Feb 15, 2012

Jay Chou Coffee Stain Portrait




This project was inspired by the opening and closing lines in Jay Chou's song, 'Secret/不能说的秘密'. The opening line is about lifting a coffee cup off the saucer, "冷咖啡离开了杯垫" . The ending line of the song is about autumn leaves and fragmented pieces, "飘落后才发现 这幸福的碎片, 要我怎么捡?". Hundreds of individual coffee stain rings, many of them broken and imperfect like fallen autumn leaves, form a whole portrait. 


The singer tells a heartbreak tale of a lost romance with a girl from 1979 who time-traveled forward 20 years and met Jay in 1999, and they fell in love. She then went back to 1979 and sketched a portrait of him. My painting is meant to look like a sepia-toned old photograph to capture the essence of this story.


The project took about 12 hours to finish. Coffee is quite a challenging medium to use - too little water and the rings wouldn't form easily, too much water and the rings would blend into each other, resulting in just a deformed pool of coffee. I had to also wait for the lighter parts too dry up before stamping on the darker rings, or else the rings would not be visible.

As a little kid, I dreamt of becoming an artist. Thank you for the encouraging comments everyone. I cherish every single one.


All glory to God,
Red :)


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74 comments:

  1. My family is so eager to see this masterpiece of yours!

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  2. Amazing! Can't wait to see it.

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  3. Oh man, something new! Looking forward to another innovation of yours :)

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  4. So proud of you and anxiously waiting for the new master piece. Go Yi Go.

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  5. looks a mess but it must smell good eh. am waiting for it. sin chew is not here yet. we'll buy half a dozen copies:)

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  6. Wow!!...I was waiting for a new art piece!!
    Well done!!
    You're always so clever!!
    Greetings!
    Laura

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  7. Hong - Been delighted to see your creative works. You need to one for Jeremy Lin !!!

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  8. Amazing, Yi. You are amazing.
    Aunty Raina

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  9. the Cello tape was sticking to your shoes? that's SO you lol! but seriously, this is amazing work, love it!

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  10. Very artistic and full of creativity. Saw you work on sinchew newspaper: http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/236867?tid=1#.TzsTZNHzMDp.facebook

    POU

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  11. Love your drawing, Yi. Showed to all my friends and they are so proud that you are one talented Sabahan. I will be one proud mum if I was your mum. Keep it up! God bless. Auntie Ann Kang

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  12. Awesome piece of art indeed. ^^

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  13. You are an AMAZING artist. Just to let you know. :D

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  14. Thank you so much for the comments everyone. I'm so so grateful for every single one. It's always been somewhat a dream for me to become an artist, ever since I was a weeee little kid in my kindergarten days, so I can't believe all this is happening to me. I owe it to all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  15. Vision+talent+opportunity= success.

    Congrats Hongyi! You are a really talented artist! Very
    Amazing artwork! Looking forward to see
    More of your works!

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  16. Thats incredible. You have so much creativity and talent its amazing to watch!

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  17. Amazing!You are such a talented artist! Jia you =)

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  18. Fantastic piece of artwork!Please do one on your other idol wang lee hom as well.

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  19. Nice work. Keep up the good job, and may your dream came true.

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  20. I really like you, I'm always mesmerized by every piece of your drawing, looking forward to your next masterpiece!
    P.s., you do have an "artist" look! =)

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  21. This work is on 9gag! Check out this link http://9gag.com/gag/2731632
    I'm so happy for you and proud at the same time, I don't even know why :)

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  22. Hi Red, what a fascinating process (and of couse results are stunning too). Who would've thought a cup of coffee... So many interesting projects on your blog, keep it up! Be glad to help you film your next project in HD :)
    Also love your comics, but guess you haven't had time? Little Susie grown up?
    Nice to have met you at lunch (sorry I called you Jay).

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  23. as always, magnificent! you're batting 1,000 ...

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  24. Well done! I'm completely awed and impressed with this masterpiece. Great piece or art!

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  25. Impressive ! You've been featured at Fubiz !
    http://www.fubiz.net/2012/02/20/artworks-with-coffee-cups/

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  26. I certainly mean no disrespect to the artists talents, but I'm not sure which I prefer to look at, the pretty artist herself, or the work she is performing.

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  27. You're so talented, and I love the medium!!! I've done some abstract pieces using coffee and my fingers, but I've tried using a saucer. Your artwork is impressive, creative, and refreshing!! :)

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  28. You are on gizmodo again!

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  29. Gizmodo seems to love you now. Going to add a lot nerdy tech types to your followers :P

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  30. dearest super-most-talented-artist-i-know, my dream for you now is to marry jay chow :)))))) and he can be called mr. hong - cos i think ur talent may just surpass his :p

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  31. Hi,
    I saw your work on The Chive. I love creativity such as yours. My uncle is creative like you. He can do anything when it comes to art. Paint, draw, pottery, sculpt, you name it. I'm mechanical minded. I see problems with equipment, improvements that can be made or break downs before they happen. It's been frustrating because I always wanted to create. The one thing that I have learned that most people that are good at what they do have in common is the ability to "see". Learning to see, to observe and to remember are so important. I truly envy your abilities. Your work is great. There might be some struggles at times, but don't let it get to you. You have great success in your future. The most important thing that I have to say is Thank You for sharing your art, your ability and site (ability to see type site) with me and the rest of the world too!!
    Thanks so much,
    Tim Kraemer

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  32. Awesome portraits! Keep it coming :D Jeremy Lin next?

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  33. Hey Red- this coffee stain art piece is awesome and I have it featured on my coffee blog. Keep up the good work!

    -Barista Joe
    baristajoe.com

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  34. Absolutely stunning! I'm also a Jay Chou fan, and love the song / movie that inspired your portrait. Have you posted this to his FB page? Best wishes and keep on being amazing!

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  35. Red, saw your article on DailyMail.com, was really great to read that they finally / actually featuring
    somebody from Malaysia. Your art is really fascinating. Keep up and you are awesome....

    Cheers,
    @L (Fellow Malaysian)

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  36. a little unrelated to this post but where you stay now really reminds me of this song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbxtJ3U6x7M
    :)
    - Elaine from Singapore

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  37. Oh. My. Gosh. That's amazing. Seriously mind-boggling how you did that and in only twelve hours nonetheless. I'm impressed.

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  38. Hi Red! I love that this picture has been inspired by a song. I envy your creativity and imagination. You should enter a portrait in the Archibald Prize one day. Perhaps the portrait of the movie director...

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  39. Enhorabuena, me encanta.
    Podrias hacer algo para nuestro ecommerce de venta de productos de oficina , wow

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  40. I have run out of superlatives to describe your work so I'll just stick to the simple but heartfelt WOW.

    You'll go very far, Yi. Please remain enthusiastic, beautiful and wonderful even then.

    Meanwhile you must have great time management skills because you managed to produce this amazing piece of art even as you hold a full-time job?

    WOW again. I must share this video too.

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  41. It's amazing.....you're a genius RED........!!!!!!!!

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  42. RED, you are AMAZING! I will be sticking around to see more! Hugs.

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  43. Shut a the fucka up ahhh....I fuckin hate coffee stains...I have one on my rug. Something about the hatred and despise..the inability and the knowing of the undeniable outcome. Futile scrubbing..what works on the stain?????..Mayonase,.??..Really never decided that I had enough of the spillage to actually " See it "...glad you did..and glad you made something beautiful out of the mess :)

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  44. red... i love you .. you are amazing ..

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  45. Oh My... this is a pure talent that not everyone knows about it... I never thought that even coffee stain can be an art too! You are so talented.. you locked my jaw while watching you.. haha..

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  46. This is so cool! I am follower 300! just great you are a great artist!!!

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  47. Hi, your blog really touches me, have been reading it for awhile... Just wanted you to know about a website i started ReadYourBiblesChurch.com... It's a place for Bible study guides.. I also put a forum in that can be viewed from a mobile device.. I couldn't find where to contact you privately so I'm commenting, hope that is okay. :) God Bless!
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  48. Okay, I am super impressed and jealous at your talent! (:

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  49. Impressive of your arts skill !! COOl!!

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  50. u are very good

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  51. hope jay is looking at it now...

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  54. wow Red you are very talented...awesome!!!

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