Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fabri Fun Dolls Exhibition 2008 from 21st-30th Nov

Dear friends,

A friend I just got to know is having her own doll exhibition, her creations are simply brilliant!

Her name is Nana, She have been exhibiting in various countries, like Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Her dolls are all excellently hand-sewn. You will not find her dolls in stores as they are limited in quantities. Nana's Roomism (Fabric Fun) was also featured on 100.3FM - 23rd Nov 2008 5pm-7pm.

Fabri Fun Dolls Exhibition 2008 from 21st-30th Nov

Welcome to Fabric Fun Dolls Exhibition 2008 @ Basheer City Room Gallery
Date: 21-30 November 2008
Time: 11am-8pm.
Venue: 231 Bain Street, # 04-19, Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231

More then 100 Dolls design and Unique boxy bat designed by young illustrators and designer from Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

For pictures of what's install in her gallery , please visit link.


Warm Regards,
Joshua Tay
Concept Artist + Illustrator
Josh Laboratorie

Ah Mao's Diary(阿毛日记):

Copyright © Joshua Tay

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Animation Nation 2008

Hi guys,

Last week ends the Animation Nation 2008. I attended Mr Koji Yamamura(’s seminar and showcases with Ben. It was an eye opener. For the first time I was given a peek into the works of a Japanese independent animator. It’s not easy to be an independent animator especially in Japan. Mr. Koji is one of the leading independent animators todate, so it’s a treat for budding animators to learn and hear from him. There were 2 distinguished animations that I’m very fond of.

1) Kafka Inaka Isha (Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor)
Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor
It’s an adaptation from Franz Kafka’s "Ein Landarzt".

"A Country Doctor" (German: "Ein Landarzt") is a short story written in 1919 by Franz Kafka. It is also the title of a collection of short stories, including this one.
The plot follows its eponym's hapless struggle to attend a sick young boy on a cold winter's night. A series of surreal events occur in the process, including the appearance of a mysterious groom in a pig shed.
It begins with the doctor having urgently to attend a sick patient, but his sole horse died the night before, so his maid Rosa goes off to ask for another. She returns empty-handed — "Of course, who is now going to lend her his horse for such a journey?" —, but, just as the doctor is expressing his distraction and torment by kicking at the cracked sty door, a mysterious groom appears and supplies him with a team of magnificent horses. The groom boorishly kisses the maid when she tries to hand him a harness, leaving her cheek with two rows of red tooth marks. The doctor scolds furiously him but quickly realises that he is in his debt and, on the groom's beckoning, jumps happily into the gig. The groom declines to travel with him, preferring to stay with the terrified Rosa, who dashes into the house and makes every effort to secure herself, although her fate is inevitable. The doctor can do nothing to stop the groom, who, with a simple "Giddy up!", sends the horses on their way. The doctor is almost instantly transported to his sick patient's courtyard. It is, he says, as if the courtyard has opened up just outside his gate (when, in reality, it is all of ten miles away).
After being ushered into the house by a family whose explications he does not comprehend, the doctor is quietly implored by the patient to let him die. Initially, he deems him completely healthy, but, after he notices the boy's sister holding a bloody towel, he discovers a deep wound on his right side. The kin and assembling kith are pleased to see him at work. The horses, meanwhile, having somehow freed themselves of their straps, have opened the window and are neighing frantically.
The doctor's thoughts are focused on the fate of his maid, for which he blames himself. In accordance with a simple melody from a choir outside the house, the family undresses him and forces him into bed alongside the patient. He assures his sceptical bedmate that the wound is not death-dealing and promptly takes up all his belongings and flees the scene. The horses are now wearied, however; and the doctor, disgraced, finds himself "crawl[ing] slowly through the wasteland of snow men". He feels betrayed by his patients and his community, and his story concludes with the line "A false ring of the night bell, once answered — it can never be made right."

Check out its official Website:
Check out the entire Story:

Althought I feel that the story plot is rather dark, however, for some reason I like the way Mr Koji brings out the characters. Also, if you have listen to the voice actors behind the characters, you will be amazed. I like the the way how the voice actors apply their voiceto bring to live every characters. I think its beautiful! During the seminar, My Koji was generous and kind enough to show us how he works; Where he work at; how he brings out the Characters’ voice, what music instrument he uses(The instrument is uses combination of several traditional amplifiers. He claims that in Japan only 3 musicians knew how to play them. Wow!)

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor has grabbed many prestigious prizes since its screening like..
- Ottawa International Animation Festival Grand Prize
- ANIMADRID Best Short Film
- International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima Golden Jabberwocky
- I Castelli Animati Grand Prize
- HIROSHIMA 08 International Animation Festival Grand Prix
- Festival for Documentary and Animated Film Silver Dove
- Internationales TrickFilm Festival STUTTGART Grand Prix
- MONSTORA Lisbon Animated Film Festival Grande Prémio
- KROK International Animation Festival Best Film in Category III
- AniFest in Tchebon Prize for the Best Short Film
- Animanima Inaternational Animation Festival in Servia Silver Peg Bar
- Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize
- Mainichi Film Awards Ofuji Noburo Prize
- Kinema Junpo Best 10 Cultural movie 7th place

2) Mr Koji Yamamura’s very own Mt.Head (Atama-Yama)
Mt.Head (Atama-Yama)
Mt.Head (Atama-Yama) tells of a stingy man who eats some cherry seeds, and it happended that a cherry tree grew on his head From there he got into a series of trouble. This animated film is a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese Rakugo story "Atama-yama" set in contemporary Tokyo. I enjoy the the way how the Mr Koji applies Japanese folk singing into the narativeof the story.

Like Franz Kafka's A Country Docto, Mt.Head also received several acclaimed awards. However, I think nothing beats being nominated for outstanding achievement in the category of Short Films – Animation in 2003 Oscars! It’s truly a great feat to be nominated for an indpendent Animator.

For a list of awards Mt. Head won, please visit:

I know... I have been writing too much stuff and posting too little artworks. I'll try to post more artworks and talk little.

One of the fashion photographers that I admire - Zhang Jingna aka Zemotion. Please read her facinating blog @

Warm Regards,
Joshua Tay
Concept Artist + Illustrator
Josh Laboratorie

Ah Mao's Diary(阿毛日记):

Copyright © Joshua Tay

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Victory.

Hi guys,

I've reedited The Victory. Hope you guys like it.

The Victory!

After attending a digital art class at Egg Story, I'm all chargeup to draw again. I realize that my creative flow easily just painting from the spot. Amaaazzing~! This is something I did yesterday. Took me about one hour plus.

A Speed painting Practice

Keep drawing and painting!

Warm Regards,
Joshua Tay
Concept Artist + Illustrator
Josh Laboratorie

Ah Mao's Diary(阿毛日记):

Copyright © Joshua Tay

Saturday, November 01, 2008

In The Making...

Hi guys,

Last Friday, I've finally manage to take the Amplitude test for Egg Story Digital Arts School. For those of you who don't know.. To enrol into an arts school, you'll have to take an amplitude test for creativity judging. Different schools have different criteria. For Egg Story, they just wants to know where you are at in terms of creative flair.

It was a 3 part test, and I really enjoyed all of them. It was my first amplitude test.

1st Part: Environment design test. I was asked to design an office of a used-car salesman. I felt that my design was complete although it wasn't very creative.

2nd Part: Concept Art test. I was given several picture items(an iron, 5 keys, a hammer, a fan and a Jack-in-the-box) and was asked to design a character from those items. I waws also asked to do a write up on the character that I created. I was rather surprise that participants wasn't required to draw still life. (I only know later that they took still life out of the amplitude test because they wasn't really looking for still life artist but rather artist who are capable of of producing work of the imaginary, I was told.)

3rd Part: Interview with Mr. Chris Tan, The Director for Corporate Development & Communication of Egg Story Digital Arts Academy.

Speaking to Chris was fun, I was asked where do I intend to head to after 2 years in Egg Story, do I have any studio that I would like to work for. What was my intention in taking up the diploma, am I interested to work in the animation industry or do I intend to go after some other industry?

I was satisfied to be able to answer all the questions asked. This reassures me that I know what I'm getting myself into and I'm up to date with the industry. Not only was I being asked questions Chris also fills me in on why he had to asked those questions. It was a good learning experience for me.

The progress I've made in hoping to achieve my artistic endeavor is so far so good. I have enrolled myself into Egg Story short courses while waiting for the 2009 school to start. I've also taken the Amplitude test, currently awaiting the result. I've attended Public Lectures taught by the lectures of the school; and have spoken to most, if not all, of the key lecturers to get a feel of their teaching style and the culutre of the school. I also managed to get first hand observation of the students and the teacher-students intereaction.

I've also finally gotten my new HP laptop from Ben and I have started fiddering around with Photoshop CS and Painter X. I'm currently rebuilding my portfolio.. Come to think about it, my only fully CG artworks was way back in 2007! Time to update Josh!

Here is something I did a couple of days ago.

I'm please with the way the skin texture worked out, however, I'll be re-editing the hair. It looks wierd.. Haha..

Here are two drafts of Ah Mao that I had submitted to a major local publishing company. The approach was different with my originals, I hope you like them, however, they are still drafts and I would most likely not be publishing them. Speaking of which, I haven't been updating Ah Mao for several days... (Needs to work extra harder~!)

I hope you guys can read the Chinese Characters!

Ah Mao - First Day

Ah Mao - Becomes Monitor

Lastly, I would like to share that I'll be getting my own room sharing with my brother soon! With this space, I can worked long into the night without afraid of waking up my dad. (I want to pursue my great dream but also wants to be a filial son. Hehe..) This also means that I can get a bookshelf for all my books, comics and mangas. I'm planning to set up a robust workstation so that I can worked with more effectively. Ultimately, I hope to turn my little room into a SOHO(Small Office Home Office), doing frelance works and projects. Wow~! So exciting!

I'm working hard every night! My target is to spend 16 hours drawing nonestop!

Below is my schedule for the Month of Novemeber:

1st November Attending Principle of Animation @ 10AM - 1PM
1st November Attending Digital Arts @ 2PM - 5PM
2nd November Attending Mr. Koji Yamamura's Seminar(With Ben. )at The Singapore Arts Musuem @ 2PM (Animation Nation 2009 Event)
2nd November Attending Mr. Koji Yamamura's Showcases(With Ben. )at The Singapore Arts Musuem @ 4:15PM (Animation Nation 2009 Event)
8th November Attending Principle of Animation @ 10AM - 1PM
8th November Attending Digital Arts @ 2PM - 5PM
8th November Attending Basic Maya @ 5:15PM - 8PM
15th November Attending Principle of Animation @ 10AM - 1PM
15th November Attending Digital Arts @ 2PM - 5PM
22nd November Attending Video Editing @ 10AM - 1PM
22nd November Attending Video Editing @ 2PM - 5PM
22nd Anime Festival Asia at Suntec @ 10am-10pm(No confirmed)

I'm really looking forward to Mr. Koji's Seminar with Ben! It feels great to be alive~!

(Editing this @ 04:45AM)
I just remember that I wanted to add this. Recently, a number of people who I seek advice from, asked me to think through what I want to do for the rest of my life. It was last Sunday, I think.. Royston called me up randomly for a catching up session. Its funny, but it seems like all my close friends seems eveready to catch up whenever the opportunity comes. Its not an easy feat, especially when my schedule is mostly packed. I do appreciate it. We met up at 10pm and began dwell into the discussion about art. Its rather impromtu, Royston begn to share of his idea of a story and he pitch to me the idea, hoping that I can have a vivid imagination of his world. As we discuss and talk, I began to share with him my concern of where my art is heading and the direction which I feel I would like to take in this coming months.

In recent times, I began to sense that there is an urgency to set a direction of wherere my art is going. Honestly, although its only recently I began to sense an urgency, in time past I've already been thinking and feels that I'm more of an environmental concept artist than a character one. The works that most inspire me are Tatsuyuki Tanaka's, Katsuya Terrada and the works of Studio 4 degree's Tekkonkinkreet. I really love detailed background.

We have also touch upon recent trend in Superflat. Quite astonishing to me, the idea of Superflat has been in me for quite a while, however, I never really did implement it in my artworks. It was birth inside me all along hoping for me to discover it! I hope to study this trend further and most probably implement it in my future artworks.

"What do I really want to do?" This question has been posed to me by Travis and my Church leader, even myself. I realize that its important in every aspect of our lives to know what do we really one. The fact that I can choose is really a remarkable thing to me. I would say that for now, to do good Art is the priority on my mind.

Finally, I'm an Art Student! Ohhsaah!

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