| Azaraimy HH |
THE closing ceremony of the “Writing, Facial and Comic Illustration” workshop was held yesterday at the Language and Literature Bureau (LLB).
The guest of honour, who presented certificates to the workshop participants, was Hajah Nortijah binti Hj Mohd Hassan, Acting Director of LLB. The acting director highlighted that LLB will get a serious look in upgrading the knowledge and skill of the department’s artists from time to time.
The objectives of the workshop were to support and encourage the development of creativity through local comic publication, to strengthen the bureau in terms of capability and knowledge and to identify potential talents among youth.
In an interview, Anuar Hassan, an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator famous under his pen name “Sireh”, encouraged Bruneian cartoonists and illustrators to venture into Malaysia as well as the rest of the region to showcase their creative products.
After spending time with the workshop participants as one of the instructors, Anuar Hassan said that he understands going into creative fine arts in Brunei may be a less lucrative option for those who want to venture into it professionally as Brunei has a relatively smaller market compared to Malaysia and other countries in the region.
However, he said the beauty of fine arts is that it is borderless where the market is not limited by the national border of artists, adding that there are a lot of creative potentials in Brunei.
Anuar Hassan’s works have been published in magazines such as Gila-Gila, Humour, Gelihati, Ujang and Apo. He previously worked at ELV Videographics as graphic creator and animator from 1995 to 1998. He has also won various prizes and awards for his work.
LLB had also invited another famous Malaysian cartoonist, Rosli bin Ismail, who uses a pen name “Manggis”. Manggis has been a cartoonist for 21 years and is now considered the best cartoonist in Malaysia.