[Fan Art] Wawanen

I found this old line art scan in my old hard drive, this outline must be about 10 years old. Since I was stuck trying to read this design book I decided to colour it.

Wawanen adalah komik rekaan Epiet dari Komik Karpet Biru. Ini adalah gambar keempat tokoh utamanya
Wawanen adalah komik rekaan Epiet dari Komik Karpet Biru. Ini adalah gambar keempat tokoh utamanya

The final artwork is this

Wawanen Coloured version
Wawanen Coloured version
even made a Facebook cover pic out of it
even made a Facebook cover pic out of it

coloured in photoshop and SAI using a Bamboo Tablet in about 2-3 hours …

 

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Issue #4: Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings

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These are stories that expand upon the novel “Souls 4 Supper.”

You’re speaking with your grandfather. It seems like forever since you have last seen him, but your conversation reminds you of being a child again. Then it dawns on you. Your grandfather has been dead for years. As you focus your eyes on him, he vanishes. His absence forces a feeling of dread as your hair stands on end.

**UPDATE: This is now available as a short story in text form in print at lulu.com and on amazon in digital as part of the Pandora’s chaos trilogy extras

 Written by Rick Pipito, with featured art by: Dan Pipito, Joe Parisi, Kristie Vanderzee, Michael A Garard Jr, Jacob Greenawalt, Kelly Swann, Muhammad Nurul, Mao Estheim, and Asher Humm.

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Semiotics

Semiotics or semiology, as it is called Europe is a branch of knowledge that studies signs and its relation to human life. Semiotics can be words, images, sounds, smell, or flavours.

Two important thinkers in the field of semiotics are Ferdinand Saussure and Charles Sanders Pierce while there are also some links to Lacant from the Psychoanalysis. Other prominent figures are Roland Barthes, also a French Philosopher with his books explaining about Mythology and the dissection of meanings in pictures.

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) is an American scientist who sometimes considered as the father of Pragmatism that studies the relation between sign and its users. Charles stated that there are three types of signs. The first is called Icon where the sign appears as it is, second is called Index where there is a direct link between the sign and the object and the third is  called Symbol where there is no logical connection between the sign and its meaning.

Sanders classified the signs into three  which are Firstness; the feeling or mood of something, Secondnes; the physical level of fact and thirdness; what connects the sign and the object mentally (Crow, 2003).

Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913), is a Swisslinguist who developed a similar theory to Charles although they never met. Saussure as linguist was more interested in words where words it self are a set of signs. Saussure’s idea was that value determines the meaning of a sign and a signs meaning is also determined by other signs in the same system. A value is made of things that are alike that be interchanged and things that diverse that can be contrasted

Saussure’s  classification of signs are Iconic which is the same as Sanders’ Icon  where the signs take after the object it represent and Arbitrary where the signs meaning is made upon a set of agreements or rules. Some important ideas by Saussure are the signifier and the signified where signifier is the form the sign takes and signifier is the concept it represent. The connection or the association of these form meanings of the sign.

A set of signs can be arranged in a linear sequence which Saussure called as  a Syntagm where the value of the sign is determined by the other signs around it. The example of Syntagm can easily be found in language, such as the words which has to be arrange in a syntagmish way to form meanings.

Further Saussure explained that there is also what is called as Paradigm that have two main characteristics where firstly the units in a set have something in common and secondly each unit is obviously different from the other in the set. When we change a unit in the set it creates another paradigm.

I remember one advertising in Indonesian that succesfully used semiotics to challenge the viewers and building a brand awareness. The advert is for Frisian Flag Indonesia, a condensed milk Brand. The situation is two children who are neighbours from two different ethnic group were given milk. The first child said “Ini, teh, Susu!” and the other child protested saying “Teh, kok. dibilang, susu?

The loose translation is First: “Now this is Milk!” the second child “Why do you call milk as tea?”

The creator of the ad clashed two ethnic backgrounds (Sunda-reads Soonda; and Java) who have distinctive dialect and tone although using the same language which is Bahasa Indonesia. ‘Teh’ means tea in Indonesia. ‘Teh’ reads like ‘eh’ added with ‘t’.

For the Sundanese ethnic group ‘Teh’ is also you used as a way to stress on a word coming before ‘Teh’ . (I want to say signifier but I’m not sure its the correct term’). The English equivalent, might be ‘innit’ or ‘ay’. ‘Teh’ is a very informal language but unique to the Sunda ethnic group. When brought against another paradigm it sound funny while using the children’s innocence made the advertisement very successful giving the brand a strong awareness.

As in relation to my practice whether it be Illustration, Comics, Graphic Design, Web Design understanding the universal language that is used in the particular group that would be my target audience through research might help me to execute a successful project.

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