Thursday, January 29, 2009

Around the world in 365 days!

A new link has been added under Adventure Links. A couple of friends have embarked on the adventure of their lives and has generously set up a blog allowing us to share in their year long travel to places far and wide. All the best F & G! Only 39000 miles to go :)

Welcome the year of the ox!

I've been retarded about my blog lately. Took several days off from Singapore to visit the Philippines for a couple of weddings plus the mandatory winin' and dinin' = Time just flies when you're having fun. But now it's back to Singapore to usher in the year of the ox, does this mean we have to work ourselves to the bone like the dear ol' ox?
Gong Xi Fa Cai to one and all!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

let there be omnilight

Another new link added to creative buddies. A friend of mine has recently returned to Singapore and introduced me to his blog. There isn't much on it yet, but what little that's there sure impresses me! If it's a sign of things to come, then I'm keeping a close watch on this page.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

a link to daydreams added

Artists often daydream. Some choose to publish it in their blogs. I've added a link to my friend Waiming's blog. There's some cool portrait photography in there.
Check it out here or from the creative buddies link list on the side bar.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

In Memory of Gha Nachkt

Final painted pics of the Gha Nachkt.
So after the details were painted in, I applied a controlled oil wash for the dark shade areas. This was allowed to dry a couple of days before the next step. The highlights were also done in oils, but this time applied using a dry brush technique.Once the oils had dried a couple more days, I sprayed a flat coat over the whole bust. To finish off, I applied some gloss varnish to the eyes, nostrils and edge of the mouth. This makes a nice contrast to the overall flat finish and adds life to the bust.

Trex Mech gear (big bedroll/tarp)

Bedroll part 2, this time before painting.
Gonna paint this one maroon with beige stripes. I want it to look like a bit rug. I added a metal wire inside so that I can keep it bent to follow the shape of the trex mech's head.

Trex Mech more gear (bucket)

Here's a bucket I am building to add to the trex mech.I used a plastic sauce container, the kind the chili sauce comes in when you order chicken rice 'take away' in Singapore. I trimmed away the lip, drilled a couple of holes and inserted a bent wire for the handle. I also glued a couple of strips of metal for detail. Next step for this is primer and paint.

Custom Stikfas Mazinger Z GO!

Here's the beginning of a project that has been swirling in mind for a while now.The super giant robot that started it all. One of my earliest memories of watching cartoon TV. I guess the idea of a pilot's cockpit visible on top of a robot is so ingrained in me. I find this concept totally appealing. You can see it's evolution in the trex mech. It's a theme that I am eager to explore further in my future projects.
So the white dude on the left is a stikfas figure, about 2.5 inches tall. The picture on the right is a mazinger Z toy I have that has really nice proportions but bad articulation (but this is another project altogether). The goal is to customize the stikfas to look like mazinger Z. I'll do this primarily with the paint work. There's a bit of modelling to be done - mostly on the head and the addition of the trademark chest pieces. I'm quite eager to see how this one turns out.

keat's utopia link added

Another link added: Keatopia, an animator colleague of mine has some nice artworks posted.

ahoska in action

I finally got my clone wars Ahsoka action figure from hasbro. You can see her here with a clone back pack and Rota the Huttlet. Posed beside her is R3 droid from one of the episodes. R3 is one of my projects from 2008. I repainted an R2D2 figure into the black and gold trim you see here.
I couldn't resist adding a lightsaber effect to the pic.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! May this year be an opportunity for us to live our lives for the better. I took stock of my current work in progress projects and here's a list that I hope to complete this year:
1.) Ghazghkull Rising - a vignette
2.) Trex Mech - 1/6 kitbash mech
3.) Mazinger Z stikfas - stikfas toy mod
4.) Stainless Jeep - 1/72 scale model of the ubiquitous Philippine 'owner' type jeep
5.) Ice Cream Trike - 1/24 scale model of a singapore ice cream street vendor's ride

Some of them you've seen recent updates these past few days while others have not been logged yet. Btw - aliens bust is finished, will post the final pics this weekend.