04
Sep 15

Illustrations for Yilli (Danone, China)

A series of illustrations for Yilli’s bottled water. The idea was to express the natural quality of the product through the 24 solar terms (節氣) of the Chinese Calender. This was the first batch of illustrations consisting on Willow, Lotus, Maples and Blossoms.

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21
Aug 15

Portraits After Dark: Friday 4 Sept 2015

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Poster illustration contributed by our friend  – Kit Santos( http://cargocollective.com/kittsantos )
Welcome to the September edition of Portraits After Dark! Thanks everyone for supporting and joining us!

Let’s get busy – let’s all meet and draw again!! 😀

Have fun and make crazy colourful art at PORTRAITS AFTER DARK with the OIC crew! Bring a friend / soul mate / family member / pet and share this edition of “PORTRAITS AFTER DARK” with us! This is where you can meet the most interesting illustrators in Singapore and get your portraits drawn on a Friday night!

Instagram, tweet, tag and spread the word – #oicsingapore #portraitsafterdark

Venue:
MAAD Market at Red Dot Design Museum — 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Map: OneMap or http://bit.ly/MAADSG

Registration for SITTERS / POSERS:

Want your portraits drawn? Pose for us!! We will love to draw YOU!!

Please register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/

Upcoming dates of Portraits After Dark (to be confirmed):

2 Oct 2015
6 Nov 2015?

– Dates are subject to changes 1 month prior to event date
– Take note that our portrait events DO NOT always fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Please check the final posted dates 1-2 weeks before the event to be sure.

Use our email subscription box to sign up for email announcements of upcoming Portraits After Dark.
Receive event announcements from OIC by subscribing to OIC Singapore mailing list on Google Groups
Email:

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20
Aug 15

Interview with Jing Hu at Ion Art Gallery

OIC artist Jing Hu has a series of paintings featured in the exhibition, “The Lust for Art”, curated by Art Fellas Gallery, running from 19 to 28 August 2015.  We catch up with her at the opening night of the show at Ion Art gallery.

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Jing Hu’s two favourite pieces from her series, “Indulge Me”.
Water colour on paper.

What led you to embark on your artistic journey?

I started drawing at a very young age, and I have loved drawing since I was a little kid, but I wasn’t prepared to do it full-time professionally.  Initially, during my high school years, I remember my classmates were all watching animation and telling me that they wanted to be full-time comic artists, and I was the one telling them that probably I want to do it part-time as a hobby.  I guess the turning point for me was when I was seventeen, I was selected by MDA for the First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative.  I was paired up with Chuangyi Publishing and the editorial team to work on my debut graphic novel, Lament, which I spent two years doing, and I thought that maybe it was proof that I should pursue this passion.

What are your favourite media?

For black-and-white, I always like to use the micron pens and markers, and for colours, it’s difficult to choose, ‘cos I really do a lot of different media. For example, sometimes I would do digital painting with a Wacom tablet, and sometimes for traditional ones, I do both acrylic and water colours.

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From the series, “Indulge Me”. Water colour on paper.

What are your influences?

Visually, I’m very influenced by Japanese illustrations, and also the variety of fine art exhibitions I go to.  I tend to soak in different things.  I have so many influences that it is difficult to say!

What kind of subjects attract you as a painter?

For traditional paintings, what gives me inspiration is what happens around me, for example it can be real-life events or things I read in the newspaper.

Is there a theme in your paintings?

My paintings come in different stages, and each series will have a separate theme.  The series at this exhibition is called “Indulge Me”.  It is influenced by Victorianish paintings, and the theme is the underbelly of perversity in that era.  I feel that people of that era, the women especially, they lack a sense of personality, and it feels like their dresses and their possessions actually shape their personalities, and they themselves are becoming soulless.

Indulge Me Indulge Me
From the series, “Indulge Me”. Water colour on paper.

Have you experienced any conflict or synergy between your identities as comic artist, illustrator and fine artist?

There’s always this conflict, and I think it’s always a problem I’m struggling with and trying to overcome.  It’s integrated into my process of working, and it also shapes my themes and when developing what I’m interested in.  So I’d say, it’s quite a big conflict, but it’s what makes making art so interesting!

How long have you been doing art?

I’ve been drawing comics for ten years, and painting for maybe … eight years?  I’m very bad with maths!

How long does each piece take to complete?

Oh, it’s very tedious.  For this series, I think each one took me about three weeks.  Yah, I’m very slow!

Describe your creative process.

Usually, the first stage is quite random — I just soak in influence from music I’m listening to, or animation, or movies, or different things I’m watching, and then I find something I’m interested in, and afterwards maybe I’ll try to narrow it down into a theme.  That comes to the research stage, where I would look up readings or more imagery.  I will have a rough draft in my mind, and it will slowly develop into putting it on canvas.  By that stage, it’s a studio process, becoming a conversation I have with the canvas, which involves me looking at the painting, adding something on, flipping the painting and doing something else to it, so it’s quite intuitive afterwards.

Annabella Goh & Jing Hu
Annabella Goh & Jing Hu at Ion Art Gallery

Do you have a need to paint?  What will happen if you didn’t create art?

I feel a dying urge to paint all the time!  If I don’t paint, I would start feeling anxious, so making art is part of being meditative and a relief for me.  I also feel like, if I don’t paint, I feel very useless, because I feel like I’m not good at anything else!

What other path might you have chosen if you didn’t become an artist?

I think artist is the only thing I can do — I really don’t think I can do anything else!


Jing Hu’s art site: salon.io/jing-x-hu
Jing Hu’s comics art site: salon.io/Pinkjellyo

“The Lust for Art” showcases 18 Singaporean and international artists such as Chua Mia Tee and Cultural Medallion Award recipient Chua Boon Kee.  It runs from 19 to 28 August 2015, at ION Orchard, Level 4 ION Art Gallery.
www.theartfellas.com/new-events

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09
Aug 15

Portraits After Dark: Friday 14 August 2015

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Poster illustration contributed by our volunteer  –  Anngee ( http://anngee.sg/ )

Welcome to the August edition of Portraits After Dark! Thanks everyone for supporting and joining us!

Let’s get busy – let’s all meet and draw again!! 😀

Have fun and make crazy colourful art at PORTRAITS AFTER DARK with the OIC crew! Bring a friend / soul mate / family member / pet and share this edition of “PORTRAITS AFTER DARK” with us! This is where you can meet the most interesting illustrators in Singapore and get your portraits drawn on a Friday night!

Instagram, tweet, tag and spread the word – #oicsingapore #portraitsafterdark

Venue:
MAAD Market at Red Dot Design Museum — 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Map: OneMap or http://bit.ly/MAADSG

Registration for SITTERS / POSERS:

Want your portraits drawn? Pose for us!! We will love to draw YOU!!

Please register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/

Upcoming dates of Portraits After Dark (to be confirmed):

4 Sep 2015
2 Oct 2015
6 Nov 2015?

– Dates are subject to changes 1 month prior to event date
– Take note that our portrait events DO NOT always fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Please check the final posted dates 1-2 weeks before the event to be sure.

Use our email subscription box to sign up for email announcements of upcoming Portraits After Dark.
Receive event announcements from OIC by subscribing to OIC Singapore mailing list on Google Groups
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22
Jun 15

Portraits After Dark: Friday 3 July 2015

Welcome to the July edition of Portraits After Dark! Thanks everyone for supporting and joining us!

Let’s get busy – let’s all meet and draw again!! 😀

Have fun and make crazy colourful art at PORTRAITS AFTER DARK with the OIC crew! Bring a friend / soul mate / family member / pet and share this edition of “PORTRAITS AFTER DARK” with us! This is where you can meet the most interesting illustrators in Singapore and get your portraits drawn on a Friday night!

Instagram, tweet, tag and spread the word – http://bit.ly/oic1502 #oicsingapore #portraitsafterdark

Venue:
MAAD Market at Red Dot Design Museum — 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Map: OneMap or http://bit.ly/MAADSG

Registration for SITTERS / POSERS:

Want your portraits drawn? Pose for us!! We will love to draw YOU!!

Please register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/

Upcoming dates of Portraits After Dark (to be confirmed):

14 Aug 2015 (2nd Friday)
4 Sep 2015
2 Oct 2015
6 Nov 2015?

– Dates are subject to changes 1 month prior to event date
– Take note that our portrait events DO NOT always fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Please check the final posted dates 1-2 weeks before the event to be sure.

Use our email subscription box to sign up for email announcements of upcoming Portraits After Dark.
Receive event announcements from OIC by subscribing to OIC Singapore mailing list on Google Groups
Email:

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09
Jun 15

OIC’s Gif animationcollab/workshop – call for mentees!

posterThis is an exciting collab for young artists/ illustrators for the coming SHINE FESTIVAL in July!

The event is fronted by our 2 excellent mentors :
Dan Wong
(http://danwong.carbonmade.com)
Kapie Eipak
(http://www.kapieeipak.com)

Register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/index.php?s=rsvp&id=97
Registration is compulsory and we reserve the rights to reject applicants that do not fit our requirements and deem unsuitable. Mentor’s decisions are final.

Thanks to Shine Festival and http://www.kult.com.sg/ for this wonderful opportunity!

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28
May 15

Epigram x OIC talk about creating picture books in Singapore

AG_edmundTALKEPIGRAM BOOKS x OIC Presents:

Children’s Picture Books in Singapore and Around the World.

Edmund Wee, the big boss of Epigram will be sharing his insights into the local and global picture book industry, his hopes of bringing local picture books to a higher level and showing the inspiring art of the books he has brought back from his trips to book fairs around the world.

As seating is limited, priority will be given to folks who are currently practicing illustrators, with a current and updated portfolio url with client-based published work.

Date /Venue as shown in registration form.

Register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/index.php?s=rsvp&id=96

 

Lovely poster by : http://anngee.sg/

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25
May 15

Elvin Ching’s Disney/Marvel Avengers Vs Ultron Trading Cards Set

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Elvin Ching aka ” ZEROPOINTFIVE”

Illustrator and Storyboard Artist Elvin Ching is constantly hard at work trying to make cool visuals that are influenced by his love for comic books.

Elvin’s short stories have been published in the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Liquid City (Vol.2 & 3, Image Comics); and his artworks have been featured in various ads, portals, projects and events such as McDonald’s, Culturepush.com, Kult Magazine, Animax x OIC Manga Exhibition, No Approval art exhibition and the Pangu series of children’s comics (P3 Publishers).

He has recently completed a short stint assisting in conceptual designs for the upcoming science-fiction thriller film, Beyond Skyline (2015).

For this latest project- Elvin was commissioned by Marvel to contribute artwork for a set of promotional trading cards (Avengers versus Ultron) that were specially distributed at the Thailand Toy Expo 2015 in Bangkok. 

The brief:
– to propose and create a single illustration that could divide into 9 separate trading cards, with each card featuring a different character/s.
1) Research – This involved a lot of surfing to learn more about the existing characters in the illustration, particular visual guides and costume designs. Sometimes history of characters helped in understanding what I’m drawing.
2) Sketching Phase
I provided 3 different sketches as proposed layouts for the illustration.
1)-sketches
 
3) Rough layout
Once the sketch was confirmed, I had to do a more detailed version. At this stage, care had to be taken to make sure each character was spaced correctly in each individual card without compromising the overall effect of the combined illustration.
(eg. of things to consider: pose of character must not repeat; each character must take up enough of each card space; proportions of characters in relation to each other etc.)
2)-rough-layout

4) B/W artwork
With the detailed layout as a close guide, it was time to draw the linework properly and add details, expressions and shadows etc.
3)-bw-linework
5) FInal artwork (coloured)
After the B/W artwork was completed, I scanned it in to clean it up and proceeded with the colouring phase which is the last phase to completing the illustration.
This was done in mini stages:
– layout out the correct colours (or colour blocking)
– rendering the details in tones and shades
– adjusting overall tone of illustration for cohesiveness/contrast

– adding special effects (eg. lightning and powers) to enhance the illustration.Hand in the work! :)

4)-final-artwork

Do check out Elvin’s work on line at:

Portfolio blog:
http://theworkofzeropointfive.blogspot.sg/

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/elvching/

Facebook:

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22
May 15

Portraits After Dark: Friday 5 June 2015

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Poster illustration contributed by our member  – Jing Hu ( http://salon.io/Pinkjellyo )

Welcome to the June edition of Portraits After Dark! Thanks everyone for participating and the support!

Let’s get busy – let’s all meet and draw again!! 😀

Have fun and make crazy colourful art at PORTRAITS AFTER DARK with the OIC crew! Bring a friend / soul mate / family member / pet and share this edition of “PORTRAITS AFTER DARK” with us! This is where you can meet the most interesting illustrators in Singapore and get your portraits drawn on a Friday night!

Instagram, tweet, tag and spread the word – http://bit.ly/oic1502 #oicsingapore #portraitsafterdark

Venue:
MAAD Market at Red Dot Design Museum — 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Map: OneMap or http://bit.ly/MAADSG

Registration for SITTERS / POSERS:

Want your portraits drawn? Pose for us!! We will love to draw YOU!!

Please register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/

Upcoming dates of Portraits After Dark (to be confirmed):

3 Jul 2015
14 Aug 2015 (2nd Friday)
4 Sep 2015
5 Oct 2015
6 Nov 2015?
4 Dec 2015?

– Dates are subject to changes 1 month prior to event date
– Take note that our portrait events DO NOT always fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Please check the final posted dates 1-2 weeks before the event to be sure.

Use our email subscription box to sign up for email announcements of upcoming Portraits After Dark.
Receive event announcements from OIC by subscribing to OIC Singapore mailing list on Google Groups
Email:

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24
Apr 15

Portraits After Dark: Friday 8 May 2015

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Poster illustration contributed by one of our past participants – do you know who the artist is?

Welcome to the May edition of Portraits After Dark! Thanks everyone for participating and the support!

Let’s get busy – let’s all meet and draw again!! 😀

Have fun and make crazy colourful art at PORTRAITS AFTER DARK with the OIC crew! Bring a friend / soul mate / family member / pet and share this edition of “PORTRAITS AFTER DARK” with us! This is where you can meet the most interesting illustrators in Singapore and get your portraits drawn on a Friday night!

Instagram, tweet, tag and spread the word – http://bit.ly/oic1502 #oicsingapore #portraitsafterdark

Venue:
MAAD Market at Red Dot Design Museum — 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Map: OneMap or http://bit.ly/MAADSG

Registration for SITTERS / POSERS:

Want your portraits drawn? Pose for us!! We will love to draw YOU!!

Please register here: http://www.oicsingapore.com/events/

Upcoming dates of Portraits After Dark (to be confirmed):

5 Jun 2015
3 Jul 2015
14 Aug 2015 (2nd Friday)
4 Sep 2015
5 Oct 2015
6 Nov 2015?
4 Dec 2015?

– Dates are subject to changes 1 month prior to event date
– Take note that our portrait events DO NOT always fall on the 1st Friday of the month. Please check the final posted dates 1-2 weeks before the event to be sure.

Use our email subscription box to sign up for email announcements of upcoming Portraits After Dark.
Receive event announcements from OIC by subscribing to OIC Singapore mailing list on Google Groups
Email:

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