The Pacific Collection

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Colors from left to right: Tokyo Koi, Saigon Sunset, Bali Breeze, Hong Kong Harbour, Tahiti Pearls.

 

The Pacific Collection is in town baby!  Exurbe released  their Spring / Summer 2015 nailvarnish range a few weeks ago at the Fashion Hotel in  Zurich. You can see my artwork for the collection here and on the  Exurbe Cosmetics website   (still under development).  The project kicked off  as soon as  I came back from my holiday in Indonesia and Singapore and Melissa from Exurbe had already talked about plans of doing a seascape, summer-y theme. Basing it off the moodboard below, the idea struck me of naming the five colors after vibrant cities we’ve been to. They were places  that evoked a strong trademark color relevant to the colors shown in the moodboard.

 

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The process was quick! The artwork was done in a  matter of days and all that was left to do is send the piece off to the nail varnish laboratory, scan it  and do  some  color calibrating. The computer detects 5 common color tones used in my artwork, from there it sends all that data to a machine that produces sample pigments.

 

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Awesome to see Tokyo Koi and Bali Breeze as bestsellers from the collection. Saigon Sunset is also one of my favorites! While Exurbe do sell other makeup products, they’re a company that specializes in vegan-friendly nail polish. They have a strong market audience in Europe and are seeking to expand their brand  by partnering up with artists from every corner of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing who the next artist is for the next collection…it could actually be someone reading this post 😀

House of Cards (Amsterdam)

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It’s been a month since the final night of the Amsterdam Light Festival and it’s crazy to think that being a part of it happened in such a short period of time. It was on one busy day at uni when OGE and Ryan contacted me to get a drawing done within one and a half days….one and a half days! I planned on doing uniwork that night but after seeing OGE’s proposal, I knew the artwork was worth the investment for a grand installation. Each card stands at over a metre tall and everyone had to draw a card of their choice to fill those 120 spots. I wish the giant card was in my possession right now but I think  OGE are keeping it for promotional purposes.

 

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My card isn’t visible to the visitors walking on the street but it can be seen  on the Water colors boat ride.

 

 

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This was the full artwork, the King of Print for the King of Hearts 🙂

 

Fruit Salad

As you’ve already noticed I’ve been drawing YG portraits all year and when I was suddenly asked to draw fruit in May, I was a little intimidated by the idea of it. Fruit!? Wha!?? I didn’t think anyone would EVER ask me to draw fruit. Not gonna lie, the last time I drew fruit was in year 7 (roughly 8 years ago?) when we had to draw still lifes in our weekly art classes. Hmm..so…fruit huh? Why not. Challenge accepted. I only do commissions suited to my own colorful style of art so there’s no way I’m backing down on this. I didn’t start the drawing till a couple months later due to my work schedule with uni, other commissions and freelancing. But I clearly remember the day I started the drawing, I made my way down to Eckersleys to buy paper and 25 individual Prismacolor pencils: about 5 shades of yellows, oranges, browns, greens and reds. Then on the same night I began to sketch out the fruit, one by one.

 

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The results? Better than I expected! They’re meant to be two separate pieces but they also can be joined. I decided to share this particular artwork because people are wondering “why the sudden change in subject matter Mon?”. I get requests other than K-pop portraits, diversity is great! Just as long as it’s in my style. This artwork is made specially for Wicked Twisted Froyo . Anyone in Swampscott MA should go get their hands on some freshly made froyo, the store’s now open to the public.

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I document life in the creative field and endless travels with friends and family

Design had evolved naturally, as a passion and a lifestyle beginning at an early age when I made trips back to the motherland, Indonesia, I experienced the surroundings and the lifestyle that was vastly different from what I was used to. I found myself passing by villages where children made their own toys with whatever was left around them; scrap metal, bits of cloth, banana leaves, and even cigarette butts. Despite this, the children were happy and proud with anything they created.

This image struck me and forever inspires me to contribute my skills to places that need it the most. Design helps me make decisions, while art helps me take risks. Both areas reward me with opportunities to create something impactful and everlasting!