I’m really excited for EXO’s winter album, I expect some lovely ballady songs with a lot of silky Honeysoo vocals. Lately I barely hear him, he barely has lines, he barely is present. I know, I know, drama shooting, but I miss him.
Also.. the MAMA… can I just.. Okay, first of all, I’m happy for the awards, they deserved it (of course), I didn’t have any doubts about having those awards. And Jongin’s rapping (?) made me stop and wonder through the screen, something new, and I loved it. It was cute, and kind of insecure, but that’s why I loved it – Chanyeol’s aggressive rapping lately just pushes me away, I don’t like it. Jongin on the other was more like just talking to me, telling me something.. soft and nice.
But that was not why I brought MAMA up. I really don’t like what happened to MAMA this year. I didn’t want to critique it, or burst out my negativity, but in the end I decided that the creative teams might look up previous “customer reviews” next year, so I wanted to tell my opinion in hopes it will help the next year creatives. MAMA is always like the best of the best regarding performances. Whenever I see a great live performance (I mean online, but live, you understand..), and I like it, and I would like to share it maybe, I will always think that no, okay, let’s wait for the MAMA, that will throw everything in the air, flip it, glitter trice, and serve on golden plate. MAMA performances are always the best! Noooot this year. 2015 MAMA was the worst I have experienced in my humble 8 years of kpop history. I always had my expectations up, no wonder, and MAMA always met them and still made me gasp for air. Not this year.
I was trying to figure out what was the wrong with it. Obviously the lack of remixes would be one (there were some, but .. just a few, EXO too, just one, the Lightsaber, and that even was just a short intro). And then I was wondering why SM took back so much on the design, and choreo, and nothing actually happened, it was like all just way too simple. And I checked everyone else, and no one did anything at all. Why no-one cared about MAMA performance this year..? It’s like all the companies just in general didn’t give a — about MAMA. Why did this happen? I thought maybe MAMA went too far with their background, and it didn’t give place for the companies’ creatives… but no, MAMA cared, this was like the nicest background they had, Mnet was looking for this event. Maybe they made more restrictions..? I don’t know, if that’s the case then I hope it will be erased, because what happened on this year’s MAMA was just pathetic. I’m not joking, and I don’t want to sound too negative, I tried to explain it to myself, but – in light of what was to supposed to happen there – this was pathetic, on every companys’ side, whoever had this idea to go this minimal (in the meaning of not doing anything), it was a bad idea. If it’s on Mnet, then I hope they change back to normal next year. If it’s on the companies (SM, hello), then I just hope they slap themselves awake.
EXO did well though, they did what they could. But it was supposed to be the creatives’ job, and darlings, you so f-ed it up.
The hairdresser was good, especially on Jongin. I silently hope the middle parting (Chen..) will just be erased from the kpop memory, history, and I really don’t understand why it still exists.
And I really liked the makeup, honestly, girl, you did it so well.

Anyway, I really wanted this to be on the internet, honestly for future reference, I hope MAMA gets back it’s past glory.

So I drew Xiumin from the new album photos.
– Which again, looks rather bad .. I mean the photos. I like the concept, I’m okay with the white turtleneck x black sweater (though 70s and not in a good meaning), but their face.. I just literally can’t believe that you take 20 quick photos of each guy in sequence and you can’t find 5 good ones, but at least one, for heaven’s sake. I know, they are tired, I understand, to the extent I wish they could rest (I don’t wish this usually, because this is their job, no one cries for me “please have some sleep and rest”, we all do our job, day and night, happens, we make choices, we live in this world, we all work and we are all tired, boom. But they look so extremely done and tired and bitter lately, that even I wish they would just rest a bit, it’s painful to look at, I feel bad myself.) They are tired, it’s all over their face on the photos, so pushed expressions. Except Yixing, he is an angel. And Xiumin looks fine too. I drew him because I drew Yixing not long ago, and I messed up my previous Xiumin, so I wanted to make up. I don’t think I mess up any other fanart as many times as I do with Xiumin, I have more thrown out fanarts of him than I have finished ones, which I don’t understand, his face is really easy to catch, I don’t know why I can’t draw him.
Kyungsoo looks okay too, on the photos, but I suspect it’s his acting skill getting better, because otherwise he usually looks more done than anyone else.


This is a commission I drew of Bangtan’s V.


And the girl is slowly progressing. : )



7 thoughts on “1205

  1. albiedoll

    Girl, I understand you so well. I was expecting a lot of more excitement in this MAMAs, so I feel kind of disappointed. But, reading previous articles about the event I found out that it seems like the organization made the love calls pretty latte. The YG artists just had a month for preparations, I think, when they usually have three.
    However, I don´t think it´s the same with EXO. My theory is the boys are just SO busy. They have tight schedules, so I guess they could´t prepare that awesome performance we all waited for. I was expecting to watch something at least as amazing as the 2014 Melon Performance with Black Pearl and all.
    By the way, I´m glad I could watch a little bit of Lightsaber -I was´t expecting something big with that song so I was surprised finding myself loving it… although I wanted to watch a full MV with the whole group-. An I´m with you about Chanyeol´s new style of rap.

    I absolutely adore your Xiumin. I´m always in love with your way to do eyes… it gives them a new light.

    1. bubblydiaries Post author

      Oh, I didn’t know MAMA made such a late announcement this year. Yes, that might be a reason to why was this entire thing so plain. I don’t think EXO was like that because of their busy schedule.. because SHINee was really bad too, worse than EXO even, and they aren’t that busy. So I blame it on SM overall. Plus the Drop That song was supposed to replace the emotional connection and involvement that should have happened in other way. I mean when they make an awesome performance, or those Jongin dances in between performances, they make people emotionally involved, prepared, etc, that’s how a performance is good. But the Drop That song is strongly going for “proud”, without actually making any effort – just shouting E-X-O with a strong beat 50 times make fans emotionally involved because of the history we have, but not because that performance was good at all. It’s like a fast fire extinguishing, lazy solution for the problem. — Which can be a solution if SM really didn’t have time to prepare (though if you ask me one month should be enough to at least write remixes.. and I’m 150% sure Jongin can learn a new choreography in 2 weeks, if they only went with him in between (remix-)performances (as they usually do, this is their strategy) that would have been already good enough. Or even using the water choreos they had during their concert tour, that tour is finished already (?), they won’t be using that choreo again, it would have been so enough to use that here.)
      PLUS – and this is a big plus – it’s the creatives’ job to think up something based on the available resources that will hit the audience. If the group doesn’t have time to prepare, that’s still fine, it is the creatives’ job to think up something counting this in, so the group don’t have to prepare, but the performance still should be and look awesome. They should come up with a great idea even if they have one month, even if they have low budget, even if the group can’t prepare anything new because they don’t have time. That is their job, that’s why they are paid. And if the creatives’ fail to fulfill this role, they are bad creatives. And these here .. were bad ones, they didn’t seem to care at all.
      But really SM was just one of the companies who didn’t prepare this year, because none of them prepared this year. Which is why I don’t understand what happened…
      And I’m not sure about this, but I think there were less artists/groups this year..?Anyway, it happened already, I hope it won’t next year.
      I should look up who is the creative team in SM responsible for staging, and apply for next year, to make sure at least someone there cares. > <

      I like Lightsaber too : D And I also really wished for a full MV, I thought there will be, I was expecting it, but yea, I kind of understand why not .. visualizing the bad guy in the MV would have been a trouble. But yes, I'm sad I couldn't see any of the other members as Jedis. : ((

      Thank you, I'm glad you like how I drew him ^^*

      1. albiedoll

        You should actually apply. You said in early entries that you like being involved in sets and all… So, if you think you can do a good job, just try 😉
        And you are right, there are less groups this year. But it makes sense, because the whole MAMA event is about giving prizes based on popularity… The big companies are the ones that usually gets them, so the little ones -and this is my guess- may think that sending their artists to that event is a waste of resources (money, time, etc.). It’s kind of sad, because there are a lot of groups that would be happy to be there, acknowledged.

        I’m very into the korean companies’ way of handle things, advertising and stuff (I find it pretty didactical for my soon to be job), so it’s nice to be able to talk about this whole thing with someone.

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