Hiccups and Snoozes

we live in the retrospects

Posted in drawing, talks by Rui on December 30, 2013


Here is an assemblage of some 2-5 min gesture drawings I did over the past year. I did not draw that much… I am trying to draw more, but most of the time, I just ended up watching more movies.

The greatest gift bestowed upon me while living in a temperate country is the acute awareness of the passage of time. It’s like a form of memento mori. I was enjoying the beauty of autumn, then it transcended into winter. The change is evidential, you literally feel it in your fingertips… Does it help me to quit procrastination? Not really, I just shorten its duration nowadays.

How was my 2013? It was a stormy year. … let’s say if I could turn back time and make changes to any year in my life, I would probably delete and restart 2006 or 2007 or both, so… 2013 isn’t that disastrous but it is certainly not one of the best years in my life. In the hope of my future and the pursuit of a dream, I am coping… I don’t know how future will unfold for me, but I do know that whatever happens, 2013 is, undoubtedly, a very important year in my life, no matter how shitty it has been.

How’s your 2013?

If it hasn’t been all that good, I hope 2014 will be kinder; if it was great, I hope 2014 will be even more wonderful. May you have many great adventures!




nine months and some days

Posted in talks by Rui on October 20, 2013

I went on a blog hibernation for such a long time that random car advertisements and stuff started to appear on my comments sections, hmmm… I don’t even drive…

Over the last 9 months and some extra days, I was totally depressed, I felt and still feeling beaten and incompetent. I don’t know how to explain this. People are nice, and gave me tons of advices, ranging from practical ones, to spiritual ones and even to religious ones… and like someone said ” all advices are autobiographical”, I don’t want to be mean to people who tried to help, so this topic ends here. I need to learn to survive this on my own…

So, nothing much has happened except that I lived across 2 continents ( now I am accustomed to neither. great!), started learning and picking up something that I am absolutely talentless at, holding an indefinite halt to my film and art making ( I am really ashamed of this), because there are so much unnecessary little nuisance to deal with on a daily basis. On retrospect, I was more sheltered than imagined.

As of today, I am going to cheat with some touristic photos of the city that i am trying very hard to re-adapt to. let’s hope that I will start drawing soon.








A très vite! 🙂


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80 buildings and blocks of stairs

Posted in fyp, talks by Rui on June 5, 2012

a preview of my vertical panning backgrounds(seems too dark)…. I am doing my film all sooooooo very slowly…. the possibility to finish all the animating before next week is close to negative. Yet, with all this negativity, I will still KEEP CALM AND MAKE GOOD ART. this advice is from Neil Gaiman in his commencement speech at  The University of the Arts 2012 ( if you haven’t watched, watch it here),

and if you are too busy or lazy to watch everything, this is the part  I am referring to:

Remember, whatever discipline you’re in, whether you’re a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a singer, a designer — whatever you do, you have one thing that’s unique: You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I’ve known, that’s been a lifesaver, the ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times, and it gets you through … the other ones. Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.” – Neil Gaiman


Brilliant, eh? Works better for me than “work hard!”. First, work hard just sounds tiring. Second, hard work doesn’t necessarily yield good results, we all know someone who works super hard and just doesn’t produce significant results. “Make good art” ,however,  sounds simply rewarding and enjoyable.

so even if I can’t meet the deadlines, I will still make a good film. 🙂

seems a little bit nagging today, SO, good night!

Effulgence on Yahoo! Singapore

Posted in fyp, talks by Rui on May 3, 2012

The trailer of Effulgence is featured on Yahoo! Singapore. click here of the link 

Never have I thought that I would be featured anywhere on the internet so soon ( i’ve secretly hoped that sth like this would only come in like a few years, but wow! this! :D). This indeed is very flattering! Many thanks to Deborah from Yahoo! who has approached me and given me this chance to showcase it.

With all the motivation, GOGOGO! RF 🙂

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be back in April

Posted in talks by Rui on February 18, 2012

Haven’t updated for month, because I am not making significant progress for much of anything. The stagnancy is worrying. Shouldn’t really sound that depressing, after all, it’s not the end yet.

I will be back in April. If i come back before April, things might have went splendid from now till then.

hope everyone’s well. see you in April.

the end of 2011

Posted in talks by Rui on December 28, 2011

I took a long, almost 2 month break from my project, and now I am coming back to it at last.

It’s been a good 2 month- first month was used fighting with academic exams, the results were satisfactory; the second month was all about doing nothing but just thinking and seeing things. Now, I am a bit behind schedule, but all will be fine I hope.

A new maquette I started on early this month. unlike the one before, this is very much unplanned, I hope to be surprised at the end.

The Ball by Félix Vallotton, A delightful little piece spotted in the recent musée d’orsay exhibition at the Singapore National Museum.  simple yet concrete illustration of good composition and color choice. ( the original color is brighter)

Spent quite a lot of time revisiting old disney animation films that have kids as their main characters just to get a direction to how to animate my character. Pinocchio, one of my favorite animated films is a great inspiration. so much can be learned.


more updates soon.

a month later

Posted in talks by Rui on June 27, 2011

how did it end up so? I am doing my last minute read-up on Paris before leaving on thursday. oh dear. I shall start packing soon.

some update over the month:

– i went back to EOS  for ard 3 weeks to do some short animations for the earth girl project

– some last minute shopping

– read volume 1- 7 of FLIGHT .  frankly half of what is published is less than amazing, though I did enjoy some of the stories and art. It’s not that bad overall, i managed to find some really interesting artists and styles.

– reading Fables FROM DC’s Vertigo. i am at chapter 56. it’s seriously a good read, nice drawings … most of the time. i absolutely adore james jean’s cover for the series. /cannot put them down!

– i updated a small fraction of my saved links on the right side, but i gave up. cos it’s so tedious. maybe next time.

– so I have not been doing anything thing related to FYP… /panic and die

ok that’s all for now!

Summer Break!

Posted in drawing, talks by Rui on May 20, 2011

SO sorry guys, I haven’t been doing much this week. cos it’s the beginning of the summer break~~~ as you can see, I went shopping today~ and bought …..art materials =.= and a new bag 🙂 and hence. i forget to draw my old bag in D: but oh well haha…

see ya~


Posted in animation, in classroom, stop motion, talks, works by Rui on April 16, 2011

Greetings friends! I realised that I have been MISSING IN ACTION for quite a while, so here’s a quick update from me.

i finally “finished” up the second test shot for Drift, the sand animation that I am working on in Ishu Patel’s class. so here it is.

if you noticed, there are images of parts of a plastic spoon jumping around at the side of 3 of the frames. It’s a careless mistake on my part and i only realised it after i uploaded the video. i will remove them on photoshop next time.

I think I am getting better with the sand. Will be doing a 3rd shot after the coming 2 weeks.

On a happier note, as some of you might already know, I have been accepted into the Gobelins Summer School 2011 earlier this month and I have just confirmed my placement. So I am going to Paris in July!!! 😀 😀 😀 But my knowledge of the place is very limited, looking at the map of Paris on google earth isn’t helping much. my major issue is : CAN I SURVIVE IN PARIS WITHOUT KNOWING FRENCH? haha. beside this worry, I am realllllyyy excited about the trip. Anyone going too? drop me a comment or something 😀

I promise to scan my drawings and post them next time and make it a habit.

see ya~


Posted in talks by Rui on February 21, 2011


Finally found it from my uncategorized bookmarks, i put it on the right side links as well. My personal favourites are the 30 secs poses and the negative space exercises, really helps to train your eyes. and it has all the muscles showing helps with the anatomy to a certain extend.

BUT as much as the site’s helpful, I still think the best way is really to sketch people from life as much as possible, these images are 2 dimensional after all.