Weekly Playlist: Hypnose


All we wanted to say is a big jolly THANK YOU for sticking with us until the end of 2013! This means our playlist today are meant to groove your New Year Eve’s party! 

WARNING: Playlist contain tunes that are sickly heart-throbbing. If you are driving to this, please be cautious and you can Jagger later!

You can always get mainstream and the latest beats from the radio or daily feeds. But we are different. Some beats could last forever. Trust us. We know our jam. Let’s end 2013 with a BOOM!

All you peeps deserve to have all the glitter fun, but don’t forget safety first! 
  • Neon Lights - Demi Lovato
  • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boys
  • Whachadoin? - N.A.S.A ft. M.I.A., Spank Rock, Santogold, & Nick Zinner
  • Carry Out - Timbaland  ft. Justin Timberlake
  • Up - Jesse McCartney
  • I Wish - Cher Lloyd  ft. T.I.
  • Look At Me Now - Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes
  • Daft Punk - Pentatonix
  • Till The World Ends - Britney Spears
  • Rapture - Alicia Keys

Get a taste of Hypnose here.
Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2014! 


How to create a winning portfolio

We have received countless portfolios. Some are good ones and some are, let’s just say it, common. If your work still has not got the attention that it was supposed to get, your portfolio may be leaning on the common field. It hurts to tell the truth but you’ll thank us later!

This portfolio? Her portfolio? Or ‘Oh that cool portfolio from Greg last week!’?

What makes it different is to know what pitfalls to avoid, and go through few winning tips from us! If you’re unsure, take a picture of your current portfolio and after you’re done refurbishing, take another picture and reward yourself!

So, how do you create a portfolio? Not just any portfolio but an outstanding one among the others? Here are some heads up to help you land on that dream job!

Be Selective
You are in charge to show them what you have got. That means the opportunity is in your hands! If you want your portfolio to be bullet-proof, you must be a very tough editor on yourself. Choose the works that show your talent wisely. For the love of universe, don’t put everything in! You’ll never know when some artwork will deteriorate the impression of the really good ones.

Only show your best work that works. Because at the end of the day, it’s what the employer wants to know. 

Marcel Bandicksson's neat and selective portfolio

Zhang JingNa features her fine selected photography work

Prepare your portfolio earlier
As common as it sound, you’ll be thankful later! Planning ahead can help you find and fix mistakes before anyone else sees them; and by anyone here, we meant your employer. Picture this; you show up for an interview and present your portfolio, and all you get is that peculiar expression on the manager’s face which chills your spine. That might’ve made you lost half the battle. 

Hence, way before you start looking for a job, plan your portfolio and select which artwork to put in. This also ensures that you don’t rush a work just so it can end up in your portfolio. We all know how those work ends up looking, don’t we?

Make your portfolio uniquely you 
Sometimes we can’t help but to take notice of really creative, funny or unique ideas. During the planning phase, you’d be mostly on the Internet, browsing other examples of great portfolios. No doubt they do inject some really good insights for your execution later on. But at the end of the day, we are interested in knowing You and Your portfolio. Give yourself some space and try to think of what defines you and your style of work, and what makes you different from others. 

Be unique and keep in mind not to try too hard for you want other people to get your message, too!


Creative Attack: Art Camp 2013

Just when you thought your Saturday would be easy, our Art Camp 2013 strived to make it better!

If you heard it earlier that this year’s Art Camp was far more challenging yet with added fun and attractive prizes, you are right!

The registration started at 8:30am, but participants can be sighted before 8:00am! 

In contrary to popular beliefs, no one likes to be up on an early Saturday morning. However, these creative campers were excited and all we can see is glees on their faces! How could they not be up when greeted by friendly and charming emcee, Laureen Quah? It started off with some fun ice-breaking games by Paul Seah before they were grouped into a team of fives. 

Time to break the social barrier, ay?

Different teams were to create different characters. Each group came out with a theme and the members were to create their very own unique characters and give it an identity. It seemed so easy but no! 

Briefing by Jason Chuah

The first session, Skeleton Moments, require participants to create a ‘backbone’ structure as a base before proceeding to the next step. In this session, it was conducted by Digital 3D Animation Department and guided by the student helpers. Head of Department, Jason Chuah briefed the participants before they begin as it requires precise measuring and cutting. 

Cutting board requires attention. Helpers and lecturers were there to give a hand.

Skeleton done!

Next up, off to the Fashion Department for Clothing Moments! Participants were greeted by friendly fashion lecturer, Jonathan Penn and helpers! This time, they were to create an outfit to match their characters. They can add some props or accessories for that touch of glamour. We sure gave them a real-fashion designing experience! Just look what they've made; from plain white skeleton to runway-ready!

Having fun at the fashion department

Student helper assisting participants props-making


Weekly Playlist: Nog Hours

Pre-Christmas playlist: Nog Hours

Need to get into the Christmas mood? We’re sure you don’t need any help with that! 
But if you do, save this playlist and you’re diggity good in no time!

Nog Hours playlist brings you into a fairy tale-like world, where reality feels too good to be true. A platter of soothing tunes and Christmas delights, these admirable selections are great for all pre-Christmas and holiday occasion. 

Let’s cut to the chase and pamper you some good time!

  • Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • Ljósið - Ólafur Arnalds 
  • Christmas Is Going To The Dogs - The Eels 
  • Butterfly - Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Someday at Christmas - Jack Johnson
  • Christmas In L.A. ft. Dawes - The Killers
  • One More Sleep - Leona Lewis 
  • Baby Please Come Home - U2
  • The First Noel - Carrie Underwood 
  • Karmin - Sleigh Ride
Get Nog Hours here!


Study Trip To Tokyo, Japan

Just like what Lily Allen said Who’d Have Known, we could never put this into words. Regardless of that, we will still try because we need to get the excitement out of our system!

Weeks ago, Equator Academy of Art students have been selected to represent Malaysia for a study trip to Tokyo, Japan! Now, we know how big Japan is for the art-oriented, right? Not only that but this group of talented students are from our Digital 3D Animation Department.

3D Animation? Japan? Anime artists? Contain ourselves we cannot!

If you haven’t seen the pictures in our Facebook, check it out here!

Have you watch Pom Poko, My Neighbour Totoro, or Princess Mononoke? Then you should know that these globally-renowned works are done by genius minds from Ghibli Studio. Our favourite is Spirited Away of course. But really, how cool is it when you get to step in Ghibli Museum? 

Madhouse is not a new name to us too. You may not know of the production company, but we’re sure you’ve heard of or even watched Beyblade, Chobits, Tokyo Babylon and many more! 

Familiar with the name Square Enix? How about Final Fantasy? Nuff said. 

What a great opportunity and eye-opening experience for these young and talented minds! 

Sharing some Japanese love till we see you in the next blog post! Itada ikimasu!


Old Folks’ Photography Contest

You might wonder what is with the ‘Old Folks’ about. Well, let us tell you!

It is a contest organized by the Interior Design and Architecture students of Equator Academy. Unlike the common photography contest where we study on skills and artistic values, this is one step further.

The main aim of this photography contest is to inspire the young people to care for the elderly with compassion and to take up responsibility as a way of social contribution. 

Scroll down to see some of the participant's artwork.


Art Camp: Creative Attack’s Sponsors On Board

We are ecstatic to announce that Canon, Nestle, Ricoh, Zhong Hua Gourmet Restaurant by Cititel and Little Cottage coming on board to sponsor our Art Camp 2013.

Are you eager to find out what makes this Art Camp different from the previous ones? 
Keep reading and be amazed.

This year, your team will be participating for the Creative Attack competition and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes!


Weekly Playlist: Rudolph In Love

Rudolph In Love

This week, the tunes get a little love struck. Admit it; we love some corniness from time to time.
While you are busy planning or preparing for the holidays, many things has been going around!

Meet someone new during Christmas shopping, looking at your best friend all these while in a romantic way, walked into a cafe and a gentlemen buys you a latte, looking across the bar and saw someone giving you the wink. 
So many coincidences, and how could that not be love struck?

Whether you’ve found that special someone (lucky you!) or have yet to find the right person, this playlist will bring back those sweet times. We carefully select these songs which suits both young and old, in case you have unexpected guests! So go ahead and enjoy this soulful playlist, which we are sure to impress, even Mrs. Doubtfire!

  • Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen
  • Paris - Karen Souza
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Babyface
  • You Are My Special Angel - Bobby Vinton
  • Hold You In My Arms - Ray Lamontage
  • You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
  • Way Back Into Love - Hugh Grant & Haley Bennett
  • Something Like Olivia - John Mayer
  • Little Things - Pomplamoose
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé

Listen to 'Rudolph In Love' here.


Meet Us At Pinterest

The title says it all. We are on Pinterest!
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Who would've known that sharing inspiration could be so easy nowadays?
We pin only the best for you. We can’t get enough of our boards, so jump in!

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, worry not. We’ll do a Pinterest Weekly Wrap every Sunday!


Weekly Playlist: Red Cup

December playlist - Red Cup

It’s here!

December is the time where you dig up old recipe boxes, put up the tree, shop for remarkably good deals, knit a red sweater; everything you need to do to end 2013 with a boom!

Now, where do you start? You need an awesome playlist to kick off!

Whether you are doing this alone or with your loved ones, we have the ultimate holiday playlist that will get you going! It’s not the tunes you can usually find in current radio playlist, but trust us; these are gems.

This week, Red Cup starts you off with some jazzy and sentimental selections. As we move closer to Christmas week, we’ll add some sugar, spice and everything nice!

  • It's A Shame - The Spinners
  • Stare Into The Sun - Graffiti6
  • Iris & Jasper - Hans Zimmer
  • Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Turn Me On - Norah Jones
  • The Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto & Stan Getz
  • Let Go - Frou Frou
  • La Vie En Rose - Andrea Bocelli ft. Edith Piaf
  • The Lucky One - Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • I Remember You - Nat King Cole

Listen to Red Cup here and look forward to our weekly playlist to keep you going all year around!


NAFA 75TH Anniversary Art Exhibition

We met and found many art enthusiasts that Sunday in one place; Equator Gallery. 

In conjunction with the 75th anniversary, an art exhibition by Nanyang Academy of Arts’ Alumni Association Malaysia was held together with Equator Academy of Art Penang. Public especially art lovers were invited to take a stroll at the exhibition to experience the current local art from 57 outstanding artists. Many of these professional and senior artists are Cultural Medallion recipients. The exhibition was officiated by YB Tuan Cheah Kah Peng. 

Fellow artists with Dato Chuah Kooi Yong (3rd from right).

Dato Chuah giving a welcoming speech to art lovers.

We have audience from different age range, appreciating the outstanding art by Singaporean and local artists.

YB Tuan Cheah Kah Peng taking a stroll around the gallery. 


Convocation 2013 @ Traders Hotel Penang

It was a typical Sunday, but not for us in Equator Academy. It’s the day where we celebrate students’ graduation and their achievements. Seriously, how quick does time zaps?

The convocation was held at Traders Hotel with a total of 224 students graduating in various disciplines and programmes. There were 11 students who received awards for eminent categories namely ‘The Best Students’, ‘Outstanding Students’, ‘The Most Promising Young Designers/Animators’ and ‘The Best Performing Awards’.

We could still remember how busy the Pinang Ballroom was on that morning; students came all dressed up, taking pictures, parents waiting eagerly, gifts and flower bouquets everywhere. It was worth the effort after seeing how excited these students were.

Check out some of the pictures below.

The dream of wearing a graduation robe; checked. 

Our joyous lecturers


Better Than Hot Cakes

Have you heard about it? Creative Mission Art Camp was well received and we decided to extend the special offer just for you!
The fee is only RM36 per person until 6th December.