|CN PHOTO: Alvin Loh|
A group of animators and illustrators offer free portraits to church congregants.
Contributed By Lim Jie Min
The Animation & Illustration Ministry (AIM) in City Harvest Church was set up two years ago as an extension of bookstore and web company Attributes Pte. Ltd. AIM is a place where CHC members with an artistic flair can utilize and display their skills through special events or projects organized by the church. This group of people have a desire to publish comics and illustrated children’s books of such a standard that they will be sought-after publications.
So far, AIM has taken part in The Marketplace SME Fiesta at Singapore Expo, April 2009. The members organized an animation competition “Illuminate” and invited churchgoers to submit animated movies based on the theme. This gave budding animation artists the opportunity to showcase their story-telling skills. The top three winners and their movies can be viewed at www.illuminate.sg.
Yoseph Ade Setiawan, one of the founders of AIM, told City News how the ministry began. “Many artists [in church] are undiscovered and so far, there has been no avenue for them to exhibit their gifts and talents—that’s why AIM was started.”
In 2010, AIM began the year by launching “Draw Me Day”. On the last weekend of every alternate month (the next one will be in March), members and visitors of CHC can have their caricatures sketched for free by one of the AIM artists, in just 20 minutes. This service is a platform for budding artists to exhibit their skills.
Alvin Goh, 25, student, had his portrait drawn by three AIM artists at the booth. He confessed, “It was a challenge for me to sit still for so long, but the whole experience was worth it. All three artists have unique styles which helped to capture a different perspective of me—it showed through their finished pieces.”