sick of all my copied gifs?

today in class, Mr Andrews asked if we knew how to create our own gifs. SO i decided to attempt to create my own! but bleagh i dun really have good pictures to use! but here’s my first gif ever 😀

on the count of

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1.2.3.4.5!!!

unfortunately u really need a good series of photos to make a nice gif! and usually all my photos with my friends  are like individual photos… so i searched hard on my facebook just to find another few pictures to make my gifs! I shall make more gifs after exams!!

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once again my spastic friends trying to make faces of happiness, sadness, anger and i have no idea what. but i must confess i really suck at keeping still enough to do it. my friends on the other hand are very expressive!

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last gif of the day! my best friend and i at cambridge hahaha!

it’s our last CIT lesson! so thank you mr andrews for always being there to teach us about new things and inspire me to try new things! (:

HAVE AN EASY TIME DURING EXAMS EVERYONE 😀 ALL THE BEST!!!

hair

now that i’m finally going back to Singapore, its time for me to ask the very important question! what should I do with my hair?

after coming to the UK, its been bad hair day everyday. and coming from someone who used to obssess about my hair and hair products, my hair has seriously reached a new level of unkempt-ness.

and everyday i’m like:

Bad hair days

Bad hair days

worse than that, everyday i’m like:

what should i wear?

what should i wear?

how to tie my hair?

how to tie my hair?

HOW TO HIDE MY BALD SPOT?!

HOW TO HIDE MY BALD SPOT?!

so i really cant wait to go back to singapore so that my hair can go from

sad

sad state

to

WOOHOOO

WOOHOOO

final post till the end of exams!

In light of the upcoming exams, there’s only one thing left to be said. Since a picture paints a thousand words, a moving picture (AKA GIF) should paint more than that. So here’s my final words till the end of exams:

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may the exams be easy!!! hahaha i exhausted my entire collection of GIFS to say that single, six lettered word.

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PLEASE???

Neurasthenia

so it’s exams time. and everyone’s launched into this mad mugging mode. someone tell me why my friends can keep studying with no break while i’m like feeling so restless.

it’s like i sit in my room.

and i go through this ritual of saying hi wall, hi table, hi lamp, hi pencil case, hi mouse, hi miss bunny…

and the list goes on.

next, i take out my textbook and i start to look at it with enthusiasm.

my enthusiasm lasts about 5 minutes.

and next thing i find myself doing, is waking up from my cosy bed 2 hours later.

and its really so sucky ):

so i tried to google: how to stop being so restless. and i chance upon a cool article about modern neurasthenia. also known as, restlessness.  and the funny thing about the website is its name. it’s titled the artofmanliness. as if eradicating neurasthemia is only relevant to males. nevertheless, it has provided quite abit of insight… so here’s what it says

Modern “Neurasthenia”

While the cause of neurasthenia was never agreed upon and it’s no longer considered officially recognized as psycho-physical condition, the feelings associated with it are quite real and seem to be experiencing a resurgence these days. Men have become stricken with what I’ve decided to call “modern neurasthenia.” Do you have it? Well pull up a chair and we’ll see if we can’t get you diagnosed.

The Symptoms

Do you feel lost, restless, or shiftless?

Do you feel like there’s this great life you should be living but you just don’t know how to make it happen?

Do find yourself wishing that life would finally start for you?

Do you feel anxious about your life, sure there’s something else you’re supposed to be doing but you don’t have any idea what it is?

Do you feel like you’re life is generally going great and you’re doing the kind of things that you want to do, but you just have this sinking feeling that maybe you’re missing out on something?

The Causes

Neurasthenia is back for the same reason it plagued our forbearers; our expectations have not kept pace with changing technology and culture. Technology has leapfrogged ahead in the past couple of decades with the internet, cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, and Blackberries putting us in instant touch with anyone in the world. With Google maps we can virtually zoom anywhere on earth and a wealth of information is right at our fingertips.

Our lives are also saturated with media. We’ve been exposed to thousands of commercials, movies, and televisions shows. How many images have we absorbed of SUV’s powering to the edge of a cliff, awesome rooftop parties in LA, sweet Manhattan apartments miraculously rented by struggling 20-somethings, vacations on private islands, legendary road trips and so on.  The images we consume are full of moments showcasing life at its most vital and extraordinary.

And so our minds are filled with the vast possibilities the world has to offer, and technology makes us feel that all these possibilities are just within our reach. But the realities of our lives really haven’t changed much. Many aspects of our lives have sped up and become easier, but lots of things haven’t. We can instantly chat with our friend in Argentina, but we’re no closer to instantly teleporting there. Tons of information is available on the web but it still takes just as long as it ever did to read and absorb it. We still need to get jobs and pay rent and work at our relationships.

It is this gap, the gap between our expectations about the world and how we really experience it that causes our modern “neurasthenia.”  New media and technology has seemingly brought the whole world just within our reach. But we can never seem to grasp it. We want to magically take it all in and we can’t. And so we feel depressed and anxious. We are sure that unlike us, others have found a way to lay hold of all the good stuff out there. We have this feeling that somewhere beyond our life, real life is taking place. It feels as if they are so many possibilities and choices out there, so many that we’re absolutely overwhelmed by them. We don’t know where to start, where to dive in. We’re thus paralyzed, and don’t do anything. And then we feel shiftless and restless because we feel bad that we’re not doing stuff. Because there’s so much we should be experiencing! But then we feel overwhelmed again, and then, well, you get the idea.

The Cure

Neurasthenia used to be cured with quack elixirs and electrotherapy. But there’s really no need to zap your junk to feel better. If our modern feelings of restlessness and shiftlessness is caused by the disconnect between our expectations and reality, then the cure lies in closing that gap. Instead of being overwhelmed by the seemingly endless possibilities in life, you must hone in on those things you truly want to do and can do.

Figure out what you can do. A lot of men were raised by parents who did a bit too much coddling. They praised their kids for everything and anything. They told them that they could do anything in the world they wanted to. These parents were concerned about their children’s self-esteem, but this coddling often withered their kid’s ability to find a place in the world by robbing them of the chance to hone in on their true talents and abilities. Convinced that their potential is infinite, many men today cannot pick a major or a profession and feel lost, ever on the search for what they were made to do.

Every man must have lofty aims and ambitions. But he must temper his expectations with a dose of reality. Not all of us are going to be rich and famous. We need to honestly assess what we’re really capable of:

“I have said that a high ideal is essential to a completely successful life. But in the realization of our aim it is quite necessary to form an ideal commensurate with our abilities. Many a man has failed in his life-work because his notions of what he ought to do were marvelously beyond his power of execution. Such a man forms so high a conception of what he would like to accomplish that he has no heart to attempt anything in earnest. . . This intense burning desire on the part of common people to become millionaires, or merchant princes, or railroad kings, or something beyond their powers and opportunities has filled our American communities with hundreds of restless, discontented, useless men.

One of the most valuable lessons for the young to learn is that it takes a great man to accomplish a great undertaking, and that both are necessarily few in one generation. If this lesson were learned and heeded half the heartache of our mature years might be avoided. Effort, and high resolve, and noble purpose are excellent qualities of character; but they can never enable a man to lift himself by the boot-straps nor accomplish the unattainable. It is at once the weakness and greatness of some to conceive what they attempt to do of so high a degree of excellence that no human power can reach it. The natural effect of this is a restless desire to accomplish something far beyond what is ordinarily attained even by surpassing talent. When such a desire has taken possession of the heart, the usual achievements of men seem poor indeed. With their broad views and far-sighted stretch of thought, it seems trivial to come down to the common affairs of every-day life. It is to them a small thing to do good and get good in the plain old common-sense way. J. Clinton Ransom, The Successful Man, 1886

While we’re big believers in the idea of the self-made man, if you don’t have the talent, you’ll never bootstrap your way to being LeBron James. Stop drowning in the sea of infinite possibilities; take an honest assessment of what you’re capable of, figure out a realistic goal to put your abilities to use, and start working for that goal.

Remember, every man should want his life to be extraordinary. But no one’s life is extraordinary in every respect.  Figure what areas of your life you want to be extraordinary in. If it’s clear you’re never going to be a world famous author or actor, then be an extraordinary friend, husband, and father.

Figure out what you want to do. We often feel restless because there seems like there are so many amazing opportunities out there in the world. We flip through magazines and see people scuba diving in the Caribbean, men camping in Yellowstone, and guys partying in New York City. We turn on the TV and see shows where guys are living it up in cool cities, dating hot ladies, and working at a cool job. We’re like a hungry kid window shopping at a candy store. Everything looks so darn enticing but out of reach. And so we feel anxious. We don’t have a net big enough to capture all of these cool possibilities.

We’re drowning in these possibilities, and we need to turn the faucet down. The truth is that we don’t actually want all of those choices. We have to separate what we think we should want to do from we actually want do. You might have been told that you should study abroad, you should backpack through Europe, you should live in a loft in some big city, you should, blah blah blah. These “shoulds” lodge in our subconscious and make us feel anxious; if we don’t do these things we worry that we’re missing out on something. But this anxiousness often prevents from doing anything at all. Afraid we can’t do everything, we do nothing.

But you have to evaluate which things you really want do and own that choice instead of feeling ashamed of it. If you’re a homebody who hates traveling, stop feeling bad about that. If you want to become a carpenter instead going to college, go for it. If you want to hike the Appalachian trail, do it. If you don’t, stop thinking about it and move on. If you hate the big city and love living in the burbs, embrace that. And vice versa. Our anxiousness comes from standing in the middle of a decision. We know we don’t really want to do something but we feel bad letting it go. We’re afraid it says something we don’t like about our identity. But you have to embrace your likes and dislikes or you will forever drown in choices.

Take small steps. Sometimes I actually don’t like browsing a bookstore because there are so many books, and I can get to feeling overwhelmed by it. All of these books to read! I’ll never be able to read them all! It almost makes me not want to start. I just have to tell myself to pick one that looks interesting and simply start there. As it is in the bookstore, so it is in life. Often we feel restless and unhappy because there seems like there are so many things out there that we want to take hold of. We want to have adventures, and get a dream job and meet our dream girl; we want to learn a craft, read 100 books, and learn how to dress well. We want to live life to fullest! But we put so much pressure on attaining this ideal that we end up being overwhelmed and paralyzed into inaction. Once you understand what can do and what you want do, you can start taking steps toward those things. You have to just choose one thing at a time to tackle. Making small, steady victories will cure your restlessness. Your mind simply wants to feel as if you are moving forward. So make that first step.

At the end of the day, you have to accept that “real life” isn’t something somewhere out there happening to other people, it’s what you’re living right now. This is your life. Start living it.

There’s a follow up post about limiting your choices which i think is quite good as well. Until my next post, if anyone happens to know of any way to get me to hit my books, please to tell me .

coming from a desperate student who cant get down to her books ):

 

poster paint!

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Title: phoenix
Medium: Poster colour
Size: A3 paper

Wow its been so long since i’ve used poster colour but since i had like over 100 tubes or more from class funfair ( we used poster colors to make the water bombs), i decided to just use it since everyone automatically gave theirs to me since I was the art student. ahahah. so art elective programme=free paint? anycase, this is some sort of inspirational thing i use to psych myself. It kinda represented how at that time coursework was kind of burning me up. and yet how i hope that i would be able to rise out of it soon and ahahaha hopefully do well? It took me about two hours to do this and i feel proud of it as i drew it without any pencil lines to guide me so i really just took the paint tubes and painted.

I think drawing is a really good way to destress but not when you’re drawing to meet a deadline which is kind of stressful. nevertheless, i think poster colour is nice (:

What you can do:

As can you see from my picture, there’s a technique in which the paint is painted in splatters. This i would associate to be the dry-brush technique  so in order to do so,  check out this rather informative video!

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On communist poster art

A very long time ago when I was 16 (okay not so long ago then), I did a series of linocut prints on communism since my school was always nicknamed the “communist school”. So yeah, my coursework was basically split into four main themes, bicultural, trapped, multitalented and results centred happiness.

The following is the short write up on my prep on the theme of biculture:

In this piece of work, I endeavour to depict what our school appears to pride itself in-biculturalism. I intend to make use of communist poster art to bring across my message. Nanyang is often deemed to be communist because of our strong emphasis in being bicultural and thus I felt it would be apt to mimic communist posters. Also, red and white which are predominant communist colours are also the colours found on our school uniform. In addition, I also included a loud haler as it is a symbol of speaking, encouraging people to speak out and be bilingual. I also decided to ultimately install my print as the coverpage of an English-Chinese dictionary as it is a literal embodiment of biculture.

so i decided to make use of a common perception of nanyang being communist in my artwork. Thus i started researching on communist posters, trying to find a common point, mainly trying to answer the question of : what makes communist posters communist posters?

so i recently I looked back at my work and tried to see if I had fulfilled my aim… so I googled communist poster art and found the following pictures rather representative of my perception on communist art.

Common characteristics of communist posters:

 

communist one

communist two

communist three
communist four

    and so i concluded that the following five points can almost be considered to be applicable to any successful communist poster. It must have:

  1. an uprising centre figure that takes up majority of the picture frame
  2. directional lines leading out of the picture frame
  3. red
  4. white
  5. a characteristic figure of the country/group as the main figure

I also quite liked this website as it provides a comprehensive number of propaganda posters collected by the creator of the website.

I think communist poster art is a rather effective way of propagating an idea as it just screams what it is trying to mention right in your face.

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