11 September 2010

True ignorance

"Socrates liked to tease his interlocutors by saying that the only thing he knew was that he knew nothing. There is a deep insight in this, for the one thing that is more dangerous than true ignorance is the illusion of knowledge and understanding. Such illusion abounds, and one of the first tasks of philosophy." 

-A. C. (Anthony Clifford) Grayling, On Becoming a Philosopher

08 September 2010

The unconsidered life

"Socrates famously said that the unconsidered life is not worth living. He meant that a life lived without forethought or principle is a life so vulnerable to chance, and so dependent on the choices and actions of others, that it is of little real value to the person living it. He further meant that a life well lived is one which has goals, and integrity, which is chosen and directed by the one who lives it, to the fullest extent possible to a human agent caught in the webs of society and history."

-A. C. (Anthony Clifford) Grayling, The Meaning of Things

Composing with ink

I compose with ink. Yes, I compose with ink very often. This year, I had wanted far more elaborate compositions and I have taken composing in pencils first. A change of practice for the first time in a decade.

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05 September 2010

OIC Portrait Day: 4th September 2010

The session started at 2:00 pm and ended at 7:00 pm.

The various people posing were diverse and were interesting subjects.

Michael and JF ran much of the proceedings.

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OIC Portrait Day: 4th September 2010

Numerous sketches were produced in a huge variety of styles, from the realistic to the abstract.

It was great looking at the various means of rendering the subjects.

Here is a drawing of JF which I managed to do while he had introduced the people posing.

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OIC Portrait Day: 4th September 2010

There were about forty participants this time round.

Here, two of the people who posed took photos of the drawings.

The little boy posed. He was hyperactive and couldn't stop moving, weren't we all like that as a child?

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OIC Portrait Day: 4th September 2010

The Portrait Day was held, as usual, at the Red Dot Museum. As usual, I arrived around 3:00 pm, one hour after it had started.

I settled down to draw, this time with pigment ink and watercolours rather than Copic markers. I saw Miel arriving from the corner of my eye but he had disappeared in an instant.

Zhu Chuan was most successful and he had two of his drawings sold!

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