Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Presenting Graphic Voices

The first panel of the opening short story @ Graphic Voices

Not all picture stories work without words. Those tales turn better into comics and Graphic Voices is a place for them. The blog will house short graphic stories and novellas, the first being a little episode called '269'. Fear not, 'Babe, it must be art' won't dry up as I will feature picture stories, portraits, fan art and everything else under the sun, in short, the kind of work you have used to see here, just like before. Graphic Voices will be just another outlet to express myself with.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Art talk


I remember, back in the high school, a friend of mine was asked what he thinks is art. He answered: 'everything I don't understand'. I thought it was funny.

Why art should be something you don't understand? Sure, if it's a stick shoved into a pile of poo and named with a pompous title like 'a fleeting moment of a blue mind through the universe passing the bus number 43', then I don't understand it either. I'm so old-fashioned that to me art must depict something. Formless lump on a gallery floor or random, crossing lines on a canvas don't mean absolutely nothing to me, no matter what so-called artists behind those kind of works try to sell or reason them with. Thought for food? Or dog food? Or perhaps cat food? Your call. I prefer cats.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Beautiful cellist

New York-based Chinese model Qin Shu Pei came originally to the Big Apple to study music, until one of her friends suggested she sends some photos to a model agency. Well, unlucky for the music world but lucky for us, she got in and we have been able to enjoy her lovely looks and absolutely captivating smile. Shu Pei is originally trained in classical piano but when she some day returns to her studies, she plans to change her instrument to a cello because she thinks cello music is so beautiful. And I totally agree with her. Does this fan art depict what's waiting for her in the future? I'd be the first in the line to buy her premier recording!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Presenting Soccer & Noodles

Sample panels from the graphic novella without speech bubbles.

This is what I have been doing for the whole summer! 'Soccer & Noodles' started its life just as another picture story for the blog. However, it was decided early (after a dozen or so drawings) it should be turned into a graphic novella instead. That didn't change the way I approached drawing it though. The novella was started without a script (I think it's not a co-incidence Wong Kar-Wai, who I have mentioned a couple of times, makes his movies more or less without a proper script), only with a general idea, me drawing a scene from here and there. After there were enough pictures, me and my brother started forming them into scenes and made a script for the novella and rest of the drawings were done more or less following it. Each and every panel in the novella is a proper art drawing, like everything you see at this blog, so I dare even call it an art comic. But enough of that now. Lets give the scene for the story about friendship and football during the 2010 World Cup in the hottest summer. I have felt pretty exhausted after seeing the big project through so I'd appreciate it if you read through the 23-page long novella and dropped a line about it. I myself am so, so proud of it!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Everybody was...


Kung-fu fighting girl, Chinese actress Chen Jia Jia, caught in a series of studies/sketches which each took about 10 minutes or less to finish, all based loosely on stills I took from a technically very poor quality web video of her appearance in a Chinese TV show. The cat is faster than lightning so I couldn't catch her kicks!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Losing My Religion

Ooh
Life is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I'm
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I've said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try?
That was just a dream
Just a dream, just a dream
Dream                                     
lyrics by Michael Stipe

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Kiss me wings


Tommy Tabermann (1947-2010)
a great Finnish poet and love apostle

Kiss me wings, I don't fly away,
I just spread them
to cover you,
as a knife to death's throat.
And even if I go,
I won't be gone for long,
soon I'll be back to you,
I give you a sickle to cut with,
a hammer to build with, and seeds and soil to your pot.
And even if I don't come back, you'd be with me,
cross the earths, under my wings like a spring breeze.

(translated from Tabermann's poem 'Siivet' as best as I could do)

The world will be more loveless place without you, Tommy.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Juri fan art #2 (Crashin' a party)

'Hello... boys!'
'Who the hell invited her?'
Fuharenjin!
'Game over'
After a series of rather heavy updates, I thought it's a time for something a bit lighter. Let me present another shot at fan art featuring Korean meanie/hottie Han Juri from a super fighting game Super Street Fighter IV. Even though my approach this time is more cartoony, I still based Juri's appearance here on a Chinese movie and TV star Chen Jia Jia. And for all the gamers out there, you know what I mean when I say; consider this pictorial as a 'sod off, sad shotos'!