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Doodle doodle

 

 

After the coloured and vector illustrations I’ve done for the children activity books, my client has requested for gray scale illustrations for the age group between 7-10 years old. This time round, the amount of assets required was huge so I went with the doodling style for its… forgiveness in line work.

I didn’t quite like them initially, but after looking at them for a while. I do think all the character I’ve put into the people does make the drawings quite charming despite their technical flaws.

 

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Deer boy

Remember the previous illustrations I did of Fish boy and Woodpecker girl? There was suppose to be 4 in the series but I never got around to completing it. Until I got an email from a local fashion magazine, Catalog, that they wanted to showcase the series and needed 3 samples of the work. So I got hard working.

 

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Meet Deer Boy.

 

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The little showcase in the magazine.

 

Mom’s birthday

It was my mom’s 60th birthday and it is Chinese tradition (or so I think) to throw a huge party. I quickly whipped out a poster only to have her tell me I’ve depicted her awfully ugly. Well mother, I can’t help with how you look for my eyes only see what is before me.

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I personally think it is rather cheekily cute.

Caricatures

Caricatures are really popular commission choices but truthfully I’m not too good with them. The aesthetic exaggerations don’t appeal to me much either. But because they are popular, it’s only a matter of time before I was requested to do one.

I tried doing a few and it was so tough. I read up some tutorials online but they weren’t very helpful. Most tutorial videos are interpretations of what people see and then draw. The process of seeing and understanding is unanswered. It is the most difficult part of the process, if it was that easy many people would be caricaturists now. The exaggerated forms also confuses me as to how to build and balance the facial structure. It turned out to be a challenge. It annoyed me greatly that I couldn’t do it well and reminded me how much more I had to learn.

artflow_201507052328My first attempt. It still looks quite juvenile and stylised. More comic than caricature.
artflow_2015070523281Didn’t know who to draw. So I found some famous people I like to reference. Street caricaturists always have samples of famous people, thought I’ll give it a go too. If you can’t tell, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch. A slightly creepier version at least.

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Got tired and annoyed at my poor attempts. So I decided to draw something pretty in my usual style. Park Shin Hye my new goddess.

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I thought my final attempt turned out not too bad. But resemblance wise, I don’t think it’s as recognisable. It’s Lucy Liu.

There is no right or wrong to how you draw it. If you can capture the resemblance, you are right.

A Legend Begins

Some time in July I helped out some friends in their production to create animated backdrops for the play “A Legend Begins”. It was a small play which tells the story of how Sang Nila Utama found Singapore, through which teach children the different Chinese orchestra instruments.

Instead of set props, the setting and side characters are established by the projected animation. The designs had to be inspired by Chinese orchestra instruments to be in line with the theme. I managed to catch one of the shows and was delighted to hear a child next to me identifying all the different instruments used in the projection.

Photographs by Zhuang brothers from Weaving Clouds.

Meesiam

Because I lamented about being broke, a friend kindly offered me a job opportunity to illustrate some watercolour paintings of meesiam and its ingredients. The client feedback was that they looked slightly juvenile. Sigh it’s a curse that I’ll carry forever. The illustrations were not used in the end, but it was refreshing to create commercial work using traditional mediums.

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USK August: Clementi

This month’s Urban Sketching was slightly more special because it was in tandem with “Heart Map Singapore“. It’s a campaign that encourages Singaporeans to share and record their favourite moments with the Singapore landscape. So together with urban sketching, they brought the public to many memorable venues in Singapore to sketch. There are two more sketch trips coming up, so if you are interested do check out the link and sign up! Last Saturday was Clementi, one of the earlier developed residential areas which has underwent redevelopment in the recent years to keep up with times.

 

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Lamy fountain pen with Noodler’s ink

The Clementi market is known for its food. I don’t frequent there often but there’s always a long queue for the store selling what I think is pork floss. It is surrounded by 3 shopping malls but still continues to be a popular haunt for both the young and old.

 

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The Clementi market I believe is an old establishment. It is then surrounded by HDB blocks housing its patrons. In recent years, these HDB blocks are further enveloped by shopping malls and condominiums. So I decided to go with this view with the layers of buildings which also shows the passage of time in the town.

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