20 year is a special number, especially for a company anniversary. And it also happened to Philips Color Kinetics. Founded in Boston on 1997, Color Kinetics (or known as CK) focus only for controllable and programmable LED for architectural lighting. Then on 2007, Philips do an acquisition to Color Kinetics, then it becomes Philips Color Kinetics (sometimes we call it PCK).
There always be the first time for everything. Including this artwork. This is for the first time I am doing 2 artwork in single time. This special order has come from one of top communication consultant company, Maverick Indonesia. These are the partner of this company. The leaders.
Beliau bernama Kuncahyo Isnaedi. Biasa dipanggil Pak Isnaedi atau lebih akrabnya Bang Is. Jabatan terakhir adalah National Sales Manager for Public Segment, PT. Philips Indonesia. Singkatnya beliau bertanggung jawab untuk penjualan produk dan solusi lighting dari Philips untuk sektor atau proyek-proyek Public atau Government. Jadi kalau ada Pemda, Pemprov, BUMN atau Kementrian yang membutuhkan solusi pencahayaan untuk jalan kampung, jalan kota, jalan provinsi, jalan toll, lighting untuk kantor pemerintahan, stadion olah raga, pencahayaan dekoratif kota, dsb, beliau ini legendanya.
Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. The city that never sleeps. The city that was now known as with the traffic jam. The city that develops and grow to become the megapolitan city. As other city identities, there are some iconic building or places that can be used to represent this city for paper cutting + painting artwork. For this experiment, I choose to use Monumen Nasional (Monas), Tugu Selamat Datang, Patung Pancoran and silhouette of the high-rise building.
Previously, I had created paper cutting +painting with The President theme. The first is Cupo-Gus Dur, or the formal name is Abdurrahman Wahid, he was the 4th President of Republic of Indonesia. The second is Cupo-Obama, as we know that he was the 44th President of United States of America.
Now, I made creation again with President theme. This time is not the president of a country but from a company. He was the President Director of Philips Lighting Indonesia. His name is Chandrasekhar Vaidyanathan. This project happened because the request of Professional Lighting Channel team that want to present a memorable gift at the farewell party of Pak Chandra on March 24, 2017. He will move from Indonesia to China as Regional Business Leader for Greater China and India. He was the Country Leader of Philips Lighting Indonesia from October 2013 until March 2017.
In this article, I will share the process of making Paper Cutting and Painting Cupo-Obama, based on the official portrait of Barrack Obama, who served as the 44th President of United States of America from 2009 to 2017. (image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Official_portrait_of_President_Barack_Obama_(8390033709).jpg )
For the preliminary process, the portrait modified using Adobe Photoshop and Inkspace. I decided using 5 layers for the portrait itself and 2 layers for the background. It’s quite difficult to choose the color of the portrait because people will correlate or compare this vector portrait with the famous “Change” poster created by Shepard Fairey. Then my decision is using monochrome color, from black to white. Because it will create contrast when I put the monochrome portrait with a colorful background.
It all started with white papers. All layered that made with vector software transformed to A3 paper, 200 gsm thickness. Then one by one transformed into gray color gradations using water-based paint.
Rasanya saya tidak perlu bercerita banyak tentang Dr.(H.C.) K. H. Abdurrahman Wahid atau yang akrab disapa Gus Dur, yang lahir di Jombang, Jawa Timur, 7 September 1940. Telah banyak artikel atau tulisan tentang siapa beliau, pemikiran, perbuatan dan juga warisan beliau. Disini saya hanya akan menceritakan proses pembuatan karya cut-post untuk Gus Dur. Sumber foto saya dapatkan dari http://ipnudki.or.id/gusdur-sang-zahid/
Seperti biasa, Paper Cutting & Painting Cupo GusDur diawali dengan kertas putih ukuran A3 (420 x 297 mm) yang telah dibuat beberapa layer mengikuti desain yang telah dibuat sebelumnya. Pemilihan warna menggunakan kombinasi antara warna kecoklatan yang dipadu kontras dengan warna hijau. Kecoklatan bagi saya adalah simbolisasi bahwa Gus Dur ini membumi atau bahasa kerennya adalah down to earth (lagi pula untuk poster serius ini saya belum berani eksperimen menggunakan warna diluar pakem formal, misalnya pink). Sedangkan warna hijau merupakan simbolisasi semesta. Boleh juga mengartikan bahwa hijau adalah simbolisasi dari organisasi Nahdlatul Ulama atau NU. Seperti halnya karya seni lainnya, interpretasi dan pemahaman masing-masing orang terhadap suatu karya adalah bebas dan boleh saja untuk berbeda.
Today is November 6, 2016, and it’s been a week after I am finished “inktober2016” event. For you who don’t know about inktober or if you want to know more about “inktober”, please visit this link: www.inktober.com
This event is started by Jake Parker (mrjakeparker.com) and open for everyone to join. Anybody can participate and it’s free. Not only artist, painter, designer or anyone that draw a lot in their everyday life. For a month we asked to draw using ink (it can be a fountain pen, pen, marker), minimal one drawing in one day. That’s why it called “inktober”. You can draw anything. Yes, anything. You can draw people, animal, house, car, pets, objects, character, superhero, airplane, your imagination, etc. If you have no idea what you should draw that day, the initiator of “inktober” has some keyword or theme that you can follow (please check the official Inktober2016 prompt list below). If you enjoy making a digital drawing (using tablet or software), you may join too.
This paper cutting Cupo Portrait, Cupo-BHP, is created as the request by a daughter who wants to give a birthday present to her father. The color requested represents the color of the tiger, since her father shio is the tiger too. As usual, the hardest part is finding the photograph that can be created with stenciled photo and has enough resolution to modified.
Let’s call it Cupo-FKM. FKM is the initial name of this girl that her photograph made as an object of paper cutting and painting. This is the custom request from a customer that initiate to give a different gift as a birthday present. Also, request to give pink gradation and pink wooden frame. FKM is 4yrs old girl who lived in Paris.