Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Uni-balll signo dx pen + zig calligraphy pen on paper. Practicing more line and ink drawings recently. Also to make up for the lost sketchbook! See more sketches here!

I suppose this is inspired by the Ee Shaun look. Pen, brush/ink, transparent yellow arcylic paint on paper.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Create a new oic banner

You're invited to create a new banner for OIC. And in any style, colour and size you want! Just include the words "Organisation of illustrators council" and/or "OIC" in it. New banners will be put up every week. It will liven up the blog and it's free publicity for your work too! Submit all banners to the oic email.

Friday, January 25, 2008

wake up, sophie black doll.

She has been sleeping in my storeroom for a long time. Few days ago, I took her out and I realised that she is still a pretty baby! I had fun styling and shooting her with the great help by RenJie Teo. ('u')

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

T-shirt design competition

Crowning Stroke is an artist-centric online platform aimed at promoting new artistic talents through sales of their designs on t-shirts. Crowning Stroke will be signing on artists contractually with each design they decide to print and sell commercially. Not only will you recieve monetary benefits for each of your designs (if chosen), you will also earn a commission for every t-shirt sold. Crowning Stroke will also actively promote the artists to ensure that you get recognition for your work and gain exposure.

pepper arty

2nd tribute for pepper. Hope y'all digg.

Monday, January 21, 2008

pepper cutieland

Here's my tribute to Artgerm's muse: PEPPER.
The rendering on the jacket and shirt is a first for me.
Cutting edges for drapery.

More info on pepper project here.


Thrown into reality
Right into mortality

She could hardly open her eyes
She could barely move

Unable to face the cruel world
Unable to withstand the extreme climate

She wanted to remain in deep sleep
Never awaken to the agony on earth
(words by cyanwater)

Done in Photoshop.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Pen and ink on paper. + photoshop.
I think i'm starting to figure out how Ashley Wood does his texture effects. Put your scanned high contrast b/w texture on the bottom layer. add a linear dodge layer above it and punch in your colours on that layer. then have your line and colour layers on top of it all with the layers set to "multiply" or "darken". Ashley Wood gurus out there pls share some insights.

Generic Goth Girl.

black eyeliner, check.
dark eyeshadow, check.
bloody red lips, check.
black clothes, check.
random pink heart, check.
black tear, check.
ankh necklace, check.

yep. goth alright.

another random doodle.

in photoshop. (shifu don't piak me!)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A time travel comic. Pen, ink and photoshop.


Something slightly different, just for fun (:

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Up for the challenge? I need an illustrator who can pull this off

hello. I'm looking for an illustrator who is able to do "exploded" view of structures and locations. Close to this, journailstic style. Let me know if anyone can do it of have anyone in mind, and how much the charges might be. Concept is still in proposal stage.

feel free to email me at: for any queeries or recomendation (might need to show folio). Thanks heaps. :D

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


random 5 minute sketch in photoshop.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

lost black monologue sketchbook

Andrew / Drewscape lost his precious black monologue sketchbook last night. If anyone finds a black "monologue" sketchbook at the old airport road hawker center on Jan 12 Saturday night. Please contact 91070735 Andrew.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

BooksActually- Book launch "Little Naughty Nigel"

Sorry to Michelle Lin for posting this announcement late. Mad rush at work.

Little Naughty Nigel is a self-published book written by Matthew Phillips and illustrated by Michelle Lin.
Book launch is at 2.30pm 8th Jan 2008.

There is a blog post here at CulturePush too.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Instead of the usual portrait day, we will be getting the chance to burn off our christmas roast beef! That's right, we will be doing a sketch walk. Bring along your sketchbooks and portable drawing instruments and we will walk through the streets, flats and alley ways of singapore. Stopping only to sketch everything in sight. Meeting point: BRAS BASAH COMPLEX, Basheer bookstore. Time: 2PM (Pls do not let us wait.) Route: (see map)We will walk haphazardly from Bras Basah to the hawker center at the Old Airport Road where we will regain our fats. No worries, we will stick to shady areas as much as possible. Sign up in the comments section today. Everybody welcome. Call 91070735 for more info or if you get lost.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Trying just using pen and black ink tones on paper. What should i look out for in this technique? Nick Stakal seems to be very good at this style. Comments and advice?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


1. Why are you interested in drawing?
I wanted to become an artist at the age of 11. Since I was little I have always been drawing with my pencils and crayons on paper. Maybe it's because I don't have many childhood friends and toys to play with so I suppose drawing is a door for me to communicate with myself (sounds crazy huh? Maybe I should give myself a call later...).

Drawing makes me happy. I can express my quirky thoughts, my emotions and imagination on paper or the computer.

2. What is your personal favourite drawing style and art tool?

The weird and distorted style in Dark Series and the ink-stroked fashion drawing style are my current favorites. Tool wise, I like mechanical pencil and Japanese ink brush but I'm very flexible as it really depends on what I have on hand.

3. Show us the very oldest drawing in your collection and one good recent one.

~1998: That was the time when WALLPAPER brought back illustration to fashion. But thanks to Wallpaper lo. If not there won't be so many fashion illustrators now. They were such pioneers at that time. Then all other magazines started using illustrations so all the new illustrators started coming up.

My latest comic. "BLANC"

4. Which artists do you study and admire. And what can you learn from each?
I do not study a particular artist but I do have a few whom I admire. They are not solely illustrators, but their work spans from fashion to typography, and in different media. I guess it's the multitude of things they do that inspire me a lot, making me want to be like them – by simply letting one's imagination run wild and work without boundaries. Which is why I don't like to defined as an illustrator because it sounds restrictive to me. :P
a. Jaime Hayon
MM Paris
Madame Paris
Alberto Seveso
Mark Ryden
Richard Gray
h. Kazuo Umezu

i. Itō Junji

j. Gustav Klimt

Hussein Chalayan
Nagi Noda

5. What did you have to do to become a full-time illustrator?
a) Compile portfolio.
b) Send it to advertising agency/magazines, local or overseas
c) Do some follow up call or email after a week and, if possible, try to meet up and show more of my portfolio.

Actually i started with magazines first. So i approached a lot of magazines so I could keep exploring on my own and keep trying different styles, so that my portfolio will have more variety. Only after a year or 2, i then started to approach advertising agencies. i didn't intend to work full-time in illustration, just that, when the chances came, I took them. As simple as that. I didn't even have a scanner at the beginning and was using my friend's imac to do illos. How i sent my sketches to the client.. it was all taken by my lousy bulky camera, I then sent the fotos over. Was so not pro last time. All these things you will learn afterall be professional. We all came the long way man!

6. What were your early projects like compared to what you do now?
Not sure, but there's always room for improvement. Overall I'd say I have more freedom now in pursuing what I really want than following directions.

7. What should a budding illustrator practice/focus on to be ready for commissioned projects?
Develop more on your skills – be it hand-drawing, computer, communication skill or the right working attitude... it's about the whole package that sells you as an illustrator at the end of the day.

8. “Show and tell” your studio.

Nothing much to talk about my working space, it's just a table with a computer. I called it a working space instead of a studio because I sleep here as well!

Newcomer in the OIC

Thanks Andrew for inviting me into the OIC. Here's a little something I did at the office. Done in photoshop. It was originally meant to be a speed painting experiment, but I started to get caught up with the detailing and ended up spending about 3 hours. haha.

Storyboarding Lobang

Hi Guys, some lobang for yah!!
We are looking for a storyboard artist to help our creative development for a large-scale project on future living (minority report, 6th day, AI) for A*STAR. Will start work immediately
or end Jan for 4 months.

Cher Suen (

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Black Market BBQ

Hello people, I will be selling some stuff at House's flea market tomorrow--merchandise from the adopt-an-artist project last year (2007, I mean). The address is 8D Dempsey Rd! See flyer and map above for more information; should be clear enough. You can take bus no.7 to Singapore Botanical Garden and refer to the map after; should be quite close from there.

It will be great if OICers can come! Sorry for the last-minute notice....

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy Happy Neu Year~

A gift for a friend, did a new year's mix+cover for her.
Happy New Year, OIC!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

the pepper project

Hope u guys can join in the fun!!!
Join the facebook acct too: HERE
Artgerm & Imaginary Friends Studios is proud to announce THE PEPPER PROJECT, the first artbook dedicated to the sexy and enigmatic muse, Pepper and her friend Wanda. The book will feature Artgerm’s Pepper pieces including many never before seen Pepper pieces specially created for this volume. The book will also feature some Pepper and Wanda art by some of the industry’s top artists as well as Pepper pieces done by fans and friends.

The volume will be presented with the well designed and premium quality printing that our studio has done including a standard paperback version and a Collectors hardcover version with lots of extras.

For more informaion about the Pepper Project and submission guidelines, please click to

To view submissions and shortlisted entries click to


Hey Guys,

For the first time in Asia!

Imaginary Friends Studios, MDA (Singapore) and Singapore Polytechnic presents:

COMICS-TO-FILM - An exclusive Seminar and Workshop by BARRY LEVINE, Hollywood Producer/Publisher

Can you be the next Frank Miller or Neil Gaiman and create stories for comics and film? Find out how they do it in the seminar and have the rare opportunity in the Pitch Workshop to pitch your story ideas to Comics Publisher /Film Producer Barry Levine (formerly from Dark Horse Comics). Levine has already helped Singapore creators at Imaginary Friends Studios work with Hollywood and Comics names such as Vin Diesel, Peter Berg, Yoshitaka Amano, Johnny Depp, John Woo and many more. Now you can learn the secrets of what the industry is looking out for, how to get published and how to get noticed by Hollywood.

Feel free to buzz me too.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

dear oic people

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art--write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." -Neil Gaiman-

i'm quoting him because i'm nowhere as articulate as he is.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!