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STGCC 2013: Introducing Joe Mad



Bursting into the scene and reinvigorating the look of X-men in 1994, Joe Madureira, known as Joe Mad!, 's dynamic Japanese animation style changed how we viewed the X-men for an entire generation. Not only content with giving X-men's Rogue (Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell's comic) Major Kusanagi's hairstyle in the alternate story Age of Apocalypse, his manga inspired look for X-men was not only seen in comics but in toys as well.

Just as suddenly as he shot into stardom, he left Marvel in 1997 to go to Cliffhanger! with Humberto Ramos and JScott Campbell. Creating and crafting "Battlechasers", a sword and sorcery fantasy quest adventure, it started strong but the comic slowed and soon, after 10 issues, Joe Mad! left comics to venture into developing computer games on his own. Leaving a void in all our (my) fanboy hearts....developing Darksiders with Joe Kelly.

After a decade or so, he came back to Marvel drawing Ultimates 3 with Jeph Loeb, Avenging Spider-man and Savage Wolverine with Zeb Wells, without losing an artistic beat. After toiling in games and making a name for himself on Darksiders, he's back drawing comics, and knocking it out of the park, but will he be impacting the younger generation of readers. You could probably say, together with artists like Adam Warren, Ben Dunn, they brought the Manga style to American comics.

So when I heard Joe Mad! was coming to Singapore, my reaction was "Joe Mad! Is coming? Joe Mad! iS COMING!?" I'm going to ask him why he left us to do games,... Is it because of an undying passion..why why why….


why is Joe looking down?!

Well meeting Joe Mad! We managed to get some answers that’s on everyone’s minds… arriving non-descript and dressed casually in blue jeans and a Wolverine t-shirt, Joe Mad! Looked like ONE OF US, and his laid back, easy going demeanor with his wry smile belies an energetic witty artist superstar, talk to him about comics and living the dream and he springs into action very much like his comics “an anime panel caught in mid-frame”.

First and foremost on everyone’s mind? Battlechasers? Yes, its been a decade and fans want it, and Joe said yesterday, he loves the characters and they're his characters and he will get back to finish it, one day. There you have it. In a panel discussion with Cosplayer Vampy Bit Me as Psylocke and CB Cebulski, Joe said his favorite characters were Spidey and Venom, (Vampy’s were Psylocke and Venom and CB’s were New Mutants, Nightcrawler, Kraven and Sabretooth.

“Kickstarter?!” I blurted out but Joe calmly said that financial was not an issue with Battlechasers and that he would eventually go to self publishing it. If he could, He’d like to create a simple game that you could find on an ipad and CB chipped in for comics there was instant gratification in seeing the pages you drew out.


Different versions of the same super-hero - robust, sexy, pectastic

On his style, he noted that his internship at Marvel helped him to improve by being able to compare with artists’ who were present at that time like Alan Davis and to draw what fans wanted to see. His advice for budding artists was to improve your storytelling and see how to tell a story cinematically and not to do solely posed images, one could start emulating other artists like “what angle would John Byrne use for this shot” but gradually you should progress to your own style. At first,he said, “he probably started wanting to draw like Arthur Adams, Berni Wrightson and Alan Davis”, but i think he soon developed his style that was uniquely Joe Mad!

Joe’s still amazed he’s getting paid to draw, jokingly saying that he doesn’t want to draw anymore but wants to enjoy himself instead. (and how he got to hone his craft was by drawing and drawing, very much like a pro athlete, practicing and practicing and not having much of a social life when he was younger).

On what he find challenging to draw, he cited planning art sequences and finally getting to draw characters he wanted to like, Elektra and Captain America, and realizing there were some portions that he didn’t like or draw and had to fix, he also said he was enjoying himself developing 12 new characters for Inhumans that he is doing right now with Matt Fraction, with which CB and him sneakily wouldn’t tell us how many issues he’s drawing.

His final anecdote to us. He can’t really believe he’s working in comics and he’d still call his friends in the middle of the night to tell them how cool it was, describing the scene he just drew! Joe Mad! I can’t quite believe i met him and he’s so laid back, with a disarming charm, and I believe a friend can attest to his biceps, and I can safely say he’s one of us!


...or not quite. Check out the stasis field he generated around himself and The Diva


Joe Mad! Will be at the walk of fame on Saturday and Sunday so go say hi and hope he keeps drawing comics!

Joe Mad's schedule on

Sat 31 Aug

Walk of Fame time 12 - 1pm

Main Stage Marvel Artists Spotlight 130 -215pm


Sun 1 Sep

Main Stage Marvel Artists Spotlight 1 -2pm

Walk of Fame time 2 - 3pm

Article by Agent W (writing for SGCollect.com)
Pictures and retarded captions by me

Note: It's been pointed out there's an unusual punctuation error but I decided to keep it. It's kinda fun screaming his name :3

STGCC 2013: Kaiju-plosion

Mighty Jaxx at STGCC 2013


There really wasn't much to stalk, given that a lot of the exhibitors weren't setting up till the very last minute and I was ready to leave by 6. Nice peeps at Mighty Jaxx came in early and was moving things around. Shifting. Unpacking. Placing. I got in the way a lot so I left and returned much later to find Jackson slacking beside the most successful toy product in Singapore's history. But Bad Apples ain't the ones that's stirring my heartbeat.


Ok. It ain't a lot. But it's nice that Japanese vinyl is represented. There's Blobpus, Uamou, Monstock, RealxHead, Chima Group, Fig-lab, Hariken and a dash of Korean. It's not a huge kaiju invasion but it's a good start.

STGCC 2013: Sneaking into tokidoki HQ

tokidoki at STGCC 2013

The infiltration was a success and I discovered that we are not just getting one of the exclusives from SDCC. In fact, we are getting quite a bit. Using the COLLAGE I made earlier, seems like products from Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 made it to Singapore shores!

  • Day 2: Gray Royal Pride SGD $13

  • Day 3: Donutella and Cactus Headbands SGD $20

  • Day 4: Unicorno Frenzies SGD $8

  • Day 5: tokidoki Tote SGD $20

  • Day 7: Stoopid Monkey tee SGD $38

  • Day 9: Comic-corno SGD $38


Other things of note are tokidoki Sharpies at SGD $25, Adios Plush at SGD $28 (super value for money. It's so BIG!), Prima Dona and Donutino plush at SGD $20, Street Fighter tee at SGD $38 and Street Fighter caps at SGD $45. Yes including the much coveted Akuma one.

STGCC 2013: Top 5 Moments

1. The Media
The media

Clicks and flashes

Meeting friends, old and new, at the convention is an annual affair. This is usually the only time our lives intersect and this picture distills the essence - the overwhelming enthusiasm, the glorious geekiness and the must-take-picture-trophy fervor. Meanwhile, J*RYU's face tells another story.

2. The Moody Collective


Personification

Considering theirs works of mutilated animals, pissed-off pandas and aggrieved ghosts girls, Luke Chueh, Angry Woebots and J*RYU from ArmyOfSnipers were surprisingly chipper. If you are in Luke's proximity, beware of the F bombs.

3. The Cosplayers' Instinct
Instinct

Creepy much

While everyone (except W, who clearly was looking for a photo moment) had their eyes on Angry Woebots and his amazing 10 minute panda live drawing, Aza shows us her magic radar. I salute you!

4. Best Speech ever
Award must be given

She was like The Flash

Which explains the grainy picture. It was really over before it began. Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Project Director of STGCC, said something like four lines and then I rose to the occasion and clapped vigorously.

5. Tight Bodies
Joe Mad

Fan service alert

Joe Madureira shows us that hot bods ain't a girl thing. Carefully unshaven and charmingly witty, REDDOTDIVA watch out! This Wolverine comes baring claws!


Credits to the Diva


STGCC 2013 exclusives, go here--> CLICK CLICK
There is a treasure trove of There is a treasure trove of very talented artists in Red Dot Island, with design, illustration and concept work being the primary kinds of artwork you usually find here. Most of these artists may not be internationally-known names, but they are hard-working and accomplished professionals in their own right.

All one needs to do is to drop by the ART JAMMERS SG Facebook Group to admire the amount of creativity and perspectives of the many artists there, and on a wide range of subjects!

One of the artists who posts regularly in the FB group is local freelance illustrator and concept artist Ray Toh. Recently, Ray's artwork was used for the cover of teen-mystery book "Triple Nine Sleuths" written by Maranna Chan and published by local house, Epigram Books.

At STGCC 2013, Ray will be hosting his own booth at Artist Alley G45 under the name of his brand new company, Morning Rain Studios. His guest Jerry Teo of "Rex Regrets" will also be accompanying him there during the convention.

(More emo on Jerry/ "Rex Regrets" here!)

Red Dot Dude caught hold of Ray so that he could introduce more art-appreciators to his portfolio and what his new company has to offer:

Red Dot Dude: How did the name Morning Rain Studio come about?
Ray: My business partner and I were just thinking that Morning Rain = Refreshing. So hopefully, the studio will be able to produce and explore some refreshing and interesting ideas.

Red Dot Dude: Is there anything being launched through Morning Rain Studios at this point in time?
Ray: There is currently a local-based crowdfunding platform for comic artists and creators that we are starting called Fantastic Fox. We are hoping it will provide a business pipeline for artists/ creators to make original content and yet to be able to make a living from this.

There is also an e-store portal tagged to Fantastic Fox called Big Green Store. The artist and creators can upload a .pdf format of their ebooks, and readers will be able to browse to access the items. This is an experiment for us and we will try to market it during STGCC, but we are still not sure how successful it will be.

Ray's Ideabook 2011

Red Dot Dude: You released a book a couple of years ago. Tell us more about your book and what inspired it?
Ray: Ideabook 2011 is a collection of my sketches from 2010 to 2011. The idea came from a group of students I was teaching at Lasalle. I was showing them my sketch book and one of the students suggested that I should publish it. I sat on the idea for a few days, wondering if it's a good idea to showcase all my half baked ideas. After some thinking, I decided to go with it in the end. :)

Red Dot Dude: Who are your favorite artists and how did they influence your work?
Ray: I have many favourite artists and it's really hard to say who I like more. Two artists whom I keep going back to are Otomo Katsuhiro and Craig Mullin. I'm not sure how they influence me. I think they do that on a more sub-conscious level. I really love Otomo's storytelling and how he creates pacing and realism in his comics. And I like Craig Mullin for his sense of light, detail and his amazing analytical skill.

Red Dot Dude: What will be your dream project?
Ray: My dream project would be any project that I would have full control over.


Red Dot Dude: In your opinion, is it especially tough for an artist to make it “work” in a viable way Singapore? If no, why not?
Ray: That's quite a difficult question to answer. I think there are two ways to look at this. One, making your personal and original work viable as a business. Or two, providing illustration services and earning from that.

If we are looking at the first option, it is tough by nature, here or anywhere else. There used to be a saying that the domestic market here is small but look at what Jack Neo did with his film. I think it boils down to understanding the type of audience you are targeting towards. So it's doable but it may be need more stamina for this kind of venture both mentally and financially. It will also boil down to how you chart your route between commercial projects and original content.

If we are looking at just providing a illustration service, making a living out from wouldn't be a problem because that kind of service is always needed. The choices of project may be limited though, due to your technical skill or the business environment. And there's a need to constantly market your work and showing people what you can do. For this option, it is really a juggle between business management and artistic work.

Ray's Ideabook, framed original artwork, A1 and A3 artprints, coasters and more will be available at the Morning Rain Studio booth this weekend, together with Jerry's creations.

So do say hello to them while you are wandering along Artist Alley this weekend!

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Introduction by: Red Dot Diva
Interview by Red Dot Dude aka Andre Chee.
Edited by: Red Dot Diva 

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Some links to check out more information about Ray Toh:
Morning Studio website: http://www.morningrainstudio.com
Blog: http://torei.blogspot.sg
Deviantart: http://torei.deviantart.com

It isn't the first time that ANGRYWOEBOTS has created havoc in sunny old Singapore [EVIDENCE 1][EVIDENCE 2] but it's certainly a first for him, J*RYU and LUKE CHUEH to be caught together at our only toy convention. God knows what kind of mayhem we're going to witness (ACTUALLY WE DO) from the ArmyofSnipers collective but before the whirlwind hits this weekend, I get to ask a sober and sane Aaron questions.

His rendition of angry pissed off pandas has charmed the pants off fans who just simply cannot stop snapping up his artwork, and they can be found everywhere - toys, skateboard decks, sneakers, tees - and if they could buy his ohsoawesome art on the walls, trust me, they would, a la the recent Banksy auctions. I know I would love to have it as a feature wall in my room, to scare the shit out of myself every morning.

Yet the panda was a mistake, the one thing that turned out to be a necessary ingredient to his crazy batshit acclaim - only given white and black paint, and a few tubes of colours, he had to ditch his original plan to paint a grizzly at a live poetry slam. “Fuck it, I’m just going to paint a panda bear.” It opened up doors, months later, culminating in a solo show with over 80 paintings of pandas. The $40 original painting would be worth something pretty now.

Pandas can"t jump

Richmond Mural Project 2013

toysetc: That was in 2003, when the beauty started. It's kind of poetic if you think about it. A decade forward, to today, you would have thought the pandas would have less angst but they are still raging. Why, Aaron, are they still so pissed off? Will we ever see the day when your pandas achieve the ommmmm-like state of zen?

angrybear: I think it's a permanent state of rage=) It took me around the world more then I ever imagined.

I could say I've reached that Zen state, painting these bears have helped me through so much, introduced me to travel being able to engulf myself in many cultures and I've met so many cool people everywhere and that has been the pay. It used to be about trying to be in every show and trying to make a mark but when I figured out how to be evenly satisfied with being able to pay my bills and be able to hop around, it all made sense, live comfortably. To me it's been about the experiences of life, not about trying to be at a certain spot at the end. As cheesy as it sounds, life is short so it's about living. So where ever that end is, I'll be able to tell some great stories. If it all stopped now, I would still be a happy camper. That's a state of Zen.


toysetc: I would have thought that at least having moved them from graffti and sprays to fine art and paints would bring a sliver of a smile to their faces. Between the two art forms, which would you say represent you more as an artist? Which is a clearer reflection? Can the shift be seen as a sign of a maturing artist?

angrybear: After my car accident, painting on canvasses and drawing was my therapy; it kept me busy while stuck in a wheel chair. It guided me to where I'm at now. Early on, when this so called street art movement made its beginnings, I was fascinated with some of my graffiti heroes who were producing toys and moving on into graphic design and fine art. I was influenced and did graffiti in my early teens. I got caught during High School and slowly grew out of it but kept on doing creative stuff, whether it was dancing, emceeing or graffiti here and there. It was always hiphop related. So it's only natural with the street art movement moving back into the streets, I would go back to it.

Angry Woebots Dunny

Shadow Friend and 2Tone

toysetc: You nailed it completely with your 2Tone and Shadow Friend Dunny, and your toy customs never stay for more than 5 seconds on your webstore. I started my collection with Uglydolls and like most collections, it has evolved and acquired a rather expensive taste. Are you a toy collector and what's your craziest collection so far? What's the biggest purchase and spill with the dirty secret.

angrybear: I'm pretty blessed to have such dedicated fans that pick up my stuff. They are the reason why I make my way across this planet. I am a collector. I started collecting way back. My first pick up was the "Doze Green Travela" and I also bought the Kaws original mono 1000% Bear brick that same day in 2003. When my friends store In4mation sold designer vinyl toys, I got introduced to these toys. A couple years before in 2000, at a store gallery called "Houston" that was ran by famous designer Matt Houston, I saw the original clay sculpt of the Futura 2000 "Pointman figure" famed from the Unkle albums.

I do have huge Kaws collection shared with Silent Stage. My favorite Kaws figure is the Bobafett, and the Soryama, and my favorite figure in my collection is the "Margaret kilgallen" figure by Tokion Magazine, a cool Japanese company who covered Art, Fashion, Music and Design from 2006 to 2009. An awesome magazine, they had released a line of figures that included Kaws, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry Mcgee and Margaret Kilgallen. I only own Margaret's and I am in search for Barry Mcgee's. This year for Clutter magazines Designer Toy Awards, we were nominated for best collection. We have ton's stuff. Hope we win=)


Roomies in AoS and Silent Stage Toys Room

Tons of stuff alright

toysetc: Comics or Manga? 3 reasons in 3 mins and less!

angrybear: Both-

Comics: 1. I drew marvel characters as a kid, 2. Wolverine and The Hulk were my top, 3. It taught me how to draw.
Manga- 1. Anime has always been an influence in character design, in color. 2. The Japanese did it best, stories were filled with so much dynamics and action. 3. I'll name some favorites- Akira, Ghost in the Machine, Ninja Scroll, Fist of the North Star, Jin Roh, Spriggan, Macross Plus, Robotech series and Starship Blazers. I could keep going but thats off the noggin.
Bonus: I'd have to say In comics the action I loved in drawings were insanely brought to life in Manga Anime. They both influenced growing up.


toysetc: Any last words for the fans?

angrybear: Just thanks for all the support! If it weren't for y'all I wouldn't be able to share my works around the world. You guys rock!

Thanks to you Edward Kwan, I rarely enjoy interviews this one was awesome!
<---- (beams with proud)

Sources:
http://blog.kidrobot.com/an-interview-with-angry-woebots/
http://japancinema.net/2011/11/14/creative-spotlight-episode-71-angry-woebots/
http://contrastmagazine.com/feat/aaronmartin/


So I was reading POPcultureonline's article on 'Reasons to Attend STGCC 2013' and I have to say, I was so blown away by their honesty and counter-counter culture that I knew I had to join in their valiant crusade - all these niche art toys markers, writers and illustrators? Our world of mass consumerism has no place for them. There's no value in uniqueness and exclusivity is but a word to us.

Why would we want Angry Woebots and his infernal pandas? They are just pandas. Furthermore, he doesn't even have the decency to give us a full figure. What do we get? CHOPPER HEADS and a whole bunch of his same old brushwork on OTHER PEOPLE'S toys. Even though they are 'one of the kind good', thankfully there's only one.

Talking about bears, there's his crewmate, Luke Chueh, dabbler in the low-brow movement? Not everyone has a inner Takashi Murakami waiting to be unleashed. I refuse to GIVE MY MONEY to clumsy satirical constructions - cartoons on empty backgrounds. Clearly he doesn't give a shit.

Then there's J*RYU (what's with the poser asterisk?) who has too much shit. SAPLINGS, NIDDOS and GHOST GIRL. This sculptor is obviously craving for attention. Look at me, look at my handiworks. Yea yea we got it. All handmade. So freaking what. My nephews can whip up a dozen and theirs come in playdoughtastic colours.

So unbearable is their fabulousness that they had to share their burden with us - the three monkey amigos ON PEDESTALS.

STGCC 2013 Angry Woebots Luke Chueh J*ryu David Mack Joe Madureira Adi Granov


Moving on, we have David Mack, whose only asset I see is his biceps. I really have no idea what he does but I heard something about publishing his works while he was still schooling. That can't be good. For the sake of this article, I'm going to ignore his nominations in International Eagle Awards,Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards and Kirby Awards. Enoki, Suzuki, Kabuki.

At least, Mackers is relevant. Joe Madureira? After destroying Uncanny Xmen with 3 years of manga injections, he left Marvel and starting chasing battles on his own. Not sure if he screwed up Darksiders but look at the mess of a coverart he did on Marvel Super Heroes. This was the mother of MvsC franchise. BAD MAD!

Last, but certainly not least, there's Adi Granov. Adi, Adi, Adi. So he did covers. Like, A LOT. Guess Marvel didn't trust him with the insides so he'll always be the boy no one invites to the party after getting him to do all the dirty work. For those who have watched Iron Man 1, 2 and 3 and hated it, guess who designed the suits? YEA NO SURPRISE!

I give a huge round of slow applause to POPcultureonline for their expose, for calling out on what could have been a disastrous obsession with the convention's guests. By dutifully neglecting them, we can concentrate on buying Uglydolls, Nanoblocks and all the fantastic Disney products. But fret not fans. Sold out is just an annoying obstacle. Remember that they are available at other retailers and on the internet! Don't hurt your brains! My onion calls me. Adios!

Original inspiration: http://www.popcultureonline.net/pop-stage/reasons-to-attend-stgcc-2013

STGCC 2013: The perennial favourite

STGCC tokidoki offerings

Comic-corno?

So despite all the buzz about how huge STGCC has gotten this year, I'm stil waiting for tokidoki to come up with something truly exclusive for the local fans. I mean, the local fans are positively crazy about this handsome stud (yes, his works are secondary:P) and every year, his Walk of Fame just goes into overtime, and he'll leave, hands trembling from the ferocity of speed signing, trawling a trail of grubby and hungry hands eager for more. No where is safe Mr Legno, not in Singapore.

What? The STGCC EXCLUSIVE TEE FROM 2012? Oh that. Yea. I suppose you're right. And what? ZIP AND CODY FROM 2011? Ok fine! You win. We did have exclusives but no one made a fuss about them and he gave up. So this year, none for you whiners!

All that is announced so far is the 1000 production Comic-corno (1000 globally? 1000 per con? 1000 what?) that retailed at USD$30 at SDCC. Pretty sure the gray variants of the Royal Pride will make an appearance but don't count on them reaching the heights of the SILVER UNICORNO.
With STGCC 2013 a mere 5 days away, it's time to really buckle up and sit tight for what could possible be the wildest convention for the year. Amidst the glitzy lineup of stellar guests, I found this little gem tucked away on the Exclusives listing. Evilyn? Evilicious? Who needs squeaky clean superheroes! I know I don't. The general trend is to stain the whites just a little, adding that touch of vulnerability. Just look at Christian Bale's Batman and the latest remake of The Man of Steel. Evidently invulnerability is a thing of the 80s and 90s.

I touched base with Mistress of Darkness Soefara, who happens to be illustrator, artist, art director and designer as well, and got dirty with her.

Initial sketches

Initial sketches of Evilyn

TE: What's the concept behind Evilicious and Evilyn ?

SF: Evilicious girls are inspired by pin up art and the likes of Vargas girls, Bettie Page and Dita Von Teese. Drawing these girls is a never ending inspiration for me. There is always a pose, gesture, facial expression to explore.

Evilyn is just one of the many femme-fatale girls I have been drawing. Having started with prints & t-shirts under the Monkeys and Minions brand, it became a natural progression that one of the Evilicious girls will transmute into a sculpture.


Inspirations for Evilyn

What inspired Evilyn. And proof that good can inspire evil.

TE: That explains the -licious portion. What's with the dominatrix cosplay? Are you showcasing your libido? Why can't it be Goodlicious and Goodlyn?

SF: She could be a more risqué extension of me. She can’t possibly be all Goodilicious as that wouldn't be very attractive. It’s like how girls gravitate towards bad boys. Evilyn has the sexy, haughty taboo appearance that men & women want.

Her pose is very telling too. Clad in leather and lace, she exudes dominance, yet her pose is demure and inviting. Like she’s about to hand you her chain, and you can have your very own dominatrix.

TE: If you were to come up with a narrative for her, what would her life story be? Despite her cold smouldering exterior, does she love kittens and all things soft and furry?

SF: Kittens don’t whet her appetite. Men do!

She used to be a Goodlyn, in her younger days until society broke her. She now lives in the heart of town with her other ‘evil’ girlfriends.

Having men easily eating out of her hands can be quite tiresome sometimes. That’s when she heads out with the girls, painting the town red, in their high fashion, chains, whips & leather garb.



TE: It must be thrilling for your design to manifest into a 3D product. How has the whole experience been?

SF: Conceptualizing Evilyn, is one of the best experiences for me, as sculpting is a whole different ball game from what I had done previously. I had to consider many new elements, such as putting together a pose that appealed from all angles, finding suitable references, colour schemes and treatments for Evilyn. On top of that, we had to ensure that the sculpt was balanced.

And right at end of the Q&A, Soefara adds, 'I'd also like to add Barbarella & Adventures of Jodelle as part of her inspiration ' I really really doubt that. :P
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Evilyn of the Evilicious series will be making her debut appearance at STGCC. It is sculpted by Mufizal, a highly talented sculptor and a full time Art Director at Ubisoft. He's been been perfecting his craft for the past 8 years and after winning first prize for Comiquet challenge on conceptart.org which was paneled by the renowned Tim Bruckner, Ruben Procopio and Zach Oat, he quickly garnered legions of fans and many more commissions. Currently he’s busy sculpting characters under a Marvel license. He's also not evil enough for this interview :P

You can find Soefara's designs and illustrations online and on site. Her clients include, KFC, Jacobs, Maxis, GE, Heineken, Nandos, iproperty, Johnson’s & Johnson’s, Quaker, Nestle, Olympus, among many others. Currently, she's waiting for her first children’s book to be out on the bookshelves.

You can pre-order at monkeysminions@gmail.com or at STGCC for $200.
As an collaborative effort to have a healthy work-life balance at the convention, a few of the local bloggers (there's only 4 of us at the moment!) have decided that it's retarded to be chained to our computers. We're going to have fun but still generate content for readers. Starting with the first cross-over from REDDOTDIVA, here's her interview with local sculptor extraordinaire HairyAsHell.
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</div> Regular STGCC attendees for the last few years would have probably noticed a small booth in Artist Alley named HairyasHell which featured clay sculptures with amazing details and creativity.

The man and real name behind the moniker is Adeeb Md Mynul Islam, who works as an animator with video games company Ubisoft Singapore. He also has a teaching stint at MAGES Institute of Excellence, a private tertiary school for Animation, Game Design and Computing.

But when the night shadows emerge, his Master Sculptor alter-ego HairyasHell emerges and he painstakingly churns out these impressive sculptures and creations.

(By the way, Red Dot Diva has investigated and found out that Adeeb's alter-ego label has little to do with a certain level of hirsuteness. So he claims. Hmmm..... )

At this year's STGCC, Adeeb is listed as a special guest as part of the WDA (Singapore Workforce Development Agency) booth, together with animators and artists - Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Javier Secaduras and Derrick Song. The team will be doing panels and demonstrations during the convention.

Red Dot Diva posed HairyasHell a few nosy questions, as he skillfully wields his sculpting implements:

Red Dot Diva: When did you find yourself interested in sculpting?
HairyasHell: I was interested in sculpting since I was young. I remember the first time I got playdough from my cousins who came over from U.K, I was fascinated by it and started creating Mortal Kombat characters. I only had enough to make only one complete character (MK3 subzero). Other than that, I used to take apart my Lego sets and customize them into my favorite anime robots back in the day. But even though I had an interest when I was young, I never really took it too seriously as I went to school for 3d animation which ended up being my major passion.

One day, over 3 years ago, during my day job as an animator, one of my fellow colleague showed me his Thor sculpture. It instantly triggered something in me. It made me wonder, "why didn't I ever teach myself to do something cool like that?" It lit a flame in me that made me pursue the knowledge of this beautiful art form and since then I am an animator by day and the sculptor HairyAsHell by night.

Red Dot Diva: How did you learn the skill or improve on the techniques?
HairyasHell: A couple of my colleagues were into sculpting and they helped me a lot (shout outs to Jai and Julian) when I started out. A lot of my learning came from researching online and watching other people's work. Also watching some of the most talented artists over at Stan Winston School (www.stanwinstonschool.com) help me grow significantly as an artist.

Miku in Wonderland
Red Dot Diva: What were the first pieces you sculpted and do you still keep them?
HairyasHell: Other than the lame looking Subzero sculpture I did as a little kid, the first piece that I did as HairyAsHell was a Ryu vs Sagat diorama from street fighter. I still have resin castings of that sculpture but it hasn't aged well.

Most of my work are for private collectors so they usually end up in someone else's display case. But I do keep my older personal work and sometimes wonder "I actually created that piece of sh!*???" But it's why I hope to challenge myself with every piece that I do in order to keep getting better.

Red Dot Diva: Who do you count as your artistic inspirations?
HairyasHell: There are so many talented people out there who inspire me. Sometimes a random sculpture done by someone whom I've never heard off gives me inspiration as well.

Off the top off my head, I'd say Simon Lee (www.bigbluetree.com) is one of my biggest inspirations. As an animator, I always strive to have movement in my work, and Simon's amazing designs screams dynamism which I strive to achieve.

The other inspiring artist, who was also my teacher at one point, was the famous Jordu Schell (www.schellstudio.com). His concepts and painting skills are something everyone in the industry looks up to.

Sneak peak! The Thunderous Lightning
Red Dot Diva: Give us some hints what you will be showcasing in this year's STGCC?
HairyasHell: Based on the teasers I've shown so far, I don't know if some people already guessed which characters he represents. The Thunderous Lightning is the 2nd character in the superhero X greek mythology series that my friend, Keatopia and I have designed. He is a sibling of The Unseen Darkness (TUD).

The sculpture is more epic than TUD and will be available in extremely limited quantities at STGCC and preorders to be taken for a limited run which will be available at the end of the year. Every single piece will be done by myself to ensure the highest artistic quality possible. I've had some terrible experiences with third parties with the production of TUD, so I'm not taking any chances this time round.

P.S If anyone is interested to see the behind the scenes making of The Thunderous Lightning from concept to the final painted sculpture, do drop by my panel at the WDA booth on the 1st of September!


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