Sokkuan did the illustration for the map, and the three of us did the large poster illustration with the three ships.
The flyer/poster turned out to be smaller than we thought it would be. We were told to draw an A2 poster and A3 map, but it turns out to be an A3 poster and A4 map, making the pixelated effect a little washed out. Ah well.
The event itself was quite fun. We went there after seeing off my mom at the airport (she’s flying to Jakarta). Since the access to the Changi Naval Base is restricted, the public had to go to Singapore Expo where a free shuttle will take them to the Naval Base. The wait for the shuttle, unfortunately, was about 2 hours — that includes bag checking and metal detector thingy. They put some navy vehicles and missiles on display in the waiting area, which is good. And there is a gigantic banner of the poster illustration that we did hung from the ceiling… it looked really cool (at least for us, probably because we did it).
Since we waited in an air-conditioned hall and rode an air-conditioned shuttle, we didn’t realize how HOT it was outside. And the base was very much open, which makes it hard to fine shaded areas. Ari and i didn’t spend too much time there. We took pictures of the ships from the outside and didn’t bother to go into the ship, since the line was about 90 minutes long. I just couldn’t stay out in the sun for that long.
I think the open house was quite interesting. It’s awesome to see the real thing after spending a month drawing those ships using only photo reference. Ari and i still remember all those details on the ship from studying the drawings, like where is the canon, how does the open-bowel mechanism work, etc etc. I would love to see and go into those ships some day…
However, a Navy Open House is not designed for a 9-month pregnant woman. It was too hot and I couldn’t participate at any sea activities either (like that cool duck tour and banana boat). I was dead tired from the trip that I fell asleep at the shuttle bus, then in the cab, then immediately went to bed as soon as i got home, sleeping for a few hours. Whew!
You can see the rest of the photos at Navy Open House 2007 photo album.
ps: Happy birthday for my dad and Fenny! And happy wedding anniversary for Fenny and Ramanda! First year, eh? 🙂