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The School September 24, 2010

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:54 pm

Title: The School

Medium: Permanent Marker on Transparency

Size: 25cm x 30cm

Date: April 2008

This is a drawing of the school. The transparency was pasted onto the window ina certain angle, and I replicated the scene of the school outside. I think this was done quite well, since all the details were exact and accurate, and the composition was alright too. The first thing one notices is the building with a million bricks, then the eye is slowy guided to the road and then the trees in the background.

Almost went blind from squinting my eyes too much to gage the size and distance of the scenery. Especially when drawing the bricks, I almost died. But in the end, the final product is satisfactory, so it was all worth it!

However, maybe I could have used a mix of markers of different thickness and colour. That would add on to the aesthetic appeal of the whole image, giving it a bit more contrast and vividness.


Sketches of Fruits

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:46 pm



Green Chilli





Green Chilli in Your Mouth

Title: Fruity Punch

Medium: Colour Pencils on Paper

Size: 15cm x 10cm (average)

Date: January 2009

Drew all of these after studying fruits for my Sec 3 coursework. I think I did well in terms of technique, but the main problem was that I took a very long time to complete each of the drawings, causing me to produce very little drawings in the whole 4 month period of the coursework preparation.

I admire those who can complete works of premium quality in short periods of time. They prabably have really good technique and ability to be able to do so. Hence, I must really improve on my speed and ability to be able to improve the next time I embark on an art project.



Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:45 pm

Studies of the Buddha, Brain and Lotus Plant

Studies of the Lotus Plant

Experimentation on effects of Watercolour and Acrylic Paint

Studies of different medium

Final (incomplete)

Title: Contemplation

Medium: Acrylic and Colour Pencil on Paper

Size: A3

Date: 2009

It was really unfortunate that I did not complete my final drawing. I did not have enough time to finish colouring the lotus plants during the 3 hours time span. Really need to improve on my speed…

The significance of using such a colourful and brght background was for a distraction of the viewers’ eyes, symbolising that no matter how distracting, or tempting the outside world is, the Buddha is able to remain in a calm state of mind by thinking deeply, as seen from his exposed brain, and surrounded by nature’s most beautiful elements.

The lotus plants symbolise purity and all things that are good. Stemming from dirty water, they are still look so clean and pure. They also complement the Buddha’s status of mind.

All in all, I need to improve on my speed and also my acrylic painting techniques, since the vertical planes of colour in the background seem hastily done and very uneven.


Eternity: an Illustration

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:41 pm

Title: Eternity

Medium: Colour Pencil, Watercolour and Ink on Paper

Size: A4

Date: 2008

I drew this when I got inspired after watching Memoirs of a Geisha, so I gave the girl very red lips, fair skin and huge brown eyes, like the geisha.

The part where I spent the most effort in was the hair. I took a whole 3 hours just to outline and draw the hair. In the end, my black pen ran out of ink. Each strand of hair had to be drawn, since hair is really fine and the pen lines were really fine so I needed to be ultra meticulous to fill up the whole space of the hair.

This is the first illustration I did in colour, since I only did sketches before that. I am contented with this drawing because it brought me on a journey of illustration after I did this. I am most proud of the long, thick and flowy hair, thanks to the hours spent on it.

The things I could improve on was the composition of the girl’s features. I think I did okay for the eyes, but then the nose could be more defined and shorter, because it looks so elongated in this illustration. And the mouth could be placed higher up, nearer to the tip of the nose, giving the features a more harmonized look.


Customised Pegs

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:33 pm

Title: Pegs

Medium: Wood, Metal Wires and Coloured Paper

Size: 1.5 cm x 4cm

Date: 2009

These are the pegs which I made, I think they look cute together!

There are some pegs which I painted on, and the flower peg which I stuck coloured paper on. I did all of these just for fun during my free time last year.

It was quite difficult to paint the small details, especially when the pegs were so small. I needed to be really careful so as to not smudge or paint the details too big.

Making these has greatly improved my handicraft skills.


Coursework: Organ-ic Vegetables

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:30 pm

Title: Organ-ic Vegetables

Medium: Clay, Plastic Bottles, Refrigerator, Egg Shells

Size: 85cm x 75cm

Date: 2010

Since all the information can be found from the prep boards below, I shall not go into great detail about my exploration process. Instead, I will focus on my thoughts and opinions about finishing this piece.

Prep Board 1

Prep Board 2

 Prep Board 3

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Eggplant Heart

Pea Intestines

Tomato Kidneys

Cabbage Brain

Final Product

I am relieved that I managed to finish my coursework, after months of toiling and hardwork. It is with great pleasure now that I review on my art.

To me, clay is a remarkable medium to use; you can construct it into any shape possible, by moulding it. I love the feel of clay in my hands, the softness and the moisture of it. Even when it gradually dries on my hands, I still like to pluck the dried pieces of clay off my skin. When I first came up with my concept and wanted to create 3D objects, I immediately thought of clay as the optimum choice. Carving and rolling the clay, I could turn an initial shapeless ball of clay into something magical. It is such an amazing feeling.

Coursework is not easy, now that I have completed it, I am really happy. Even though I am largely satisfied with this installation, there are some improvements I world like to make; if it is not too late to do so, since my Viva Voce is just around the corner.

Firstly, I am going ot intstall lights in the refrigerator, to give it a more dramatic effect and enhance the colours of the vegetables.

Secondly, it is vital to glue all the objects into the refrigerator, since after a few days of exhibition, one of the eggs cracked due to heavy handling of my art. Luckily it was empty, or else it would have been a great mess.

Lastly, a “SEE, DON’T TOUCH” sign must be placed in front of my art. I am really worried that the juniors will break my hardwork…

Hope that these suggestions will improveenhance the durability and the practicality of my work!


Sketch of Michealangelo’s Pieta

Filed under: Artworks — chicapod @ 11:26 pm

Title: My Pieta

Medium: Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

Size: A3

Date: 2008

For this artwork, I really put my heart and soul into it! I spent 2 weeks trying to get the exact measurements and details correct. It was really a torture, but worth it, since it honed my technique. The details were excruciatingly fine, and I took a long long time to duplicate the original picture.

Nonetheless, I am immensely proud of this work. Now I know that replicating someone elses’ work is very difficult. The lines are bold and strong, giving them definition style. I also like the watercolour effect at the background, the transition of colours in a gradient is parallel to the sorrow(blue) Mother Mary feels when Jesus died to become a glorified feat(yellow).

However, I think Mother Mary’s face is a bit weird, even though I tried millions of times to change and alter it, it still doesn’t look right. But I am still happy that I completed this piece.