Jan 13, 2012

Painting with a Basketball - Yao Ming Portrait







The first time I attempted this was about 2 weeks ago, at the little laneway where I did my Ai Wei Wei portrait. I had all my tools, everything was laid out on the floor, and the videographer was ready. However, 10 seconds into the project and it was already a big fail - the wind was super strong, and all 12 pieces of paper (it was double the size of the painting above!) were blown away. I was really disappointed, and doubts started creeping in...was I able to do this?


That night in bed I flipped through my journal, and re-read what I wrote on new years day. My resolution as of 2012 is to organise my first personal art exhibition...to put time and effort into my passion for the arts. I thought about what happened that afternoon, and told myself that I should try again. And trying again may mean trying again and again.

So the next weekend, Joel and I went to another place to get this done. I reduced the scale of my canvas by half, and prayed that there wouldn't be wind. And guess what? Everything went incredibly smoothly; you can't imagine how relieved and happy I was! :)

A big big big thank you for all the kind comments and support from the Facebook community, and if you got to this page through other sites like 9gag.com, thank you for taking interest in my work! And of course, there wouldn't be this video if not for my good friend Joel Lee who shot and edited this video! :)

ps: Just an interesting note - Joel was the one who first started calling me 'Red'!
pps: I'm featured here on Feel Desain! :)

43 comments:

  1. Your talent is undeniable. Well done! :)

    I do admire art and I really admired yours!

    mt

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  2. I'm not really good at writing my reaction to this post, so I'll just leave this animated gif here ..

    http://i.imgur.com/TYbT7.gif

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    1. You're also on the Star Newspaper frontpage

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10293506/Photo0146.jpg

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  3. :)) so proud of you i had written about you here too: http://www.flyingfishinbigpond.blogspot.com/2012/01/super-talented-hong-yi.html!!! you're such an inspiration yi!!!!

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    1. haha thank u!
      like i said, i look up to u a lot da jiejie!

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  4. Top marks. Very creative. What will ou do next? Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. The painting is not bad either :-)

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  5. u r krazy!

    5 stars!

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  6. You are truly an inspiration to me n I do believe that all your dreams will come true :)

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  7. Hi YI!!
    Thank for commenting on my blog! It was nice reading you again!
    You're really really good in art! Don't stop, I'm sure you'll go a long way! I really enjoyed watching your video...it's inspiring! I posted your video in my blog, and linked your blog!
    (If you come to London for the Angel Tube Station, please let me know! Maybe we could meet there!!).

    A big hug!
    Laura

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  8. i saw your status about painting with basketball and it makes me wonder how are you going to do it. and now im amazed with your art work! amazing :D

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  9. Yi, go for it girl! Like you, I have a burning desire to achieve something this year and the path will be filled with challenges, self-doubt and disappointments. And you are absolutely right when you said it may mean trying again, again and again. I believe with your talent and persistence you will make it. And your idea of using unconventional means to paint is what sets you apart. Go Yi GO!

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  10. Landed here from the article they posted about you on Gizmodo. Fantastic stuff! Love it!

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  11. Woot you were on Gizmodo! Now you are semi-famous in the nerdy/geeky crowd haha.

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  12. Also came from Gizmodo haha. This is really impressive! Love the red hands.

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  13. You're amazing! Totally impressed by your creativity and solid art skill.

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  14. Thankyou Yao for being a force for good in the world. We must be a ware we are all ONE. LoveOracle

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  15. HELLO Yi
    You are amazing where can I buy your paintings at?
    Follow your heart and paint all you can.
    Best
    Perry

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  16. Hi Red, I read about you from a local newspaper and googled your Yao Ming painting for my kids. All of us are impressed by you and I started to read your blog. I love your creativity and your comics. You are very talented. keep up the good job!

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  17. Gorgeous.. Simply gorgeous.. I meant you.. the painting was great but you are simply gorgeous. ;-) keep it up!! :x

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  18. You are absolutely amazing and truly talented. You make us proud to be Malaysians. Bravo and continue to enchant the world!!

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  19. Creative and congratulation to you Yi.

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  20. beautiful and fantastic. you are a joy to your parents. pursue your passion. once you lose it , it is gone forever.

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  21. Hong Yi, I was literally speechless when I saw your face staring back at me on Daily Mail. Had to forward to your mom and Heather. Incredible talent!

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  22. You'ew ao cool, Hong Yi. I'm really impressed, keep up the great work and continue making us Sabahans proud!

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  23. You have great talent. Keep it up. Love all your street art projects. Really brightens up the day.

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  24. u are insane, in a good way! read all ur blog posts. sarawak girl become shanghai lady!

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  25. i'm so proud of u!!! malaysia boleh! i've been reading ur blog since ur ai wei's potrait, n ur mom's too, n just wanna say, i hope u get to fulfill ur new year's resolution!!!

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  26. Ended up here from seeing your video from YouTube. I'm no artist myself and got no artistic talent whatsoever but curiosity made me go through your blog and what first went through my mind was: one might have no artistic talent but one should recognise talent when one sees it!

    The next thing that went through my mind was... Geez, if she lived in Singapore, I wouldn't mind buying one of her paintings (provided it doesn't burn a big hole in my pocket!). All this to say that yeah, if an individual like me, who knows nutz about arts is thinking that yeah he wouldn't mind buying his very first painting from you, I'm pretty sure that if you do achieve (or when you do achieve) your 2012 resolution, it's gonna be a big success!!!

    I guess you are right about the power of social media so I'm humbly requesting permission to post your links on my Facebook page :)

    Cheers

    Dada :)

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  27. u r incredible ! :) good job, Red.

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  29. Its so nice to read your blog,really interesting. Great information and inspiration. Your article was very poignant and understandable.It helped me to understand very clearly.Thanks and blessings

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  30. Amazing! This was very great and creative. I'm lucky that I've visited this article. Thanks for sharing! Keep it up!

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  31. fantanstic young lady.
    andy warhol couldn't do what you do .....
    hope to see more....and wish i could buy some of your art.

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  32. oh and i forgot to thank Joel for taking a great video.
    cheers.......

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  33. So cool. One time in design class I made a sign using toilet tissue and staples but your work is truly inspired. I will be showing this to my two little girls (6 and 10 yrs old) and know that you will have inspired the next generation of artists. Bravo!

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