Random facts about me

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Credits: Judy Christine

One of the things I love to do in my spare time is go through messages people send  me of their work inspired by my art or emails requesting to use my me for their art project. I really appreciate these as it makes my life as an artist  extra fulfilling. I recently Skyped with a senior high school student from Myanmar who wanted to interview me for her art  assignment and it’s great feeling to know  we got along well through sharing common interests in kpop and holidaying in the US. One of the questions that sparked me the most is “what do you think the role of an artist is?”. There was probably a long pause after that as I was wondering how to construct my sentence….it’s an easy but not so easy question to answer. My understanding of this role changes overtime based on experience: I think the role of an artist  is to entertain  while using it to make a good living. Witnessing  works by other people inspired by my own art is my form of  making a “good living” through art.

 

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Credits:  Liz

 

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Credits: Jamie Barnes

 

I enjoy  being interviewed because I get  to be challenged with all these questions  that I don’t usually think about, plus I get to know myself better (ironic!).  What I’m noticing the most out of these interviews is that people often wonder what kind of person I am or what I do  when I’m not drawing or designing. I thought this would be fun, here’s a list of 15 random things you should know about me:

 

1. I’m allergic to dust and so is my Mom so we find ourselves cleaning a lot….from tidying up rooms to wiping down specs of dust on my macbook keyboard. You name it!

 

2.  I prefer drawing over painting as I can’t get technical with painting. That said, I don’t draw everyday.

 

3.  But I design everyday. I’m a workaholic that works way past 9 to 5.

 

4. The very first “cool” gadget  I ever got  was the 1st gen iPod shuffle  and since then I’ve always stuck to using  Apple products. Apple has made me love music from the very beginning, as well as design 😀

 

5. I like  sport. I’d probably be an ambitious badminton or tennis player as another  chosen  career path.

 

6.  Not a fan of celery and coriander.

 

7.  My ideal workspace is my bedroom. My desk is cosy and  spacious enough for me to do my typical A3 drawings.

 

8. I’m a city person.

 

9.  I value first impressions the most rather than waiting for something amazing to happen. This applies to everything.

 

10. For some girls they can’t go out without makeup. For me, I can’t go out without a bow headband.

 

11.  I secretly critique menu designs when I’m at a restaurant.

 

12. My favorite tv shows  are Breaking Bad, Masterchef, Orange is the New Black and The Walking Dead.

 

13. I’m crazy about  fonts.

 

14. I usually buy  magazines for the design and layout rather than for the content itself.

 

15. My dream project would be to collaborate with Burberry and Big Bang or 2NE1.

 

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 🙂

 

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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