Ever since the government announces the Movement Control Order to our country, I have been thinking to make a tutorial on teaching you how to make miniature while you're staying at home. So this is what I produced; I made a kopitiam (coffee shop) located at Kuala Kurau, Perak in 1/24 scale.
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If you would like to make something during the quarantine period, consider watching this tutorial. The objective is to reuse and repurpose whatever you have now without hunting new material from craft store. It’s not necessary to follow what I’m using but you can burn your creative juice to see what you can do with scrap material from home.
This kopitiam was a place I visited during Chinese New Year holiday and that was a great trip to me! It pretty much looks like Hong Kong old coffee shop to me which is quite rare to see in Malaysia, so I think that is a good idea to make with recycled material.
If you are free and bored, why not try to make your memories into miniature art? It is definitely the perfect time to do right now! Have fun!
I never make a human in my miniature scene because I think if I can't make it to 90 out of 100 then I would never present it in my work (typical Virgo I am lol)
But my friend from Singapore has made a great job by adding a drawing on it!
↓↓ Original photo of my artwork ↓↓
How amazing! The enhancement of his drawing has bring my miniature barbershop comes to life!
I'm loving this so much! Follow this talented artist Instagram @artof.chris :)
Since I back from vacation, I have been rushing on this project like 24/7. The concept is to build a Maxis store into our classical shophouse building, and I actually chose the shophouse design which happened around early 20th century in Malaysia.
↓↓ Southern Chinese Eclectric style building (left), Early Straits Eclectic style building (right) ↓↓
This is the second time to collaborate with Maxis Malaysia and I'm so honored and appreciate for this opportunity! You can check them out and use S20 Zoom to see the miniature at KLCC Maxis Center now :)
↓↓ Event Poster ↓↓
More detail photos to see into the shophouses.
There is a sundry shop beside the Maxis store, which takes longer time to finish.
I also took a time-lapse video so you can see every items in it.
There are plenty of works I have never published in social media before. Most of the unpublished work are personal collection, which probably involve their own privacy. At the end of 2019, I would like to share a work which is made for parents' of my lovely client living far away from home. It is also the first time I tried to do a bungalow with garden in 1/50 scale.
The challenging parts are the tiny furniture and plants.
This is the patio area where the family used to gather and chit chat over here.
It's quite different from what I used to make, but I think it's a good try! (well, at least I love this work so much after the completion) They are all made from scratch.
Next is their little garden (I love plantssss!)
The yellow flower is not even 0.5mm.
Last but not least, it's also the very first time I tried to make doggie.
These are their pets which had passed away, and I'm so happy to build this 2 little cute soul to commemorate them in this work.
I was invited to skype with them while unboxing the present after sent to their parent's home. It is very pleased and touching to see how lovely among their relationship is! ♡
There is one more day to end the year of 2019. I would like to thank you all of you who always support and appreciate my artwork (especially my family). Also to Mr. Kitrael Chin, the owner of this artwork, thanks for giving me this opportunity to build this piece for you and your family.
Thank you for always being patient with me, it took me long time to finish a piece of work and I'm so grateful that none of you guys have ever complained on the time being taken. BIG THANKS!!
Let's look forward to year 2020, I have more artworks to come and share with you all. Stay tuned!
Love & peace! xoxo
After the mini reconstruction, now it looks so much satisfying with me. The aging paint of the wall and road are more realistic than the 2017-version. I also added some object details in the shophouse and kopitiam.
On the first floor of shophouse, I made it as subdivided rooms (also known as 劏房) which is showing the real circumstance before it was tore down to cafe for now.
The 60 years old Ho Kow kopitiam is no longer located at Lorong Panggung.
I brought it back to KL few days ago, and take a contrast photo between the new alley and the original appearance. This artwork is displayed in @Pandan Republic, Lorong Panggung now. Check it out if you're interested :)
As time goes by, the skill and accuracy on making scenario has improved. The darn perfectionism in me started to think of reconstructing the mini shophouse I made for Lorong Panggung 2 years ago. Basically I remain all the windows and door (as they look quite good to me), and transfer them into a new wall. The main thing I ain't satisfy for the old one was the weathering and paint I applied to the wall.
The size is slightly amended too.
We will see how the new one looks like next time.
This was a project I started to make since October 2017. It is a kopitiam at Lorong Panggung, Kuala Lumpur. (Fyi, kopitiam = coffee shop in Malaysia) Since it is for my personal collection, it was kinda slow in progress. However, it was sad to hear that this 60 years old shop was forced to closed down May of this year.
Coincidentally, Atlas Obscura and the filmmaker approached me at this time to make a video for that. It's such a good timing, I'm sure it will be a precious documentary for all of us, recording both real and miniature ver. of the kopitiam.
Million thanks to the videographer Lucas Veuve for this wonderful video. We have spent so many days to film at both of my studio and Ho Kow kopitiam. I saw his earnest and effort for his job that I rarely see from the others, let's see how amazing the outcome is!
In conjunction with the launching of movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, we're grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with SAYS and Marvel to shoot a series of photographs of Ant Man in my miniature kitchen and provision shop.for advertising in SAYS' social media.
Ant-Man in Nanyang Kitchen
Ant-Man in Ban Fong Provision Shop
Look at how real the Ant-Man figurine is!
Collaboration project with Maxis.
Check out the micro stories behind each of the miniature posts for Maxis!