Painting with Kit Kat!

Me with my panda painting
Me with my panda painting

Last Saturday (21 May), I was invited by the folks from Nestle’s Kit Kat ® to a painting session at My Art Space, an art studio located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road. The event was held in conjunction with Kit Kat ®’s Yer Big Break! – a contest organised by Kit Kat ® for illustrators, designers and artists to give their own creative spin on what taking a break means to them.

Painting souvenir kit for bloggers
Painting souvenir kit for bloggers
The content in the kit
The content in the kit

I have not draw or paint anything for a long while, despite my strong interest during my younger days. One key reason is the switch from traditional art medium to digital artwork which is quicker and cleaner. This was going to be a point of frustration later on when I found out there’s no “Ctl + Alt + Z” to “undo” when I make a mistake in my painting.

As I picked up the brushes, paint and canvas, I decided to do a painting of a mother panda and her baby as my interpretation of “having a break”. I am going to be a father soon in August and that to me, is a big break through in my life as I enter the phase of parenthood. In addition, my wife told me that new born babies respond well to black and white images, hence a panda painting will be fun for my boy to look at when he is born.

I used just four colours – black, while, blue and yellow on my palette, keeping the colour combination simple.

I made the mistake ouf applying black first instead of starting from the lighter colours. However, I managed to rectify the error by painting heavier layers and doing some toning with broad brush strokes.

My completed piece
My completed piece
Presented the painting to my wife when I got home
Presented the painting to my wife when I got home

The painting process was therapeutic and relaxing. It reminded me why I love art so much in the first place. It has been a while since I felt this way. Maybe this will get me started working on more artworks during my free time. 🙂

Anyway, here are some of the pictures taken at the event , featuring a group of other bloggers:

Quick bloggers briefing before the event starts
Quick bloggers briefing before the event starts
Painting teacher briefing everyone
Painting teacher briefing everyone
Serious Christine working on her masterpiece
Serious Christine working on her masterpiece
Yong Wei painting himself as Eric Cartman
Yong Wei painting himself as Eric Cartman
Nabil and Hong Peng working on their pieces
Nabil and Hong Peng working on their pieces
Yong Wei with a narcissitic painting of himself
Yong Wei with a narcissistic painting of himself
William sharing the concept behind his artwork
William sharing the concept behind his artwork
Nabil on his ET hand painting
Nabil on his ET hand painting
Hong Peng on how he likes to Facebook, Twitter and Blog during his free time
Hong Peng on how he likes to Facebook, Twitter and Blog during his free time
Kaiyi and her rainbow kit kat heaven
Kaiyi and her rainbow kit kat heaven
Angie with her artwork
Angie with her artwork
Magdalene from Nestle sharing on her piece
Magdalene from Nestle sharing on her piece
Jolene from Nestle sharing on her piece
Jolene from Nestle sharing on her piece
Christine with her "Kit Kat cigar" painting
Christine with her "Kit Kat cigar" painting
Joanne (Beru Betto), one of the three artists commissioned by Kit Kat to do artworks for their campaign
Joanne (Beru Betto), one of the three artists commissioned by Kit Kat to do artworks for their campaign
The three artworks commissioned by Kit Kat
The three artworks commissioned by Kit Kat
Group photo of everyone (minus Janet)
Group photo of everyone (minus Janet)
Participating bloggers
Participating bloggers
More candid poses
More candid poses
Kit Kat goodie bag for everyone
Kit Kat goodie bag for everyone

If you are interested to take part in the Kit Kat ®’s Yer Big Break! contest, more information are available below:

More about Yer Big Break!

COMPETITION BRIEF
Illustrators, designers and artists! Fancy seeing your artwork ply the streets on a public bus? Simply create an original piece of art that is your interpretation of taking a break, and stand to win $1000 cash, as well as a chance for your design to be exhibited, produced and distributed island-wide – including a bus-wrap showcase!

Your piece can be an illustration, a photographic collage, a typography design or anything you can imagine, as long as it is two-dimensional and features a significant amount of KIT KAT ® red.

Flex your creative muscles as individuals or teams of 3 or less!

KEY GUIDELINES:

1) Original artwork should be done in at least A3 size, 300dpi, and must feature a significant amount of KIT KAT ® red.

2) Submissions must be made in pdf format no larger than 2MB in size (low-res preview)
Submissions must include:

(i) Artwork
(ii) Minimum 30 word description of how the artwork represents ‘taking a break’
(iii) Your full name, IC no, email address and mobile number
(iv) Email submissions to yerbigbreak@gmail.com before 20 June 2011.

Shortlisted finalists will be informed via phone and email, by July 2011.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

1) 70% Creativity/Originality/Aesthetic Value
Are your design ideas beautiful, smart, unique and downright cool?
Does it make us go WOW and wish we’d thought of that first?

2) 30% Theme Fulfillment
How well does the artwork reflect the theme of ‘taking a break’?
Does it feature the KIT KAT ® red?

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