Anti-Climax Days

Readers, please don’t be bored since these days I always talk about exams :P.

Honestly, I can say that I enjoy these days as much as I did before the non-stop exams. They are over now, so as what I’ve said in the last post, we just spend the rest of our time in focusing on the four main subjects. To me, if those exams were the climax, then these pre-national exams days would be the anti-climax. And the national exams would be the resolution, where all problems are solved.

Wait a minute. If last time I compared the exams with video games, why am I similizing them with narrative plot structure this time ;)?

So since it’s an anti-climax, I’m trying to relax a bit. But indeed, I will still study for the final exams.

Lately I spend my spare time for learning SAI. My sister said it’s an easier colouring tool compared to Photoshop. She downloaded some anime linearts and tutorials. I always wanted to learn digital colouring, so these days I practice colouring Kirito and Asuna using SAI and with the help of those tutorials.

Anyway, next Wednesday, it’s my turn to be the PIC of the Eating Together activity, with Mellia and Rojak. As its name suggests, it’s an activity where students have lunch—which is provided by our school—together in the classroom. It is sometimes called Healthy Eating activity, since the menu is vegetarian. Speaking of vegetarian, I used to avoid most vegetables when I was small, so I was nearly “carnivorous”. But everything changed then. Five times we have this activity so far, and the meal always enchants me!

House in a Snowstorm

Trapped in a tempest

Stepping through the extreme wind

My eyes dimly caught a silhouette

Where a house stood

Snow wildly bumped the land

Covering my sight

I missed that bond

That reminded me

Of every single day and night

I spent with all of you

I found a warmth

Peeking from the windows

I began to run

Against the wind

On a path

Which led me to the togetherness

That awaited me

House In A Snowstorm. That’s the title of the painting above. I had been making this painting for about a week. I seldom make a painting out of watercolours and that’s why the result isn’t very good :(.

By the way, it reminded me of when I was small. At that time I’d ever had a thought of becoming a painter when I grow up. However, since I found out that I’m more interested in other things, I changed my mind.

It also reminded me of when I was in primary 1 and 2. On those school years, there was still the arts and craft lesson. For that lesson, we’re told to provide ourselves with an A3-sized drawing book for each of us and we placed them in the cupboard at our classroom, so that we didn’t need to bring them everyday. My classmates often asked me to draw something for them in their drawing books. It wasn’t for the lesson, but it’s for their own desire. Since I enjoyed it, I rarely refused their requests. They even seemed to line up and wait for their turns for me to draw for each of them. Once they came to me in a big number at a time, until I felt confused of what to draw on their drawing books :P… Asking me to draw for them was like their common habit, but in the next school year, it stopped.

Besides my classmates, my cousins usually ask me to draw something for them too, everytime we gathered at our grandma’s house. Sometimes they also ask my sister to draw for them.

Everytime the people who have requested me to draw for them receive the drawings from me, they all look happy. In fact, seeing their pleased expressions makes me feel the same way too :)…

Drawing is My Life

I know that many many times in my life, I’ve admitted that I love drawing so much. But I never feel satisfied (hehehe :P). Today I want to tell you about my interest in this activity and how much I love it.

It’s normal that our drawings aren’t as nice as the professional artists’ when we’re still beginners. So are mine. I’ve owned this hobby since I was small. I even can’t forget that I used to draw on the walls inside my old house. Although at that time my drawings were still very bad, still, I did that confidently (?). I can’t remember well why didn’t I choose to do them on a piece of paper or even in a sketchbook instead of by dirtying those walls (plus, they’re painted white! Just imagine how dirty would it be… ^_^;). Maybe I was too lazy to look a suitable one for that :P… Of course, I drew on the walls when none of my family was there with me. But once my mum caught me when I was doing that (actually it’s done on a side of a wardrobe), she immediately scolded me. Starting from that day, I was no longer dare to draw on the walls inside my house or on the other unsuitable places. It’s proven that a couple of years later, when my family and I have moved to our new house, I stopped doing that bad habit.

I notice that as time passed, I kept on trying my best to improve my talent in drawing. Before, I could only draw some basic stuffs such as dogs, cats, trees, houses, people out of several lines with a circle as his/her head (I believe that you know what I mean), etc. Then when I was in kindergarten 2, I began to draw people more well and lively. I even began to make comics in my drawing books, although the contents were still unclear and they’re nonsense -_-. Moreover, my sister often laugh at them while she was reading them (in contrast that she wasn’t at the funny parts of the comics :D). I bet it’s all because of their unclearness. I also used to stop and cancel my comics as I didn’t have any idea for making the continuation of them, and start a new one (or even more @_@!). And that cycle kept on going on, since at that time I was very easy to get bored with my own stories.

Eventhough I like to draw comics since a quite long time, I hadn’t had a plan yet to be a cartoonist when I was still small. Perhaps I used to love it only, but I didn’t have any will to publish them. My mum, who’d ever seen them, sometimes asked me, “Why don’t you just be a cartoonist when you grow up and publish these?” But I always refused. It’s because I felt ashamed for my stories to be published. Anyway, I didn’t make the comics seriously. I just did that for fun.

I reckon that it all started when I was at primary 3. At that age, I watched a TV anime series entitled The Law Of Ueki. The reality is, that anime (also for the manga) is categorised under shounen demographic, or in other words, a manga for boys. But I really love it since the first time I watched the TV series. That anime is fantastic until it somewhat inspires me to be a cartoonist. The next year, I started to read its comic series and also a shoujo categorised-comic magazine called Nakayoshi. After that I felt as if I was encourage more to be a cartoonist, like what their authors were. Until I finally changed my mind―before I didn’t wish to publish any of my comics, but since I read them it turned out differently :).

By the way, as what I’ve mentioned before, the comics that I made in the past were nonsense that when I read them again nowadays, I can’t understand them :P…