The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) and National Art Gallery Malaysia organized the Cartoon Workshop by Japanese cartoonist, Mr. Seiji Iwami on 15th August at National Art Gallery Malaysia.
Mr. Iwami was born in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture, in 1960. He received the “New Hope Cartoonist Award” from Manga Times, a four-frame comic strip magazine in 1981 and became a regular cartoonist for Manga Times and other sister publications. In 2000, he successfully accomplished portraits of 2000 people in two weeks in “Japan Week” organized by Japan Consulate to Chejudo, Korea. He has also performed and lectured in other regions in Korea, as well as Turkey, Singapore and others.
Mr. Iwami conducted the Demonstration and Workshop for drawing cartoon mainly for the children in Malaysia. Malaysian Cartoonist, such as Mr. Tazidi Yusof (who represented Malaysia for “The 11th Asian Cartoon Exhibition” in 2007) also joined as participants. During the workshop, Mr. Iwami showed and taught how to draw the face, how to express the 3-D, etc. He also drew participants’ portraits in many ways.
Participants enjoyed not only seeing his professional techniques, but also experiencing drawing cartoons_one of the “hot” Japanese pop cultures.