One of the most enjoyable part of being an illustrator is to be able to understand and get to know the culture and story behind things I draw. And for this instance, the German food culture as I took this project.Read More
Ever since my relocation to Tokyo, I have experienced countless earthquakes, 2 medium-strength ones of which my TV almost fell. As a Singaporean who is fortunate to be protected from natural disasters, I always end up worrying about my television instead of keeping myself safe. I am quite sure that in the event of the real big Tokyo shake (which they predict that it will happen this lifetime), my television will most probably survive better than me.
So, to educate people like me and all Tokyoites, they came up with a brilliantly designed handbook. Designed as a pictorial book with the use of a contrasting yellow and black, it is indeed very eye-catching.
It is indeed challenging to design something that has a wide target of people of all ages. While Japan does not have much of a literacy problem, the use of pictorials are more to ease reading. But personally, having an educational handbook on national topics like these are not sufficient. Tokyoites are probably the least cooperative in drills and exercises and so much more has to be done to encourage participation in such. Office workers get annual drills in their office buildings but we must not forget, what happens to those who are at home during the day?
National education has never been easy and never will be. Nevertheless, the Tokyo Disaster Preparation Handbook is a good step forward.
Made a trip to Pigment at Tennozu Isle, off Shinagawa seaside after reading the report by Colossal.
Walls of pigment crystals, pigment binders and mixers, papers and brushes, it's like a wonderland of Colours!
Learnt so much on Colours and materials and textures!
These walls of pigments are harvested from mineral rocks of different Colours and shades.
I never knew there were that many shades of colour(and rocks)! Some so close that was tough for me to differentiate them.
Within the traditional tools we spotted a new brush that doesn't quite look like one because it's a finger brush! It comes in all finger and brush sizes of small to large too!
Staff working at the store are real artists and they were so friendly in telling us more about each item and letting us try them out at the free space at the back of the store.
Papers dated back a long time in China as well as Japan. For Japanese painting, a variety of papers can be found of different textures and thickness with some really fancy ones with little gold leaves in them.
They also have an enormous collection of handmade brushes for Japanese painting. Some really micro-thin and some as thick as my domestic broom! These are all handmade by traditional craftsmen.
One particular item caught my eye and stole my heart. Not a brush but a glass capillary pen in bamboo! It's so incredibly light and it draws so well, better than any fountain pen! So addictive that we couldn't stop doodling with that! I regret not taking a video of the awesome-ness of it.
A Japanese craft TV program the other day featured the full glass pen (different from the one below) and they were so much in demand that it's a long waitlist!
So we kept trying out tools and paints. No doubt the best way to learn is to actually do, or use things! So here's our masterpiece with the paints!
Thank you to Mslatenightjam for coming out with me to Pigment!
Pigment is a must visit for all who love colours! They also host workshops by art professionals so keep a lookout!
Made a trip to Kamakura last weekend, hoping to catch some autumn foliage though I was a little early for it. Nevertheless, it was beautiful!