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Posted in My inspirations on October 9, 2009 by Kangyan




Posted in My inspirations on October 9, 2009 by Kangyan

feeling lost in the midst of exams…

so i browsed through deviantart (: found this series of HAPPY pictures by Poop-art…^^they are all so CUTE! once my friend was being called fashion disaster wearing those pretty rainbow colors and her big wide smile =D

NO!!! rainbow colors are the MOST beautiful combi ever!!! XD

i really wanna try something like that after exams

put on ur pretty smile and enjoy these n_n

here’s the feast for the eyes







Posted in My inspirations on September 28, 2009 by Kangyan

Designers can be inspired by many different things. Usually it is something they have seen. Maybe in the studio or at the book store or while waiting for a bus or sitting in a dentist’s office.

When I began designing my first line of handbags, my inspirations were color and the beach. Hoping to find new and interesting ways of putting colors and prints together, I set out to make a collection of summer tote bags. I decided to keep the outside of the bags simple, saving the printed fabric for the inside lining. Since I was making a collection for summer, I had to choose materials and colors that were fitting to that time of year.

For materials, I had to make sure that I used something that was not uncomfortable to wear in hot weather and something that would be durable whether you are bringing your bag to the beach or using it on a daily basis.

When thinking about the colors I should use, I wanted to go with brighter shades instead of dark colors that may be more appropriate for a fall or winter collection. The color palette Also called a “color lookup table,” “lookup table,” “index map,” “color table” or “color map,” it is a commonly used method for saving file space when creating 8-bit color images.  is very important when you are trying to represent a season.

With the season and color palette set, I began making sketches of various designs. I found myself covering the walls of my studio with pages I had torn from magazines, old receipts, cards from friends, in fact, anything I came across that I thought might inspire me along the way. I remember, one day getting a receipt at a nearby store. This was no ordinary receipt. When the paper in a receipt printer starts to run out it makes pinkish-red lines on the white paper. I saw pink and white stripes. This immediately made it to the wall. I could already see the receipt as one of my prints.

Often, designers will also create a “concept board” which includes the same types of materials they hang on their walls. A concept board is a collection of images and can be a great way to present your ideas to others. Not only will it show your inspiration, it will also describe the thinking behind each design as well as the colors you want to use.

After sketching, I finally chose the one I liked the most and the one I thought made the most sense. A designer should always think about the person who will use what they create and who better to test it on than yourself. How would I feel wearing or carrying this bag? And how would it feel against my shoulder?


Although creating designs can be exciting and rewarding, it takes dedication and a great deal of hard work. However, when you see that first finished bag and more importantly see someone you don’t even know carrying it around, all the effort is more than worth it. This is one of the best parts of being a designer.

This little article talks in a light hearted tone about the brief process of a hand bag design. It shows to me clearly how fashion design is actually different from our traditional kind of art– it need to be put into practical use. So we need to first leave our idealistic assumption that everything that look good on paper would create a boom in sale. not true. questions like How would I feel wearing or carrying this bag? And how would it feel against my shoulder? what material to use? what color suits the seasonal trend? are all essential to the final product of the design. this article has inspired me to look at different forms of art from differnt angles and perspectives, and that not all art are paintings hung on the pristine gallery or museums. The last ending phrase really prompted me into wanting to try out designing one day as when you see that first finished bag and more importantly see someone you don’t even know carrying it around, all the effort is more than worth it. This is one of the best parts of being a designer.



Another collections of Photos

Posted in My inspirations on September 28, 2009 by Kangyan

I am really into those stunning photos. Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. To achieve brilliant photography one need lots of practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.
The sky is reflected in a drop of water. Beautiful scenery.

Mind-Blowing Photos - : Sky

Beautiful sand textures, beautiful composition and somehow a very sad story hidden behind the image.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Returning to the same ocean.

A colorful tree from a different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

Pure beauty. No words are necessary.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Autumn in red

Blue baloon, a small detail, gives the picture an incredible power.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FlickrMeeting - Genova - G3 - [Ghe semmu + DieciCento + Milanoue!!W ]

Incredible scenery. Apparently, the shot was made on the boat in the middle of the sea.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

“If I was an old building I would want to be by the ocean. Till’ the end of times”. Photographed at the old fishing piers of the Texas Bolivar Peninsula.

Mind-Blowing Photos - If I was an old building..... by `foureyes on deviantART

“It’s hard to get the right exposure, with them being white, and with the fact they don’t stay still unless they’re sleeping.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - bee

different from the photo colletion of Jingna Zemotion, these are copyrighted photos of differnt photographers. these stunning works has inspired me to look at the world in all the different perspectives and not to be afraid to face challenges. They have taught me that changing one’s mindset and exploring for a different angle will result in something surprising and beautiful like those posted up there.


Posted in My inspirations on September 28, 2009 by Kangyan

60 sources of inspirations for photography…

best 21 (:

 1. Play with Photoshop ( A BIG YES XD )
So much of photography these days happens after the shutter release has been pressed. There’s probably a ton of things that you don’t know how to do in Photoshop. Learn something new and see what that does for your photography potential.

3. Watch a Movie
Movies have cinematographers too, some scenes are just so beautiful that you want to snap it immediately. There’s not much you can’t learn about landscape photography by sitting back and watching an old Sergio Leone film.

4. Read a Newspaper
Or you can be a little more intellectual and read a newspaper. The Sunday magazines have the best photos but the work by the staff photographers can be great models for creating striking images for amateurs as well as for photojournalists.

7. Check out Some Wedding Photojournalism (definitely)
It might not be the sort of thing that your clients expect, but the images on display at the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s website might get you thinking about brides and grooms in a whole new way. Instead of the posing and the tripod, you’ll get to blend into the crowd and document the scene. It’s a whole new skill and it could give your wedding photography a whole new lease of life.

8. Hit the Water (this is interesting!)
You don’t have to be a scuba diver to shoot underwater images. You just need waterproof housing and access to the sea, a swimming pool or even a pond. And once you’re wet, don’t forget to look up as well as down. Some of the most inspiring images can be taken at the point where the light hits the surface of the water.

9. Hit the Streets
There’s a good reason that street photography is so popular: there are so many good things to shoot there. If you haven’t been photographing roads and crowds, give it a go. And if you have, try a different road.

11. Watch a Sports Event (and capture some actions )
The pros have it easiest at sports events with prime positions and lenses longer than your arm. But you can still try something new at your park on a Saturday afternoon.

12. Visit the Zoo
It might not be as thrilling as a Kenyan safari, but a zoo still has the sort of photographic subjects you can’t find anywhere else. Of course, you don’t have to try to squeeze your lens between the bars. Shooting the kids in awe at the monkeys can create some interesting images too.

13. Shoot Fast at a Race Track

Race tracks also give you an opportunity to use a new technique: speed. Fast cars and a faster shutter speed can make for some inspired shooting.

14. Visit an Exhibition (like Zemotion’s  > <)
Obvious, really. And yet so often overlooked. Any decent-sized town is likely to have at least one photographic exhibition on at any one time. Take in yours and see what the top photographers did to get on the wall.

15. Browse Google Images
You don’t even have to leave the house to find inspiring images though. Toss keywords into Google Images, admire the good photos that turn up and ask how you would have improved the poor ones.

19. Change your Angle (very true indeed)
Most people shoot an object by placing the lens right in front of it. When David Rubinger lay on the floor to shoot up at paratroopers in front of Jerusalem’s Western Wall during Israel’s Six Day War, he created an iconic image. What would you create?

27. Make Friends in the Photography World
Some photographers find it easiest to shoot alone. Others like to shoot as a group. Everyone can benefit from the feedback, discussions and habits of other photographers.

29. Shoot Yourselfeye3.jpg
Photography: hen power

When you’re stuck for a subject, always remember that there’s an interesting one behind the lens too. Be brave. Put yourself in the shot for a change.

30. Revisit Your Past
You probably have a stack of old images that you rarely review, including many that you can’t bring yourself to look at. Give them another chance. A shot that failed a few years ago might well be achievable today — and give you ideas for more.

32. Ask “What if…?”
Some of the greatest artistic answers have come from asking the right questions. A good one to start with is always “What if…?” What if you focused on the foreground instead of the background? What if you changed the ISO? What if you got a flash of inspiration?

41. Play with Colors
Or be traditional and paint your pictures with bold colors and sharp contrasts. Or try using different tones of just one or two colors and see what that does for yourt results. It might not be original but if you haven’t done it before, it could be time to give experimenting with colors a try.

42. Drop Color Altogether

Photography: cayusa

Of course, you could also be super-traditional and focus on practicing your skills in black-and-white. Do you know which shots would look best without color?

43. Play with Settings
Chances are, once you’ve found a camera setting that works for you, you don’t stray from it too far. So start straying. Play with the exposure, change the ISO, switch the shutter speed. And build on the results.

50. Take any Class

Photography: absolutwade

But you don’t have to limit yourself to a photography class. A cooking class will let you create photography subjects that you can eat. A flower-arranging class could give you new ideas for floral photography. Even an origami class could provide a pile of new ideas for images.

51. Define the Perfect Image
Do you know what the perfect image would look like? Bet you’re thinking about it now, right? Instead of thinking how good the next shoot would be, try thinking about what the best shot would look like… then find it.


Inspired by Monet

Posted in My inspirations on September 28, 2009 by Kangyan

After we have learnt about impressionism, Monet left a deep impression on me. I remember him for his signature brushwork as well as his love for the portrayal of  nature. I searched much about his works an found them all pleasant to the eyes. No nude female figures, no violence, no darkness, his painting just seems vibrant and lively, with a exeptional interest in celebrating the beauty of nature.

 I also found out that Monet is very interested in portraying light and shadow in his works. One of the key reasons why his works are so pleasant to the eyes is his choices of colors and the perfect balance of light and shadow. As shown in his masterpiece Sunrise.


The shades of the sky, silluete of the fishing boat, even the shadows of the waves in the water is depicted with much care. Making this painting stable, and not too dark or dull.

Another characteristic that I noticed was the brushstroke that often results in a “semi-imaginary” or “dreamy” feel, which I really loved, and tried to adopt a similar style in my coursework which is themed “First Love”. One example is The Stroll Camille


last but not least, I admire his patience and love for art as well as nature show in his patient study series of the London Parliament house and water lily garden. His works has inspired me to try a different medium and challenge a different style in painting. Also, his works has made me believe that interaction between the artist and his subject is an important element to a successful art piece, which is a reason to why i have chosen my friends as models of my painting. 

Some lovely paintings from the water lily series




Something beautiful (:

Posted in My inspirations on September 22, 2009 by Kangyan

some photos that i really love (:

Zhang Jingna

Born in Beijing, Jing na moved to Singapore at the age of eight. At14, a mere nine months after picking up air rifle, she broke the national record and joined the national team. Two years later, she left the prestigious RGS to pursue a degree in fashion design. picking up the camera then, it eventually turned into her voice.

She left school again in late 2007 and subsequently the national team to become a professional photographer. in the spans of years, she had photographed campains for Mercedes Benz, Pond’s and Wacom, as well as editions of Harper’s Bazzar and L’ Officiel

in 2007 Jingna became the youngest recipient of Associateship in the Masters Photographers Association and a year later, staged her first solo exhibition at The Art House in Singapore.

Her works are described as being ethereal, romantic and sensuous.  

I came across these photos on deviant art, and thought they were really beautiful…then I completely became her fan when I found out that all of them are done by ONE photographer— Zhang Jingna, so i looked through her gallery and i almost was stunned, there was something magical and powerful about her imagery that overwhelmed me.

you guys can browse through more of her works at >> :iconzemotion: 

here are some of my favorite photos in her profile


Luna. A gorgeous clean and quiet photo

Something beautiful

I cant really tell why i like this so much but I’m always attrated to her eyes looking at the photo, as if they tell a story. she is just so beautiful

This haunting image was the cover of Luxury magazine Oct last year flowy dress contrasting with angular edges of the steps, both metallic colors. very elegant piece indeed, reminds me of the snow queen…


i LOVE this. its just soooo “prince and princess”…when i first looked at it..AWWWW i cant think of a word to describe this. neither can i now…

Its just so pleasant to the eyes.


Forgotten Fairytales. many of her personal works are often dark and beautiful. and this is another stunning work, love lost and dreams shattered…


just love the angle, the model the color and everything.


Summer II this is among her more standard commercial pieces. SHOT FOR SINGAPORE BRIDES hahaha it’s just tooo pretty ((:


Redemption. one of her most famouos works. a sense of craving for freedom and escape, sense of ephemeral, a beckoning to a world long forgotten and far removed from our own.

I see effort and passion in every work of hers. Every work has a story to tell, it’s hidden beneath the photo. Every emotion she presented in her work  just touches your heart lightly without showing you what exactly it is. It leaves large room for imagination. I truly admire her talent, courage and passion in pursuing for her dream. Her passion in her every piece inspires me to put in my all in art i do in the future.