Last class of uni. Ever.

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And there goes 3 years of uni….

 

RMIT is the place where I realized what I truly wanted to do, where I wanted to go and what tools will get me there. In the end I didn’t go to uni to learn as such, I chose to go to uni to meet new people. All the tremendous connections I made, I wouldn’t change it for the world. If anything, that’s what uni’s supposed to give you. Not just new skills, but new connections.

 

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On the last day of class we all brought food from our culture (8:30am classes just got better!) Our favorite lecturer Renato brought in the champagne to top it all off (Jenn also brought wine ’cause one champagne bottle isn’t enough to go around, thanks Jenn). His work has been featured in many of my favorite fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar and Vogue, his resume is amazing. Probably the best lecturer I’ve had at RMIT too as he really pushed us to produce folio work that exceeded our expectations. Deadlines for our folios are next week, however mine’s this Friday as I’ll be leaving for the US on the day we hand everything in. It’s all going too fast this year, like I said in my February post it still doesn’t feel like it’s the final year, not until the day I graduate WHEN I DO finally register the fact that uni is over and so is my entire educational career and I’ll be sad and won’t know what to do with my life anymore hah! I will always be a student though, a student of life.

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.

Lime green

What you’re about to see is a bunch of lime green-dominant photos that I directed and took myself. No need for ultra pro studio equipment, all you need is a standard DSLR, an external flash and some green paper. I say external flash because it creates THE perfect exposure plus it’s handy when you don’t have good lighting in the room. I usually shoot product photos with white backgrounds but not this time. You can’t deny that lime green is a pretty color!

 

I mentioned in the last post that I was working on a rebranding project for Orgran and I’m proud to say that it’s done! One was in plastic packaging and the other was in a box and both had to be two different products, I chose a muffin mix and penne pasta. Along with designing the new logo, another big part of the rebranding process was to get involved with food styling and food photography. I tried my best to cook up a 5 star pasta dish and bake a decent batch of muffins, the end result wasn’t too bad actually and it surprisingly tasted good (this is coming from someone who doesn’t cook at all!).

 

 The packaging had to include a photo of the product and what influenced me to go with the green backdrop was my logo which also has green in it. It’s also differentiating the brand from its competitors; it’s not uncommon to see white backgrounds for a lot of Orgran’s competitors and other food products. I truly think green reflects the brand’s personality and their vision.

 

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 The first of my mock ups were still in its early days, it took me 3 trial prints of each product before I got to the finals. The pasta box is similar to the shape of a milk carton and the muffin mix plastic version is packed like a folded bag. Simple vectors are becoming a thing for me this year after working on the S&W project. I think it’s about time to update the original graphics for the instructions of the muffin mix.

 

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And this is the original design as seen on the back of their current muffin mix.

 

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About 3 weeks worth of ideation work and crafting, it was nothing but a solid learning experience.

 

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!