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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Manga Secrets Revealed!

I'm sure no two manga artists approach their artwork with the exact same techniques & processes. It's interesting to see how Hiroya Oku, the creater of Gantz, uses 3D CG modelling to help him with character poses & solving camera angle problems in the process. (Click on image to see larger version)

I've never really given much thought as to how these guys do the background art in manga. I've always thought that they were very good at drawing straight lines (seeing how they come from generations of sword-wielding samurai culture) & I've heard that they've even used photocopy/filtered versions of real photographs. But silly me, I've never realised that they've been using 3D modelling softwares to model the background sets & then render them as 2D lines.

Ooohh, Ahhh. So desu ne! That made me felt really, really stuupid.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Modern Art at it's Modernest: Centre Pompidou

Paris has always been known as the City of Art. I don't know when or how this came about but it has always been like this. So when I was there, naturally I made sure to drop by Centre Pompidou, one of the most famous modern art gallery in Paris, to have a closer look at what real art was.

In art-deprived Kuching, the definition of art is limited only to watercolour paintings of kampung houses with wild chickens underneath & sandy beaches with coconut trees. So when someone tries something other than the conventional, their old-school art teacher would yell at them.

So imagine how it'd be like when you throw a boy from the deep tropical rainforest into a place like this.



I believe art is what separates humans from the primal species. I mean, without art, don't you think that we'd only be preoccupied looking for food, shelter & reproduction? And that is no different than being an ape.

And I think that this place is really awesome. If you throw a chimp (or a protozoa) in here, the process of evolution will kick in right away, & it'll walk out of here as a human being.




Oh look, it's Doc Manhattan from the Watchmen with his hanging appendage.




Oh man. This chick is two timing the dude, & he doesn't even know it.







With all this psychedelic disco stuff, I was half-expecting John Travolta to appear but he didn't.






Ok, here's what I call the gross-out section. This one reminds me of one of my constipated days.


Earwax by the ton.


And this would fulfil any teenage boy's obsession with Japanese manga gore.



And finally, this is what I'd like to call LIKE THAT ALSO CAN.



What the...



What the??!!




WHAT THE????!!!!!!!

You think my old-school art teacher would let me thru with an artwork like this?!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Korea Here I come!

It's not North lah.


It's South.

It's the land where there's a drama series for every season of the year.


Winter Sonata.



Autumn in My Heart.




Summer Scent.



When Spring Comes.


It's the land where men bleed blood in movies, cry in the rain & bang their heads against the wall out of honour, sacrificial love, filial piety & brotherhood.


And the women, more fragile than glass, shed tears at the snap of the fingers, while suffering a terminal illness in silence.


And the land where Rain doesn't mean the weather.


And also where 80% of the women are artificially constructed through surgical cosmetics.

And I'm going to be there in May! Original kimchi, here I come!


But first, I need to do this.

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