Cartoonist’s good old grip on Malaysian diversity


Lat and Woon unveiling the doodles that were created with Faber-Castell’s Grip X pen at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

WE CAN agree that the pen is mightier than the sword, and a writer’s story can change the world.

But a pen can also be used for doodling.Cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or popularly known as Lat, is a true testament to this through his graphic novel The Kampung Boy which was created using ballpoint pen.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Faber-Castell’s Grip X pen as well as National Day and Malaysia Day, Lat has produced three pieces of artwork depicting the major festivals in Malaysia, namely Hari Raya, Deepavali and Chinese New Year.

The doodles hand-drawn on pieces of A3-size paper were brought to life using black, blue and red Grip X pens of different point sizes.

The Grip X, which was launched in 2010, comes in point sizes of 0.4, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0.

Faber-Castell managing director Andrew Woon said Grip X was one of their bestsellers because of its low viscosity ink technology resulting in super smooth writing, ergonomic design with triangular grip barrel and retractable mechanism.

Besides writing, the ballpoint pen is also suitable for doodling and sketching.

In his speech at the National Art Gallery, Woon said Lat was the most ideal partner for the celebration.

“Grip X shares similar traits with him in terms of popularity among Malaysians, being a truly Malay-sian product and most importantly, a tool to express creativity.”

Lat said it was easier to draw with Grip X.

“Previously, you will find ink on both of my hands after I draw, but not with Grip X.

“I will use it again for my future drawings and for those who want to draw, it is easy to use a ballpen like Grip X, ” he said.

A veteran in the industry for almost 40 years, Lat uses his drawings to convey messages to people.

“While some people use words, I use my cartoon characters, ” he said.

At the event, he drew using the Grip X pen while participants joined in and drew on paper provided by Faber-Castell.

A drawing competition themed “What Being a Malaysian Means to Me” was held with prizes consisting of Faber-Castell products worth up to RM900 up for grabs.

“The key is to draw everybody from all walks of life. I used to study the subjects for my drawings, especially the people, traditions and culture.

“The more we understand people of other races, the more we are attracted to each other.

“We need to learn about other people’s backgrounds too, ” said Lat.


   

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