Ink- cred­i­ble il­lus­tra­tions

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ART - By TER­ENCE TOH [email protected] thes­tar. com. my

En­joy comics from two lo­cal artists be­fore they lit­er­ally fall off the wall.

It seems that while you can try au­di­ences have to rush to the show ite cre­ators by con­tribut­ing a minito run away from art, it will al­ways as soon as pos­si­ble be­fore they are mum of US$ 1 ( RM4) a month. He find you again. all gone,” says Chong, who keeps a now has about 90 back­ers for his

For cer­tain, it’s good to have work pro­file on www. in­sta­gram. work on Pa­treon, and works to Chong and Yong back in the art com/ ash­ing­tray. cre­ate Artist Cri­sis comics for them scene. Fin­dars looks like a gi­ant It’s lit­er­ally an off- the- wall ev­ery day. comic book with two big pan­els ap­proach. Then again, Chong is not While Chong’s draw­ings are show­ing Chong and Yong’s com­ica man used to the con­ven­tional. more slice- of- life, Yong’s works feel style art­work. The gallery is neatly At 24, the high- spir­ited KL- born more whim­si­cal. di­vided for this joint ex­hi­bi­tion, artist quit his full time job in the Many of her pieces on dis­play with Chong’s art on one main wall print­ing in­dus­try to be­come a fullfea­ture fan­tas­ti­cal, maze- like lan­dand Yong’s work on the other. time artist. Art is not his only callscapes, which are rich in de­tail.

Chong’s il­lus­tra­tions are dis­tinc­ing card, though. He is also the You can also try to fol­low her in­tri­tive and ir­rev­er­ent. Ac­cord­ing to co- founder a film pro­duc­tion com­cate maps of places that ex­ist in the artist, they are drawn as a way pany 2Men Pro­duc­tions. her fer­tile imag­i­na­tion. for him to ex­press his emo­tions In 2005, he started a project “It’s my own style. They’ve got a about the world around him. called the 30- Day Artist, where he ‘ Where’s Wally?’ feel. You can keep

Many are based on cur­rent cre­ated 40 paint­ings in 30 days. look­ing for things. There’s ac­tu­ally af­fairs or things in his life. You find From there, Chong re­leased a a lot go­ing on in them,” says Yong. mus­ings on ev­ery­thing, from the graphic novel, The Boy Who Loved “When I share my work on art state of the haze to dis­cov­er­ies Clouds ( 2007), and later had his com­mu­ni­ties, peo­ple ac­tu­ally mes­made upon watch­ing movies alone own solo art ex­hi­bi­tion ( at Seni sage me and send me screen­shots to his feel­ings on the re­cent Gallery in KL in 2008). of my work, say­ing they found lit­de­struc­tion of the Pun­cak Pur­nama Travel is also part of Chong’s tle things in my work which they ( Lu­nar Peaks) pub­lic sculp­ture in in­ter­est­ing story. like. It’s nice to have peo­ple en­joy Kuala Lumpur. In 2009, he be­gan his per­sonal look­ing for things in them!” she

Visi­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion will soul- search­ing trek in In­done­sia adds. no­tice a few gaps in the comics on and even­tu­ally went on to the Like Chong, Yong also had sev­er­his wall. Ap­par­ently, dur­ing Ink United States, An­gola, the Czech al jobs be­fore turn­ing to art. The Cri­sis’s open­ing last week­end, a Repub­lic, Ger­many and Bel­gium, 33- year old Se­lan­gor- born artist com­bi­na­tion of hu­mid weather among oth­ers. He fi­nanced him­self first worked as a 3D an­i­ma­tor with and poor ad­he­sive caused some of by do­ing a va­ri­ety of jobs. a few game and pro­duc­tion comChong’s art­work to fall. How­ever, Chong re­alised that he pa­nies for five years.

In­stead of wor­ry­ing, the artist missed art and mak­ing comics and “I mostly did 3D build­ings. I was re­alises this is a bless­ing in di­s­ev­en­tu­ally re­turned to Malaysia in work­ing on rac­ing games and I guise, es­pe­cially since the works in 2014. had to do the ( back­ground) en­viques­tion touched on “sen­si­tive” And so, for the sec­ond time, ron­ment. I made lots of build­ings. is­sues. Chong finds him­self hav­ing to And I found I loved ar­chi­tec­ture. I

“I’m not plan­ning to put any art­make a new begin­ning in the arts. loved draw­ing and mod­el­ling work back up once they have fal­lFor­tu­nately, he dis­cov­ered Pa­treon, build­ings, but I didn’t like mak­ing en. This is to give a sense of life a crowd- fund­ing plat­form that them look re­al­is­tic,” ex­plains Yong. ex­pectancy to this art show, where al­lows fans to sup­port their favour- “I spent a lot of cre­ative en­ergy WHEN you first hear about Ink Cri­sis, the lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion at Fin­dars art space in Kuala Lumpur, your first im­pulse may be to worry. Are we re­ally hav­ing an ink cri­sis? How se­ri­ous is it? How can we write or draw with­out pre­cious ink?

As it turns out, how­ever, there’s no cause for alarm. The ex­hi­bi­tion’s ti­tle com­bines the two projects on show – Stephanie Yong’s Inksalad Il­lus­tra­tions and Chong Chin Yew’s Artist Cri­sis.

It’s a cute com­bi­na­tion. The name, how­ever, is fit­ting for this ex­hi­bi­tion. Yong and Chong have one thing in com­mon: they are both tal­ented artists who took long breaks from draw­ing, be­fore re­dis­cov­er­ing their pas­sion.

“My story starts way back ... about seven years ago. I was do­ing comics and art for many years, but I wasn’t mak­ing money. So I quit ev­ery­thing, packed my bags and left the coun­try. I trav­elled for about five years, and never picked up a brush in all that time,” re­calls Chong, 35, dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view at Fin­dars.

Yong also men­tions that she had other jobs be­fore re­turn­ing to art.

“I hadn’t picked up a brush in 10 years and I hadn’t drawn for about six or seven years! I did a lot of draw­ing with a mouse. And that’s click, click, click! To me, that’s not re­ally draw­ing,” says Yong, an art grad­u­ate. on my job. I had no time for my own stuff and I started to burn out.”

She quit the gaming scene and moved into other ar­eas, be­com­ing a pas­try chef and then help­ing her friend in a dessert shop.

Dur­ing slow days with­out any cus­tomers, she re­sorted to draw­ing to en­ter­tain her­self. This rekin­dled her love for draw­ing. Later, she quit the food in­dus­try and be­came a full- time free­lance il­lus­tra­tor. There was no look­ing back. Her work can be viewed at face­book. com/ inksalad.

To some, an artis­tic job can some­times be chal­leng­ing, but Yong in­sists that it of­fers a sense of ful­fill­ment.

“It’s been a huge change, from the old job to this one, in terms of self- im­prove­ment, and lov­ing what I do. I needed to di­rect my tal­ent some­where more use­ful, in­stead of wast­ing it in the of­fice where I wasn’t en­joy­ing my­self,” says Yong with a laugh.

“I’m poorer now, but I’m a lot hap­pier. I feel my long term sat­is­fac­tion is a lot higher now than when I was work­ing in the of­fice, feel­ing mis­er­able ev­ery day!” she con­cludes.

is on at Fin­dars, 4th Floor, No. 8 Jalan Pang­gong in Kuala Lumpur till Sept 3. The gallery is open ev­ery day ex­cept Mon­day from noon to 7pm. For more info, visit face­book. com/ fin­dars.

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