Excerpts from the Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, an artbook/biography (in comics form!) about a pioneering Singaporean comic artist who began his career in the tumultous 1950s.
The Mural Project at Punggol Waterways is finally done! (Click on image above for larger version of the image) It’s been a long drawn out process with a bit of a learning curve – lots of logistics involved, from paints and tools (brushes, rollers, extra large compasses, spirits levels, masking tape) required to scaffoldings and worksite insurance.
An earlier post about the initial sketches: https://sonnyliew.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/the-road-to-punggol/
Having never worked on an actual wall mural before, i roped in Alan Leong, Reuben Ashley and others who’d done mural work for Social Creatives to help out with the process.
The location made things tricky – next to a fairly narrow footpath, which meant that the worksite had to be cordoned off somehow, leaving less than ideal space for the team to be able to work from (and view the progress from a distance). In the end it was a combination of orange netting with holes, mobile scaffoldings and a lot of ad hoc ways of getting things done. Big thanks to Nik, Mingjie, Alan, Reuben, Xueling, Chanel, Cassie, Siew May and Shiuan for all the work put in!
And of course to Kiruthiga at the National Art Council, for her endless patience in dealing with all the paperwork and constantly shifting sands that the project entailed :p
Lots of paints and assorted materials used, and there was masking tape everywhere by the end :p
Anyone hoping to see the mural will have to make a trek to Punggol. Its near the (as yet unopened) Sumang LRT station. http://gothere.sg/maps#q:sumang
Was asked to do a design for a mural along the new Punggol Waterway last year.
The photo above is pretty old, the site is much more complete now. The mural itself… with my own inexperience in painting physical murals, and with several government agencies involved (NAC, HDB, Nparks, LTA) its taken quite a while to get things going, but should be able to start next week!
The poem used is by local poet Gilbert Koh.
Some of the other sketches and earlier versions of the robot image below 🙂
A BBC report on Robots!
“ I have visions of Tokyo at the mercy of a new kind of armoured centurion, 100+ year olds stomping around in all all-powerful exo-skeletons like wrinkly Mechagodzillas. “
The holidays are just round the corner, so here’s an early Merry Xmas!
“Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits“ was released this year, do get a copy (or copies for your friends and robots!) if you haven’t already! :p
Find out more about the book at: https://www.facebook.com/malinkyrobot
“[Q]uite possibly the most charming set of comics that I have ever read…a fantastic combination of urban fantasy and childlike wonder packed in a box of adventure …Atari and Oliver are fantastically written, lovable kids [and the] artwork was just astounding” – Felicity Gustafson, Comics Bulletin
“Malinky Robot is the real deal, the kind of book that should go not just on the must-buy list, but on the must-buy-for-friends list…[it] reads like something you’ve known all your life and also are seeing for the first time… a story of gentle tragedy, a near-future sci-fi comic with heart, a buddy story with an impressive supporting cast. The design is brilliant, and the storytelling is resonant in all the best ways.”– Wendy Holler, Newsarama
“A charming, beautifully drawn little world.. that I would have liked to climb into and walk around in for a while.” – Mike Mignola, Hellboy
“Sonny Liew occupies a proud place in a lineage that includes Walt Kelly, Cliff Sterrett, Frank King, Charles M. Schulz, Jeff Smith and Louis Trondheim. His clear, speaking lines carry a huge weight of emotion, and it’s usually more than one emotion. He makes you laugh, he makes you hurt.” – Mike Carey (Hellblazer, X-Men, The Unwritten)
Elephant Memory Man is still pondering the past over at Vivocity, so do drop by to say hello if you are in Singapore!
- me and Koh Hong Teng had our third show together at Mulan Gallery…
- a paperback trade edition of Marvel’s Sense & Sensibility was released…
- as well as a new edition of My Faith in Frankie …
- The Secret Robot Spy Factory relocated to the Goodman Arts Centre…
- Kevin Matthews wrote a Malinky Robot Song…
- Robot Spies went to the San Diego Comic Con…
- The Last Flight (ed. Kazu Kibuishi) took flight…
- Liquid City Vol 2 received an Eisner Nomination…
- work began on a new book with Gene Yang…
- …and we said goodbye to the Western Black Rhino.
Ten-ten, good buddies, see you on the other side.
Some sketches done on the trip back to Singapore. Not really sure what they’re about just yet – i guess something to do with the combination of organic and robotic forms, maybe trying to reach somewhere outside the usual robot drawings i’ve done for a long time; very much works in progress though :p
Recent work has involved illustration projects that require digital colouring/painting; the content itself has been client-driven and not especially engaging, but they did make me realise the extent to which you could manipulate ‘paint’ digitally. The upshot is some touching up (finishing up in some cases) of what have been pretty poor scans of actual paintings…
working on a short malinky robot story (um… about robots!) for flight 5 and /or liquid city. early colouring stages for a double page spread: