Wednesday, 7 November 2012

M-CON 2012

After a four year hiatus, the second installment of M-CON was held over the past weekend boasting  a spike of stellar exhibits from the previous 2008 edition.


The event was notably graced by the special guest appearance of world renown Korean miniature sculptor Song Young-Bok of Young Miniatures fame. Multi-award winning Malaysian figure modeller Allan Yong also flew down from Vietnam to serve on our judging panel - adding to the star presence of the show.


An exclusive workshop and demonstration was conducted by Young-Bok on miniature sculpting and myself on acrylic painting techniques. This was a real feast for some of our local modellers to see an overseas master "live" at work.


We were also treated to some of Young's original pieces for the event - including his most recent releases of the WWI British Tommy and Korean War US Marine.


Amongst the numerous outstanding competition entries, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the work of Michael Lee. Michael is a relatively new comer to the local figure modelling scene but he took to it like a fish to water - no doubt due to his professional background as a freelance graphic artist. His rendition of Young Miniature's Polish hussar was one of the show stoppers - at least for me.

The intricate paint work on the leopard skin and bold rendering on the armor demonstrated a high level of skill and artistry. Here he is receiving his well deserved accolade from Young-Bok.

Another equally outstanding entry from Michael was The Hobbit (no doubt from the Lord Of The Rings). Notice his artistic sensibilities in play with the textbook use of Yellow-Violet complementary scheme and the deft rendering of the illuminated lantern.

Overall I must say that the weekend of M-CON 2012 was sensational - despite the awful downpour on Sunday afternoon. It was an excellent opportunity to meet up with old acquaintances and forge new contacts. One can sense a great deal of synergy amongst the modellers and participants as they interacted amongst the competition displays. The organizing committee headed by Bernard Cher from the M-Workshop has once again pulled off a very successful show. Kudos to them for a job well done! Perhaps we could aspire to have the third installment a little sooner in three or two years perhaps ;)



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