In the annual Japan Media Arts Festival 2010 organised to showcase award-winning works from all over the country, The One Academy Illustration lecturer Seah Zelin's latest experimental comic-based artwork 'Busy Rider' and Multimedia Designer Tan Wei Peow's short film 'Difference of Similarity' were selected as 'Jury Recommended Works' under Experimental category and Art Division/ Movie respectively.
Their winning efforts made Malaysia proud as the only international participants whose work got appraised and recognised by the jury, thus exhibited at the prestigious festival!
Zelin's 'Busy Rider' visually communicates a 30-day account of his daily life. "It's an experimental comic art based on rules that I've set: Draw only one page a day, with no script and storyline, just recording what I experience or see everyday." Zelin explained. He also attended the festival in Japan and spent a week there to travel and witnessed his artwork exhibited overseas in which he described as 'a proud moment'.
As for Wei Peow and his work on 'Difference of Similiary', his short film depicts Malaysia's mixed culture where different customs, food and languages intermingle, carrying a message of humanity that 'regardless of our different roots and ways of thinking, we are all a human'.
Art is never boring, said Zelin, encouraging aspiring designers around. "You're always discovering something new and interesting. So designers should enjoy the learning process, be more daring to participate and be open-minded to ideas."
Looking back, Zelin feels that being a part of the academia has broaden his mind a lot on the perception of art, and learning through exchanging knowledge among his work colleagues, lecturers and students. Joining the Illustration faculty has made him discover more about what it feels to be 'working in the real industry'.