifth time participating in 24 hour comics day. I missed last year’s due to a gig that clashed with the weekend, since I’m a drummer and teach music for a living. This time I was really rusty, having barely drawn at all over the past two years. I definitely wondered if I was going to be able to complete it at many points! I love how the 24HCD community is really encouraging to creators of all skill levels, it’s really a personal challenge to see what you can come up with. That and an excuse to stay up all night being crazy with fellow crazy people, y’all are the best.”

Click here to view the rest of Christal’s comic.

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Li Yihua at the 24-Hour Comics Day

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LASALLE’s 24-Hour Comics Day returned last week-end for its 2016 edition, bringing together some 260 artists. Freelance artist Li Yihua was among them and we quizzed him on his experience.

“This my first time participating in the 24hr comics challenge, but definitely not the last! After working for a couple of years as an artist, I was no stranger to such tight schedule. The 24 hours challenge at LASALLE proved to be an entirely different experience for me. There was no stress to complete your work, nor penalties if you did not. Everyone was driven by passion. And it was amazing to see so many others sharing that same love for drawing.”

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Boaz Yeung at the 24-Hour Comics Day

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Currently studying a BA (Hons) in 2D animation at LASALLE, Boaz Yeung decided to take on this year’s 24-Hour Comics Day challenge,  an annual event inviting participants to create a 24 page comic book in 24 hours.

“I enjoyed a lot working on my story and discuss with my friends on how to improve on it,” he says. “It’s fun, challenging, inspiring and I hope that Singapore will hold more events like this encouraging people to draw and challenge themselves.”

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Spotted! Tang Ying Hui

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“Calvin and Hobbes and Kampung Boy are two comics that have had a great impact on my work. There’s an affable charm to the characters in the comics and the story at hand, which I hope I am able to convey through my works.” says LASALLE 2D Animation Art  graduate Ying Hui.

“Animating is my main focus though. I tend to animate my characters’ movements in a slightly exaggerated manner when they move a lot, making their actions look wacky with a bit more elasticity to it so that the actions does not look too stiff. Hundreds of images are drawn to make a character move. But, after going through the different steps to animate it till the end, it feels satisfying to see the character finally come to life! That never fails to amaze me. Planning how your character moves gives depth to what personality it holds, which is a fun challenge to do when I animate. Currently, I am trying out animating in 3D. Though I still have a lot to learn, seeing the character model comes to life never fails to motivate me. Animating in both 2D and 3D has been a pleasure, but I definitely have a lot more to learn and hone my skills.”

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