So you’ve read Teo You Yenn’s book, but have you seen the movie? I’m so excited to have drawn and animated this–an illustrated version of “Growing Up In An Unequal Society”, the talk she gave for the Singapore Children’s Society lecture in September. It was an absolute delight and honour to work on such rich and important material. Please watch and share.
Reader (colour pencil)
I realise the lamp leaves something (…quite a lot) to be desired. But I’m happy with this because: (i) it is one of the most faithfully executed pictures I’ve tried to draw solely from imagination; (ii) I’ve been attempting some variant or another of this scene for a year; and (iii) my initial thinking about geometry and light played out as I intended it to do.
As I mentioned briefly in March, I’ve forayed into the visual arts for the first time this year. I have a faint echo of a self-image – lingering from adolescence I suspect – as hopelessly, lopsidedly verbal, too clumsy for the physical world, whether it’s in gross or fine motor, even though it hasn’t strictly speaking been true for some time. But visual aesthetics were definitely totally new to me till I plonked down money for watercolour supplies at Art Friend in January this year. It’s been a deeply rewarding journey learning new skills and ways of thinking, even as I’ve also hurtled a little wildly between attempts and media. Anyway, all of this is just a preamble to my (probably unreasonable) excitement about having recently acquired some pastels and tonight produced some fuchsias. I’m quite sentimental about fuchsias.