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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Random Blends 2015 : Inter (_____)

Scrap Snag by Lim Ying Hao Vincent, Darius Foo Tsien Wei, Janell Tan Shi En and Lee Gim Koon.
With the efficient government taking over the role of recycling old items and keeping the city clean, Karang-Guni men increasingly face difficulties in sustaining their livelihoods. Scrap Snag is an interactive role-playing game that allows players to compete against “government personnel” by bringing recyclable ideas back to the “central recycle station” under a time limit.

The Loneley Flag by Ng Kwok Yang Paul
The Lonely Flag is a short excerpt that seeks to reflect the changing attitudes of Singaporeans towards the displaying of the national flag during National Day. In recent years, there has been a declining trend in the number of households who exhibit their flags during National Day. In scrutinising this trend, the author hopes to challenge readers to contemplate the significance of displaying the flag, and questions if this overt display is indeed nothing but a meaningless ritual.

Mini-ons of Manhattan by Jeremy Chan, Joshua Wong and Yap Yoke Ling
Mini-ons of Manhattan is a light-hearted and engaging spoof using humour to critique and poke fun of the commonly-used tropes found in Hollywood movies, specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tongue-in-cheek language and drawing, alongside the less-than-serious script, are the fundamental building blocks of the sequential art piece, and the piece is meant to entertain, according to its creators.

World Poverty Map by Goh Raphael
World poverty remains one of the biggest threats facing humanity in the modern day. This infographic sheds light on the different levels of poverty faced around the world, and shows how trends in different regions have changed over time. At the same time, it challenges readers to relook the global rich-poor gap and question if more can in fact be done to bridge the existing gulf.

 

Next Saturday will see the opening of Random Blends 2015,  the National University of Singapore’s annual Communications and New Media (CNM) student showcase. In conjunction with SG50 and NUS110, this year’s exhibition celebrates kampong nostalgia and technological innovation.

“The artwork revolves around the theme “Inter (_____)”, which focuses on audience interactivity and meaning making. Exhibits include games, application prototypes, infographics, comics and photograph series. Alongside art pieces contemplating Singapore’s past, present and future, the exhibition will also feature prototypes incorporating interactive new technology such as Google Cardboard, a virtual augmented reality tool, and iBeacon estimotes, exciting location-aware mobile technology.”

Random Blends opens on 4 April and runs until 6 April at the ArtScience Museum.

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Spotted! Kay Cee

Kay Cee will graduate from Entertainment Design this May and she makes work that features quirky girls, cutesy animals and pretty boys. “Before I started this course I worked as a caricature artist and colourist for a comic book company. I was also involved in Association of Comics Artists Singapore. I have my world of stories and characters waiting to be written out, but I guess that will have to wait until after school.”

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