21
May 13

TUMI x Ben Qwek 3D Art Installation

Tumi @ Taka (SLR)-3360 Ben Qwek 3D Installation piece for TUMI SG / HK. Inspiration of the piece is based on “Voyage”, a journey or expedition from one place to another. This is my first time adding physical element to 3D anamorphic art. Hope to explore more the next time.

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28
Oct 12

Making of BAPE x Transfomers 3D Street Art

Recently I was commissioned to do a 3D art street mural for BAPE x Transformers collaboration so I thought I shall share some of my thought process and WIPs. The main concern for doing anamorphic perspective is basically the calculation. Having said that, I went down to the spot (Mandarin Gallery) and measured the size of the actual installation and how would the actual would look like.

Marking the spots and four corners.

Since it’s meant to be interactive, the proportion of a human figure has to be in sync with the illustrations. You can actually see some markings to indicate spots for posing shots. You can see from the next pic, my two lovely assistants, standing on those spots.

Marking the "posing" positions. Thanks, my lovely assistants for the day.

Ok moving on. I knew I had to create an illustration with a depth of feel. Did some research online and decided to go for the cityscape / looking down sort of thing. The following image is the final proposal, an important step: to assure the clients it’s gonna work. : )

Selling the idea.

Ok once the idea was approved. Time to get cracking. I came out with the lines and work closely with Studio Hive for the colors. The images are pretty self explanatory.

Black n White Lines

Flat Colors

More shading, the robots are pretty much there.

FA. Adding the FX and details.

Then, its off to the printers! Here’s the setup and final installation pics!

Pros @ work.

Must do swee swee.

And its a wrap!

Like to thank the Kwang Sia team for the support and chance to work with BAPE and Hasbro. Bucket list checked!The art installation will be @ Mandarin Gallery till 7 Nov. Hope you guys will find time and think of some interesting poses. If you have pics you like to share do email me @ benqwek@gmail.com. You can instagram as well just #benqwek #bape #bapesg.  Hope y’all digg!

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24
May 12

Making of CLEAR Campaign

Hi Guys, I got some request on my process of creating a character. I tot of doing a simple show and tell.

First off, after getting a brief, I would usually create a series of loose sketches. It’s for me to get the feel and look of the campaign as well as to look into the kind of clothings being donned on the character. Pose is also another key factor as well as some gadgets depending on the setting.

Facial Expression / Head Studies

Adding some gadgets

Costumes approved. Pose studies

Final Confirmation from clients.

OK. Now for the coloring. Basically it’s done in 6 steps. From a sketch to a refined sketch. Flat colors. Add shadow. Detailing and more fine tuning. It’s the same process as THIS.

Progress

P>S: the main thing is always understand the reflectivity of flesh as compared to other materials. Basic 3D lightning fundamentals does apply to digital painting as well : ) peace, B

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09
Jun 11

Album Art: Monkey King’s Day Before The Decade

The Final Art.

Trying composition to fit all the elements.

Details of the different elements.

Jump below for one of the tracks!

Body Wither Away

Collab with Hip-Hop / CEO Monkey King (Taisuke Yamamoto) on his album art which will be launching soon under his own label 1OR8FACTION. The design is basically elements that reflects Tai’s background. U can see cars, babes, yakuzas, the police, LDN, SG, TOKYO cityscapes kind of massive. Thats the way to go guys: focus on your local talent. Here’s a sample of one of his tracks. Share / like the pages and spread da love, guys! peace, B

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16
May 11

Adidas All Football

Rough sketch to check the compositions and flow.

BOOM! Flat colors, shadows and lots of rendering.

Salaryman wants to play some football!

Gotta have some fan girls.

The tags were handwritten.

As you all know by now, Adidas’ launching their biggest campaign ever. Yes, u’ve seen the advert, the one with Katy Perry haha~slurp. So here’s something I did: all football. Other local artist were involved as well: Sheryo, Clog2, Mindflyer, Eeshaun, etc…peace, B

JUMP HERE for more info on the event on the 21-22MAY.

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22
Mar 11

Art Affair Weekend Yamaguchi / Mojoko

Singa-Planet @ JCC Singapore Inspired Art Pieces

Twissti and AnnGee playing with da installation piece.

Hokusai edo period inspired.

OIC Fanboys with Yamaguchi-san

Amazing details. So much to see within the frame.

Yamaguchi Akira Solo Exhibition
“SINGA-PLANET”

A new exhibition at Japan Creative Centre featuring Yamaguchi Akira’s solo exhibtion “Singa-Planet”. Mr Yamaguchi, one of the leading and most popular contemporary artists in Japan, will present his new artworks inspired by the lifestyles of Singaporeans living in the multi ethnic city state namely the Chinese, Malay and Indian ethnicities. Besides the new installations, selections from previous collections wiill also be exhibited. This exhibition is held as a parallel event of the Singapore Biennale 2011.

Venue: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road, S(258372)

Kindly RSVP to Japan Creative Centre (Fax: 6735 3602 or Email jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp) by the 10th March 2011. For more information, please contact Mr. Adriane Lee of JCC at 67370434.

More info on the exhibition is here:

Exhibition – 12th March to 6th May 2011
http://www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/JCC/event_A_Yamaguchi_18012011.html

All images  © Akira Yamaguchi

OIC crew met one of the current of Master Artist in Japan: Yamaguchi San. Look @ our happy faces! I was not only blown away by his technical skills but how humble he was. You can catch his stuff @ JCC (Japanese Creative Center @ Nassim Rd). My hard felt condolences to the victims of the Japan’s quake on Friday…Stay strong and pray hard.

The man himself, Steve. The shot's epic too ;)

Juxtaposition romantic prints from 1920s.

Awesome, especially the manga girls!

After Yamaguchi san’s show we headed down to pue vuree for Steve’s show, love the space, love the art and Steve when the next group show?! peace, B
More details on the show: HERE.

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15
Feb 11

Adidas: Adizero

Hi Guys, here’s some illustrations I did with Kilo Studios for the Adidas : Adizero facebook game.

Do check out the link: HERE.

Play the game and win adidas prizes!

Sketches were done first based on each character attributes. By stereotyping the design based their attributes is easy to create a set of character with contrast in terms of shapes, gender or form.

Big ups to Kilo for making the game mechanics, its really impressive!

peace, B

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08
Jan 11

PantoneMyArt: Presenting the Works of 10 Local Artist

Hi Guys, just pimping an upcoming event. Here’s a sneak peek of my contribution.

PantoneMyArt brings together the work of ten Singapore-based artists, who are given the challenge of creating artworks in predominantly one colour that they were individually assigned. Pantone© refers to a proprietary colour matching system, traditionally used in a variety of design and printing industries. In the exhibition context, this colour reference will extend to a wide range of mediums, from painting to digital art.

Hope to see you guys there, peace, B

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07
Jan 11

Animax x O.I.C x Fourskin Media Coverage

Hi Guys, one of the highlights of 2010 for O.I.C was the collab between JCC, Animax and Fourskin.
Will we like to that this chance to express our gratitude to all those involved. Big thanks to:

TOYSREVIL: http://toysrevil.blogspot.com/2010/10/seen-manga-anime-japan-journey-from.html

SGCAFE: http://sgcafe.com/2010/10/opening-of-manga-anime-japan-in-japan-creative-centre/

CULTUREPUSH: http://culturepush.com/2010/12/10/animax-x-oic-collab/

Look mum, we’re on the papers!:

http://www.mmail.com.my/content/60071-creating-his-own-name

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20101210-251981.html

You can get the tshirts @ Fourskin, here’s some info:

Animax collaborates with Organisation Illustrators Council of Singapore (OIC) to bring you 8 exclusive, original anime-inspired t-shirts featuring top anime shows like Inuyasha, Fairy Tail, Bleach and many more. You have seen the posters being exhibited- now you can own the t-shirts!

All original illustrations by illustrators from OICsingapore featuring Anngee, Annie Tan, Ben Quek, Eeshaun, Mindflyer, Ray Toh, ZeropointFive and Zid.

Super limited edition (only 100 pieces per design in Singapore and Malaysia) t shirts will be sold for SGD39.90 each while stocks last.

Grab them fast before they are sold out at the Fourskin stores from Nov 18:
Singapore (The Hereen & Marina Square)
Malaysia (One Utama)

If we have missed out anyone, so sorry! Once again, from all the artist involved and O.i.C,

many thanks and much love. More awesome kick ass stuff on da way, so go local folks!

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08
Nov 10

B’s Fixie Bike

In the association with Luma International and McFaul Studio, 2xanadu is proud to host the Bespoke: Creative Show 2010, with a selection of Luma Originals’ fixed gear bike frames adorned with graphics by ten of the world’s leading and up-and-coming creative designers in the industry.

I was invited to participate in BESPOKE CREATIVE SHOW in LDN together with awesomes such as homie Jasper Wong, Aaron de Cruz, etc. It always good to see your art manifested into something 3D.

Head on to these sites for event pics:
http://fixed-trix.com/index.php/en/articles/25-luma-originals-exhibition
http://milltagcc.com/blog

peace, B

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