Oh hey, salutations Robots and non-Robots! Please excuse my sometimes-erratic absence from the gaieties of online socialisation; it's caused by a terrible potluck of laziness, procrastination and not so much time! I've been out of practice being able to reply to things efficiently (you guys talk a lot and with depth, and that's one of the things I absolutely love about you all!), but I do try even if it takes me eons to do it.
Anyway, here's my annual review of the old year! Never fails to deliver! Though I am sure I have forgotten to do it last year (do you have a pickaxe? Thank you. /pulverises self)
2011 has been a pretty swanky year! I think I could go as far to say that it's been the best year of my entire life, and that it will probably get so much better. So many strange things have happened that I can't really imagine them to be mere coincidences due to the condensation of these incidents.Awesome Strange Things That Happened That Can't Be Mere Coincidence
1. Suddenly, ART FRIENDS:
If you asked me what 2011 was all about in its core essence, I'll say it's the year where I made so many awesome friends to add to my already awesome pentagon of friends. It has always been my dream to find artsy friends LOCALLY who I can hang out with, draw, share the same goals and relate to (since it's really hard to find anyone my age who is serious about these art things), and I have
The self-proclaimed leader of my art group, Obscurus! She's an amazingly awesome and kind person, who draws uniquely beautiful art, and we're homies in our mission regarding the local art industry. She's the first friend I had who's actually doing arts in Malaysia, so knowing her has opened up a lot of doors for me. Really can't wait to see her again, when she's less busy.
She also draws this webcomic called Anfange
which has been quite successful and I totally recommend you to read it!
Ben is part of Obscurus, and I really admire him for his zany, lifely lines and his various influences. I haven't talked to him since the first time I met him, since he's back in the Phillipines, but I would love to hang out with him again someday next year when Obscurus launches (hopefully).
She's the most recent friend I've made, but I love her already! She's a very close friend of Max, and a lot like him in the sense that she's spectacular. It's not very easy trying to get me feeling comfortable with an insurmountable amount of people, but she's done it quite well and I would like to get to know her better. THAT TRIP TO SINGAPORE WASN'T ENOUGH. ;_;
I met him through his comic-blog, IndieDoodle
(which I think he needs to update more; I am sorry, Max), and couldn't resist getting to know this person who's making this super blog with quality writing FOR ONCE. I just inherently felt that he's a pretty cool person who should be my friend (which goes for everyone in this section, actually!). And he really is!
Met him for the first time in this year's Comic Fiesta and the second time in Singapore. HSAJKSHA thank you for that fun trip to Kinkokuniya, and being the terribly horrible influence to get me to buy a damn load of comic books under your recommendation. ;__;
It was kinda weird when I found them on Deviantart separately and then realised that they are mutual friends and part of an art group. Like woah! They are some of the few local artists that I don't feel have this stereotypical vibe of mainstream Malaysian art, and that they are very skilled and can actually draw and know what they are talking about. Thanks for having me lepak at your booth for a while, and tolerating my presence.
She's also one of those few local artists. Too bad I didn't get to see her during CF (the Hot Cat Person I drew is still with me, Kou! >/ YOUR FAULT LAAAH FOR MAKING ME NOT FIND YOU). Hopefully in the next CF, and hopefully with MORE LUCK FINDING HER TOO IN A NOT-OBSCURE, OTHER-SIDE-OF-THE-WORLD PLACE.
Ahahaha, she's the same age as me, but she draws way better. I would really love to see where my competitor/peer will go in her artistic journey, and her improvement and all. Let's go die in SPM together. ;_;
Earlier this year, we created the art group, Obscurus! It's a local art group consisting of Amanda, Amy, Ben and me, and is created after mutual agreement on the staleness of the local contemporary art scene, with the lack of encouragement of ideas, styles and stories that don't conform to the same-same, tried-and-tested stories that don't seem to be working nowadays. So basically we are aiming to do something new. Not sure if we will be able to hit it off, but WE MUST PERSEVERE. >/
You can follow us on Tumblr!
3. Finally meeting up!
My BOF (Best Online Friend) of 5 years. I've known Looli since I was 11, and we've been quite close ever since. We've been planning this meet-up for two years now, but it never happened until just a couple of days ago! We got through a lot of teenage issues and grew up and took the same exams together (I'm a year younger than her). Now she's going to college. This has been a good opportunity to meet up, and I really would like to see her again. Such a true friend. dfjsfjshfjsdhf
The highlight of the last half of 2011! Uwhuhed it's like finding that special friend; you know, the one you have always imagined to have? She's just completely everything I've been dreaming of since I was 12. We started interacting after a series of strange, too-many-times coincidences (which I took as signs that apparently, Someone Out There wants us to talk), mostly about our comics. But then we realised we can practically talk about anything to each other, which is just so damn cool because omg, someone who is an artist (not just an artist, but a BOSS ONE) who I can relate to, blabber about trivial small things, go crazy over similar interests (which is aplenty), discuss about big topics, and pinch cheeks.
It's also great that we've projects that we're currently working on and sharing, because that means we aren't alone in this webcomic gig. It's been fun to see her artistic improvement this year, and she's getting more adept along the way. Eee, so excited to see what next year will be like.
Thank you so much for being one of the greatest friends, bro. ILY. New Music I Discovered:
This year I've also found a lot of pretty new and unheard of but amazing musicians. My taste this year has been veering towards jazz and instrumental (especially the experimental kind where they mix traditional and digital instruments together), even though, yes, you guess it; I listen to Josh Groban excessively.
1. Esperanza Spalding
2. Vienna Teng
5. Olafur AnauldsStuff I Did Which I May Continue Into the New Year:
1. This year I gained a sudden interest in collecting comic books. Shamefully I've been reading them more than novels (shush, you've been reading novels for almost your whole lifetime).
2. Also got better marks in my school subjects. Yep, this is a must.TWiDI:
This is probably the year when you guys finally heard some things about my silly little Project. It got out of one year's obscurity and secrecy into its current 'Preliminary Stage'. It's not an official thing yet, as I keep repeating.
I've been working on this for almost two years. The duration is amazing. Normally I would fall off (as proven by my other webcomic projects which I will never want you to hear about), but two years dedication is definitely saying something. I want TWiDI to go through its third year safely and smoothly, because hopefully, there will be something at the end of the year. ;D
Figured out some very important plot points, which made the story even more complex and troll-worthy (because I always need an excuse to hurt my characters and let them go through it for the sake of drama). And finally found a good premise for the stories in Chapter 8 and 9, which means I've got all 13 Chapters figured out!! FINALLY. GOD. IT WAS TAUNTING ME. And worked on an important aspect of a character's history, completing the basic plot for the backstory.
Am so excited on continuing work on this project next year. I've been getting a lot more confident in it, and really want to do my best so I can get it off the ground in the most awesome way possible. Quality is priority! That's how I love TWiDI.Finally, Resolutions:
1. I was thinking of letting 2012 be the year where I focus more on comic-making, just as how 2011 has been a wonderful year for illustration
. I'm thinking of combining what I gained this year with what I may learn next year. Comics are extremely hard, especially in terms of discipline and the usage of other skill sets. Will be trying to find my way into it in the next few months, and finally gain the ability to finish comics properly.
- Work on a small comic each month
- Finish Ministry of Dangerous Anomaly for my art group's comic book anthology. (Before June)
- Finish Ramses and Organ Grinder's Monkey, two of my current short-comic projects.
- Attempt to make biographical comic doodles in my sketchbook. I have always been wanting to do a sketchjournal!
2. Study, study, study.
I find it hard to say this, but I will be swamped by school as this is my graduating year and I've SUPER EXTREMELY-IMPORTANT DEATHLY LIFE-CHANGING EXAMS. I'm not sure how I am able to handle the first resolution and this one, but I guess time management should be part of it as well?
- Study a subject a week. The whole syllabus.
- Relegate two hours of my day to read
- Work on homework before using the computer. Which is what I did earlier this year and then gave up. Unless I really like the teacher giving the homework
- Need to practice more on exercises. So maybe I will have that after I study for two hours
- Just try to derp around enough to get flying colours
3. Make more friends
, just like I did this year! I'm trying to get myself to be brave enough to communicate with well-known artists (I've said some words to kidchan and Emily Caroll and Sonny Liew whoo whoo whoo). I would really love to be friends with them, and know them for the person that they are besides the artist I really admire.
4. Be damn awesome
I wish you guys a Happy New Year! I'm sorry if I have done anything stupid or nothing at all. Please forgive me ;o;
WE MUST GET THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE TOGETHER.