Tools of Trade

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I’ve accumulated a fair bit of artist tools over the years and most of it was from the pocket money I got during my early years of doing commissioned artworks. With all my savings from these commissions, I’d tend to buy more and more coloring pencils or copic markers. Prior to commission work, I had a crazy awesome support system where I scored some of these materials through sponsorships, birthday gifts and even donations from High School (I love you all!). Every artist loves to keep a collection of their tools of trade and as you can see, I bought a chest of 2 drawers to keep my equipment in optimal condition. Everything in this drawer I’ve used before and there are ones I just keep coming back to over and over again for my works. Here they are:

 

1. 0.5mm Pentel Mechanical Pencil

My absolute go-to pencil for everything. I use 2B lead that my friend Carolyn gave me back in year 11. I requested her to bring back an unlimited supply of this lead from Vietnam…they truly go in sync with the Pentel. It has gold sides and its packaging is in blue, red, green and yellow colors (seen on the bottom left corner of the photo).

 

2. Copic Markers

I started off with 8 Copics in my collection and these were donated from my awesome high school teachers. I fell in love with them when we did fashion drawings conducted by Whitehouse Fashion Institute. I actually never liked using markers before that, but until they introduced bleed paper to us and the concept of layering, I knew I would go back to them for future works. Until now, these copics still haven’t ran out.

 

3. Prismacolor pencils

I bought these prismacolors to draw Lima Shio. It was the first time I have ever used the Prismacolor brand after shifting from Derwent and Faber Castell pencils. I find these softer than Faber Castells, and has stronger pigmentation than any other pencils I’ve used.

 

4. Uniball fineliner pens

It’s one of those things that were on the high school stationary list and mom just happened to put and order through for them. The best thing about these is that they don’t bleed or go through the paper.

 

5. 15cm Smiggle ruler

The first and last Smiggle purchase ever made, it still stays loyal to me.

David Hockney at the NGV

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My year 12 photography teacher always used to tell me how much she loved David Hockney’s work. She made us study his work which then became the focal point for one of our major projects that year. Our project was to create a photomontage of a scene captured from a moment in time.

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An example of a photomontage is the one behind my friend and I. Made up of multiple canvases, they are painted individually to create one entire seamless scene. When I was doing my photomontage I was annoyed with how misaligned my photos were but then I later appreciated the imperfections of it. At close range it looked so messy but from afar the image is so distinct and the individual  pieces seemed so harmonious (I made a collage of the Sydney Harbor when I was away in Sydney during the assignment).

This was pretty much a Hockney moment for me. Throughout his prolific career as a stage designer, photographer and painter, he’s managed to explore new art techniques, even iPhone and iPad drawings which were displayed in the exhibition.

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It was the last day of the David Hockney exhibition and that happened to be on a public holiday. We strolled down to the Moomba festival across the road and then made our last stop at Ichi Ichi Ku  restaurant for dinner. Worth a try if you’re in South Yarra – I approve the black on black gyozas. Photo-13-3-17,-4-50-14-pm Photo-13-3-17,-6-43-49-pm Photo-14-3-17,-12-24-46-am

Roosters Rock

A lot of my friends are roosters this year including myself. My birthday JUST made it before the Lunar New Year calendar – for the longest period of time, I thought I was born in the year of the dog. To show some chicken love for the New Year, I’ve devised a list of some of my favorite  21st-century chickens that I randomly stumbled across.

 

1. The Chickens from Resident Evil 4

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The Resident Evil games are my favorite (currently playing the latest RE7 on the ps4) and in Resident Evil 4 I remember spotting chickens running around innocently as depicted in the screenshot. Don’t worry they weren’t infected by the zombie virus but if you shot them you’d get a healing egg. I didn’t shoot them anyway. The chickens helped shed a little light on the dark nature of this series.

 

2. Los Pollos Hermanos

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Those times Gus and Walt would go about their business in this fictional fast food chain. As a Breaking Bad fan I would LOVE to see this fried chicken chain open up in real life. Their chicken looks so good, you forget their meetings are about drugs because the crispy chicken gets in the way.

 

3. Torchic

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You wouldn’t recognize this Pokemon if you only followed the 1st generation category like me. I only recall Torchic as one of the first pokemons you choose from Pokemon Ruby on the Gameboy advanced. I found Torchic and Mudkip the cutest.

4. The Chicken from Orange is the New Black

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My favorite chef from OITNB once said: “All I ever wanted was to eat that chicken, that is smarter than the other chickens and absorb its power”. It was the only chicken featured in the series and potentially the tastiest for the inmates. After 4 seasons, it still hasn’t been caught.

 

5. Crossy Road

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I’ve never played this game on the iPhone. I only started playing it a couple of weeks ago on our Apple TV and after this experience  I think it’s better to stick with the phone instead. I’m hopeless with the Apple TV remote. Besides that I can’t get enough of the look of the chicken in this game!

Finally, I drew a Rooster a while back as part of a family Chinese zodiac drawing. The rooster gave me the toughest time to draw in comparison to the other animals I drew next to it. Will I ever draw a rooster again? Most likely not.

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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