My A LEVEL COURSEWORK Unveiled (finally!)

January 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Coursework, Installation, Mixed-Media, Papercraft, Sculpture, Writings | 3 Comments


Frame Of Mind (2010)
Mixed Media Installation: Paper, Lightbulbs,Balsa Wood etc

 

In my pursuit of freedom,
I asked, “What is this thing you call Freedom?
I cannot see it. Nor hear nor touch nor smell.
How do I know if it’s mine?”

“It always has been. It’s all in your Mind.”

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Final AEP Coursework 2008

October 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Acrylic, Contemporary, Coursework, Installation, Paper Relief, Papercraft, Papercutting, Sculpture, Writings | 1 Comment

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Fiction, In Fact (2008)

Medium: A3 Paper 240 gsm, Glue, Acrylic
Dimensions: mm x (Base) 297 mm x 420 mm

Description: This artwork is a part-sculpture, part 2-dimensional site-specific installation. It is currently located on the first level of the school library and presented on a white pedestal. A white model of a dinosaur-bird hybrid bust is situated on the right of the longitudinal rectangular base. The head of the creature is created by adhering layers and layers of paper such that they are perpendicular to plane ground. By compiling multiple layers together, form is created by adding and removing layers at appropriate areas of contour. The creature’s head appears similar to that of a therapod dinosaur. Its mouth is open as though it were calling out. Five large head feathers protrude from the head of the creature; the size of each tail feather is larger than the one above it. The head is connected to the neck and upper torso, which is composed of stacking numerous layers of paper on top of each other. The layers of paper are stacked lengthwise, such that the layers of paper gradually decrease in size towards the neck. This creates volume for the upper body of the creature. A paper sculpture of an arm with wing feathers is adhered just slightly above the bust sculpture. The base of the artwork is a white, A3 sized cardstock joined to another layer of paper beneath. Both layers are presented in landscape. The paper beneath is painted a monochromatic gradient, starting with a dark black hue from the left, and gradually becoming a lighter grey towards the right, where the sculpture of the creature is placed. A silhouette of a dinosaur skeleton is cut out from the upper layer of the base, such that the gradient of the layer below is showing through the cut spaces of the skeleton. Although the skeleton cut-out clearly resembles that of a dinosaur’s, feather-like shapes appear to come out from the arm of the skeleton, forming a wing. The sculpture head is placed such that the neck of the creature is “joined” to the neck bones of the skeleton cut-out.

Meaning/Inspiration: Myths and fictional creatures have intrigued, excited and fantasized us for many centuries. But how did we manage to create such uncanny wonders that outlasted the erosion of time until today? This is the question that made me realize the intimate relation between reality and fantasy; that fantasy is actually a product fabricated from reality. What was really a prehistoric fossil could actually be the very element that catalyzed our ancestors to conceive the legendary dragon. My artwork manifests this relation in the rise of the mythological phoenix (fantasy) through its evolution from a dinosaur fossil (reality). However, these fantastic creatures and tales are gravely endangered by rapid modernization and scientific eradication. This sculpture is my wish for mutual symbiosis of reality and fantasy to endure the modern era. Through the rebirth of the phoenix from the ashes of science, fantasy seeks to find its pristine place again in our imaginations.

Reflections: I would definitely be more consistent in the following the shape of the cut-outs. Some uneven edges jutted out of the continuous shape. The head will be remade such that the layers are done in the same manner as the rest of the body. This way, it would not appear as though it were ‘plopped’ on.

Sketchbook–[Pegasus]

September 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Coursework, Drawings, Sketches | 2 Comments

One of those drawings from my sketchbook which I never posted until now. This was my fantasy-style take on the pegasus. It’s not drawn realistically or anatomically proportionate, but I didn’t use any reference so I quite like this one. (:

…It’s a bit squished though. X(

Final Coursework—[Part 2]

September 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Acrylic, Coursework, Paper Relief, Papercraft, Papercutting, Sculpture | Leave a comment

I’ve ranted long enough about my Coursework in the previous entry, so I shan’t ramble long:

I’m actually very proud of the skeleton base which I completed on Doomsday itself, and I spent an hour to painstakingly cut out the delicate skeleton. I pray it’s the saving grace to make up for the shoddy head. If there was one thing I could improve on, I would definitely change the head to “longitudinal style”. And be more diligent in adding layers so it will “blend” better. …And actually… I do feel disappointed… yet a little proud of myself. (:

Yep. That’s all.

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Final Coursework—[Part 1]

September 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Coursework, Paper Relief, Papercutting | Leave a comment

This is what my Coursework looked like the night before the Final Doomsday of Submission (aka Friday the 12th). I hurriedly drew an outline of the skeleton base, which was to be cut out à la Papercut style.

Top View of Coursework

Study of 3-D Head Paper Relief

I am terribly disappointed with myself over the head. I did a “longitudinal” neck and chest, but a “vertical” style head. As a result, the head had to be slotted into the neck. It looks terribly wrong. Why didn’t XY do a “longitudinal” head then? Because I had a) No Planning, b) Poor Time Management, c) No Brains to even Think of that Idea in the First Place or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE. The correct answer is so obvious.

But then again, I must calm my emotional imbalance and reassure myself that this is a very adventurous attempt and bravo, kudos to myself for daring to do something so crazy and time-consuming. Not to mention eye-straining. =)

Side View of Coursework

Coursework–[Head (Phase 1)]

August 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Coursework, Papercraft, Sculpture | Leave a comment
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The long awaited sneak peak of my coursework progress! Here’s (part of) the head, all in its layered glory! Now I would have made the contours more well “blended”, but I’m running out of precious time, so well… anyway this took me one whole AEP lesson to do!! =D

MR GAN ARE YOU READING THIS BLOG??? 😀

Coursework Reference Sculpture (Paper)

July 15, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Coursework, Papercraft, Sculpture | Leave a comment
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Yet another Reference Model to accompany my paper clay one! This one is a quick test for the skeleton, proportion, shape and volume. I was being all narcissistic about my achievements yesterday at AEP! Tee Hee! 🙂

Front View of Coursework Paper Model Reference

As you can see from the photos, the arms and limbs are not added to the reference, as well as the tail feathers. I enlarged the head slighty in proportion to the body as compared to my draft sketch in the Sketchbook. I’m kinda wondering how to end the tail portion, though… :/


Back View of Coursework Paper Model Reference

Leny says it looks like a Pokemon which has evolved many, many times. HAHA!! 😀

Coursework Reference Sculpture (Completed)

July 13, 2008 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Coursework, Sculpture | 1 Comment
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This photograph was very luckily taken just before its leg and arm broke (again!!) and fingers and toes dislocated. I admit, this was shoddily done in a very short time, but it has served its purpose. All I wanted was a rough reference for me to gauge the space, form and volume when creating my final coursework.

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Obviously, all the nice “aesthetic” details are not included, such as the wings and tails. (I did the crown because it looked super bald without it!) Definitely one of my worst sculptures and I even had to UHU all its limbs and broken fingers. (And one of the finger is gone without a trace.)

Note to self: I don’t like PAPER CLAY!!! >: (

Bald Eagle Head Reference Study

July 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Posted in Animals, Coursework, Drawings | 4 Comments
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Detailed Study of a Bald Eagle’s Head from Photograph

*adjusted from original monochrome to orange to look nice (:

Coursework Reference Sculpture (Phase 1)

July 8, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Coursework, Sculpture | Leave a comment
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Head (without crown) and Torso Completed!!

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