Need a little pick-me-up to start off the year? Have some more visual inspiration! In my previous article, I slightly touched on how Twitter is now the go-to social media site of choice for many in the artist community when it comes to sharing their work. While that article was written in the spirit of #Inktober, this one is a little different: we’re going local.
Filipino artist Caleb (@porkironandwine, whose work on Filipino mythology you may have seen around) saw an opportunity: to shine the spotlight on the oft-underrepresented diversity of talent from fellow artists in Southeast Asia.
Hey Twitter! on January 16, let's launch a hashtag for South East Asian artists! #ArtistsofSEA ! We are often overlooked, but despite that, we are still here deserving of visibility! Please rt! If you're southeast asian, please share your artwork! pic.twitter.com/QJaGMTP3dn
— 🕸 evil and trans (@porkironandwine) January 10, 2019
— 🕸 evil and trans (@porkironandwine) January 16, 2019
His tweet blew up and now has more than five thousand retweets at the time of writing and nearly eight thousand likes — and the #ArtistsofSEA hashtag remains in full swing. Here are some of the amazing artists who shared their work using the tag.
Hi #ArtistsofSEA , I'm an artist with lots of Khmer 🇰🇭 pride! I'll be joining the animation industry as a BG Designer next week! 😁 I love putting nods to my culture in my work…oh and also I like drawing outer space and boys. pic.twitter.com/EqIVWvxqq3
— sugarmilk6 (@sugarmilk6ix) January 16, 2019
— iree 🍑 CF12 D15 (@ohprcr) January 16, 2019
— sol ( -θ-)💤 (@komomorebi) January 16, 2019
#ArtistsofSEA yess i do this, hehe im yogi, i do love painting with watercolor and also some scenery and environment for now on, i am Indonesian 🇮🇩 ! Thanks @porkironandwine for making this tag for us ✨🌿 pic.twitter.com/yOHeGuxfvt
— Yogi Fahmi Rian dito (@yfriandito) January 16, 2019
Hi, I’m Camila ✨ I’m an illustrator from Indonesia, and I like to draw girls and other pretty things! #ArtistsofSEA
— Camila ✨ Comifuro 12 – G20 (@nekomori_art) January 16, 2019
— sarah + DA4 HYPE (@tropicoola) January 15, 2019
hello i'm hotaru, a graphic/creative designer from malaysia! i like vibrant colours and fun shapes! i love drawing girls, fashion, food, and plants! ✨#ArtistsofSEA
ig handle: hotarujaejae
INPRNT: https://t.co/YKuSMvfHto pic.twitter.com/5MX9yOzRev
— hotarujaejae (@hotarujaejae) January 16, 2019
Hi #artistsofSEA ! I’m M from Malaysia. Drawing my favourites and trying to live my best life. I also started streaming and just launched my Patreon!https://t.co/7eJreWQULehttps://t.co/fihPP4rQtj pic.twitter.com/21M0f25jRQ
— prawnm33 @ patreon (@mmmagnolia) January 17, 2019
Hello #ArtistsofSEA ! I'm Sofia from the PH and I animate and illustrate 💖
— Sofia 👩🎨 (@sofia_abellera) January 18, 2019
— pie 🥧 (@pietiausas) January 16, 2019
— Corinne 🌱 (@amiamihan) January 16, 2019
— kami 🔥 (@karekareo) January 16, 2019
Hi #ArtistsofSEA ! I’m Eunpyon, a Filipino artist based in Makati who loves to draw tired gals who love to dream 💕
— ★彡 𝙀𝙪𝙣𝙥𝙮𝙤𝙣 彡★ (@eunpyon) January 17, 2019
Hello #ArtistsofSEA! Roll/Cheryl here, an illustrator/designer from SG 🇸🇬 Currently available for freelance/studio work, always down for a food adventure 🍖
— 滚滚 🍋 (@rollround) January 16, 2019
— MishiXIV💉 (@crowiaa) January 17, 2019
Hey #ArtistsofSEA! My name is Faith, I'm from Singapore and I'm currently studying concept design in ACCD! I have a deeep love for animals and the many wonders of this universe 🌟 pic.twitter.com/sREXKzuftm
— Faith Ong (@lursland) January 16, 2019
— Kadeart 🍄 (@kadeart) January 16, 2019
— Jaya Ply (@Nikingply) January 17, 2019
— sai (@love_is_soup) January 16, 2019
— KOLA (@pluuey) January 14, 2019
— 🍑Pech🍑 (@peachdalooza) January 16, 2019
hi #ArtistsofSEA! im a vietnamese immigrant living in the usa. usually i do fanart for fun but this year i drew a series of illustrations about a fantasy story set in vietnam! pic.twitter.com/qePQ8Nl3Vf
— len!🌙✨ @FINALS (@lenissimus) January 16, 2019
Finding adequate appreciation and just pay for their work are struggles that all creatives can relate to. Hashtags such as #Inktober, #PortfolioDay, #ArtistsofSEA, and more work to not only help artists network and build community through mutual appreciation, but also connect them with work opportunities. Our Southeast Asian cultures provide an amazing base for inspiration. Supporting local artists can help them share that in their home countries and the wider world.
Here’s how we can help:
- Buy their merchandise. Many artists sell prints, accessories, and wearable merchandise at local conventions. Some are stocked in specialty stores. Look out for events near you! Most of them also have online shops.
- Pay for commissions. If you find an artist whose style you love, consider commissioning them. Artists price commissions depending on how elaborate the work is and how many elements are included; you can have a unique piece at any price point.
- Hire them for projects. Whether it’s personal or for work, consider hiring local artists for bigger creative projects that last a longer term.
- Pass their information on. You can also share the contact details and online accounts of artists you think fit other people’s projects if they’re seeking recommendations. Someone wants a statement piece for their home? Refer them to prints. A friend needs a graphic designer for their business? Share what you know.
- Retweet their work — and NEVER repost without credit. For those on a budget, supporting local artists doesn’t always need money. Simply retweeting and sharing their work from their official accounts — NEVER repost without their permission and full credit — is enough to do your part to help widen their reach.
This list is definitely not exhaustive and represents only a portion of artists sharing their work. You can continue to follow it and see more over here. Happy browsing!
This lady ‘made’ the first-ever Tesla pickup truck
It actually looks nice
Simone Giertz, a YouTuber and engineer, converted her Tesla Model 3 into a fully-functioning pickup truck. People have been anticipating the upcoming futuristic electric truck from Tesla but this lady has beaten Elon Musk to the punch…technically.
Giertz has always wanted a pickup truck and she likes Tesla vehicles as well. Not being able to wait for the official introduction of Musk’s truck, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Literally.
With the help of her friends, they stripped the Tesla Model 3 of its interior, tore the rear portion of the car, and loaded a truck bed on its back. An entertaining documentation is available on her channel and it shows the planning and actual process of turning a brand new Model 3 into what they now call Truckla — derived from “truck” and “Tesla”.
It’s even complete with its own promotional video set in the countryside complete with farm animals and Giertz whipping up a lasso. Pretty entertaining stuff.
Since it’s “available nowhere”, we still have to wait for Elon’s official Tesla truck. If you ask us, though, we wouldn’t mind having a compact version like Truckla if it had the capabilities of a truck in that sleek body.
Xiaomi confirms the Mi CC series, announces the meaning behind its name
Not just a selfie-centric lineup
Following Meitu’s acquisition and Redmi’s independence, Xiaomi announced the Mi CC series. It’s a new smartphone lineup dedicated towards selfies, aesthetics, and beauty. Through the Xiaomi x Meitu AI Aesthetics Lab, the Chinese company will combine advanced camera equipment and beauty technology.
Earlier this week, there were plenty of rumors that Xiaomi will introduce the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. The former is said to be the company’s first Meitu-branded smartphone aimed at the female market.
Codenamed “Little Fairy”, its design caters to women with its pearl finish and pink accents. In addition, the Mi CC9 looks similar to the ASUS ZenFone 6 with its motorized flip camera design, offering a 48-megapixel main camera, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses.
On the flip side, the Mi CC9e looks similar to the Mi 9, retaining the company’s aesthetics. It’s powered by Snapdragon 712 and packed with 4,000mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging. Selfie-wise, the phone offers a 32-megapixel front camera. Moreover, it features a triple lens design on its back, carrying a 48-megapixel main camera with ultra-wide and telephoto units, too.
However, no smartphone was actually launched and instead, the company announces the name of its new lineup and the meaning behind.
CC stands for “Colorful & Creative”, while “9” signifies the company’s ninth year anniversary. It’s developed by the Chic & Cool 90, Xiaomi’s youngest development team comprised of art students.
Xiaomi is yet to reveal the launch dates for its new smartphones.
How to wear red: 3 stylish pairings to try
Those red pieces shouldn’t be gathering dust
It’s easy to think that red is best worn sparingly or just as an accent. It is after all, such a bold, eye-catching color. We normally wear a pair of red heels to add a pop of color to an all-black ensemble, or a cute red top to go with neutral colored bottoms. We rarely buy something red for every day use, whether that’s a purse or a phone, because it just won’t go well with most of our outfits.
This is exactly why we sometimes feel like we have nothing to wear — when we build a wardrobe without considering new color pairings and when we reserve certain colors for special occasions. Here are three new combinations to try with those red pieces that don’t see the light of day (or night) as often as they should:
Red + blush pink: spring to summer
This color combination will give you an instant flirty, feminine look especially when you do it with a silk slip dress and strappy sandals. Give it a little bit more structure by throwing on a red blazer, and stick to the same tonal colors when accessorizing to look more put together. You can dress it up with taller heels, or down with flats.
Red + tan: end of summer to fall
Be a wee bit more unpredictable by pairing red with the brown pieces in your closet. A red crop top worn with tan high waist pants and mules is a good departure from the light, breezy looks you’re used to wearing during summer. When temperatures dip, add a coat in similar brown tones to stay warm. I used to be so averse to wearing this color combination but it’s now one of my favorites!
Red + red: winter to early spring
Tonal dressing is my go-to when I’m in a hurry to get ready in the morning and it doesn’t just apply to neutrals. Try wearing red on red with your thigh-high boots especially during winter when everyone else is sporting the same black coat. If you’re feeling feisty, go all-red even down to your shoes and purse and you’ll be surprised how powerful it will make you feel. Otherwise, you’re welcome to tone it down with the black staples you already have.
From these three looks alone, you can create more: turn the slip dress into a skirt by wearing the red sweater over it, or pair the crop top with the shorts and nude heels when the weather is scorching and unforgiving. The possibilities are endless! As long as you see red to be the versatile color that it actually is, you’ll never run out of looks to try, and that red phone you carry every day will never clash with your look again.
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