March 24, 2015

Fashion Sketches

Blogging today because I realized that I haven't updated in a while, and my cousin demands to know about my life as a fashion student. For 3 terms I have been going through foundation but now I have finally started on my fashion specialism. Just a brief explanation of how my college works, we have 3 terms of foundation in year 1, 3 terms of specialism which extends into year 2, and the rest of the 1 and a half years dedicated to our major. In Diploma in Fashion at Lasalle College of the Arts, we have 3 majors although your cert will only state 'Diploma in Fashion'. They are Fashion Design and Textile, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Communication. I will be majoring in Fashion Communication which focuses on the editorial side of fashion, so please don't expect a fashion collection from me because I won't be sewing garments in my major lol ^^;

This term, as an intro to Diploma in Fashion, we have an upcycling project which utilizes second hand clothing to recreate new ones. Everything has to be done by hand, sort of like couture but not as elaborated, but you get the idea. I'm learning so much more things right now about fashion art, like fashion techniques, design development and fashion drawing. Most are still in the beginning stages, but I'll just show you some of my fashion drawings for now :D

Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne looks from Chanel Fall 2015 Ready-to-wear collection.

Iris Van Herpen and Acne's Spring 2015 Ready-to-wear collection, Dries Van Noten's Fall 2015 Ready-to-wear collection.

I have never attempted fashion drawing before because I've always been drawing manga style or realistic drawing so this was a first for me. To draw figures with elongated proportions was pretty fun actually, and I didn't think that I can do it before I had my first class. For now we're only doing sketches but I look forward to adding tones and colours to them. :)
March 2, 2015

Chihiro Ogino - Spirited Away

I was thrilled when I saw Chai blogged about Comic Fiesta, on top of that she finally released the photos from our mini photoshoot! :D I would hop on a rainbow and dance on it if I can right now~

Chai and I got to know each other through mutual friend and we just clicked right away after commenting on each others' blog and through twitter. It's still fascinating for me to know a good friend through blogging and social media. After a whole year of getting to know each other through online platforms, we finally met at last year's Comic Fiesta where we both were the official blogger for the event! :D Being an official blogger for 4 years now, you don't know how happy I am each time I meet a friend who's also an official blogger. (Why do I feel so old all of a sudden....)

To cut things short, I asked Chai if she would do a photoshoot for my Chihiro cosplay because I love her photography and I thought her style suited what I had in mind for my Chihiro cosplay. :) Honestly when she sent me a preview of the pictures I was like 'How did you....?!', it was so beautiful and I begged her to teach me (✪ω✪) Please check out her blog!

It was drizzling during the photoshoot but the cool weather made it up or I'll be a sweaty Chihiro already by the end of the shoot. Spirited Away has always been one of my favourite Ghibli movies along with My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery, Howl's Moving Castle and many more. I chose to cosplay Chihiro because I love her personality and her relationship with her parents were relatable to me on some levels. I'm not sure how good my portrayal of her was, but I had fun cosplaying her even though I'm a decade older than her now lol XD

Angel was there to help me carry my bag too and Chai took a picture of us which I really appreciated since most of our photos together are selfies as we usually don't have anyone else to take picture of us. :) Having good friends around while doing the photoshoot made me feel less awkward even though I think I can improve further ^^;

Thank you so much Chai! Hope to meet you again soon! :D
March 1, 2015

The Cat Cafe, Bugis

Things I miss the most back home are my family and friends, food, my new house and my cats. Well, I do call my cats my family but I miss how cats would run around the house, occasionally peeking at you from the side of the door and best of all is when they allow you to rub their bellies to your heart's content. :3

I guess cat cafes exist for these reasons, people who miss their cats or people who wants to have a cat at home but can't. I didn't really visit cat cafes back in Malaysia but now that I'm in Singapore I tend to miss my cats a lot and these cafes mend my heart a little. Just a little, since they aren't actually my cats and I can't hug or carry them as I like :(

Cat cafes aren't exactly cheap too. In Singapore the general price is $13-$15 inclusive of a drink (which you can top up to change for other drinks as well) and they usually implement a time limit for your visit. The Cat Cafe at Bugis though, does not have a time limit so my friend suggested we chill there after our submission was done for the day. The cafe was spacious and having no time limit means we get to sit there all day long while waiting for the cats to wake up from their slumber. I've heard many cases where people visit cat cafes when the cats are all asleep and the cafe staff would not let you disturb them when they sleep meaning you've practically wasted your money and time being there. :( As for me and my friend, we were in the cafe for around 3 hours until our nose couldn't take the fur flying around the space that we had to take our leave. *sniffs*

Looking at cats chilling and sleeping makes you want to join them too...

Honestly, I haven't been taking as much photographs as I thought I would after I came here in Singapore. College had been so busy and my mind was filled with the thought of it all day long. I still love photography and I do wish that I have more time to do so. For me, I prefer to stay behind the lens instead of being the subject of the photo. Not that I dislike being in the spotlight, I just felt that it's more comfortable to stay behind the scenes. :)