Author: Sukhbir Cheema

What’s It Like To Be The Illustrator Who Paints Najib In The Courtroom?

All artworks in this post including cover is by Nurul Aida Mohd Noor from The Edge Malaysia If you’ve been to the courts, you’ll know that you’re not allowed to bring in any form of recording devices the likes of video cameras, photography equipment and even audio recording devices. Thanks to this rule which has been set up to prevent distraction and safeguard the privacy of the people involved in a trial, the job of the court illustrator exists. In fact, this job is over 300 years old. What sets court illustrators apart than the rest is the fact...

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This Web Comic Is For People Who Find Money Confusing And Scary

Cover image credit The Woke Salaryman Personal finance can be a mind numbing, boring topic. Sure, there are books and swathes of articles about it, but not many are reading. However, in recent years there has been a slew of writers who’ve made personal finance fun and a lot more palatable. Yet, this writer and illustrator are taking things one level higher through their web comic The Woke Salaryman. Drawn in a minimalist style, the creators of this web comic have turned boring topics such as budgeting, debt management and investing into simple, easy to understand content. The Woke Salaryman is...

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How To Save Money Made Really Easy For Broke Artists

Photo by eric anada from Pexels    Raise your hand if you’re an artist and struggle financially. For many of us, an artwork by Salvador Dali makes way better sense than those boring complex charts with numbers and figures. Plus, Dali’s works are great to look at! However, we creative folks could use a little bit of financial literacy so that we don’t make bad money decisions or worst, get duped by greedy and cunning opportunists. Personal finance is actually really easy to understand if you know the basics. Luckily, you’re at the right place. I’ll share with you all I know...

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5 types of people who should read Zunar’s ‘Fight Through Cartoons’

Cover image by Zunar Cartoonist Fan Club. Other images by Cherise Be. Forget Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Fight Through Cartoons, a recently released semi-autobiography and part philosophy on cartooning by Zunar will provide practical tips on how to creatively fight your opponents. Published by Marshall Cavendish, the book zooms in on the challenges faced by the popular Malaysian cartoonist from the time Najib Razak took power in 2008 until the day Barisan Nasional’s 62 year reign ended on May 9, 2018. Zunar had approached me initially to assist him with this book in 2015. However, at that time,...

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Opening doors to tell more Malaysian stories through The New Play Project

All images by The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Mention the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) and immediately three things comes to mind; the theatre shows, the gorgeous location and the ever growing number of talented individuals churned out through the in-house programmes here. You might be familiar with the The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat’s (TASSTR) Theatre for Young People (T4YP), an initiative that consists of workshops and lessons on acting for a period of three months before culminating with a full scale production. This programme, started out 11 years ago, has churned out a slew of...

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