Thursday, July 2, 2009


This is the portfolio I presented at the DesignSingapore interview. Most are works I did recently, the figure drawings and fashion illustrations especially.
I'm glad to say that my skills have improved. The proportion of the figures is more correct and the quality of the lines has increased. I'm also able to do them at a faster speed (each figure drawing took about 10 mins, the shaded one 50 mins). I still need to work on making the lines more expressive though. I've learnt that the trick to getting the proportion right is to chart out the rough areas of the figure first, paying attention to the pivot points, as opposed to drawing one area and moving on to the next. The MRT sketching trip I went on with my art pals really reinforced this idea. In such a short time you've got to capture the gist of the pose; if you just try to draw one area accurately the subject will move and you're left with a fragment of the body. I also tried different materials like pencil, colour pencil, charcoal, fine-tip pen, chalk and chalk pastels as each produces a different feel.
I've also dabbled in fashion illustration, which is really fun. It allows me to play with expressing different moods as dictated by the clothes. I feel inspired to be more adventurous with drawing fashion figures; take more risks and try some stylization. I do want to develop my own style of illustration, which should complement my design aesthetic.
Fingers crossed that I make it to the next round!

1 comment:

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

sorry for the sudden flurry of posts. i don't know you but i'm rooting for you. i'm on the side of anyone who has a dream and tries to follow it and who works at it.

i came across this last night and thought about you:

It is very important to distinguish what I love doing for its own sake from what I may want to do because of the rewards it may bring me.

Researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi did a study involving 200 artists 18 years after they left art school. He found it was those who in their student days savored the sheer joy of painting that became serious painters. Those drawn to art school in hopes of wealth or fame drifted away to other professions. "Painters must want to paint above all else. If the artist in front of the canvas begins to wonder how much he will sell it for, or what the critics will think of it, he won't be able to pursue original avenues. Creative achievements depend on single-minded immersion."

reference: John Ortberg. If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat. Discerning the Call.

all the best to you!