Overheard from the artist Ong Yi Teck
“Mr Lee Kuan Yew”
After 15 hours or so of torturous hand writing session, it’s a wrap. Approximately 18, 000 words written. Only drawing pens used, no correction fluid/tape involved.
Firstly, this piece of work is meant as a tribute to the great man himself, who is critically ill right now. As much as i would love to see Mr Lee recover and celebrate the nation’s 50th Birthday, we ought to prepare ourselves for the worst. My prayers go out to Mr Lee and the family.
One thing is clear though: without Mr Lee, Singapore wouldn’t be what it is today.
And as i drew the picture, it reminded me of two things:
1) success requires dedication and perserverance.
2)mistakes are inevitable.
Whatever wrong decisions Mr Lee has made in the past (If any) does not change the fact that he dedicated his life into building this Small Nation since independance and brought us to where we are now. We should be appreciative of that, certainly.
As for the drawing wise, it has many ‘first’ in it. It a the first time i attempt on a A2 size paper. The first time i did any drawing by writing. And the first time i ever drew for nearly 10 hours in a day. Perhaps the most challenging piece so far.
Feel free to share this as we pray for Mr Lee’s recovery and maybe… This can get viral or something and the man himself get to see it smile emoticon
No short cut in art; and clearly none in building a nation. It takes a great deal of dedication and perserverence.