For those looking to find something that’s (pardon the phrase) Uniquely Singapore, look no further than Storm Lion. Calling itself an “international transmedia entertainment company”, it launched “Turbulence: The Art of Storm Lion”, a compilation of artwork from the various creative minds in the company, to commemorate their first year.
The official book launch was held today at Kinokuniya’s main store, and HereBeGeeks.com was there to capture the excitement firsthand.
The two editors of the book, JY Yang and Melvin Yong hosted the event, with five of the eight in-house artists present in a panel to talk for a bit about the artwork featured in the publication.
Following the presentation were Numioh and Chris De Joya, both of whom humbly described their art as less cerebral than Zid’s.
Yet there is nothing truly simple about Numioh’s work, which evokes a startling collaboration between the organic and the mechanical – one that subtly creeps up and catches you unawares. This Geek particularly like the understated nature of Uproar in Heaven, which, with its blood red hues, presents a stark, jarring contrast to the usually bright caricature of Sun Wukong, the Monkey God that most of us are familiar with. Numioh also spoke a little about Mantis Warrior, which he said was created in the era of the videogame franchise Gears of War, when everyone had “extremely elaborate armour”.
Chris De Joya was also inspired by video-games, and one of his works, Desert Rose, was a direct extrapolation of his character in Fallout 3. He explained that part of the gameplay would be carrying loads of different clothing from loots and then selling them in the towns, and he took that to its extreme.
The final artist to speak about his work was Mahendra, who revealed that he was the most junior of all Storm Lion’s in-house crew. Nonetheless, he was also unique in that he worked with 3D modelling, and his art tended to focus heavily on the mechanical – no surprise with his engineering background. Mahendra’s earnest, unassuming nature (that I personally find extremely appealing about the Indonesians I’ve encountered) came across even in his artwork, which featured dogfighting aircraft, extremely realistic mechs, and even a stylised cross between monster truck, racing car and Transformer that he called Yellow Downer.
The rest of Turbulence not only includes art from guest artists from the region and beyond, but also has a showcase for some of the other Storm Lion staff including photography and art from designers Stacy Tan and Kristal Melson respectively. This Geek in particular was very intrigued by Stacy’s work and is glad to be able to see them in print.
Of course, credit and recognition must go to the man behind Storm Lion, founder and CEO Edmund Shern, who has done much to pave the way for creative minds in Singapore and the region to make a name for themselves on an international stage. Edmund Shern will hosting a 2-hour event “Creating Comics from Script to Print” as part of YFest and the Esplanade Presents: Bitesize series in August.
Storm Lion will be debuting Turbulence: The Art of Storm Lion on the international stage at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and HereBeGeeks is looking forward to see them there.
Turbulence: The Art of Storm Lion retails for $31.99. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that comes with a hardcover slipcase and 8 exclusive wall-posters. You can find many more of the Storm Lion artists’ work online at their online gallery.