Baby steps

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Here’s a continuation of all the nostalgia building up inside me from the previous post. All of the past work you’re about to witness is from the first year of uni…except the one above. It’s a work in progress shot from a second year project, a pretty simple one that was about turning an existing ad into a global issue ad – changing a visual piece from one context to another. In my case I used a Christian Louboutin ad to express poverty and inequality. Now onto the first year stuff…

 

 

When I heard that one of our first briefs was to do a quick flip book on one object transforming to another, my heart kinda sank. I like looking at flip books but making them? Not so much. The process is extremely tedious and time consuming only because I was the only person who hand drew every single frame whereas everyone else did theirs digitally. Why? Because I misread the brief. For whatever reason, in my mind I thought it had to be hand drawn. In my 3 years at uni, this was the only project I asked an extension for.

 

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Life drawing was my second class on my very first day of uni. We made a journal in the end that included a handful of our weekly drawings.

 

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The fashion drawings and the repeat pattern slideshow design both came from the same class. It was the very first class I had in uni and of course it had to be on those deadly 8.30am Monday starts. On the plus side I met my first uni friend who I still hang out with today and the class itself taught me how to use Adobe Illustrator in depth. It has now become a program I can’t ever live without! We learned how to make repeat patterns and vectors on illustrator which isn’t seen on the fashion illustrations but on the final product I made vector clothes for each figure.

 

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First introduction to the world of infographics, this is my take on a personal infographic about me. I am DEFINITELY not a master at Photoshop by the way…I was way too cocky back then.

 

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This post ends on a good note with my first packaging project for a set of playing cards based on the American Mafia subculture. A small project but still proud of it given that it was my first ever HD WOO!

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.

Designer paper shoes

These torn paper shoe collages by Nancy Standlee are funky and creative aren’t they? Collaging might look pretty simple but from experience it takes up so much of your time. It’s almost like a chaotic jigsaw puzzle; you have to use your own imagination to manually adjust the cutouts according to how you want it to look on the surface of the page. I came across Nancy’s works in search of some collaging inspiration for my packaging and editorial classes. That’s right, Uni just started and it’s officially the last semester of my Bachelor’s degree and I still haven’t come to terms with that yet (I think I’m enjoying uni too much). This week we had to make moodboards as a tool to give us a sense of inspiration and direction with our upcoming magazine and packaging projects. I haven’t done any collaging work since 1st year so I was a little slow to begin with. Mine definitely didn’t turn out as complex as Nancy’s…

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This was one of my moodboards. A completely different one compared to my other chaotic ones but with lesser content. Now I understand why moodboards should be in the form of a really messy collage – inspiration is limitless.

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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