even if it leads nowhere

merry christmas from this side of the world!
funny, i never thought i'd do anything particular for xmas, but as it turns out, i did.. a couple.. wow. i surprise even me.

this was for a contest over at Parkablogs, a local art book review blog. [highly informative and very useful.] the theme was "kungfu santa", but i don't think i quite caught the essence of "kungfu". owell.

personal piece. no reference cept for the hand. i used my own, which explains why it's so flabby and manly.

and this.. well i don't think i'm going to get anywhere with this hahaha.


it doesn't get better than this

花札 hanafuda x one piece
i'm sold.

someone please get me a set as awesome too!



decided to drop by the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2010 last week with a friend. appeared pretty late to avoid the crowds, wandered around, bumped into friends and the like.

sketches acquired from the Imaginary Friends Studio booth, where they were providing sketch commissions at 5 bucks apiece.
not a bad deal if you ask me 8D
we asked for four in total, all Street Fighter characters. couldn't think of anything better on the spot, my mind kinda tends to freeze around awesomeness like them.. a pair of Yin and Yang sketches to split between us, and Sakura and Akuma for other people.

also took part in this lucky dip, had to go around obtaining the signatures from various artists present, for a chance to get random art goodies. our bounty was better than expected, we got a print and shirt from IFS!
real life quests ftw :D


what you neglect

Animation Nation 2010 is here again for the week. i missed Genius Party 2 at AN '09 last year, pretty sad. the films this time round seem to be more well-rounded internationally, as compared to the previous times where they were mostly Asian-dominated.
official site here

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜
this is Production I.G.'s first 3d CG production. i loved the concept. it reminds me of a children's book i had when i was little (oh the irony).

also caught this in the same day. a Swedish sci-fi animation. the overall feel of the film left me feeling distinctly uncomfortable, maybe that was the point. the heavily stylized characters, almost morbid, the grim and post-apocalyptic setting, the somber tone with its underlying messages..

both films are definitely worth catching. just try not to watch them in the same day, it gave me some emotional turbulence haha.