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Old 06 June 2008   #1
Live on in spirit for the better future, do not give up!


When the Sichuan Earthquake happened nobody expected it. It had caused so such devastation to the place that was once very beautiful, and took away the lives of many. What the survivors can do now is to pick up theirselves, carry on with their lives and rebuild their homeland.

Something fortunate at this midst of this crisis, lots of inspirational stories of different people have been born. Soldiers, doctors, policemen, firemen and volunteers, providing help to others have been reported broadly across the media. Some of them worked so hard they didn't sleep at all for a week; some go beyond their duty to save more lives while risking their own, some carry on their duty firmly while they just lost a loved one. The whole country becomes very united and keeps on supporting each other.

Even in other countries where it is not affected by the earthquake, the people are trying to help. Famous actors, actress performed and urged audiences to donate. Singers sing songs to encourage the victims, and writers wrote poems.

It's really very heart-warming to hear all these news, as although something so terrible has happened, the rest of us are all doing their best to help as well. So I thought of myself as an artist at this point I should do something too. I decided to make an artwork tribute as for them and if I am to win I’ll be good to donate to the earthquake as well.

So there I start to come out with my story for design fusion. A deity normally shouldn’t interfere in mortal world affairs, but this particular flower fairy (peonies & plum blossom, China’s unofficial national flower) was so touched by the extra ordinary actions of different people in times of crisis, she decided to give a helping hand to the people affected by the Sichuan earthquake, blessing Sichuan with prosperity and progress for it to be rebuild, same time giving the people more hope to live on happier. So to do that She actually leaps out from the space that shes supposed to be in and enters the real world. I played around with the borders at the side with only her overlapping to achieve this result.


* I hope to encourage people viewing my work to just have a lighter heart, never and don't think about politics ( i hate that) - just try to appreciate life more. I'm also not intending to go into a propaganda artwork or any sort at the start. Hope nobody is offended by my theme and that you'll liked it. I’ve have not painted a artwork so huge in 2 years already, main reason being I won’t have the time and another reason being that my old computer won’t be able to work efficiently. I've worked on this piece for about 30 days, started just a little while after I bought my new computer. Halfway through this contest on 06th June 2008 I finally completed my national service and able to put in all of my time into this work. This is the final result and final entry( took me lots of time man)

The whole artwork is digital painted in Adobe photoshop cs3 with my wacom tablet. Lots of reference used and original resolution is 9000 X 5625. Please enjoy. Comment and critiques are welcomed !
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Old 06 June 2008   #2
Like the story and the way you painted it ... wonderful

There are so many excellent idea and fine art works have been put into this contest... i hope your art make it to the finalist .

Good luck my friend
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Old 06 June 2008   #3
phoenix1 - hey thx for ur comments man! i was thinking whether u'll see my work! :P really appreciate it, good luck to you too! cheers!

some closeups

I'll like to encourage and bring up the spirits of people, and tell the people who have seen this artwork to keep on looking forward. So i particularly drew a smile thats really warm and cheerful; it kinda worked for me



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Old 06 June 2008   #4
** Hoped i didn't make the page load too long! Because i needed explain my work more and finish the tribute **

I sincerely believe Sichuan will be rebuild very well in the future and i decided to depict this vision this my artwork. As i take reference from the map, i took the shape of Sichuan as itself and make it look like an 3d island by itself.




- The upper half i
s the future of sichuan in a very high technology, with buildings equip with anti-earthquake properties and whole city is busy and lively.

- The lower half of the island represents the ruins, devastion and damage done by the earthquake. The bandages are exaggerated to show the wound to the island.

- The Four streams of river represents the "four circuits of rivers and gorges", which is the name of Sichuan ( It is named after the division of the existing circuit into four during the northern song dynasty ( quoted from wikipedia)






Bullet train in cute style! :P


memorial for the victims


under constuction



Big cracks representing the earthquake and devastation of buldings into ruins



time at 2.28pm
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Old 06 June 2008   #5
There are 8 people in the clouds. (5 + 1 + 2 = 8 , May 12th) I take reference of them from news channels and each of these I painted separately as a each individual portrait painting by itself then finally compositied them together.


5 of them representing the five main groups of helps & inspirational figures - soldier, doctor, fire-fighter, volunteer, policemen.


1 child holding a candle represents the whole nation feeling sad in silent tribute for the Sichuan earthquake victims.




2 represent the victims having to endure both pain of losing loved ones and losing their homeland.



Inspirational stories:

May 16, Sichuan Jiangyou County Public Security Bureau police, Jiang Xiaojuan, breastfeed an orphan at a settlement. Jiang Xiaojuan voluntary helped to breastfeed the orphans of Sichuan earthquake and "heartlessly" left her 6-month old baby to the care of her parents. Her actions has touched the hearts of many in the devastated areas, and brought much confidence, encouragement & hope to them.



The firefighter is sleeping on a piece of cupboard on the floor after over 50hours without sleep. Yet he is still clinching a walkie-talkie, tight in his fists and forming a uncomfortable position to sleep in. His name is not known and countless army, police, firefighter, doctor, nurses and voluntary personnels like him have saved so many others in the Sichuan earthquake. Their efforts would be remembered.



Picture of Zhang Jian bo carrying a girl who is injured across the mountain pass. May 13 shortly after midnight, Zhang Jian Bo of the People's Liberation Army soldiers, along with his recue team, rushed to a secondary school in Sichuan. Their team were given two words - Search & Rescue. The biggest fear in the situation is the aftershocks of earthquake, as the holes are always very narrow to climb into. Yet when Zhang Jian Bo is in danger of a strong aftershock, he says he is too concentrated at rescuing that he didn't realize anything at all.



He's sometime stumble, and has a tired looking eyes, but always walked non-stop around different hospital wards, for his appearance always managed to give the victims in hospital some sense of peace. In the frontline of affected areas of Sichuan earthquake, amongst the white clothed warriors, you will find a elderly with a hearing aid, carrying a crutch for himself. He is Lu Shi Bi, 79-year-old orthopedic Professor of the PLA General Hospital. In his 50 years of medical career, this is the 4th time he is involved in earthquake relief. Since May 14. Dr Lu along with the medical team of experts has checked more than 600 wounded. Yet he still complained of walking too slow himself: "if i can walk faster, i can save even more people."



Picture of Ceng Xiao Chun (right, in red) console a elderly victim. After the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, she, a Fucheng District Court staff, and many other Chinese people of different jobs joins the team of earthquake relief volunteers immediately.
Instead of help move things for the victims, or cooking… Xiaochun has seen a lot of volunteers doing similar work. She believes that there was a need to cover the blind spots that other people didn't think of. The temperatures gradually increased, hygiene need to be resolved. Therefore, she and a special group acquired the anti-mosquito water, powder, sulphur soap, underwear, urine, sanitary napkins and other supplies, distributed to victims in the fastest possible time. So far, They have distributed thousands of underwear to the victim.

A four-month child's mother, victim of earthquake in Beichuan, told reporters, "We do not know her name, really very grateful to her, she's really attentive and thought of everything."




From 19th May tol 21th May is set to be the mourning period for the earthquake. At 2.28pm of 19th May everybody in china stops what they are doing and keep in silent as tribute. Be it cars, trains, boat horns or fire siren, all went off at the same time. This is a moment of silence that speaks louder than words. The picture shows a child from Harbin liberate primary school, which is in Heilongjiang Province of China




Thanks for looking so far. At this date there are 69180 dead, 374008 injured and 17406 lost recorded. If you wish to donate please feel free to do so at the links below

Sichuan sg donation
http://www.mercyrelief.org
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Old 06 June 2008   #6
So much details...You Really didn't waste your time! It could even go great as prints for raising some money if you just find someone that is in that kind of things... And I especially love your activist side of this art. Bravo!

Best of Luck of course!
 
Old 06 June 2008   #7
Hi there XYZpoint! thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it alot. Thinking about what your say, really makes me wanna work on it, but frankly speaking i didn't know where to start. Thanks alot though! i'll think more about what i can do. Good luck and best of luck to you all the same!
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Old 06 June 2008   #8
Hi Hongji,


I noticed your work as it leapt off the page of thumbnails but have not had the time to congratulate you. I love your piece and really appreciate the narrative of the message. I see that you like deep meaning, aswell! There is so much feeling and attention to detail--this is really amazing work! The composition has a beautiful flow and the colors are amazing. The message has really touched me and I thank you for keeping this tragedy prominent. Congratulations, again and good luck!

Lynda
 
Old 06 June 2008   #9
Thumbs up

fantasmic! i was just about to log out .. and there it was .. your thumbnail .. ... dude .. your work speaks for itself .. full of passion, suffering, happiness .. i'm sure you'll win this .. i guess this is the piece that tells the story right from the heart! not just from the screen ..

i wish you all the luck and love! god bless you!
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Old 06 June 2008   #10
Amazing details and great choice of theme. I really do appreciate that you did an wonderful artwork for remembering the earthquake and giving the hope to the people who still have to face lot of challenges to rebuild their home. Congratulations, not only for the artistic achievement but also for sharing your warmest thoughts for those people.
 
Old 06 June 2008   #11
lynda bathory - Your comments are really kind thankyou so much! yes i like to keep meanings with everything in my artwork and i'm so glad you said its about to leapt off the page! I wish you best of luck too!

neville dsouza - Thanks for looking and your words of blessing! I'll be very happy if i can win but if not it will do just fine too; theres so many great entries anyway! I wish you all the best for your entries too!

Donglu Yu - Thanks for appreciating this! i thought so just doing a part as much as i can, hoping more kind people can still relate and help out with the donations. Good luck to you, cheers!
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Old 06 June 2008   #12
that artwork is amazing!... must have taken you days to produce. How long did it take you? You are very talented. Just love the detail which adds a whole different dimension to the piece. Well done.
 
Old 06 June 2008   #13
d3signer - hi there Quan Trinh, thank you for ur comments. I'm very glad u liked it and the details. I have taken more than 30 days.. but on and off some days i have to go back to my camp. After the 6th of june i'm able to spent 100% of my free time on this. i estimate i took about 250hours in total.. or mayb i'm just too slow. i consider the protraits great practice for myself, each talking 6 hours + in a day.. i learned more on the face, expressions and brush stroke through them too. cheers.
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Old 06 June 2008   #14
Masterpiece but...

Yup. It's - technically speaking - GREAT.
I love details, colours and it's full of it. I would like to be someday as good as you.

It's propaganda art. You didn't mention that at any place(or did you?).
I dislike politics behind art...
Idea is great... but shown this way - without mentioning any inspirations from propaganda art - seems to me like you really wanted to make it propaganda. :(

And there is no 3D, or there is and you didn't mention that also. You could actually lie, that there is 3D in image of city. And everybody would believe you - it's that good.
 
Old 06 June 2008   #15
ArekBal - Dear Arek, firstly thankyou for your comment and compliments. I'm still new in society, learning and improving myself too.. I'm intending look more in my drawing fundations after this contest. You will be good too, passion and practice man. i'm sure you can.

As for the word propaganda , frankly i don't understand and I looked it up quite abit. So in first place I can't mention something i don't know isn't it.. i'll ask you to forgive me for that. Now I think i understand already and I'm sorry to hear that you think of it this way but seriously thanks for telling me that...

hmmmmmm.. i'll say its true indeed. But seriously i'm neither a politics person nor am i deliberately spreading any hidden politic messages.. (some info about myself.. normally if i read newspaper.. i go for entertainment and actor/actress page first.. i didn't work in government sector.. when i'm at home i watch anime. play games etc.. ) I think that i have tried my best not deliberately mention anything of any political means and any additional informations about what i write is just in order so people can understand more. If you do feel offended its really too bad.. I just wanted to convey an idea that greatly inspires me across. And no, I never wanted to make it a propaganda... (i still dont like the sound of this word. ) And no, i didn't intend to pull any audience into any political agenda. Surprising out of my large amount of reference and researches none is propaganda art.. nor do i ever take reference from them..

Note that even as i acknowledge my art as sort of influence nature.. i only hoped that it can help to this event somehow. And yes, i'm motivated and inspired hugely because i'm a chinese and i think its very natural. As i have said in earlier posts the stories of different people... their kindness, hardwork, courage, their determination, its all amazing how human can do all these.. i choose to believe the world is a great place anybody from anywhere can draw strength and be inspired as well. These are what inspires me and i'll just follow my heart cos thats the way i am. Even if i can choose to paint again i'll do the same. yup i just hope i've gotten some level of understanding for you.. because i'm still not sure if i did.

I hope to encourage people viewing my work to just have a lighter heart, never and don't think about politics ( i hate that) - just try to appreciate life more. Lastly yea to reconfirm you there is no 3d its all from photoshop and i wont be bothered to lie haha. thx for comments again ya. cheers
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