Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Okay, today was quite a decent day, probably due to me rewarding myself with ample time to sleep, which would make about 12 hours of sleep at least?
Anyhow, Light & Mood class today was quite fun. In fact, I think I did the best so far during this class. Here, I’ll show you my works ohohoho.
The title for this one is Night Time 1 but hm. Maybe mine looks more of a daytime. Or not. My lecturer never said anything about it not looking like night so I guess it’s ok… Erm, he did comment that the figure can be more sharp. And that’s about it. Overall he said was good.
This one is Night Time 2. It’s supposed to look very evil but meh, I guess I made it a little too friendly. Owhw, my moon is a bit too bright, and this could always use more depth. The relflection can be better as well. But overall he said it was good.
Ok, now for SEA Survey. Almost half of my class decided to ditch today’s class, and Kok Loon kinda asked me if I could get him to get his attendance, and lolz, I kinda got it. First time I actually lied to a lecturer lolz. Well, there’s a first for everything right?
Anyways, today, we covered Islam, a rather long chapter I think. But no worries, Hindu was still way longer. By the way, we’ll be having exams in our next class, all subjective short questions, no essays. As for the Islamic Museum field trip, we are to organize and go check it out for ourselves. Proof of entrance would be my the attendance list currently in my possession and the entrance tickets the fellow participants would get upon entering the museum. Okay moving on to today’s contents.
So Islam means the submission to the will of God. It’s the 2nd largest religion with over a billion followers worldwide, which was revealed some 1400 years ago in Mecca, Arabia, probably around 600 AD. The Muslims believe Islam always existed even before the coming of Islam but for convenience purposes, they dated their religion back to the time of Muhammad’s migration to Medinah, which is more commonly known today as the Maal-Hijrah(yes, that holiday in the Malaysian calendar)
5 Pillar of Islam
Islam has 5 Pillars, the 5 basic 5 faiths that are compulsory to all Muslims which if not practiced, Muslims won’t be Muslims. They are:
1. Belief in Allah
2. Praying 5 times a day (subjective but not necessarily dead lock, is exempted for special reasons like someone funeral or going for an operation etc. use your imagination lah.)
3. Fasting on the Ramadan month
4. Go for Haj Pilgrimage if able (going to the Kaaba in Arab, the place where the black stone which was rumored to be a piece of rock fallen from heaven called the Kiblat is house in. The Kaaba is also the first holy building Prophet Abraham built. That Kiblat was fallen from heaven to notify Adam and Eve where to build the altar for God.)
5. Giving alms in the form of zakat.
Ramadan is well, if you donno I’m so gonna smack you upside down lol. But anyhow, it’s the puasa month lah where Muslim go starve themselves to death, where it’s called the noble act of fasting in order to fully understand what it means to be an underprivileged stuck up. So this month comes before the 9th Eid month according to the Islamic calendar. The Qur’an states that during this specific period of time, the Gates of Heaven are opened completely, quite contrary to the Chinese Ghost Festival. But overall, the purpose of the self-killing fasting is to implore self-reflection both physically and spiritually to somehow increase self-control and purification of self.
Islamization in SEA
Islamization as we all know from our History books, began with when the Arab traders came to spread their seeds of evil into us uncivilized buffoons as we already were all the way back when our land was still known as Tanah Melayu. So these punks, they come from India and West India and South East Asia of course, and… they magically intermarried with our folks who were mesmerized with their good looks and amazing steed, which were all unknown to our civilization back then which we all come to know currently as the horses. And from the mighty first impression, people just miraculously started to think, “O hey, those dudes are so damned awesome! Islam must be wickedly awesome too!” So from there, the missionaries/ sufas started to begin their conquest for religious domination while the kings or ruling classes known as the sultanates, embraced Islam in the 15th century.
Well, whaddya know, if you heard of the Kuda Kepang traditional dance, it’s actually an art form in commemoration of the great Arabian traders who were riding their steed gracefully when they first arrived and.. there’s that.
Moving on to Islamic Art.
Islamic Art utilizes brilliant use of colours in their form and emphasizes on the stability/harmony between design and form in order to bring out the best functionality of whatever the art is. The understand of Islamic art is such then all art is perfect and Men are the artworks of God and are perfect by itself, therefore all art made by Men are perfect in itself.
With this, Islamic Art aims to establish strong aesthetic appeal that transcends distances in both time and space apart from differences in languages, cultures and creed through it’s universally recognized art form. So Islamic Arts do not belong to Malays, but it belongs to Islam altogether as a whole religion, races and skin aside. In Islamic Art, the strongest appeal comes from the calligraphy form which we all know as Khat designs today. Islamic calligraphy is known to be the most important and pervasive art form in Islam since Islam prohibits any illustration of men due to the belief in the perfection in men in God’s wisdom. Although portrayal of human beings are prohibited, animals and and terrain visualizations can be reproduced, under the exception that they are done in calligraphy. Aside from that, Islamic Calligraphy is also thought to be a noble art form due to its close relation and ties with the Al-Qur’an since most of the productions of Islamic Calligraphy if not all are associated with excerpts from the Islamic holy scripture.
Just to be clear, Islamic art is different from Western art in such a way that it doesn’t glorify the artist like how the Western artist do, with initials included in almost each and every masterpiece. However, Islamic arts aim to glorify Allah, or God in itself, therefore the identity of the artist is of little importance compared to the functionality of the art form.
In Islamic Art, all motives are done with the inlay of patterns composed of geometric or vegetal elements, which are mostly calculated with the Pythagoras Theorum and are rather complex and intricate, which makes is very hard for normal people like us to understand its meaning unless if we really known the core values in Islam as a religion. All the rhythmic designs in Islamic art hides an intrinsic meaning of unending repetition, which is symbolic to the infinite power of God.
Okay, I donno whuddahell does arabesque mean but it came out like a lot in the next few slides and they’re mostly talking about the craftworks and architecture of Islam. So yeah.. Porcelain pots are arabesque. Care to translate?
Well, lets leave that for later shall we? Oh yeah, cool trivia, didja guyz know that the crazy ass Sultan who made Taj-Mahal in tribute to her dead queen who died during her baby’s delivering either killed or maimed all the people involved in the construction of Taj-Mahal to ensure that there’d only be one and only one of it in the whole world? Pretty awesome fact right?
Ok uh, the domes in Islam are very solid structures so in order to create that design and form harmony balance thingamagic, the domes are designed intricately to somehow soften the solidness of the structure. So.. I guess that makes Islamic Art rather conceptual besides being multifunctional since all the art forms are only made to enhance the functions and not for pure aesthetic purposes. The dome thing kinda makes sense since if it looks empty, it gives the appearance of an empty void in that large loophole but when you fill it up with patterns, it just doesn’t seem so damn gigantic anymore.
O yeah, Masjid Jamek isn’t the LRT station you’re thinking. It’s a type of mosque made by the mamak community, or also known as the Indian Muslims. One example of course is situated near the Masjid Jamek station but let there be an awareness that there still lotsa other Masjid Jameks around Malaysia.
Oh yeah, mirrors play a very important role in Islamic design, wait, rather light plays a major role in Islamic art since God is thought of as light in Islamic views. So light must be able to come into the mosques somehow, either through reflection or various lobes around the roofs or walls. Aside from light, water is also a key element in Islamic design, symbolic to the purification of mind and soul through water. Oh yeah, the mosques even have a specific place where the prayers have to purify themselves before their prayers and they are known as the ablution fountains.
KK, just a little more. Ceramics in Islam are made in bright geometric tiles or arabesque designs for wall-surfaces and fountains. SO.. all these art forms are covered in bright colours with inscribed calligraphy and pictures.
The main architecture in Islam are the mosques, the tombs, the palaces, the forts, the domes, the fountains, the iwan, the minaret, and the.. public bathes? I never knew Muslims bathed publicly like Japanese and Korean people do. Wasn’t it a sin to expose your aurat (skin) to others?
Ok and that’s all folks. So… all the bold points are important points to take note off. So.. happy studying? Lolz.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Hold on for another 1 year huh?
Then will I really be free? Or will I make my own hell? Then… maybe I should start on my portfolio like everyone else. When I come to think of it, I’ve been lagging behind everyone for a very long time, and it still hasn’t changed.
Well, there’s gonna be Exploweek next week so I oughtta be catching up with everything. I need to break free from my own shackles. The tv in the house, the lack of space, there must be a way around all this crap. Today I feel rather lethargic. Very lethargic… Donno why. My appetite today wasn’t very good too. But I forced myself to eat something anyways…
These few days, I’ve been thinking if I was really meant for art. I can’t help but get myself thinking about the possibility of me in Hospitality & Management. Will things go any different? Art art art… Do I really want to do this for the rest of my life? Yes, I would if I’m capable. I think I am. But when I look at reality and my progressive performance, it doesn’t seem to look too good for me.
Ergh, I want to stop thinking for a while… I'm just tired, drained, exhausted. I just feel down.
And... Zhou Yu isn't as bad as I thought he was. He seems kinda understanding and.. I overlooked the fact that he was always ready to help.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Well, anyways. I find that I'm not giving myself the chance to shine. I can shine. I have what it takes to shine, the skills, the interest. But what am I lacking? Time. Time time time. Not that I don't have time. I always have more than ample time to do my works in a brilliant way, but I forgo my luxury and instead, I tread through the path of laziness. Bad choice.
SO.. I'm being very unfair to myself. I'm expecting so much of myself and yet, I'm not showing any initiative whatsoever to go for what I want. THAT, is completely stupid and foolish, unless if brainless stuck up serves as a better equivalent to my screwed up behaviour. Woe is me.
Sucks to be me right? Naw. It doesn't, didn't and never was sucky to be me even to begin with. It's just my decisions are taking me away from where I'm supposed to be heading. Gyargh, I'm like totally furious with myself right now. *smacks mirror*
Good thing my lecturer was forgiving today 'cause I couldn't finish my Swiss Roll CG painting. Behold, my shame.
Just circle the R letter there wouldja? Man I feel like strangling Osla so much right now. That stupid ass.
Well, anyhow, thanks to my lecturer's kindness, I guess I won't be having an R in my portfoli, but rather a Resubmission. SO.. I'm gonna have another extra 4 hours worth of workload.
Now. Everyday after this, I'm gonna have to ask myself this,
"Osla, have you even given your best yet?"
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
- Retiring King Dasaratha of Ayodhya chooses his son Rama as his heir.
- His wife, Kaikeyi asks that he appoints her first son, Bharata.
- King Dasaratha reluctantly agrees, since he made a promise to her to fulfill 3 wishes for her, and she used two to 1. Make Bharata the crown prince and 2. Banish Rama.
- So Rama went away with his beautiful wife Sita and his brother Laksmana.
- During their journey's they met a demoness named Surpanakha who fell in love with Rama at first sight, and tried to seduce him, but was injured by Laksamana.
- Angered, she fled back to her brother, Ravana, the Demon Lord who ruled Lanka, which is rumored to be the Sri Lanka we knew today.
- She then tells Ravana of the appearance of a very beautiful maiden, which was non other then Sita, and suggests that he takes her as his bride, since she was the most beautiful from all the dwellers of their realm. Ravana was then convinced and determined to get Sita.
- Ravana then sent his messenger, a golden deer called Maris to attract Sita. Sita wanted saw the deer and wanted to keep it as a pet, so she asked Rama to look for it and bring it back. He went, along with Laksamana. But before they left, Laksamana casted a magic circle over the boundaries of their home that would shield Sita from anything, unless if Sita walks out of the boundaries.
- Ravana was cunning, and morphed himself into a wandering pilgrim, asking Sita for some water.
- Sita was reluctant to do anything that'd get her out of the circle so she politely declined. But Ravana said to her, "I'm merely and old man, what can I ever do to you? Just a glass of water and I'll be on my way."
- Sita got soft-hearted and approached the man to give him water, and Ravana immediately grabbed her and took her back to Lanka, where she was imprisoned in a garden.
- Rama came back finding that his wife was missing. So he went on a quest to look for her. To notify Sita, he asked for Hanuman's help by bringing her his ring to her so that Sita knows that Rama will come for her.
- Hanuman, being the God of Monkeys flew to the island with ease and gave Sita the message. But he was caught by Ravana. During his bind, he was to be set on fire, but before it happened, Hanuman managed to break free, taking along a small fire on his tail which apparently lit the whole kingdom ablaze, being the crazy monkey he was.
- Then Rama and Laksamana came and laid siege to Lanka with an army of monkeys led by Hanuman. They made a bridge to connect the mainland with the island through the interlocking of hordes of monkeys together with Hanuman's physical enlarging powers.
- A long battle ensued with the spears clinging and the firing of arrow from bows. Rama finally defeated Ravana.
- Sita was retrieved, but Rama has been feeling a little off with Sita ever since she was there with Ravana for some time. Not being able to handle the shame of his wife having to have lived together with a men under his roof, he asked her to go, and Sita went away into a monastery according to his wishes. Rama then spends the rest of his life in total loneliness.
- Hanuman was eating lunch together with Rama one day and while they were about to eat, Rama was disgusted with the sharing of his food with a beast, despite Hanuman being a holy beast and a Monkey God since Rama was a Man-God. Hanuman then cut the leaf of the banana into half and divided the food. And they continued eating. During that time, Hanuman revealed that he was actually Rama's son, the product of Sita and Rama's many adventure which chanced them to drink at the Forbidden Pool, which turned them into monkeys and while they were together, Hanuman was born, thus his Godlike abilities. Rama and Sita couldn't remember whatever happened during the period when they became monkeys, and after knowing that truth, Rama was very ashamed of himself.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Background story for Gilbert and Ergo.
Gilbert inherits a fortune from his family's mechanical factory business. He runs it only for the sake of running it since he began to have growing distaste towards the family business because his parents gave him little attention and love and force him to like machinery. Due to the suffocating circumstances of a predetermined destiny set by his parents, he began to loathe the world. His parents passed away while he was 10, almost too young to do anything and despite being the only child, he still managed to pull everything together and bloom the family business with his innovative mindset with commerce and finances.
Then he met Ergo, this psychotic genius who's raw talent in machinery and devices awe him limitless with his brilliant ideas. Acknowledging Ergo’s talents, Gilberts intends to make a profit out of his skill by giving him the resources to do what he wants, provided Ergo listens, since Gilbert’s quite familiar with the world of technology he also has some of his own ideas to explore, but he was far too laze-boned to pick up his own wrench and make things on his own. So he gets Ergo to do things for him on the rule that if he doesn’t, Gilbert would make his life a living hell. And hence Ergo turned from inspiring inventor to a slave-like manservant.
Ergo also has his own motives for joining forces with Gilbert. What Gilbert doesn’t know is that Ergo’s grand scheme might become more than Gilbert’s nightmare after some time.
So yeah... I guess that's it for now? Laterz.