daily sketch practice before bed time. Never neglect your “me time” to draw what you like.
medium : ink and brush
We are most delighted to be featured in this new book curated and published by the uber cool Underscore magazine about Singapore’s creative scene!
Thanks to all our participants, followers and supporters of our projects and portrait events- we have a good 6 year track record behind us and a massive collection of work and photos to show for it!
Though predominantly a volume about interesting design firms and designers it also featured many illustrators like – Andy Yang, Drewscape, Koh Hong Teng, Mighty Yellow, Jason Siew, Ben Qwek, Fleecircus, Imaginary Friends ( IFS ), Sokkuan, Twisstii, Kristal Melson, Zixi, Eeshaun, Speak Cryptic, Mindflyer and many more. Do check it out!
Creative Cultures ( www.creative-cultures.com )
The Singapore Showcase is an Underscore special edition platform showcasing the works of Singapore’s creative disciplines through mediums of publication, film, website and exhibition, designed by Hjgher and curated by esteemed Japanese curator, Yoichi Nakamuta.
The publication features more than 100 Singaporean creatives, ranging from fields of art, design, music and photography, including architecture, interior, product, graphic, illustration, interactive, animation, fashion, art, photography and music.
The theme, Uncover was established for Singapore, describing the beginning of a creative culture that has grown over the years with little history, but a freedom and hunger for experimentation. The focus is on the future, rather than its history, that defines Singaporeʼs design culture as a work in progress, inviting greater things to come. Says editor-in-chief, Justin Long, “We have the freedom to be who we want to be. We hold the power to decide our own future, not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come.”
With an irreversible scratch-and-see gold hardcover, Underscore invites the reader to scratch and uncover an original curation of Singapore’s creative culture, with over 280 pages of visuals and interviews.
Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase publication is printed by Dominie Press and officially distributed in Singapore by BooksActually.
Underscore is an independent magazine with thematic content attuned to a simple rhythm; quality of life. Conceived and designed by award winning studio Hjgher and published by H/Publishing, Underscore is a platform derived to underline or highlight simple values that are important but neglected in our everyday lives.
Held by the common intrinsic values of Authenticity, Quality, Integrity and Honesty, Underscore was developed specifically for the audience in mind, addressing media channels of traditional publishing, online media, product design and placement, and event exhibitions to communicate through all senses of the audience for a complete and fulfilling experience.
Another definition of underscore is background music. A carefully selected soundtrack accompanies each issue to complete the entire experience, and is available on the website for download.
Where to buy the book? At BooksActually ( and selected bookshops in Singapore) and on line at http://underscoremagazine.com/creative-cultures.html
It’s pretty normal that illustrator work late into the night to meet some urgent deadlines. I had lots of late nights last minute amendments on different projects lately. Even when i’m stuck with one project, i found i become more productive while waiting for large files to load/save. Here are some of the quick sketches i did. These are done rather quickly, taking faces from magazines, books for references. Practices like this helped me to stay focused, not to mention staying awake effectively!
It would be interesting to find out what are our fellow members do to stay sharp for late night deadline.
This is the 3rd year running of the special eco-friendly tote bag produced by Gap to mark Earth Day. The 0% Plastic Bag initiative was started in 2009 to support the global green movement by encouraging customers to use this cotton tote bag in place of disposable plastic bags.
OICsingapore is very proud to be part of this new series for 2011 and to work with the Gap’s Singapore team on this special iconic bag.
There are five new designs this year by illustrators – Anngee Neo, Fleecircus, Gwee Yin Fei, Mindflyer and Miun. Each illustrator was invited to reinterpret the original design of the bag while maintaining the “0% Plastic” tagline. In addition there is a special store window display designed by MrB aka Ben Qwek ( www.benqwek.com ) to compliment this new collection at the major outlets like Wisma and Vivocity.
This limited edition collection will be launched on Earth Day -22 April- in all Gap stores. Each bag is available at S$5 with purchase of any GAP merchandise.
This project is another effort by OICsingapore to partner with good brands and showcase/ promote the usage of interesting illustrators and illustration.
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Some beautiful pictures taken from our good friend/ volunteer- Joyce Tan! Don’t miss the fun! Sunday is the closing day for TNAG- get all the lovely goodies from OIC and from our collab partners and get them signed by the artists!
Its been a long tiring process but it was fun seeing the fruit of our labour.
We have some interesting products on sale at The National Art Gallery Open House. Due to our hectic schedule, quantities are very limited and some may be on pre-order. Do bring your friends and come join OICsingapore’s effort to make drawing fun and make our illustrators known in Singapore and beyond.
Looking back to OIC’s inception 4 years ago till now, the fact remains – “It all depends on you, nothing will ever change or happen without everyone’s care, participation and support.”
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Picture source as credited above.
Client: Vue Privée‘s Gallery
Brief: Aimed at capturing the elegance of Old Japan, seen through the lens of photographers living and working during the late Edo period (1872 – 1912). Using gallery owner’s private antique photos collection as inspiration.
Process: To start any project i always do extensive research for the items i planning to draw. Sometimes, even read up facts on them.
While looking for research i basically already have an image in my head on how i want my illustrations to be, so most of the time i only look for items that goes similar to that idea. Similar meaning; species of plants/animals, man/woman, dressing, pose, angle/view/perspective etc.
I do all the initial sketches on tracing paper, so i can overlay them on top one another to “check” if the composition works. And after that some minor adjustment/fine tuning will be done before i redraw the entire image as a whole.
Once the image is scanned onto Photoshop, i began an extensive cleaning up of tiny dust spots and pencil lines. Followed by pathing out the items that needed to be coloured. Here’s the view of my path window in Photoshop.
And also the process of colouring.
Even though i been given total freedom to create this piece, from time to time i do email the client on the sketch done for update, so to assure that i am on track and do not stray to far from the topic.
So here’s the finish piece!
Two most important tips i can offer to anyone.
A) SAVE YOU FILE
B) BACK UP FILES RELIGIOUSLY
Thanks for reading and comments will be very appreciated.