Singapore Art/ Animation forums

I asked an artist friend if she knew where I could find art forums/ discussion boards in Singapore. She says there are some “scattered around” and pointed out three of them to me. My artist friend also adds: “It’s always the same small group of illustrators actively practising and posting their work up in all three of the forums. 😀“.

I guess that can’t be helped. It’s common to find only a handful of active members in any given forum. Also, Singapore’s illustration scene is relatively small and there’s only so many artists and illustrators, at least those willing to come into the open (I’m sure there are many ‘latent artists’ out there).

This one’s called SGcomic.com. The section called eTalk that has posts of members’ intros and their websites. There is the showcase of members’ works but it seems that there are more posts in the general discussion area than art-related ones.
sgcomic
My impression is that this forum is a relatively small, relaxed, friendly and close-knit group. A nice and non-intimating place to start for those new to the Singapore online art/ illustration community.

sgcafeThis one’s called SGcafe.com. Don’t let the lack of a website banner fool you into thinking it’s a “small” group. It’s a lot more active than SGcomic, judging from the recency of posts as well as the number of topics discussed. Posted artwork seems a tad more sophisticated that those I’ve scanned in SGcomic. The main areas of interests includes Anime/ Manga, Illustrations, Cosplay (i.e. Costume Play), Gaming. Also the usual non-art discussion segment. Still pretty informal but I guess due to its size and number of posts, newbies might get a bit intimidated (though there’s really no need to be).

This one is called SGanimez.com. The forum appears more focused on illustrations based on what I could scan through. There’s a “Art Work Challenge” section (basically like an Art Meme), which I’ve not seen in the other two forums.
sganimez
Quite an active forum, with frequent posts. The posted works tend to be quite sophisticated and I’d consider this one to be like “intermediate level” forum.

The above reviews are not meant to be comprehensive. You might see them differently. I’ll review more local ones when I come across them.

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Macro photography – by enenzi

Here’s another macro photograph set, from enenzi. I’ve highlighted three of my fav pics from her set below:


This is a very nice departure from the more prevalent flower/ plant macro shots. This one captures the quite beauty of inanimate objects, yet there’s life in the images taken (like the swirling smoke — and the water droplets seem to contain life within). The photos also have titles (pretty meaningful ones, in fact).

[Taking yet another deep breath and… WOW]

Macro photography – by poesie

I just find Macro photography simply fascinating, especially images that captures the depth of details and with nice composition. There’s something very soothing about macro shots. Here’s some from poesie (of Yamaguchi, Japan):

[Take a deep breath… WOW]

Free stock photos – stock.xchng

Mmm… apparently all the photos are free for downloads at this site (hosted in Hungary) called stock.xchng (www.sxc.hu). The text on the front page says:

Welcome to Stock.XCHNG, the leading FREE stock photo site!
Whether you just want to browse our huge image gallery or want to share your personal photos with others, this is the site for you!

An impressive list of categories, judging from the drop menu. The categories range from “Abstract” to Objects to “Concepts” (like ‘Danger’). Certain categories may not have much photos. E.g. the one for “People-> Fashion-> Seniors” showed only three photos — but then, how many people actually upload such photos? You can do a right-click to download the images but I think login is required for the higher resolution ones.